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    1965 Coupe Deville Restoration, Advice?

    Hello all,

    Im Restoring my 1965 2d Coupe Deville, Im looking for any advice / ideas you may have on Things to upgrade or consider for my project. Im caught between keeping her 100% stock which she is right now (except for tires) or the possiblity of adding some custom paint and shaving a few things. Thanks for any help.


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    Re: 1965 Coupe Deville Restoration, Advice?

    I think in the long run you will be best served by keeping your restoration as close to stock as possible. Depending on the current condition of your car it might be well to keep it as original, not redoing, things which while they show wear are still serviceable ........ renewing consumables but trying to retain as much as possible of the original factory finish. It appears that the collector car market has begun valueing "original" unmolested cars even more highly than completely restored cars. As they say "a car can only be original once, it can be restored many times but will never be original again!" At least it is food for thought, however, only you can decide what will satisfy your desires for the car.

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    I hear you, I'm going to go with the stock color (cascade Green) and just ad a small flake to it to give it a little edge. My biggest concern is the minor surface rust that is accumulating under the vinyl roof. so i will be having her stripped and re-painted. i understand the value of an unmolested vehicle. The only areas i will be making changes thus far are the front brakes, the cooling and also the fuel system. I coolest thing on this beauty is the plastic original tag on the driver side door sill that shows the vehicle was brought in for an oil change in feb or 1967. Guess thats how they did business back then. also when cleaning the engine one day i found a magnetic key box stuck under the block. opened it up and there were the unused original "punch-out" keys in perfect condition inside a plastic bag in the box! thanks for your input.

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    Re: 1965 Coupe Deville Restoration, Advice?

    I would definitely keep it original

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    Re: 1965 Coupe Deville Restoration, Advice?

    I am so sorry, Navy has kept me busy, We have made some progress on the car, can't complain about how long the restoration is taking considering its climate controlled free storage!

    And Here you have it: DuPont Peacock Firemist!


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    For those asking where is the Cascade Green?: the color proved to difficult to match correctly and had no pizzaz. it was boring and even with flake and clear was not what i was looking for.

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    Re: 1965 Coupe Deville Restoration, Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    It appears that the collector car market has begun valueing "original" unmolested cars even more highly than completely restored cars. .
    I agree. I watch all the car auctions on TV, and it seems that the closer they are to original, the more money they are bringing.

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