INSPECTION REPORT

DATE: January 6, 2012

Inspector: Ray

Year, Make, Model: 1947 Cadillac Convertible - Series 62

Test Drive:
Does the vehicle drive straight? Y or N  YES
Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy  FAIRLY TIGHT
Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work  GOOD
Suspension Noise? Comment  KNOCK IN VEHICLE SUSPENSION BUMPS
Bounce Test? Comment  GOOD

Comments: THERE IS A KNOCK UNDER VEHICLE OVER MILD BUMPS. THERE ARE AIR GAPS UNDER ROOF WERE IT MEETS THE REAR QUARTERS

Engine:
Engine Size:  346 CID FLATHEAD V-8 Designation  NONE
Performance:  GOOD Oil Level / Quality  UP / GOOD
Carburetor (Make, Model)  STROMBERG AAV-26 Engine Smoke  NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  YES Engine Noise   NONE

Comments: CRANKED OVER SLOWLY, AS IF BATTERY NEEDED CHARGING. THE INSPECTOR WAS NOT ABLE TO LOCATE THE CARBURETOR MODEL NUMBER. OIL DROPLETS VISIBLE ON THE ENGINE OIL PAN

Transmission:
Transmission Type:  4 SPEED AUTO FWD / RWD  RWD
Fluid Level/ Quality:  N/A Clutch Operation:  N/A
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  YES Miss Shifts:  NONE
Performance:  GOOD    

Comments: THERE IS AN OIL BUILD UP ON TRANSMISSION OIL PAN.

Steering:
Steering Type:  MANUAL Performance:  OK
Fluid Level/ Quality:  N/A  
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  YES  

Comments: OIL BUILD-UP ON LOWER STEERING GEAR BOX.

Brakes:
Brake Type:  FOUR WHEEL DRUM Performance:  GOOD
Fluid Level/ Quality:  N/A Noises: NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE  

Comments: THE BRAKE SYSTEM FUNCTIONED AS DESIGNED DURING INSPECTION.

Rear End:
U-Joints:  OK Performance:  GOOD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE Noises: NONE

Comments: THE REAR END FUNCTIONED AS DESIGNED DURING INSPECTION.

Air Conditioning:
Air Conditioning:  N/A Operation Noises:  N/A
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  N/A  
Temperature Control:    

Comments: THE VEHICLE IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AIR CONDITIONING.

Suspension:
Suspension Type: FRONT COIL / REAR LEAF Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE
Noise/Operation:  YES  
Drive Train Type:  RWD Operation / Noise: NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE  

Comments: THERE IS AN AUDIBLE KNOCK IN THE SUSPENSION OVER MILD BUMPS

Cooling Systgem, Radiator:
Temperature / Fan:  GOOD
Performance / Noise:  NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE

Comments: THE COOLING SYSTEM FUNCTIONED AS DESIGNED DURING INSPECTION.

Wheels / Tires:
Tire Type / Manufacturer:  Tires: B.F.GOODRICH
Tire Size: Front and Rear - 700 / 15
Tread Depth:  L/F, L/R, R/R=10/32 R/F=10/32
Wheel Type / Manufacturer:  Wheels: STEEL
Wheel Size:  

Comments: THE JACK, BASE AND BUMPER ADAPTER WERE WITH THE VEHICLE ALTHOUGH A LUG WRENCH / JACK HANDLE WERE NOT PRESENT. CHROME ABOVE THE LEFT REAR TIRE HAS DEFECTS IN THE BASE METAL.

Exhaust:
Exhaust Type:  SINGLE Headers:  STOCK MANIFOLD
Mufflers: ORIGINAL DESIGN REPLACEMENT IN AVERAGE CONDITION Chrome Tips, etc.: CHROME TIP IN GOOD CONDITION

Comments: OVERALL, THE EXHAUST SYSTEM IS IN FAIR CONDITION.

