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It just keeps getting worse. Simply going to pieces without fail!

My poor ol' '58 Eldorado Brougham. Number 525 of 704 hand built copies. Mind you what I am doing so far is only cosmetic. I fix anything I find broken on refinishing so it takes quite awhile and really builds up. See the ziplock bags on the counter? Labeled and sealed screws, bolts, etc. See the pvc tubes? New sheep skin carpet and glazed ivory leather, which by the way are both custom made and can be found nowhere on earth without being made, damn it. The polished aluminum grille, and rechromed front license plate housing can be seen as well as the removed seats, armrests, and old carpet, some of which is good enough to E Bay, as very nice Brougham parts bring good $. A set of Brougham wheels that needed complete restoration went for $7k just a few ago. The wheels are not hubcaps, they are Alcoa aluminum one piece wheels. The first of their type.
Look closely at the front floor board and you will see three electric plugs that plug into the front bench memory seat. Notice the driver's door and the blue connector hanging to which the three control knobs for the memory seat reside. Also please note the chrome faced rear floor board heaters. Blah, blah, blah. One last thing please note the new vintage 1958 California license plate. This car lived its entire 51 year existence in LA and Palm Springs before coming home to Santa Fe. I have so much more work to do. Damn.

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^For the Cadillac Grand Nationals either this year or next. I won my class in '04 and it takes alot of work. They test and try everything, it all must work and look as new. No exceptions. It is quite competitive and requires restoration on anything older as age just creeps up regardless.
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Should these not be hanging from wall mounted brackets instead of resting on their edges?



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About that shop light: I would use a fluorescent type. I had an incident years ago where a shop light similar to yours, which I hung up by the hook fell on the carpet and scorched it when I left it unattended. Fortunately, the car was not an expensive classic, but still it annoyed me. But it could have been worse, it could have started a fire. Fluorescent shop light stay cool and do not present this hazard. And you will never burn your fingers on the hot bulb.

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About that shop light: I would use a fluorescent type. I had an incident years ago where a shop light similar to yours, which I hung up by the hook fell on the carpet and scorched it when I left it unattended. Fortunately, the car was not an expensive classic, but still it annoyed me. But it could have been worse, it could have started a fire. Fluorescent shop light stay cool and do not present this hazard. And you will never burn your fingers on the hot bulb.
The REAL problem here is they don't make fluorescent spotlights for track lighting fixtures.
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About that shop light: I would use a fluorescent type. I had an incident years ago where a shop light similar to yours, which I hung up by the hook fell on the carpet and scorched it when I left it unattended. Fortunately, the car was not an expensive classic, but still it annoyed me. But it could have been worse, it could have started a fire. Fluorescent shop light stay cool and do not present this hazard. And you will never burn your fingers on the hot bulb.
U sure it wasn't a doobie that went out off control?
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