1940 Cadillac LaSalle Series 52 Coupe

Price: - Item location: Moore, South Carolina, United States
  • Make: Cadillac
  • Model: Other
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Coupe
  • Year: 1940
  • Mileage: 999,999
  • Engine size: Cadillac 472
  • Drive type: Automatic
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1940 Cadillac Other

1940 Cadillac LaSalle Series 52 Coupe

Full body-off restoration/modification. Originally a California car and has been in my family for over 20 years. Spent a year at Dagel’s Street Rods (http://www.dagelsstreetrods.com/) in Orange California where it underwent major changes. Original front clip was replaced with a Vette C4 system original motor was replaced with a rebuilt ’73 Cadillac 472. Engine mods include an MTS #5 cam and lifter kit Edelbrock aluminum intake HEI ignition and more… A rebuilt T-400 and a GM 12 bolt with highway gearing round out the drivetrain modifications. The perfect fitting interior is from an ‘80s El Dorado and is nicely complimented with Dakota Digital gauges power windows electric wipers and many other custom features. This car has been built to be a comfortable reliable eye-catching cruiser and lacks only the final touches to be ready for the long cruises. Runs and drives as it is.

Here are some things I know that still need to be finished to consider this a completed car:

  • Interior needs to be completed. Mostly detail work such as kick panels headliner windlass door gaskets etc. Passenger door glass is cracked and will need to be replaced. Carpet needs some more cutting and steaming to better adapt to the floor contours.
  • Paint. The car has been stripped to bare metal and primed with SPI black epoxy. Filler was added where needed and epoxy was applied over the filler. Car still needs a high-build primer blocking and the paint of your choice.
  • Front wheels scrub in a sharp turn. There are a number of ways to solve this but for looks and effectiveness I would back-space the wheels one inch. CenterLine quoted $150 plus S&H per wheel to backspace their originals or they will make brand new ones for $300/wheel.
  • Little detail tasks. The car is not yet perfect and needs detail work to address the little things that make a rod perfect. This final year Lasalle is the perfect opportunity for someone wishing to purchase an awesome and very rare stylish hot rod that has all the big and most of the small stuff already done. What it lacks now is a nice paint job (or leave it in primer if you like) and the finishing touches to make this one of the finest cars at any show.
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