Jason Coupe DeVille Resto: Interior Pieces Out for Some Upholstery Work and Painting

Two interior issues being addressed on my 64 CDV:

While I was off work this week I removed the bench seat to have new fabric sewn on the back bottom of seat, and to fix a missing button and add some new padding.  Along with the seat, I also took the arm rests that need to be redyed and some cracking on my left driver side arm rest. I also might see about dying that gear shift lever cap sandalwood.

For the paint shop, I removed all the items that unbolt from the dash including lower dash cover and left ash tray, over the column cover, steering column itself, glove box door, right side ash tray door, and top front door panel metal plates and took all to local paint ship for painting. Looking closely at the dash 95% of the scratching was on the removable panels and not on the small % of core exposed dash once everything is removed.  If paint will match up close enough to dash it will save me from removing the entire dash....but will be ready to take that step if I need to. 

I also ordered and have on hand a new rear package shelf and think I can install that myself.  I will post some more pictures of the rear package tray as it goes in.

Here is a panoramic of my interior with the interior items removed and some earlier pictures before everything was removed.





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Comment by Jason Edge on November 11, 2013 at 11:30pm

I continued my work on the interior today by jumping past the doors to the dash and installing parts I had painted including the right side ash tray, over the column dash piece, and steering column.   It is really nice to see the ignition switch area not scratched up, and the column mating the dash color again.   I have to say the steering column going back in is much slower than coming out LOL. Of course the goal is to make sure nothing gets scratched up and so far so good. I have loaded more pictures to the photo album and will post a few pictures here below:


Over the column piece installed below. You can see how close the removal pieces I had painted match the original dash which I did not remove.



Right side ash tray installed.  I actually spend quite a bit of time lining it up and using the glove box door to make sure it will line up when it is installed:




Had to install the external tilt switch and neutral safety switch to the column:





I actually ended up taking the steering coupler off the bottom of column and installing onto steering gear and then installing column into top end when installing the column. Seems easier to line up:



Steering Column Installed!



Comment by Jason Edge on November 10, 2013 at 8:14pm

I knocked out the rear interior of the 64 CDV today  by removing the left rear regulator and motor and cleaning and regreasing everything, and installing the rear side qtr panels and rear seats. Everything was cleaned well while it was out.

I have posted about 20 pictures on my Interior project album located at this link:


To note a couple of pictures.... below are the sash cam channel and rear guide with the old caked in grease and a picture below of the channels cleaned and coated with white lithium grease:




Below are the tools of the trade including the old standbys WD 40 and 0000 Steel Wool, spray and cup white lithium grease, and Rustoleum Leak Seal Rubber Spray Coating which I used to seal the rear qtr inspection pans and bolt heads:




Here's a picture of the left rear qtr completed with the inspection qtr sealed:



Right Rear Qtr Installed


left rear qtr installed:



rear seats and seat belts installed:



Package tray area 100% better than before!


Comment by Gérald Fourdin on November 10, 2013 at 5:15am

these videos will help me to do the same job on my car, I've never opened it, I hope not to have unpleasant surprises. Have a great sunday, Gerald.

Comment by Jason Edge on November 9, 2013 at 11:28pm

Here is some video testing the right rear qtr window in my 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille after the motor and regulator, tracks, cams and guides were removed, cleaned and greased and reinstalled.

Comment by Gérald Fourdin on November 9, 2013 at 12:40pm

Beautifull, very good quality work. On mine, the driver armrests broke three place ... not very fun ...that's life!

Comment by Jason Edge on November 8, 2013 at 7:15pm

PIcked up the long coupe DeVille armrests today from Auto Interiors downtown Raleigh and they look fantastic. I had painted them Wimbledon white many years back to give some semblance of blending in with the rest of the interior and to cover the scratches in plastic and cracks in the leather. While the leather was not falling apart there were some very ugly cracks on my 162K mile Coupe DeVille on the driver arm rest.

They matched the color using the color from the back side where the leather lipped over and the back of the plastic and did a wonderful job. The price was $125 per arm rest..and believe it was well worth it!! That's the main thing that stood out as needing some work when you swung my door open...that and the rear package tray and both have been addressed now.

I'm off 3 days and need to make some solid progress getting those motors and regulators in and to start piecing the dash panels back which I received a couple days ago!

Here's a quick picture of those armrests:


Comment by Jason Edge on November 6, 2013 at 8:20am

Wires through left/front left door almost always have to be repaired or replaced over time.  These are heavy gauge wires and swinging the driver door open and shut thousands of times over 50 years causes them to simply wear out and break.

Comment by Gérald Fourdin on November 6, 2013 at 4:38am

Hi Jason, nice vidéo.

My rear window motors are feneant! I do not think the fault is of motors, but the electrical connections. As you know my cadillac 1964 has not been well maintained by the previous owners. Whole bunch of cable of the left door have been cut! I guess to remove the door and do not remove the cables. I think everything is default sets a bad electrical current to my motors. You gave me the idea to remove my rear motors while everything is before restoring my top hydraulic system.

Comment by Jason Edge on November 5, 2013 at 11:26pm

here's a bit of video testing the right rear qtr window and motor after regreasing the gear:

Comment by Jason Edge on November 4, 2013 at 4:42pm

Gerald, I'll be good with Very Nice...or Very Good. I've yet to do anything "perfect" on the Caddy but do push myself to make gradual upgrades. For everything I've done in the last year or so including the engine rebuild, I would say all has been "good" to "very good" quality. Once I bring the entire car to very good overall condition (probably several years away) I will push a bit further but still may never have anything what I consider perfect.


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