He Bought A 1969 Cadillac, What He Turns It Into… My Mind Is Buzzing With Ideas.

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This Cadillac may have been good in its day, but it was now dunzo... or was it?

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.


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.

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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?

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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.

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Now it's starting to look a bit more like a bathtub.

It may not look mean but it's certainly lean and clean!

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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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Given the age of the '69 Cadillac, you have to address a few problems.

The body of the vehicle is decades old so the boys have to fill holes and make repairs on the body of the car.

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The outside is just as important as the inside.

You certainly wouldn't want it looking like a rusty old bucket on the outside. So the boys gave it a cool blue paint job to bring the otherwise dull exterior back to life.

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There was a lot of work to do under the hood as well.

They had a lot of reinforcing, repairing and the oh-so complicated plumbing to do under the Cadillac too and it was necessary that it not interfere with the car's mechanical parts.

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The trunk space was certainly going to come in handy for the inner workings of the bathtub.

The trunk would house the heat exchanger which uses heat from the engine to warm up the water.

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All it needed before the big finish was a bit of a polish.

So all the chrome in the interior was polished and a few final custom-made components were added.

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Now that it's done it's time to test the tub.

Fortunately, the water held and there was no leakage, which must have been a huge relief for the boys.

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It's been seven years since Phil and Duncan picked up their '69 DeVille.

Now it was time to take their mobile tub for the ultimate test drive.

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What an incredible transformation of the '69 Cadillac into a tub on wheels to die for.

Riding in style, indeed!

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