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First Restoration - 1931 Cadillac

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I recently unpacked about 65 built models. A few are OK. Many need repairs like putting back fallen pieces. Some deserve a rebuild. I picked this one to start with.

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I took it apart. Missing a couple of mirrors and one landau iron. The windshield frame is broken as are two wheels. The rest is useable.

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I will repaint it. Or rather paint it, as it was a clearcoat over the colored plastic. Likely one of these two schemes.

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Personally I like the earth tones.That is something completely different.A worthy project overall.

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OK now, I'm color blind. Are the fenders of the grey car grey or black?

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Fenders look dark green to me, but the body looks like a brown/grey mix

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Turns out there are a lot more broken spokes than I thought. I have the remnants of a MetalMaster Packard. I will use those wheels. They fit the Cadillac's hubs and I think I can adapt the Cadillac's hubcap to them.

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I have always liked the colors on Bill's car a lot. I don't remember seeing the blue car at St. Johns (what does that tell you?) but from the photos it is a real honey. Personally I would go with the gray. You have a great project going here.

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I have always liked the colors on Bill's car a lot. I don't remember seeing the blue car at St. Johns (what does that tell you?) but from the photos it is a real honey. Personally I would go with the gray. You have a great project going here.

I agree. 2-tone gray with black fenders. Very classy.

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Great subject to restore; doing this is one of my favourite parts of model building

Something cool about taking an old, discarded model apart and making something of it...I guess if I could do that at full 1:1 scale I would be a car restorer!

Love that on the dolly photo in your scale garage!!!

I like the grey black paint scheme,but that blue is nice too. Hate to suggest it, but you could re-wire those wheels :)

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I prepped this '31 V-16 for Pebble Beach several yrs ago. I detailed it many times.

I may have pics in my archives should you need a few more shots of it.

I like the build you're doing. Love the garage idea on the dolly - Great work!

Keep us posted..

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Thank you Billy. I may take you up on your offer. That background dio has its own thread and is constantly evolving.

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Thoroughly agree about rebuilding an old build-up. It's like you're saving something from a terrible fate...the dumpster! I like this car and hope you do well with it. Personally, I like the sophisticated look of the grey/black colours. The dolly in your garage looks very cool!

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Here is what I did with my junk Cadillac restoration.

It can be done.

Nice.

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Oh when I say "junk Caddy" I mean this one was a restoration also. It looked a tad bit worse than the fine model Landman is working on. I am trying to say, there is hope, even when you start out with junk.

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Great subject, Pat! I have the full set of Cabriolet, Phaeton, and Madame X from Jo han of the '31 Caddys. All need to be rebuilt as well, as I first did them when I was about 12. The wire wheels are going to be hard to come by for me as well! Best of luck on them...

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Started sanding on the body and fenders. opened up the locating holes for the various parts. Made an executive decision. I will blank off the fender wells and mount the spare on the rear of the body.

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