Jeff Hansen

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  1. 6953 is the Special Order number. Those numbers were assigned sequentially by Cadillac. The SO number has nothing to do with the actual trim or paint codes. It has been my experience that whenever there is an SO number on the body tag, the trim and paint codes are omitted from the body tag. The details of the SO could possibly be found on the factory invoice (not the case for all SOs) which you can get from the GM Heritage Center for $50. You are likely correct about the leather interior being the special order. HTH, Jeff
  2. Michael Funeral Chapel. It's seen better days. There was a basketball court on the second floor. So sad...
  3. Mr. Gosden has a good idea. West Manchester is in Preble County. Here is the URL for the Preble County Historical Society: . I hope this helps. Jeff
  4. I can't tell you how amazed I am to see a post about the Geeting Auto Company and that artifacts still survive from it! I am a 1962 model and spent my very early years in West Manchester. My mother's family has history in the town from the early 1900s until my grandmother passed in 2010. I vividly remember the Geeting Auto Company. You are correct that it was one of the oldest Ford dealers in Ohio - some claim the oldest, but I couldn't verify that. In the building overhang on the right side of your photo, there were Sinclair gasoline pumps back in the day. Harvey Geeting lived across the street from the building and at one time owned a 1903 Ford which I recall getting to see one time. I believe the car went to the Preble County Historical Society when he passed. Somewhere I still have a newspaper article about him and his car. Thank you, sir, for bringing back the memories!
  5. Definitely '39. 40s are different. See photos for comparison. HTH, Jeff
  6. You are correct regarding the paint and trim numbers - black with black leather. 7 is likely the top color - it would have been either tan (standard) or black (optional) or blue (optional). I'm sorry I don't have a chart which tells which number correlates to which color top. And it would have been a fabric top - not vinyl. For carpet, it would have been a rubber mat with carpeted inserts. According to the Master Parts Book, the same color of carpet inserts were used regardless of interior color - but the book doesn't say what the color was. Have you gotten the 1939 Cadillac file from the GM Heritage Center? See this page: and pick the 1939 Cadillac link. Sorry I can't be of more help. Jeff
  7. According to my 1942 Master Body Parts Book, trim code 49 for 1937 is green leather - specifically for a series 60 or 65 car. HTH, Jeff
  8. Try this thread from the Cadillac & LaSalle Club's forum. At the bottom is a photo of an original in pretty darned good shape in comparison to how a new reproduction is painted. Hope this is helpful. Jeff
  9. Ric, You should find the information you seek in the Cadillac Database ( Try the photo section: Hope this helps! Jeff
  10. Beautiful car, Matt! Trim Code 27A7 is a bit of a mystery. 27A is the code for the two-tone beige and blue leather. If I had to guess, I'd say the last '7' represents the color of the convertible top. Not sure what else it could be. Best of luck with the sale! Jeff
  11. I dug through the 1948 file from the GM Heritage Center. Accessory code "K" is the Automatic Heating System. Code "U" is the code for the rear compartment radio. That's a rare option! The SO code really has my curiosity. So few special orders were done after the war. All in all, you've got a rare car! Jeff
  12. Yes, the SO is "special order". This would indicate an order by the customer that deviated from what was normally provided by the factory. It is possible that what the deviation was is listed on the factory invoice. You can get a copy of the as built configuration of your car from GM through Allied Vaughan. This information may or may not contain information about your SO. See this link for more information: The KU letters on your data plate would be accessory codes which can also be deciphered from factory information. Try this link to get some specific 1948 information: Expand the "Cadillac" option and click on "1948 Cadillac". Caution: the PDF file you get for 1948 is over 100 MB in size. This file would likely contain the accessory code definitions. Jeff
  13. First thing to check is ALL of the electrical connections associated with the starter. Make sure ALL connections are clean, bright shiny metal and that the wiring is in good shape. One connection that most people miss is the metal-to-metal connection where the starter solenoid bolts to the starter housing; also where the starter attaches to the block. I also recommend the extra ground strap mentioned by Mr. Coco. Also, as Mr. Coco suggests, make sure your battery cables are the proper size. Your car should start with no issues hot or cold. Please let us know how it goes. HTH, Jeff
  14. Cadillac initially started using this emblem in 1941 and the red was identical to the red used in the Chinese flag (the color is referred to "Chinese Red" in Cadillac circles). This color red was used on the emblems through 1946. In 1947, Cadillac changed to the more translucent or Candy Apple Red. To my knowledge, this candy apple red was used until the emblem was discontinued in production. The later emblems were used as replacements for the '41 - '46 versions. Emblems using either shade of red are available as reproductions today ( has them both). The reproductions have been available for many years. Hope you find this helpful, Jeff
  15. Thanks for the correction, Jon! I was basing my information on my 1949 Cadillac Master Parts book. I should not have been lazy and gotten out an earlier version (1942) which does list the AAV-25 as the original carb. Anyway, thanks again and I hope I didn't confuse the gentleman who posed the question. Jeff