He Bought A 1969 Cadillac, What He Turns It Into… My Mind Is Buzzing With Ideas.
In 1996, two engineers by the name of Phil Weicker and Duncan Forrester attempted to turn an '82 Chevy Malibu into a hot tub car. They failed, but they weren't ready to give up so easily. So in 2008, they tried again. This time, they chose a 1969 Cadillac DeVille mainly because of the classy platform and the huge trunk space which would become essential in the inner workings of this "Carpool". Their goal was ambitious. After all, they had to turn this massive vehicle, which was built for size and power, into a mobile hot tub that would likely never hit its original top speed. Were they able to do it? Start reading and find out.
This Cadillac may have been good in its day, but it was now dunzo... or was it?
The tow truck wasn't here to tow it to a junkyard. It was going to tow it into Duncan and Phil's garage for a major hot tub makeover.
First things first. They needed to gut out all the stuff that made the Cadillac's classy interior.
After all, who needs a back seat or a car radio when you're trying to create a bathtub?
It's a game of give and take, and the more that gets taken out the easier it will make things.
Duncan and Phil would then be able to add steel reinforcements to support the large amount of weight the water would produce on the vehicle's framework.
Now it's starting to look a bit more like a bathtub.
It may not look mean but it's certainly lean and clean!
Now it was time to start building.
A plywood mock-up of the interior was built to ensure that everything actually fit. It also provided the basis for MDF tub mold, which requires several days of sanding and then chemical spraying before they can form the fiberglass tub.
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