The Cadillac BIG Meet 2016 was featured on 4 different TV stations in Austria. I am in the organization team of the meeting and responsible for media and PR of the event, so I had to give some interviews. One team even visited me and my friend Christian in our garages. Thank you very much to all the teams who did a great job, broadcasting these great reports!
You can see the videos of the reports below!
BTV - Mehr Region für Mich
Enjoy watching them! Below are two making off pictures I took while the Servus-TV team did its work.
The Servus-TV cameraman at work in my garage. The Servus-TV cameraman at work in my garage.
Almost 2 years after the construction of my garage began I could finally start to paint the outside of my new Cadillac Garage. It´s a lot of work and will keep me busy for a while...
I started painting with the first coat of dark grey. I even did some paint work during the night After the first coat of paint Still a lot to do This is how the garage should look like once it is finished
A while ago I had the chance to buy two old and used Cadillac Dealer signs. As it turned out later some very important things were missing to get them back to life and to let them glow again... Lots of wires were cut inside the sign and nobody had an idea how to fix them. After a long search I found a company in Vienna which had the know how and the parts to fix them. First and most importantly I needed the right two transformers. I had to measure the length of the neon tubes for them to calculate the voltage needed. (11.920 Volts btw...)
My electrician now helped me to bring the neon back to life. We are still waiting for some cables to arrive, but at least the sign is glowing now. With the right cables it will hopefully light up fully. I have a second sign which I will mount in my other Cadillac garage.
The electrician at work - trying to figure out where the cables should go... Its mounted on the wall in the center of the garage
Where I live we have very humid winters and springs. Humidity often ranges around 80 - 100% with lots of fog during these seasons. Of course the humid outside air will enter the garages eventually as well . Rust can start at a relative humidity level of 50% - mold and mildew can start growing on the interior at about 60% humidity. Humidity under 50% will dry out plastic, leather and rubber... Corrosion is not good for a car - it will also attack electric connectors and switches and eat your sheet metal from the inside where it is not protected...
To protect my cars and those who have rented space in my garage, I decided to use dehumidifiers to keep humidity low inside the garages. Without using them I would have about 75 - 80% humidity during winter storage. As our winters are very long the cars would have to suffer for about 7 months a year.
For the new garage I now got a new dehumidifier. I invested in a really big and powerful one which even works at very low temperatures. It drains the condensation into a built in tank and I collect this pure water in a bigger container. This pure water is excellent for washing cars, as there are no minerals inside which could leave stains on the paint.
It automatically controls relative humidity and keeps it around 50% all year round. At very humid days the dehumidifier comes on for about 4-5 hours during a day - keeping energy costs at a reasonable level... So I know that all cars inside the garage are safe and will stay "fresh" during hibernation. I can really recommend these dehumidifiers for your garage as well - grab a hygrometer and check whats going on in your garage!
The new dehumidifier in the garage. I´m using the FRAL Superdryer 62 - which is a heavy duty professional unit with the right power for the size of my garage.
During the last 8 days I spent about 100 hours painting the interior of my new garage. I used my vacation to do so... It was a lot of work to make it look like it does now. My wife helped me masking everything for spray painting and my friend Richard helped me making the markings for the painted stripes. Everything else I did on my own.
I needed 150 kg of white paint, 10 kg of red paint and 7 kg of grey paint and about 350 meters of masking tape.
It came out very nice and I finally could move the first cars into the new garage. Some minor things will still have to be done on the interior and I can also start decorating it now.
I hope to be able to also paint the exterior of the garage soon, before the long winter starts. The pictures of the paint process and the finished interior can be found here.
This is how it looked like with everything masked off. The (almost) final result - the first cars just moved in :-)
Finally we had some warm weather and it was time to start working on my cars again. First up was the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville which needed new brake fluid.
