My new '63 Caddy

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    My new '63 Caddy

    Hey all...New to the forum. Found you guys while doing some google sleuthing for my new ride and thought I'd join up and introduce myself.

    I grew up on GM cars; over the years I've had several Chevy's (Blazer, Avalanche, and Silverado), an Oldsmobile Aurora, a Pontiac Grand Prix, and a Saab 9-3.

    Currently, though, my daily driver and backup drivers are both Chryslers (stock 2007 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track edition, and modified 2007 Jeep JK Rubicon), so I must have subliminally felt the need to have a GM back in my driveway when I bid on a 1963 Cadillac 62 Series coupe on eBay.

    Much to my surprise (and my wife's dismay), I won the auction and had it shipped out to me from Wyoming...






    The exterior is in decent shape with a fairly recent paint job (not the best quality, and a few missing chips, but still looks good from a few feet away), though I need to replace/locate a couple of the chrome pieces. Interior is in fair to poor condition, but serviceable, and all of the appropriate dials, buttons, and gauges work save for the factory-installed clock (and those never work after awhile anyway).

    Mechanically, she's in good shape. I just sank $800 into some transmission work and new rear brakes, but aside from the annoying tendency these old cars have of vapor locking on hot days, all of the major parts work great.

    I'm having a blast driving it around. It gets lots of looks and everyone seems to want to chat.

    This site seems like a great resource. Looking forward to meeting y'all...

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    Re: My new '63 Caddy

    Beautiful! Lucky you!
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    You're a lucky man perks! The 63-64's are my favorite Cadillacs. Your Series 62 is stunning. Best of luck.
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    Just don't let the wife send it to the Cadillac Ranch!

    Sweet ride!

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    I forgot to say "welcome" to this wildly diverse group of GM fans.
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    That's a sweet Caddy! and welcome to GMI...
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    Re: My new '63 Caddy

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    Beautiful! Lucky you!
    Agree!!! Welcome!

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    Re: My new '63 Caddy

    I just love 60's Cads. What fun it must be to own one! How far do you plan to go with restoration? My guess is once you start down that road you won't want to stop until she's perfect.
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    Re: My new '63 Caddy

    Hey, thanks all! Yes, I do feel lucky to have scored this one; knowing what I know about classic car values (which isn't tons, but certainly enough), I really did get this one for a steal.

    While of course nearly every Caddy fan dreams of having a '59, I really like the '63-'64 model because it's a nice blend of the old classic finned designs but a little more angled and "sharp" looking like the later-'60s models.

    I haven't decided how far I'm going to go with the restoration. The exterior stuff I need to do is for the most part easily done (fixing dings, a couple parts, and some minor re-chroming), though a high-quality repaint might be in order someday. I do want to re-do the interior, since it's very well-worn inside, but that might wait for awhile as I know how expensive that can get and as I also happen to be restoring a house (ugh!). Of course, what I really want is a convertible, so I'll have to consider whether I'm going to eventually trade up to a drop-top (and I hate the thought of ruining a perfectly good hardtop by installing a convertible top) and factor that into my restoration plans.

    Anyway, appreciate the warm welcome!

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