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Hey, will ya welcome an old fogie to the ranks?

Hey everybody,
I just joined your forum today and was wondering if you guys will accept an old fogie to your ranks? I've been driving Cadillacs longer than probably any of you have even breathing the air of this fine planet. My great-grand son got me acquainted to this site and I have found it worthwhile to spend what few precious days I may left on this world reading through it. Yep, I still drive a Cadillac at my youthful age of 94. I've never even been in a fender-bender though I rarely drive the speed limit either. (Yes I mean faster)
So if you guys don't mind I'd like to join ya. I may even learn something from you younger "kids".
 

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You are more than welcomed here Gramps. And we are also hoping to learn some things from you.
 

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Welcome Gramps :burn:

Bet you can teach us young whipper snappers some of your tricks. We would love to see some pictures of your Caddy.
 

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I think the youngest is some 13 yr old kid. A friend of Sal I think.
 

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Gramps said:
Hey everybody,
I just joined your forum today and was wondering if you guys will accept an old foggie to your ranks? I've been driving Cadillacs longer than probably any of you have even breathing the air of this fine planet. My great-grand son got me acquainted to this site and I have found it worthwhile to spend what few precious days I may left on this world reading through it. Yep, I still drive a Cadillac at my youthful age of 94. I've never even been in a fender-bender though I rarely drive the speed limit either. (Yes I mean faster)
So if you guys don't mind I'd like to join ya. I may even learn something from you younger "kids".
Welcome Gramps. I'll send you a picture of my fathers 1947 Chevrolet Pickup. He's had it for 28 years and the custom license plate says, "Gramps" on it. That is the truck's name.
 

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Welcome Gramps,
94 and joining an internet forum? You are the man!!
I just hope you don't mind us picking YOUR brain. One question I DO have for you; how do you think Cadillac, and what it represents to the American car buying public has changed over the years?
 

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Great question, Katshot! And great memory, Mad'lac! He's my girlfriends nephew... As for Gramps... Welcome aboard!! And thank you for signing up! Of COURSE you're welcome here! And we're glad to have you as a member!

Hey. He qualifies for FOSS. Fleetwood Owner's Secret Society. :p :)
 

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Welcome Gramps! We would be honored to have you on the forums! We don't have any age limits at all! Sit back, relax & enjoy! :D
 

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To The Cadillac Forums Gramps > Hope you enjoy your stay and i hope i can live to be 94 years young! Take Care and again Welcome. :spin:
 

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Hi, Gramps & welcome aboard. You'll fit in fine here if you're young at heart. I'm sure you'll bring a different perspective to the forums.

Your "few precious days" comment got me. I think we'd all be happier if we spent every day as though we only had a few precious days to go. Hey, my Grandma is 94 & her social calendar is a heck of a lot busier than mine. 'Course she doesn't have work to get in the way of the fun stuff.

I'll bet you've got some great pictures of some classic Cadillacs. Can you get them scanned & post them for the rest of us to enjoy?
 

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Thanks all for the warm welcome! Yep I've owned the '52 since new. I also own a number other Cadillacs but the '52 is my favorite and the car I like to drive most.
Cadillac was the Standard of the World. The name meant something. It was a car that every automaker used to want to copy one way or another. Now from what I read and what other folks tell me they make junk. I believe it! I had a '78 Fleetwood and what a nightmare that car was. In fact that was the last new car I ever bought. I gave it away to a grandson and though he still has it, I would never want it back. It was the only car I ever got rid of.
As far as photos go, I'm gonna need help from my offspring. I'm still learning how to use a computer and I don't have anything that'll copy snapshots to the computer yet. I'll ask for one of them to get me one of those "scanners" if that's the gadget that copies snapshots.
I still tinker with my cars because it keeps me out of trouble and also I don't trust anyone else's mits on them.
I'm gonna try to pick your brains as well. I've had one problem over the years that no mechanic nor myself has figured out how to fix. The '52 doesn't want to kick over too easy when it's warmed up on a warm day. I've had starters replaced, batteries replaced, cables replaced with no remedy. Starts fine cold but it just doesn't want to restart too easily hot. It's a 6 volt slow cranker so I don't expect any of you to really have any idea what the problem could be, but maybe??
 

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Oh REALLY?
As it turns out, a couple years ago, I had a '49 Caddy spend some time in my shop for the customizing. As it turns out, the first thing on the owners list was addressing that very issue. My solution was creating a "hybrid" electrical system. Actually it was a split 6v/12v system. I gave him a 12v starting and charging system, and still retained the 6v interior electrical and lighting system. The secret is a special battery I got from http://www.antiqueautobattery.com
They make OEM replacement batteries for the antique crowd. They look identical to the original. The one I used has (2) sets of posts, one set for 6v, and one set for 12v. Then I just installed a modern 12v alternator (self-exciting of course), and had the starter rebuilt for 12v. It's that easy. The car started like a modern car no matter HOW long it was running.

Come on Gramps, when you got something HARD, let me know. ;)
 

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Oh REALLY?
As it turns out, a couple years ago, I had a '49 Caddy spend some time in my shop for the customizing. As it turns out, the first thing on the owners list was addressing that very issue. My solution was creating a "hybrid" electrical system. Actually it was a split 6v/12v system. I gave him a 12v starting and charging system, and still retained the 6v interior electrical and lighting system. The secret is a special battery I got from http://www.antiqueautobattery.com
They make OEM replacement batteries for the antique crowd. They look identical to the original. The one I used has (2) sets of posts, one set for 6v, and one set for 12v. Then I just installed a modern 12v alternator (self-exciting of course), and had the starter rebuilt for 12v. It's that easy. The car started like a modern car no matter HOW long it was running.

Come on Gramps, when you got something HARD, let me know. ;)
Heck I knew that idea, in fact I had that so called secret battery in my car many years back. Its called an automatic battery. Sure it works good until that darn solenoid on top of the battery sticks on you. I almost had a fire because of it. Good thing I had the hood open when it happened. Never again! But thanks for thinking. I'm going to have my grandson look up that company you gave me anyway.
 

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My grandson thought changing my picture would be funny. He did this for me. What do you all think?
 

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Welcome gramps...... Thanks for signing up.....

Feel free to pick our brains all you want!!!
 

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Heck I knew that idea, in fact I had that so called secret battery in my car many years back. Its called an automatic battery. Sure it works good until that darn solenoid on top of the battery sticks on you. I almost had a fire because of it. Good thing I had the hood open when it happened. Never again! But thanks for thinking. I'm going to have my grandson look up that company you gave me anyway.
The battery I told you about doesn't use a solenoid.
 
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