So I sucked out the old fluid from the reservoir and flushed all the lines with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid. I started at the right rear line, the left rear, the right front and left front brake cylinder. Although I have a pit its still a pain to reach all the bleeding screws. The power brake cylinder itself also needs some good bleeding. Thanks to my dear wife Afra for gently pumping the brake pedal and helping me out. When you bleed brakes make sure your assistant does not push the brake pedal all the way through as this could damage your master cylinders membrane.
Next up was a thorough cleaning of the garage floor. My 3 year old son Elliot also wanted to help his daddy and helped me swiping the floor ;-)
Bleeding and flushing the 58s brake lines
The cars are out for cleaning the garage floor
Little Elliot helping out - I´m glad he loves being in the garage.
As already written in a previous post - the floor in my new garage project has to come out again as it is much too soft for an epoxy coating. After I finally found an agreement with the construction company today the "old" screed started to come out again… See more pictures in my garage gallery.
Work on my Cadillac garage project has started again this spring. 3 weeks ago I was planning to have my floor epoxy coated, when I found out that something went terribly wrong with the screed. Its way too soft, so nothing can adhere to it! The construction company responsible for it has to find a solution now - they will try to fix it with some chemicals, but I´m not very optimistic that it will work out. I hope we can solve the issue without a legal battle and I will get a new floor soon.
My friend Richard once again helped me out with my garage work as well. He is an expert for plastering work and is helping me adding the last finishing touches to the exterior. I will be able to do the paint work on the exterior hopefully soon.
Preparing the floor for the planned epoxy coating - it soon turned out that the floor is way too soft Measuring the hardness of the floor - way too soft! Should be at 1,6 nm/mm2 and not 0,6 -in some areas its only 0,29 nm/mm2 My friend Richard helped me plastering the last details around the doors. The exterior is almost ready for paint.
During the cold and way too long winter I won’t have any Cadillac activities going on. My main project 2012 was the construction of my new Cadillac Garage. Unfortunately I was not able to finish the garage project before the winter due to some major health problems with my back and some delays with building permissions. The project started two months later as initially planned.
I really hope that my back will get better until next spring and that I can start working on my new garage and my cars once again.
In 2012 my car activities unfortunately were very limited as well: I drove all my cars together for only around 400 miles, due to some very wet summer and lots of work. I really had no time to enjoy my cars as much as I would have wanted. Thats not good for the cars as well - they were built to get driven!
Through the help of a Belgian Cadillac friend I was put in contact with a gentleman in the Netherlands who had two Cadillac light boxes from a former Cadillac dealer for sale. He sold them pretty cheaply - so I thought it would be a great addition for my garage as decoration item. Shipping them was not so easy. Nevertheless they look great and will eventually be hung in my planned new Cadillac garage.
My friend Tayfun helped me clean the new decoration. After some work they looked like new!
As I ran out of space to store all my cars at home - work for my new Cadillac garage began today! I will use 3 spaces in it for myself - the rest will be for rent for fellow classic car owners.
At the moment I have to store at least two cars at friends garages. The 58 Seville spent a whole year in a friends garage an hour away from my house. After a lot of planning and waiting for building permissions, today finally work for my new garage project began. Once finished I will be able to store 8 full size cars in there :-) The new garage is located only a few minutes away from my house in a good neighborhood, with friendly neighbors who will keep an eye on whats going on there.
Today we had to cut down some trees to make room for the building. During the next days the property will get cleared and grubbed before the foundation will be laid next week. The plan is to have everything finished by mid October so that the cars will have a new home before next winter.
*UPDATE* October 5th during the last few weeks we made really good progress on the building - check out the pictures to see the current status.
needs new front wheel bearings (I already have the spare parts)
will try to find a rebuilt OEM Bendix master cylinder and vacuum booster. These are very difficult to find. Everybody seems to offer Delco Moraine parts only. I have replaced my original booster and master cylinder 2 years ago and I´m not quite happy with the power assist of the new units. It seems that the after market master cylinders from Delco have a smaller bore diameter and therefore you will have to depress the pedal with more force. There is a discussion going on on the topic of finding the correct booster and master cylinder in the CLC forum - check it out for more detail! If you know where I could find a correct Bendix booster and master cylinder or where I could get my original core rebuilt, please let me know!! The parts number for the Bendix Master Cylinder is #1489981 and for the Bendix booster it is: #1489071
re-adjust the gear indicator as it's slightly out of line.
