Heaven-sent 1962 Cadillac restored
WHEN Ty and Trish Heaven bought a very sad looking 1962 Cadillac convertible almost two years ago, the Casino couple had absolutely no experience restoring veteran cars.
They did however have a vision for their new ‘ride’ and total faith in the ability of local tradespeople to turn their dream into reality.
That faith was rewarded earlier this month when the gleaming red Caddy won Best Cadillac of its series (1959-1972) at the Cadillac Club of Australia’s 40th anniversary meet at Bathurst.
“It (the car) looked so sad, it really was a shocking looking thing when we first got it, but we knew it could be beautiful again,” Mr Heaven said.
“When we told people we intended to restore it, they kept on telling us that we’d have to go to Sydney or Brisbane.
“They said country tradesmen weren’t skilled enough to do the sort of work needed to restore the car.
“We refused to accept that. We knew our local tradespeople were just as skilled as their city counterparts, they just didn’t have the opportunities to work on these sorts of projects too often.”
The couple took the Cadillac to local spray painter Gary Shepherd for an appraisal.
He agreed to take on the project as long as he could work with panel beaters Roy and Glen Armstrong.
According to Mr Heaven, the project took on a life of its own and progressed from there, with Anthony Gava doing all the mechanical work, Tony Hatton completing the auto electrical fitout and Sid Jamieson working on the upholstery.
They also called on the team at Bridgestone Casino to track down special whitewall tyres for the car.