1996 Federal Cadillac Heritage Hearse Project

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  1. The Stickman

    The Stickman Well-Known Member

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    Well It is about time I started one for this car. And the car has already cost me blood. I cut my finger/hand with the grinder. My room mate Sarah was there and saw my hand and said I definitely need to go to the ER. Now she didn't tell me at the time. But she told me after that she could see the tendon. The Doc said I just missed it. Pretty darn lucky. I was cutting a bracket off as I was doing an LED light install in my bumper. I installed 4 inch LED's that are frenched into the bumper. The stock grill and bumper are being used as I like them better than what was on it when I bought it. Here are some pics. The first is the before pic. A video will be posted at the bottom.

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    Now Let me tell you a little more about the car. It is a 1996 Cadillac Hearse made by Federal and the model is The Heritage. It is fully loaded and has full power leather seats on both sides. It has an LT-1 that has been re-prom'd and has the Hooker Competition header with dual cats. It has a complete AutoMeter Phantom gauge cluster in the dash. It has stock the 14 bolt 9.5 rearend in it. The rear gear is now a Grizzly 4.10 unit with an Eaton Tru Trac diff. It also has UMI upper and lower control arms in the rear. It will have 17X9.5 wheels with BFG G-Force Sports 275/40-17 tires. I will be lowering it but how much I am not sure yet. I have to see if my Eibachs will work and if so how much they drop it. The car will also get some custom body work besides the cowl hood and bumper mods, when it starts getting warmer.
     
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    Ok time for an update. I have done a few more things to the front end to clean it up but it still needs lots of work. Also have the wheels and tires for it but the tires aren't mounted on the wheels yet. Hope to get that done this week. I have also gotten Blue LED's for the dash which looks rather cool if you ask me. I am very pleased with that. I also put in the front Eibach springs from my old Custom Cruiser. Dropped the nose down where I want. Hope to get the rear springs in this week too. I just hope all the extra weight doesn't make it sag in the rear. Here are some pics.
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    Very cool! I like customized funeral cars.
     
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    Now sitting level and fully lowered. It is really getting there.
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    Have a day time pic of the gauges?
     
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    Coming along nicely Stickman! :thumbs2:
     
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    Getting there but the migraines are flaring up bad. Been in bed the last 3 days. So good weather wasted. That and I would have had the new wheels and tires mounted last week but somehow a wheel with the wrong bolt pattern got stuck in the right box. So I am awaiting replacement and then I get to pay to have it dismounted and remounted on the correct wheel.
     
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    You need to hurry up! I'm fixing to have my Caprice shipped to you...yeah, the same one I started 4 years ago! :rofl2:
    I figure at least it will get finished that way!
     
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    LOL. I need to get my butt to the junkyard for parts so I can get going with some stuff. I need front fenders bad and ofcourse you have to pull the doors to get the fenders off just to make it harder.
     
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    I'm thinking of swapping my doors for manual crank windows. Nice cluster. Figured I'll change out the factory stuff. Speedo cable needs too be replaced anyway and im not sure which one
     
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    You do not have to remove the doors to remove the front fenders.

    Remove the screws that hold the fender and fender brace to the wheelhouse, and core support. Then remove the fender bolt for the triangulation supports. There is a bolt under the foam cowl cover and at the bottom of the fender. Unbolt the hinge from the hood, and finally, there is one on the top door hinge, and one on the body under the bottom hinge. You also have to remove the chrome bottom trim at the front, and chrome trim at the back. You may have to remove the fiberoptic cables from the monitor lenses. You do not have to remove the TORX bolts along the back and top of the fender.
     
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    Thanx I will have to try that.
     
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    I have some new pics with the new wheels and tires on. Slight rub on the right rear but that should be fixed Saturday. They are 17X9.5 JNC's with 275/40-17 BFG G-Force Sports Comp2's
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