David Fertig

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  1. David Fertig

    Chevrolet roadster

    ExperiMetal did make some bodies, but it was a limited run and they are not easy to find. There was one for sale not too long ago, but the seller was hard to get any answers from. If I build this one to what I like, it would most likely get a big block Caddy engine.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Yachtflame - I sent you pics.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Richelieu - I sent you a message. Never got one from you. Let me know if you did not get mine.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    So to clear up any confusion: I was looking for a Chevrolet roadster in less then pristine condition. I intended to put a newer engine, trans, and rear in it. And drive the snot out of it. I found this Cadillac with such a great body that I could not pass it up. It has been said many times that the '32 Chevy is the baby '31 Caddy. I have a couple other vehicles in the works before I get to any roadster/convertible. So I have time to (1) Continue to look for a Chevy (2) Decide what to do with this Caddy. I am not sure the direction I want to take with this car. I will not be building it like I had planned for a Chevy. It is a different car. What I wanted to know was (1) is there any interest in a complete rolling chassis and drivetrain and maybe an approximation of value of this. And after some comments and thinking about this car (2) What is the value range of this car with a decent (non points car) restoration. Since I may consider doing that and selling it. (3) What would be the value range of the car as is? In case I find a Chevy. (4) Since I am open minded at this time - if anyone has a similar car as this or a Chevy roadster and is in the PA or MD area and would be willing take me for a ride in their car, I may indeed see the finer aspects of restoring this car as opposed to other ideas. As of right now, and if I do not find a Chevy, the current plan is for a big block - probably a Cadillac. And to take the body off and set it on a new frame. And build in in a way that it could be put back to original if desired. However - I would consider selling all the parts not used if (1) they have a decent value to offset my project (2) if the car restored is not worth the value of keeping the parts. I hope that is clear. I really don't care if someone has a Chevy, but won't sell it because of what I am going to do with it. I really don't care if you do not like my plans. Like I said, I am open at this point, but as the year goes on and shop space opens up, I will be ready to build something. You can tell me to go to the HAMB and I do look there. But I am pretty sure there are more people on this site who could use parts off this car if I go that route.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    A couple random thoughts: Is there anyone with a similar Cadillac or a '28-32 Chevy roadster that is in the Pennsylvania or Maryland area that would be willing to give me a ride in their original car once the winter breaks? Or that is coming to Hershey with their car in the Fall? If I were to restore this car - not for a points car, but as a driver. Like I said, all the wood is new. Do a decent leather interior (some is already done). A decent paint job. And the chrome is pretty good. What is the opinion of value? I saw a driver that looks like it just sold for somewhere in the $55-65K. What is the opinion of value on this car as it is? The motor looks done. Original top included for pattern. All sheetmetal looks really good except for a small crease/brake on the rear fender bead. What is a realistic chance of finding a '32 Chevy roadster? The ones I have seen, seem expensive for what they are or are too nice for me.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Richelieu - I just bought this car and got it back here. If it was a Chevy, I would already know what I am doing with it. However, it is a larger, higher caliber car. So... I am in the process of figuring out the direction I want to go with it. I posted to see if there was any interest in the rolling chassis with driveline. I can do a couple things with this car (1) Restore it. (2) Hot rod it and sell all the parts we are not going to use. (3) Hot rod it and keep all the parts, and build it so it can go back to original in the future. (4) Find a Chevy and sell this car as is. I have a couple cars in front of this one, so nothing is going to happen overnight. The post was more to see if there was interest and possibly what I can recoup from the parts. That is all part of me figuring out the direction I am going to take.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Oh, and Carl - that Stude' is really cool. I always wanted one. My buddy is building one right now.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Actually, Trim - I do not want an old car that drives like a new car. What I am looking to do for this project is build a hot rod. My old '31 Chevy was that. It was built in the 1980 and had a 350 and a 4 speed. It was in primer when I got it and rode on a set of the old style Torque Thrusts. It was loud. It vibrated. It would spin the tires when you got on it. It was a little rough around the edges. BUT - it was a blast to drive and brought a smile to my face. I really don't care how someone else builds or restores their cars. I only care about having fun in this hobby. There are less and less guys who are doing restored cars. It that's your thing, fine. I have a couple original cars also. I do think it's funny how possessive of someone else's junk some people get. So maybe deep down inside I might get a little satisfaction when I think that I was chastised for wanting to do a Chevy, but now we are doing a Cadillac instead. And a little more background. I also do salvage and restoration of 18th and 19th century buildings. Do I want to knock down really nice buildings that have been here for 200 years? Not all of them. Some are beyond saving. And some could be moved into tomorrow. BUT - it is up to the property owner to decide. I can only give estimates for the costs or fixing/maintaining/restoring versus removing the building. But when we take a building down, a lot of the material gets to live on in another building. Heck - the flooring that is in my bedroom has been in three buildings in it's life. I took it out of an 1840's log house and based on some details about it, it was in an 18th century building before that. I really think we will build it so that it can be put back to original at some point. To all of you who expressed interest in parts, Let me get with my guy and see what kind of build we envision and then I will know what will happen with the parts we do not use. They may just go and sit on a rack for as long as I own the car. Just really not sure yet since this is going to take a much different approach then I was planning for a roadster.
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    1931 Cadillac Rolling Chassis with Engine and Trans.