Electricals: Use "OP" for Operational, use "INOP" for non-operational
Exterior Lighting  INOP Interior Lighting   INOP Trunk Release  * Gauges   *
Power Windows  N/A Power Locks  N/A Hood Release  OP Wipers  OP
Power Mirrors  N/A Power Seats  N/A Cruise Control  N/A Power Antenna  N/A
Radio  * Clock  OP Turn Signals  INOP Heater  INOP
Convertible Top OP Rear Defrost  N/A Horn  * Fuel Door  OP

Comments: PARKING LAMPS FOUND TO BE INOP. THE INTERIOR AND TRUNK LAMPS ARE INOP. HORN WORKED BUT IT WAS INTERMITTENT. THE TURN INDICATORS ARE INOP. THE ODOMETER IS INOP HOWEVER; THE SPEEDOMETER AND TRIP ODOMETER OPERATE AS DESIGNED. THE TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE IS IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED. THE RADIO IS MANUFACTURED BY CADILLAC AND IS POSSIBLY ORIGINAL BUT OPERATES INTERMITTENTLY. THE HEATER IS NON FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICALLY AND THE HEATER CORE IS DISCONNECTED; POSSIBLY A HEATER CORE ISSUE EXISTS. THE CONVERTIBLE TOP BOOT IS MISSING ONE RIVET.

Interior:
Interior Quality:  GOOD CONDITION
Seat Color:  RED
Seat Cover Material:  LEATHER
Seat Cover Condition:  GOOD
Headliner / Dash / Carpet:  GOOD
Trunk Area, Under Carpet:  STAIN IN TRUNK AREA, CARPET CAN'T BE LIFTED

Comments: THE MAJORITY OF THE INTERIOR IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION HOWEVER, THE REAR SEAT BOTTOM ARE SHOWING SOME LIGHT WEAR, AND LOOSE FRONT KICK PANELS IN FRONT. THE LEFT SIDE SUN VISOT PIVTORS ARE BROKEN. THE TRUNK CARPET IS ADHERED TO THE FLOOR.

Body & Paint:
Exterior Body Condition:  GOOD Quality of Paint:  SEE COMMENTS
Straight / Waves?  VERY LITTLE Scratches / orange peel?  VERY LITTLE
Color Paint:  BLACK Collision Damage:  NONE
Sports Options:  NONE Condition of glass:  GOOD
Any Signs of Bondo?   SEE COMMENTS    
Rust anywhere? SEE COMMENTS Condition of chrome  SEE COMMENTS

Comments: PAINT QUALITY MOSTLY IN VERY GOOD CONDITION ALTHOUGH A 4 TO 5 SQUARE INCH BLEMISH WAS NOTED IN LEFT QUARTER PANEL CENTER AREA BELOW CHROME STRIP AND SURFACE PREPARATION MARKS CAN BE SEEN THROUGH FINISH IN AREAS. THERE IS A CHIP IN THE FINISH ON THE LEFT FENDER, BELOW THE HEADLIGHT RING. CONVERTIBLE TOP FUNCTIONED SLOWLY AND DID NOT COME TO REST ON OPEN POSITION STOPS. THE CONVERTIBLE TOP BOOT IS MISSING ONE RIVET. THERE IS PLASTIC BODY FILLER (BONDO) FOUND TO BE USED SPARINGLY IN SEVERAL LOWER BODY PANELS AND LOWER TRUNK LID. THE GAP BETWEEN THE LOWER HOOD AND UPPER FENDER APPEARS UNUSUALLY LARGE AT REAR. THERE ARE MINOR AREAS OF RUST LOCATED IN RIGHT REAR QUARTER LOWER WELL AND ALONG SPARE TIRE WELL REAR SEAM AREA. SOME DEFECTS EXIST IN CHROME LOCATED ABOVE LEFT REAR TIRE, CHROME ALONG RIGHT DOOR GLASS AND REAR CONVERTIBLE REVEAL TRIM. THE LEFT DOOR WILL NOT STAY OPEN - THE DE-TENT (CHECK) THAT HOLDS IT OPEN IS NOT FUNCTIONING. THE RIGHT DOOR VENT WINDOW STICKS - IT WON'T CLOSE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. THE RIGHT FRONT BUMPER GRILL GUARD IS CRACKED.

Under Carriage:
Front End Type: UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS Frame Condition  GOOD
Floor Pan: Hard or soft?  HARD Any rust? NONE VISIBLE
Trunk Pan: Hard or soft?  APPEARS HARD Any rust? NONE VISIBLE

Comments: THERE IS A LINE OF RUST ALONG THE REAR SEAM OF TRUNK FLOOR UP BEHIND THE REAR BUMPER CAN BE SEEN FROM UNDER THE VEHICLE (SEE PHOTOS 423 AND 424). THE MAIN PART OF THE TRUNK FLOOR IS QUITE SOLID WHERE IT COULD BE VIEWED. AFTER AN INSPECTION OF UNDERCARRIAGE, THE INSPECTOR HAD NO REASON TO SUSPECT ANY CONCEALED RUST ALTHOUGH THIS DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A FRAME OFF RESTORATION.

