This 1913 Model 30 Cadillac is a very low milage example. It was the second year Cadillac produced the Starter/Generator. Unfortunately, the work previously done on the electrical system was poor and severe water damage was present after years of storage in a leaky garage.
The chassis and engine remained in good and original condition. The customer requested that the patina remain as found.
This was the worst of the water damage. Rot in places had worked through 4 inches of hard oak. As pictured, an earlier attempt of pouring epoxy resin on top only locked in the moisture, causing further rot below.
New, white oak, being fitted into the car. Rotted wood was removed very carefully as to not damage original wood that was still in good condition.
Due to the amount of moisture in the wood, a large section of the steel body had to be replaced with a patch panel, which was tig welded into place.
New wood installed and fitted. The original wood structure on the opposite side of the car was used for the pattern.
The left side of the seat frame was missing from the car. Again, using the right side as a pattern, the frame was reconstructed.
The original ignition battery box had corroded beyond repair. A new box was made with the original Pittsburg type crimp seam.
A wooden buck was made in order to form the lids for the battery box.
Battery boxes complete and ready for brackets to be riveted on.
The front seat cushion was missing its skirt. A new skirt was made from vat died leather. Using the original holes, the skirt was hand sewn to the cushion.
A close up of the finished seam.
The water pump developed a crack from the petcock being over tightened. The water pump was set up on the mill and the the crack was drilled and tapped for Loc-n-Stich pins.
The first half of the crack with Loc-n-stich pins installed and ground flush.
The inside of the water pump. Pins shown before grinding flush.
The entire electrical system had corroded and tarnished over the years. This is the inside of the Delco starter/generator. It was completely disassembled, cleaned and reassembled with connections re-soldered.
Using a tumbler with with stainless steel pins and a nonferrous metal cleaning solution the starter/generator parts were thoroughly cleaned. The brushes were sanded true and new lead wires were installed.