1946 Cadillac Sedanette Custom
Why buy a parts car? The Seller, a seasoned Pre War Car Collector and restorer never did. He ignored this advice of fellow old car buffs during 20 years of restoring the same number of his favourite antique cars - Classics to British Sport cars. Several years ago he succumbed and agreed that a parts car was an important resource. As usual with old car guys he went overboard and bought two of them. Only one came home, plus enough extra parts to fill a garage.
His restoration - a rough and ready 1947 Cadillac Sedanette tour car project commanded every spare part, except the rusted and mangled parts car body. Although missing the rear fenders it was too `perfect' to throw away. His solution - use it to build a radical custom lead-sled. It would be a challenge comparable to building a regular old car and became a winter project.
As it came together The Seller grew more excited and more in love with the radical custom Cadillac car - dubbing it his `Radillac'. Sharing the fun with his antique car buddies The Seller's enthusiasm turned to shock when even the most traditional amongst them had a custom or hot rod car somewhere in their background.
Radillac added to Bernie's old car restoration experience and created friendships with experts who taught him a new dimension to the old car hobby. Together they created a wonderful car with its own individual personality that only customizing a car can achieve. Scheduling the project was as satisfying and precise as any restoration.
Foremost among The Seller's new Radillac buddies was Duke Brown, the Master Builder who professionally spearheaded the project and supported each phase, designing its integrated features. Garage chums included Richard Shortt Ace Mechanic, Raoul Botonarro a fine trimmer, and Bruce Willis, the dedicated automotive electrician who battled through snow to help. Capable adaptable assistants who answered Bernie’s calls were bodyman John McGuire, machinist, Steve Kolody, and polisher Dave McKeogh.
It took two years to finish both car projects and comparing Cadillac and Radillac is eye-popping.
This was taken from a feature article on the Radillac which appeared in Street Rodder Magazine
FACTS AND FIGURES
Year and make-------------- 1974 Cadillac Eldorado
B O D Y
Body style/material-------`47 Cadillac/steel tudor
I N T E R I O R
Dashboard-----------------`47 Cadillac/modified/vinyl covered
Seats/front---------------`88 Cadillac Buckets
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