Vehicle Modifications:
 
 
 
 

Comments: N/A

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE?
YES - TEXAS TITLE ISSUED MARCH 13, 1996

WHAT IS THE VIN NUMBER ON THE TITLE?
*8458893*

WHAT IS THE VIN # ON THE DASH PAD?
THERE IS NO VIN TO BE FOUND ON BODY ANYWHERE. ONLY A FAINT 93 COULD BE MADE OUT ON R/FRONT UPPER FRAME HORN

WHAT IS THE BLOCK NUMBER ON THE ENGINE (IF ACCESSIBLE)?
*8458893*
BLOCK NUMBER AND LOCATION: *8458893* LOCATED ON R/FRONT CYLINDER BLOCK BOSS. THIS MATCHES THE VEHICLE VIN (SERIAL NUMBER).

RESEARCH THROUGH "http://www.100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1940/cad47s.htm" AS FOLLOWS:

MOTOR SERIAL NUMBERS 8420001 TO 8459835 APPEARED ON 1947 SERIES 62 MODELS.

RECORD PLATE INFO (all info on firewall tag, fender tag, door tag or dash tag depending on the car):
STYLE No 47-6267
BODY No FW 4500
TRIM No 75
PAINT No 1 K

RESEARCH THROUGH "http://www.rrrclc.org/color_database.htm" AS FOLLOWS:

STYLE= 1947 SERIES 62 CONVERTIBLE
TRIM = 75 - TAN BEDFORD CORD
PAINT= 1 - BLACK / K - NOT SHOWN


ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED?
YES

CURRENT MILEAGE:
20999 ALTHOUGH ODOMETER IS INOP.

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR?
LITTLE

CONDITION: CLASS THREE
(See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE: $59,583.00 **
** VARIOUS OUTLETS, PUBLIC AND SUBSCRIBED, WERE USED TO DETERMINE THE VALUE. DUE TO THE OVERALL CONDITION, GOOD AND VERY GOOD VALUES WERE USED.

RECENT AUCTION ACTIVITY SHOWED TWO CONVERTIBLES, BOTH A CLASS THREE CONDITION RATING, WERE UP FOR AUCTION THIS PAST SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER. ONE OPENING PRICE WAS $52,000.00; THE OTHER WAS $52,500.00. NEITHER OF THOSE VEHICLES SOLD. THE MOST RECENT CLASS THREE CONDITION SALE WAS LAST JANUARY, 2011; SELLING FOR $53,900.00.

PHOTOS: Click each of the numbered links below to see inspection photos.

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OVERALL COMMENTS:
1. THE CADILLAC APPEARS TO BE A MOSTLY SOLID VEHICLE AND APPEARING TO BE A MUCH BETTER THAN AVERAGE RESTORATION.
2. RIGHT DOOR VENT WINDOW STICKS (WON'T CLOSE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE)
3. THE WEATHERSTRIPPING AND GASKETS WERE REPLACED BUT REMAIN LOOSE IN SOME PLACES.
4. LEFT DOOR DETENT INOP.
5. HEATER CORE DISCONNECTED
6. CHIP IN FINISH LEFT FENDER BELOW HEADLIGHT RING
7. LEFT SIDE SUN VISOR PIVOTS BROKEN
8. LEFT FRONT BUMPER GRILL GUARD IS CRACKED
9. HOOD TO FENDERS HAS LARGE VISIBLE GAPS
10. REAR QUARTER PANELS REPLACED AT ONE TIME AS EVIDENCED BY SEAMS AND SPOT WELDS VISIBLE IN DOOR JAMBS.

DISCLAIMER: This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the owner has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):
Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):
This car is well restored with an eye for detail, or is a well preserved original, possibly with such low mileage that it remains in showroom condition. The interior and exterior show well, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):
This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “10 footer”. From 10 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and could be termed an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display limited amounts of surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may be less than show quality.

Class Four (Fair):
This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):
This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):
This type of car is good for parts only.