THE RESTORATION OF MY 1967 CADILLAC ELDORADOWhen I was searching for a 67 Eldorado I did not want to buy one which would need to be restored.
Thats why I bought this low mileage - two owner car.
Being a perfectionist, of course I soon found out that it would need some work done to it when it arrived at my door.
Technically wise it needed the following to be perfect:
- radiator needed re-coring
- left front disc brake was sticking slightly - needed complete rebuild including pads and all 4 pistons
- new brake hoses
- new gaskets for valve covers, transmission, differential
- new ball joints
- new pitman arm
- new idler arm
- new stabilizer link
- new fuel lines
- new battery cables
- new fusible links for headlights
- new H4 headlights to be street legal in Austria
- new dryer
- rebuild radio and speakers and install RediRad system
- new evaporator
- new expansion valve
- new heater core
- new O-rings
- new A6 AC compressor
- new waterpump
- complete rebuild of the AC which was torn out in an attempt to replace a leaking evaporator by the previous owner - including fixing the heater box, new heater core - reinstalling the blower and much more
- new condenser
- new master vacuum switch
- new expansion valve
- new idle-speed up diaphragm
- some new vacuum hoses
- recharge of the AC system
- windshield-washer pump overhaul kit
- new regulator valve for the ALC
- new clock stem
- new clock mechanism
- repair front headlight doors
- new steering pump hoses
- Carburetor rebuilt
- Ignition completely rebuilt
- rebuilt door jamb switch
- all new fluids (coolant, brake, oil, transmission fluid)
- rebuilt power seat transmission
- and some small things I already forgot ;-)
These are all some typical issues of low mileage cars that were into storage for too long. Below you can find some pictures of the technical restoration. Scroll below this picture gallery to see the information on the repaint project.
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REPAINT - FULL COSMETICAL RESTORATION 2017/2018
Cosmetically wise the 1967 Eldorado got a repaint in the winter of 2017/18 as the original paint had some issues. It was cracking on some places and unfortunately it also had some paint chips from storing it under boxes in the garage of the original owner. The car also had the typical corrosion issue around the rear window - where some surface rust was showing. The original owner already made some poor attempts to fix this.
I took care of all of this at the repaint. The car was stripped to bare metal of course to do a proper color change. No traces of the original white paint were left to get a perfectly new “Atlantis Blue Firemist" paint job. I had a hard time deciding if I should do a color change, but eventually decided to go for it.
The car had no major rust as it was always garaged. The only rust it had was around the front and rear windows which was already visible and surprisingly the front floor was rusted as well - a very common issue on these cars unfortunately.
I also needed to have the rear bumper re-chromed as the chrome was flaking off - I had never seen this on any car before - it was strange, but fixable.
The engine bay will get a detailing job to look like new as well.
The interior did not need a lot, but I replaced the carpet and the trunk was re-done completely with new cardboard and new trunk material - its like new now!
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