Hello all, my question pertains to interior of a recent barn find.  A 1963 cadillac sedan with 16000 original miles.  Unfortunately it had mice in the car, so of course the whole interior which is complete needs to come out.

When taking interuor door panels and seats to an interior shop would you strip the seats down or let the shop tear and rebuild them?  The seats just stink.

Paul

Views: 84

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I would remove the seats and panels and take it to the shop and discuss with them. I would also buy a new carpet.

Just curious, why would a car with only 16 000 miles be put in a barn and left to rot? Doesn't make sense. You sure its not 116k or 216k miles?

I would also question the mileage. A car with that little miles would show very little interior wear.   Mice can cause a lot of damage and give an old car the rat piss smell but that does not wear the driver seat down like a care with 100K + miles.   Look at the brake pedal. Especially on the right side where the foot slides off to the gas pedal. Almost all the 100K mile + cars I have seen have significant wear down on the rubber tread. body styles (i.e. deVilles, Fleetwoods, Eldos) with the stainless trim around the pedal often get worn down and worn completely thru. With 16K miles that brake pedal should look like  new. If it is indeed 16K miles, that was a major find and congrats are in order. I like to be both skeptical and open minded on things like that.

it depends on what you'd like to have when your finished.  If you're looking for a full custom job, they won't care about the old covers, you can rip them off and throw them away.  If you'd like them to match what was originally there, they'll need the old to make patterns for the new, so keep them on.  
The easy solution is to visit your upholsterer before you bring the seats, explain the situation and your expectations, and once you're committed that this is the company for you, let them tell you how they want the seats, and what the difference in price would be if they come stripped or not.  
When I do a full rebuild, at least on door panels, I want to have the car present when I make the patterns.  Old rotten upholstery shrinks over time and warp, and I fit the new boards to the door opening rather than trusting the old pieces.  They will probably tell you to bring the car as it is for a full rebuild.

Appreciate the advice guys, car was from an old couple who couldn't drive anymore and car was kept in family, and no one touched it, till now

Could be a cool barn find. You might get a kick out of this, but my last car had lots of mice in it and has the "nice rat piss smell" and every time I walk my yorkies out by it I have to let them poke their head in and get a whiff!  I would explain the situation to the shop. They might want you to just remove the seat skins and bring them to them. In my parts car most of the smell seems to be form the carpet and not the seats. 

RSS

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Forum

Need some help

Started by Christian in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Ray Schick 21 seconds ago. 3 Replies

Hello,I removed the dash pad from my 63 Series 62 coupe and renewed all bulbs of the car..i still have one bulb with socket left which i can not identify anymore....and i do not remember where it…Continue

I need to buy rim for tire Los Angeles ca

Started by Charles in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Charles 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

in need or rim for tire Cadillac Fleetwood 64 any one known why i can buy in Los Angeles ca ..hi..thanks 310 309 0332Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

To see all 1963/64 Cadillacs Listed on eBay in the USA…Continue

Tags: ebay

Classic Cadillac Parts For Sale - Misc Items

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 4 hours ago. 166 Replies

I have posted a few Misc items over on my Classic Cadillac Parts Facebook page at…Continue

Tags: classic cadillac parts, classiccadillacparts

Blog Posts

driveshaft help

Posted by wayne weaver on October 9, 2019 at 4:41pm 1 Comment

can anyone help me with a driveshaft ? I have a 1963 Cadillac 62 series 4dr with the hydro-matic trans. I need the male splined shaft on the front of the rear driveshaft section. the piece with the nut attached by clip.id be willing to buy a shaft if its not horribly priced.

Dash removal

Posted by Jake Mickley on October 9, 2019 at 12:06am 9 Comments

Hello everyone,

On a 63 CDV, if a guy wanted to remove the entire dash to get all the metal painted, and do some other things behind there, how would he go about doing that?  I checked here and the shop manual, but can't find a complete guide.

As always, and help or direction is appreciated.  Thanks!

--Jake

Introducing myself

Posted by Gary Marchand on October 7, 2019 at 9:32pm 8 Comments

Thanks for letting me join the club.  Picked up this ‘64 Coupe Deville a few months ago out of Beverly MA, the car has few stickers on it from various Cadillac clubs, didn’t know if anyone might recognize it from it’s “Glory days.” Everything seems pretty healthy except for the body and some very Mickey Mouse repairs, was wondering if anyone had any leads on…

Continue

Carter AFB carburetor question

Posted by Ray Schick on October 7, 2019 at 8:29pm 8 Comments

3655S carb, and a 3656S carb .I know the difference is one is for A/C and the other in for a non A/C car . Now the question is : can I use the carb bowl from the A/C car on the non A/C car ? They look the same set up next to each other

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2019   Created by Jason Edge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service