    Carl - first off, yes, I respect anyone who fixes and restores this old junk. But more that fixing is driving them. I have the utmost respect for someone who is not afraid to hop in and take off with their car and some tools in the back. And that is for the restored/maintained cars, but also for the guys who do Hot Rod Magazines Drag Week. Are they now pro Mods with headlights? Yes. But to put that many real street miles on them with no support rig is impressive. I lead a busy life. We are farmers and building salvagers. I am constantly fixing things that brake. My old cars are supposed to be a departure from that. I want to turn the key and drive down the road. This car - if we build it - is almost definitely getting a big block. It will also not be your "run-of-the-mill" been there and done that '32 Ford roadster.
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    Chevrolet roadster

    Thanks for the tip, West. When I first looked at the car, the top was down. When we went to pick it up, the top was up. In any regards, the car will be taken back apart once we start on it. And as to the engine choice... This will be a much different build then I was planning on a Chevy. It's a much bigger, heavier car. One thought is to take the whole rolling chassis out and shelve it. Set the body on a late model frame with a BBC. We can build it so that at some point in the future, it could be put back to original if someone wanted. The other option, is to sell off whatever we are not using and let the next owner worry about "restoring" it if they want. Basically, I was looking for a Chevy and got chastised for my plans and told that "no one on here will sell you a car because we know what you are going to do with it." I was looking for a rougher car then this one and one that was missing parts. BUT - I found this one with all new wood and no rust. And all the pieces that are not on the car are bagged and tagged. SO - we'll rod this one and make a really fun driver out of it. I'll be cruising it around with the top down and a big smile on my face. I anticipate plenty of thumbs from passer-bys like my other cars. And if I get the occasional finger from some purists, well, that is their problem. We've got my boy's Model A in the woks now and I need to pull the engine on my '33 Chevy and do a little work on that, but after that, this is on the schedule. We are still in the planning stages, so things may change. I even thought of doing a resto. on this one and selling it and still look for a Chevy, but since it is not a V-12 or V-16, I am not sure that would be worth it.
  11. Is there any interest in the rolling chassis with engine and trans. from a 1931 Cadillac convertible coupe? I believe the engine was rebuilt, but am working on getting the details. I might need to keep the frame. Not sure yet as we just got it and are still in the planning stages.
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    Chevrolet roadster

    Good news! I found a car to build. Not the 1932 Chevy I was looking for, but a lot of similarities. Some have even referred to the the '32 Chevy as the "baby." A lot more solid then I was looking for, but that's not a bad thing for an 87 year old car. Previous owner bought it in 1949 and the State Inspection sticker reads 1956. He was on the long-term resto. plan. All new wood in the 1980's. Body is about ready to prep and paint. Front fenders are perfect. Rears need just a little work. All the parts were included - bagged and tagged. Seats have new leather. Original top is included and my guy says he can make a new one. To say that I am stoked, in an understatement! It's not a roadster, but I like the suicide doors of the convertible coupe better anyhow. Shooting to have her on the road by 2020. Stay tuned!
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    1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe

    Yes. I have a Pro-Street 1962 that I built in the early '90's. It's a full frame car, not just a back-halved like a lot of them. Has a 406 in it. Gets 10mpg and I am not afraid to drive it a couple hours away. I never got around to paint and interior, so it's far from a show car, but it's a fun and comfortable ride. I also have a '66 V8 wagon that is all original and waiting its turn in line. But perhaps we are getting too far from the original post? My questions were more to try and figure out the members of this site. It seems that there is a great lack of interest in cars from the first half of the century by young people. I am probably younger then most on this site, but I have been into cars from my first one, which was a '56 Chevy that I still have. I do not understand having something that is mechanical that cannot be used. The idea of pushing a car into and out of a trailer and sitting beside it at a show is a concept that I do not understand. Having a car that someone is afraid to drive over 45mph is a concept I do not understand. I can watch a steam engine run for hours. I collect 18th century tall clocks because I am fascinated with the mechanics of them - and they are still keeping time. I buy the cars that I like the looks of and do whatever the car tells me in order to make a dependable driver out of it. The straight 6 in my '56 just purrs right along, but I pity the people who get behind me on our twisty roads here, what with the original brakes and bias plys. And I have a '33 Chevy sedan that has a 350/350 in it. That car probably gets more young people looking at it and asking about it then any of my other cars. And to me, that is a lot of what this is all about - getting young people interested in old things. There is nothing worse then looking around a hobby and seeing the members die off and no one there to take the reigns. I have only recently found this site, but I have seen a number of people who are quite frankly a turn off. There is a lot of good advice here and I enjoy reading a lot of the threads, so I will continue to ask questions and post ads and make comments. And that is my 2 cents for now until I make some change.
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    1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe

    I can fry an egg on my Nova's headers. Does that count for anything? (That's tongue-in-cheek. Don't get too upset)
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    1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe

    So - using the car in this thread for an example - I am seeing items like chrome steering column, shifter, and parking brake handle, along with some chrome linkage and stainless bolts under the hood. Would this then be considered a "resto-mod?" Or were these items originally chrome and stainless in 1931? I am gathering that for most people in the AACA, they want to take a car and make the best model they can out of it. Such as take a lower model - without the spare tires on the fenders - and upgrade it, as long as it could have come that way from the factory. Kind of like all the SS Camaro 's and Chevelle's or GTO's that started out as lower models.