With the front end of the 41 Cadillac bolted together it was time for the hood. 

 All of the hood trim brackets and screws were put into the bead blaster to remover the rust.

 The side vent grills and top center hood chrome (with the “Flying Goddess”) were cleaned up and the rusted screws were drilled out and holes rethreaded. The hood ornament is also the hood latch/opener.

 The hood brace was assembled & installed with the hood opening springs. I used the overhead hoist & straps, to get the right angle that matched the support brace, to move the very heavy hood into place and installed.

 The support bolt holes are slotted the allow adjustments to be made, however the hood still has to go back another 1/2″

 With the hood on I could not see over it when I sat in the drivers seat & determined that the seat should be raised 4″. The front of the seat goes into slots and the rear is bolted down.

4″ heavy boxed tubing was cut 4 to 5 inches long with a notched 1/8″ thick tab was welded to the bottom side that fit into the mounting slot. A slotted tab was welded to the top to receive the seat mount rail.

 A hold down tab was welded to the rear with holes drilled in it that fasten it in place.

 The rear mount  just needed to be drilled to match the original mount hole with the upper hole large enough to get a socket in to tighten the lower bolt.

 The 4 – 4″ spacers were bolted & screwed in place

 After some minor adjustments were made the seat fit just like the original mounting but 4″ higher.

 The new mounting spacers are removable so the seat can be put back in the stock position.

 With that done I can now see over the long hood. Next I will work on the stance of the car as the front needs to be lowered a couple of inches.


The smell of the leather seats, the sound of the throttle, and even light from outside—all affect your state of mind. That’s what makes a good car great.

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