I will remove the starter motor and have it rebuilt - it sometimes is acting up
It needs some new front wheel bearings as well. I already bought the parts.
I will of course post the repair progress here on my website
A new garage?
The biggest planned project for 2012 will be to find a solution for my storage problem. I hope to be able to build another garage or to rent one. I will have to find a solution until the spring of 2012. I´m dreaming of building a building which can hold 8 Cadillacs, but I do not know yet if I will be able to afford it...
I put my 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville into winter storage today. As I ran out of garage space and have not found a solution for my storage problem yet, my friend Christian was so kind to offer me a cosy place in his AWESOME garage to store the 58 over the winter. So I drove my car to him today and enjoyed the 75 mile trip to his garage, as we had a warm and sunny autumn day. When I reached Christians garage I refueled the car and put some fuel stabilizer in it. Amazingly the car needed only 18 mpg / 13l/100km. Thats pretty amazing - and I drove it pretty lead footed...
The car will spend this winter in a fantastic garage . The owner has an amazing collection of fine Cadillacs and some other classic cars. Among the Cadillacs are a 1956, 1957 and 1960 Eldorado Biarritz and a super low mileage 1976 Bicentennial. All cars are in amazing condition. The garage is second to none - it also features a full size bar and diner below the show room...
I´m glad that my 58 can spend the winter there, while my other cars are safely put away in my crowded garage. I really want to thank Christian for his generous offer!!!!
Below you can see some pictures I took on my last ride with the 58 in 2011. Good night my dear 58 - see you in May 2012.
On the way...
I had to stop at an oil pump along the road to snap a picture...
I had to stop at an oil pump along the road to snap a picture...
Christians “Eldorado Roadhouse“ - an awesome garage! The 1960 Biarritz once belonged to Cary Grant by the way... Next to my 58 is a super low mileage Bicentennial...
A part of Christians garage - the car under the cover is my 58... then there is a custom corvette and a #1 Mustang GT350...
My friend Christian owns some spectacular Cadillacs, but now he opened one of the greatest garages I have ever seen... He made his dream come true and built an awesome home for his car collection including a private dinner below the garage. The whole building is just amazing. On his 50th birthday he invited some friends for the grand opening of his new building. Congratulations Christian!!!
He built the whole garage including the diner with his own hands with the help of his family - an enormous task, and perfectly executed.
A panoramic picture showing his showroom - the cars and the building are just spectacular! The private diner below the garage. the birthday party had a 50’s theme - so we dressed up accordingly. Elliot was only 3 weeks on this picture. The car on the left is Cary Grant’s former 60 Eldorado Biarritz btw....
I neglected my garage a little bit during the last time - and as I had a day off today, I decided to give it a good spring cleaning. I cleaned the entire epoxy floor - and now everything looks clean and tidy again. The Cadillacs like it clean... I will rent a floor polishing machine soon - for the extra shine ;-)
The garage floor before cleaning - the Eldorados had to wait outside After cleaning-still wet Clean and dry - the 67 Deville stayed in there...
Today I received a very nice parcel from the USA. On ebay I won an all original NOS 1967 Cadillac announcement banner, which dealers used to decorate their dealership with when the new 1967 models arrived at their showroom. Its unused and still in the original box. Its almost 7 meters long. I do not yet know where in the garage I will hang it, but as soon as it is getting warmer I will take care of this cool new decoration item. The best thing is that I got it pretty cheap.
