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Just want to post and introduce myself and my car, My name is Joey VanMatre, Im 22 years old and live in North Central Arkansas and here is my car its a 1957 Cadillac 2 door hardtop, Needs a total frame off restoratin but one of these days she will roam the streets again. I also just picked up a 1957 4 door Cadillac fleetwood for parts and will be parting the car out very soon.

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Joey, Welcome the the AACA forums and a great hobby. That sure is a lot of "potential". <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> But I bet you will have lots of fun, and wear out lots of shoes looking for parts, as you restore it.

Make sure you come back and update us on how it is coming along. And there are great folks here that will help you with information if you just ask.

The photos are great.

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Nice car, Joey. A bit rough... been there, done that. But what the hey... where did you get her?

And what would you like to see done over the next year?

I will second the Welcome and hope you have plenty of questions. There are many here who can help.

Nice to see another Fifties Caddy on the block. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

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Welcome!

Good looking Caddie! You have the opportunity to learn all aspects of restoration with it, lots of work, but it looks as if it can be done in stages so you wont get discouraged. When you finally tag it and fire it up for it's maiden cruise, be careful not to hurt yourself with the ear to ear grin you WILL be wearing, for weeks!

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Thanks for the welcome guys, I bought the car off ebay last fall for a mere $510.00. The guy selling was liquidating a 22 year colletion of more than 150 cars he didnt even know what year car this was. At the time I had been looking at old 50's Cadillacs and threw my bid in at the last few seconds, with fingers crossed I was very glad I had won. Car was about 2 hrs from here and I went and picked her up. The 4 door I bought out of Missouri it cost alot more than the 2 door but is a parts goldmine. From the 4 door ill be able to make a perfect grille, It has a very nice drivers side fender, a transmission that the 2 door doesnt have, the 365 V8 was actually running last year, and alot of misc parts that are better than what I have. Heres some pics of the 4 door if anyone needs anything just let me know as it is going to be parted within the next few weeks.

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Congratulations Joey and welcome aboard.Love those 57 Cadillacs. Glad to see someone startin off young. Bought my first old Buick when I was 22 but had to sell it to buy my new bride a washing machine. Moral..., make sure your wife to be has her own washing machine.

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Joey, I also bought my first (and only) Cadillac when I was 22. It was a 1947 75 Imperial Limousine. I paid $300 for it. Keep up the good work restoring your piece of history. Don't get discouraged as at times you will. The reward will be the satisfaction and pride when you finish the project and get the admiring smiles and thumbs up from passersby as you drive proudly down the road.

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Looks as though Joey is beyond discouraged... he has the car for sale on the Cadillac LaSalle Forum down the list a bit. Ah well... such as life. We have to be honest in our appraisals and realistic about what we can do. Sounds like a new truck would be a better thing to have at his present time and position.

Good luck, Joey. Hope it works out for the best.

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