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  1. On 2/9/2021 at 4:28 PM, LCK81403 said:

    Anybody know the skinny on this '32 Cord E-1 prototype?  It's turning radius probably would not be compatible with Boston's streets.

    32 Cord E-1 prototype.jpg


    There were two articles about this car in Special Interest Autos back in the 90s.  You can read the articles online on Hemmings' website:





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  2. I, too, enjoy the How to Restore ANTIQUE and CLASSIC CARS book.   Discovered it in my grandparents house in the mid-70s when I was about 13 and been hooked on it ever since.  I have two copies - just because.


    One thing that interests me about the book's contents (other than the cars) is comparing the accepted practices at the time with what we know today.  Example:  the use of benzene or carbon tetrachloride as a cleaning agent.


    Great book for sure!

  3. 14 hours ago, alsancle said:


    What distinguishes it from the later cars?  The bumpers?


    Yes, the bumpers and the entire front ensemble (grille, headlamps, horns). Taillights are also different.  I don't believe the production cars (available from '34 to '37) had the recessed license plate on the trunk, either.  Interestingly, this body style (job 5799) could be had on either a V-8, V-12, or V-16 chassis.  Cadillac & LaSalle Club members have researched the cars produced and whether they survived.  That research is not currently at my fingertips.  It was done roughly 30 years ago.


    Here are links to photos of a '34 V-16 survivor for comparison: 





    This '34 is believed to be in Australia currently and undergoing restoration.

  4. On 8/7/2019 at 4:03 PM, Matt Harwood said:

    "SO" on the trim tag means "Special Order." I have not been able to find what trim code 6953 indicates, but if I were a gambling man, I'd bet it's green leather from another model or year.




    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.




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  5. On 6/6/2019 at 10:41 PM, WQ59B said:

    Google only 'drives' down the main north-south street, but the building may have more time left than it would in other towns. This is still standing in West Manchester :

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    Michael Funeral Chapel.  It's seen better days.  There was a basketball court on the second floor.  So sad...

  6. 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!


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  7. 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: https://gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits.html  and pick the 1939 Cadillac link.


    Sorry I can't be of more help.



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  8. 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!


  9. 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: http://www.cadillaclasalleclub.org/technical-resources/authenticate-your-car

    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: http://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits.html 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.


  10. 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.



  11. 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 (allcads.com has them both). The reproductions have been available for many years.

    Hope you find this helpful,


  12. 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.


  13. Your car was originally equipped with a Stromberg AAV-26 carburetor. These were used on Cadillac V8s from 1936 through 1948. There were some slight differences over the years, but any one of them should do you, I would think (please, someone chime in if I'm mistaken!).

    There is a code stamped on the left side of the top cover on these carbs. You will want one stamped like:






    The "205-14x" carbs are probably the most prevalent. The 205-1 and 205-2 were the original ones used in 1938.

    There are other "205-" series carbs that will work as well (all used between '36 and '48):

    205-7, -3, -5, -8, -9A, and -10A.

    Hope this is somewhat helpful to you.


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