Cadillac 1950 speedometer scale exchange

One of the first repairs to be made on my latest addition to my Cadillac garage (a mildly customized 1950 Cadillac series 62 sedan) was changing the speedometer scale from mph to km/h.

Got the km/h scale from TA Motor in Sweden

A rather straightforward job but it is a bit tight in some spots behind the dashboard of the 1950 Cadillac in these instances it´s good to have rather small hands 🙂

1956 Cadillac Alternator Upgrade

As the old original generator was tired and did not charge sufficiently, I had to recharge the battery from time to time to be able to start the old lady and the headlights and rear lights were dim, I went ahead and purchased a renovated 63 amp alternator from 1973 Cadillac with internal chargingrelay. Supplier TA Motor Luleå, Sweden.

The switch to this alternator was quite straight forward and for details see below photos with descriptions. Now the alternator charges from low idle with 14,2-14,7V, and we´ll see how the durability over the summer cruises are.

 

Conversion to electric wipers

The vacuum windshield wipers are cute and an ingenious construction but oh so ineffecient and when you need them the most they stop or drag themselves slowly along the surface and usually stop in the most irritating position right in your field of vision. I have now had this experience in my former 58 convertible, and now again in our 56 Coupe so finally I´ve had enough!

So I decided to do something and investigated a bit on the internet for tips and trix, but there wasn´t so much info on how to convert from vacuum wipers to electric.

However I got a tip from a site which I forgot now that you actuall can use a cheapish ordinary universal electric wiper motor that can be bought from a decent car parts store (or actually also boat parts store). I choose a 2 speed with return to park position. 

A surprise was that the hard part actually was to get hold of a decent wiper wiperswitch with 2speed/park function, that didn´t look like a modern switch of a BMW or Volvo. I finally gave up and searched and ordered one from Ebay.uk.

After unboxing of the wiper motor I had to dissassemble it partially to understand how to fit it to my 56 Cadillac. I realized soon that the driveshaft would have to be shortened to fit under the hood, and that I had to manufacture brackets, fixtures and also a drive hub to fit the old wiperdrivepulley on the firewall.

So I measured the required cutoff length which ended up to approx. 3/4" (If you do this you need to measure a precise length to fit your car.)

I made cardboard templates to fit and then cut out stainless steel sheet metal bracket for the motorsupport.

I had to cut off the main outer guide shaft to fit and shortended it to fit. Had to cut of a piece in the middle to be able to use the outer guide bearing and connected the threaded shaft with a nut and Loctite thread fixing strong.

After several trial and error and finally getting the dimensions of the brackets right I then cut the drive shaft and made a drive hub out of an old piece of old piece of steel, cut a "groove" in the end as connector to the driv hub.

The 3 cables for slow, fast and park was connected and covered with shrinktubing for protection and looks. Now only the switch has to be placed and I will continue the story after some endurance test.

Enjoy the pictures below:

Also see my electric wipers in action on this FB clip.

(If you have any questions pls contact me on FB or via PM.)

Quartz clock upgrade

As on my former 1960 Coupe deville the original clock gave up after a short while when getting it running again after several years standstill. It was a complete melt down of the solenoid coil winding up the clock. I then decided to change/upgrade to a modern quartz clock mechanism getting rid of the old mechanical clock. I did this several years ago on my 1960 Cadillac (see Link)

See pictures below for the process of upgrading to a modern quartz mechanism which I bought at alocal hobby store (Clas Ohlson) for about 15USD complete with arms and mechanism.

I have to tailor made change the supplied clock arms to look like the original ones and I think I got it quite ok. If you have any questions regarding this pls email me….