Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, A few situations! in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Hey guys, I'm having two issues. First off, I was driving my 1988 Fleetwood d'Elegance around on the interstate running ...
Hey guys, I'm having two issues. First off, I was driving my 1988 Fleetwood d'Elegance around on the interstate running some errands and I realized when I got out at one point that I lost a hubcap! I'd like to avoid driving a couple hours to a junk yard if I can, but I don't think that most of the hubcaps I could steal around here would have the matching jewel already in them. I tried with no luck to find one on ebay, so if you guys know of anywhere that sells this kind of hubcap I would appreciate it.
Hopefully that picture is high enough quality, let me know if you want a closer look.
I also have one of my hubcaps with the jewel not in place, but thankfully I have it secured in the glove box. I'd rather not try pounding that baby in randomly without consulting the experts on how to fit that bad boy into place, so any suggestions on that would be appreciated, also so that I don't run the risk of losing a second hubcap.
I bought a Vinyl/Leather repair kit from Pep Boys a week ago but I have a feeling it isn't going to work as well with my leather. I have a 3 inch tear on the front driver seat corner that I want to patch up and a tear in the vinyl door armrest in the back driver side door. If anyone has any specific recommendations for repair kits in case this one doesn't work well, or any tips on fixing this stuff I'd appreciate it.
Last thing I'll bother you guys about in here is that I'd like to try and restore some of the shine to the hubcaps, door handles and locks, grille, and bumper, especially if I'm gonna be getting a hubcap from a junkyard. I didn't see any guides in the first few pages about restoring shine, and I'd like my Caddy to shine. I'm definitely going to work on giving my car a good wash and wax soon, I'll be cracking out Turbo's guide soon
You will have to re-apply it each time you remove the centre "jewel", but I found that silicone sealant - a good gob of it around the inside perimeter will make it stay on. Again, while it is easy to remove when you have to get at the lugs, you'll need to scrape it clean and re-apply - but it DOES WORK!
As for the shining up of the chrome and metal, MEguiar's metal polish will do the trick - and a goodly amount of elbow grease.
Can't say on the leather repair kit - Turbo can help out there.
Automobile(s): 2011 Kia Optima SX 2013 Kia Optima SXL
Re: A few situations!
The ones in Rahway are the ones I was going to suggest to you. I live about 5 minutes from them. There are also several south of me in Old Bridge. Luckily I haven't had to frequent any of them in alot of years. On a side note, you probably can call the yards and see if they have what you need. Then I am sure they can ship it to you. As a matter of fact, Leesville Auto Wreckers (in Rahway) now has an Ebay account. So they will definitley be able to do the shipping. Unfortunately, unless things have changed, they only deal with late model stuff. About 300 feet from them is a scrap yard. Anything that is about 6-7 years old, ends up there. But it couldn't hurt to call them.