For Jack and Mari Anne, those glory days are not so far away
The exceedingly rare Cad we bring you this month has been a fixture for most of Jack Ketlinski’s life, though not in the condition it is now. Back in his high school days, Jack’s friend owned this very drop-top; he and the boys used to pile in, pick up their best girl and terrorize the town on two wheels. What a sight that must have been to see a Cadillac convertible packed full of teens, you can just see the local law enforcement grimace and turn the other way when this barge came ripping into town. Many years out of high school, Jack and his wife Mari Anne were living in Idaho, when Jack got a call from an old friend back home that owned a scrap yard. He was calling to let Jack know that the old Caddy just came in on a flatbed, destined to be cubed and remade into Maytag washing machines. No way, no how was Jack going to bury the car like he did his friend so many years ago. No sir, the Cadillac deserved better!
Jack brought the car back home to Idaho and set about rebuilding the time-machine. Too many good memories were stored in that big car to let it go. Working off and on as his career and family would allow, the restoration was nearing 20 years on the clock but the car wasn’t done. Frustrated and needing some encouragement, Jack hit the Boise Roadster Show to scope out some hot rods, and who should he meet, but Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Designs in Salt Lake City. Dave was at the show shaking hands and kissing babies and enjoying the reaction their latest show-stopper was getting; another drop-top Cad. After drooling over Apolo Ohno’s 1964 Cadillac, packed with big block power and a host of custom tricks, Jack and Mari Anne knew they found the folks to finish the ‘47.