My buddy Tayfun once again came on a visit to start working on his Pimperado for the upcoming season. First we both made a "To Do List" for each individual car and plans for repairs that we want to do this spring and summer. Also on the agenda was to wake up the cars, which were stored for the last months.
Yesterday we replaced the fuel pump on the 58, which I already replaced last summer - it was brand new but did not work correctly. So yesterday we installed another one. This work was done pretty quickly within a couple of minutes. It now seems to work flawlessly. I hope it will stay like this.
Tayfun also did a lot of work on his 1981 Pimperado.
Today Tayfun and I moved all the cars out of the garage to clean the floor a little and to do some spring cleaning. My buddy Richard also helped me last night doing doing some "Garage Pimpin´". It was pretty funny - with lots of car talk till late in the night.
The 67´s battery seems to be on its last breaths, as it was no longer strong enough to start the car up - I have it since 1996 - so it lasted pretty long anyways, never needing any charge before. It looks like I will finally need a new one. So I borrowed the battery from my Buick and then the 67, like all the other Cadillacs, fired right up.
As we had springlike temperatures today in the middle of winter, I decided to wake my cars from hibernation and drive them around the block. I put the batteries in only to find out that the one from the 67 was quite empty and the car would not start. I wanted to charge it with a battery charger but it also quit working... So I had to use jumper cables and eventually I could start the 67. The 58 also had problems starting up as the fuel pump needs to be replaced. I already have a new one lying around which I will install soon. After some cranking the 58 came back to life and ran beautifully. I took all the cars for a quick spin around the block and after they were fully warmed up they went back into storage for about 6-8 more weeks. Can´t wait for spring to come! I also installed a new hood emblem on our 96 Roadmaster as a wrong one was on the car when we bought it. It was great to work on the cars again.
the cars in front of the garage the Buick´s brand new hood ornament the Buick´s new hood ornament
Today I put my buddies Tayfun 1981Pimperado into winter storage into my garage. It started immediately although it was put into storage in my old garage 3 months ago and did not run since then. It fits in pretty well into my new garage and now has a good and dry home over the winter months. The garage is dehumidified so I´m sure the Pimperado will like it ;-) The cars put on their pajamas and are now waiting for spring to arrive. Below you can find some images of the now crowded garage. You can click on the image for a larger view.
They fit in pretty well. The image is a little distorted because its made of 4 images stitched together disconnecting the batteries Covered - good night!
Today I picked up a Craftsman Tool storage cart for my garage. It's a used cart I bought from one of Austria´s fastest Drag Racers Mr "Coolchevy" Heinz Schenk. Now I need some more tools to completely fill it...
Today the floor company started to mask off the areas which got a coat of black epoxy applied afterwards. They will still have to paint the black areas a second time before they can take of the masking tape. A red stripe which will surround the checker board area will also be added and the walls will be repainted in the same red as well. Looking forward that it will be finished soon.
The floor with the masking tape in place
the first coat of black epoxy
seen from the outside with the masking tape still in place
Yesterday work on the new garage floor begun. It will be a professionally done epoxy coating with a black and white chessboard pattern surrounded by a red stripe.
First the company which does the work removed the old epoxy coating to make sure that the new one can bond to the concrete really well. Then they started to repair all the creases in the floor by cutting them open - then they inserted some metal support - and then filled them out with a special epoxy raisin. It will take them at least one week to finish everything, as they are doing a very thorough job.
I´ve started to decorate my garage a little more. I´ve hung 30 nice images all around the garage. A lot more will follow soon. The garage floor will be done in 2 weeks. Here you can see the new framed pictures I hung on the walls along with the old hubcaps. The walls look a little distorted on this pictures as it was not stitched very well.
The floor in the Cadillac garage was finished by the construction company last week. The final epoxy coating will be done starting on April 23rd after the concrete floor had 28 days of drying. I`m really looking forward to it.
picture with the old epoxy coating - the new one will be a black and white checkered coating