All You Need to Know About 49 Cadillac Part 2

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Greg gets credit for the metalwork, but kudos go to Mickey Galloway from nearby Brentwood, California, for the fantastic final bodywork that makes the AutoEuropa-applied PPG paint look so mirror-straight and deep. The lift-off top now wears black fabric to match the body, and features an updated rear window as well.

Keeping things in the family, the big Cad employs a ’79 Seville front clip expertly grafted to the original frame by Greg. Hand-fabricated ladder bars and Carrera coilovers position the Currie rearend, while Wilwood binders update stopping power front and rear. Further undercarriage inspection reveals a custom stainless fuel tank Greg built to appease the thirsty Chevy Rat motor. A few mild modifications (RV cam, Edelbrock carb and intake, MSD ignition, Flowmaster mufflers) make the 454 more than lusty enough for the big bruiser. A warmed-over GM 700-R4 transmission transmits ponies to the rear rubber.

A new suit calls for new shoes, and Foose wheels with BFGoodrich rubber fit the performance luxury theme perfectly. Sized at 18×7 and 20×9.5, they provide a slight rake while filling the reshaped wheel arches in style. Inside, the lucky driver and his passengers are treated to comforts that hold true to Cadilliac’s image of luxury. Credit Sid Chavers and Bob Devine for the gray cloth cloaking the Honda seats and the German square-weave carpeting underfoot. Bob exercises control through a Budnik steering wheel atop a GM column, and everyone’s ears are comforted by sounds from an extensive Alpine stereo system.

The Westbury Cad Attack was pretty slick in its primary incarnation; the second version is a complete knockout. The low, mean look whispers luxury and performance in a manner that’s just plain bad. It also exhibits one of Greg’s most admirable trademarks: a marriage of old and new that’s the ultimate in cool.