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Old 07-12-2017, 05:28 PM
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Default Need some advice from you Cadillac heads

Hi Everyone,

Im looking to make a first step in classic cars. Initially was looking at a muscle project car but I had the opportunity to ride in a 59 impala recently and really fell in love with the late 50's early 60's hot rods. I've spent some time browsing the local Craigslist and came across this beautiful yet affordable Coupe Deville.

I'm hoping some of you can help a newbie out. What types of questions should I ask besides the obvious, number of owners, accident history, etc.

What are some common problems these cars face and what parts of the car should I inspect more thoroughly If I go to look at it?

As well as any other advice is much appreciated.

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Old 07-16-2017, 03:39 PM
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Agree that the photo looks great. However, nothing beats an eyes & hands on look.

My biggest concern would be rust. The engine/trans for the most part are reliable, if not bulletproof. Is the interior as nice as the exterior?

If you are not close enough to take a personal look, get someone who knows what to look for to do it for you.

- If I read the ad right, it does NOT have the original engine. Why? The paint is bubbling after a poor repaint? I have NEVER, EVER seen a rusty steering wheel on a car in my life (and I ain't no youngster). The rust in the trunk concerns me.

I would tread lightly ....

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Old 07-17-2017, 12:04 PM
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IDK you would want to have it inspected to see overall condition. How much do you want to invest in the car? Quality repaint gets expensive and there can be reasons for the bubbling beyond improper prep. The rear seat is also incorrect The rusty steering wheel is because all the plastic cracked and broke off. It is an interesting car I never saw that roofline before. The 472 parts availability would be better than the original 390. Let your wallet guide you, if might be better to spend more to get a car with no issues, than one with issues that need corrected.
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