This Cadillac came in as a partially built project wearing a thick coat of epoxy primer and needed quite a bit of metalwork and finishing touches to smooth out the previous repairs. The process would be a detailed collaboration with the owner to merge our work with his and take the car through the final steps to being road ready. The original 135 horsepower 5.678 liter V8 and entire drive line was long gone replaced with a Chevy truck sourced big block 454 with added Holley Terminator EFI, 4L80E four speed automatic transmission, and a Ford Explorer rear axle. The rear suspension features QA1 shocks, new custom made leaf springs, and an added rear sway bar. Welded onto the front the car is a 1984 C4 Corvette front end complete with independent suspension, aluminum control arms, disc brakes, and a power steering rack. Since no one makes an exhaust for 1940 Cadillacs with 454s, we started fabricating and designed a ceramic coated 2.5 inch true dual system complete with H pipe, Flowmaster Super HP-2 mufflers, and tailpipes dumping right after the rear axle. Even the old fashion oak wood floor supports would be eliminated for modern rubber mounts. Power windows were then fabricated into the eighty year old doors. The interior consists of a brand new wiring harness, flaming river steering column, modern power seats, and a Dakota Digital dash. To finish off the complete modernization inside and out, the Cadillac’s owner chose the late model Cadillac ATS’s satin steel gray metallic paint. After years of building the base of a unique hot rod we were able to finish off the project and get the car from bare steel and primer to flawless paint and blacked out trim.