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Father, son and Baker College team up to rebuild '63 Caddy

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(02/09/10) - Flint's premiere summertime event brings an incredible collection of cars Back to the Bricks of Saginaw Street.

When you see them, you know a lot of people have worked very hard to restore their classic and custom vehicles.

A father and son from Genesee County have teamed up with Baker College to get the job done.

"We're gonna take this car down to bare metal. We need to get all the chrome off it, all the trim off it. We need to pull the fenders off it, pull the hood off it," said Baker College auto body instructor Dan Trahey.

Not long after Trahey and his auto body class at Baker College discussed strategy for restoring this 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, the work got underway in earnest. The owners are Lamar Black and his son, Correy. They bought the car 10 years ago after a friend spotted it in Bay City.

"It was in a guy's front yard and he told me about it, and we went up and looked at it and the rest is history. Fell in love with it. There was a low production on the '63 Eldorados," Lamar said.

Lamar says 1,825 were made and only 120 had bucket seats. "We were fortunate enough, in Bay City, again, to find a second '63 Eldorado."

That will be the parts car, but students like Nathan Brockman are careful to save everything. "I was just grinding off the heads of the screws that were going in there and knock them off with this, trying to save these clips so we can reuse them."

Lamar says the former owner used this car as a daily driver and it was in pretty rough shape when they bought it.

He and his son have only driven it twice. "We had a unique hole in the floorboard on the passenger side, which is where I was sitting. And all of the dirt was coming up through this hole in the floor and hitting me in the face. I'll never forget that." 

"I was enjoying the ride. I didn't know dad was taking (gestures to face). I didn't know he was getting all this dust blown up at him. It was nostalgic. It was just a great moment that we had that we could share together," Correy Black said.

Mica Luna is removing not only paint, but a lot of filler from the '63 Cadillac. "Basically, my project is to get all of the paint off it."

"You couldn't tell when we started that these holes were here," Trahey said. "By removing it down to bare metal, you fix all the sins from everything that was done before."

Due to its size, several Baker classes are working on this car simultaneously.

For the students, it's a great learning experience.

For Lamar and Correy, it's part one of a dream come true. Part two comes after the job is completed. "Jumping in and hitting the coast somewhere. Taking a long road trip, letting the wind blow through the little bit of hair we have left," Correy said.

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