The first stage in building a car is the planning. When you have lots of different off the shelf parts to chose from, that can be somewhat of a challenge. When there is nothing available at all, it takes intense brain storming. Being that there is no after-market upgrades for this car besides grill’s and chrome trim, this stage took a lot more hair pulling and sleepless nights planning for my Deville. Building a car with no support should be influential to those facing similar challenges with the vehicle they love.
I was originally planning to go with an old school vip feel due to the shape and size of the car (Junction Produce, Admiration, Fabulous, etc.). While I respect that look it is just not what I want to drive around in 2012. I am going in a modern vip direction (luxury sport) cause that is what interests me the most. It is a lot harder to pull off especially with this type of car. I get bored quick so big challenges keep me going like making an old mans pimp car into an aggressive sporty JDM vip style car with no parts readily available.
I’ll show you some of the ingredients but I can’t give you the whole recipe. You just have to wait and see all of that. I will say that I picked up 3 bumpers and I need 2 more before it goes to the shop. Lots of cutting and sectioning involved in what I like to think of my JDM vip style Caddy build. When it’s all said and done, the bumpers will have their own identity and I may produce them if there is interest.
This gives you a little idea of how aggressive this thing is going to look over the OEM. Keep in mind this is just a mock-up and not positioned where it will be on the finished version.
Stock Caddy bumpers are super high. I guess because they are built to carry lots of people and ride like boats (can’t be smashing bumpers on every dip in the road). The front and rear should hang about 3-4″ lower than stock. Considering how small the factory parts are, that is not bad at all. The car will make 22’s look like 19’s on its Japanese counter parts. The look I am going for the rocker panels is still undecided. I will have to do some more measuring and visualizing.
Got my new lights in last week. Picture them with no orange, some LED work and a nice Luxury Abstract Bi-Xenon projectors in there.
Stay tuned. I plan to get started with suspension, headlights and some other stuff, before the wheels get in.