: PICS: Wheel Resto, Installation and a Few '80 CDV Updates



brougham_geezer
09-07-08, 09:51 PM
Well!

Got a few more pictures to share with you all, most of the clean up process of my yellowed/rusty old set of factory wires I picked up about a month ago. Anyone who has restored a set of these... I now sympathize hardcore with you. These are the nastiest things to have to clean up/polish/remove scale/dirt. The spokes are so close together, there's about 2879287 nooks, crannies and whatever else... and some moron clear coated the damn things, and it's super hard to get off some spots. Several toothbrushes have helped this ordeal... but there are still some bad spots. I cleaned the back of the rims too, since years of brake dust was about to oooze out again at the first sign of rain.

I've been using S.O.S. pads... and I've gotta say: These things are a Godsend. They take off brake dust, remove rust stains, and the mild steel-wooliness polishes up the tired chrome and takes off rust build up. It's just impossible to get in all the small spaces without dismantling these rims. And of course, as soon as they get wet they're going to ooze rust-pus from the majorly pitted areas.

I'll probably just end up throwing these on for a car show or two, or for some photo sessions. Apparently if you dent these, they're impossible to true-up, or fix look spokes, too. So maybe the less miles on them the better? I just knew I had to have a set, and $60.00 isn't bad. Maybe I'll have them rechromed some day.

Some of you have said Eagle 1 Chrome and Wire (aka some sort of magical acid), would make this job 83274978 times easier... but you can't buy that stuff up here and Eagle 1 won't ship it to Canada either. Anyone with a few bottles to ship my way? :D

Long story short. These wheels came with their own (90% tread life), (narrow) white wall tires, all matching tread, but one. All 225-75R15's. They hold air, ballanced up perfectly with one small weight on the BACK of each rim. No loose spokes. or dents. Came with all original lugnuts but 1, and all the centers (one with a small crack, red part kinda faded.) Cleaned the lugnuts with S.O.S. pads also... what a difference (see pics).

In conclusion, pretty happy about the deal... I've cleaned up 3 of the wheels/tires to 70 or 80... maybe 85% beauty. Had all tires remounded and ballanced with new valve stems as they were leaking around them. I've got one more rim to finish the final cleaning, and I'll throw the rims on the car for pictures when Hurricane Hanna leaves our area. For now enjoy the pictures, and the horrible story about removing the rims from the '88 Brougham they were on...

P.S. Got a correct '79 Cadillac rear stabillizer bar, refinished it and threw it on the rear of the coupe. You can feel the difference. Mounting brackets are still available new from GM, although the bar is not. It's the thinner "Cadillac" bar.

Brougham we took the wheels off of... d'elegance nice inside... ROTTEN underneath. the front fenders had been taped up. this is after i threw a bad set of steelies, winter tires and beat-up spoked caps on:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02637.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02638.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02643.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02648.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02649.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-07-08, 09:56 PM
The intoxicated owner demonstrates the awesome antenna... made of some sort of pipe or painted copper line. He then proceeded to offer us a joint (we declined), and sang loudly/drunkenly to some old Maritime Christmas Music... in July... which his dog selected on the CD player. Not kidding. Note the top of the antenna is made of an aerosol can spray button.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02651.jpg
The RPO Sheet. Code PH8 indicates the wire wheel option.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02642.jpg
Note the painted rear bumper... nasty.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02644.jpg
LUGNUTS! Before and after.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03343.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03345.jpg
Basically an ad for S.O.S. pads.

brougham_geezer
09-07-08, 10:01 PM
Here are 2 freshly cleaned wheels.. waiting centercap installation and mounting to the car. Please disregard the lobster trap.. it was a gift.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03440.jpg
Cleaned-up centers and mounting hardware:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03444.jpg
Back of one of the other wheels:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03445.jpg
Stamped ID numbers:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03447.jpg
Manufacture date? They're all stamped Aug '87, except one July '87... so I'm guessing they're a set.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03448.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-07-08, 10:05 PM
South of the border!
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03450.jpg
The July rim:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03451.jpg
One with cap on:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03452.jpg
Some of the clearcoat crap I'm upagainst, which is slow to come off:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03461.jpg
And a sneak preview: (NOTE: I know about the missing piece of window trim. I took it off because a few of the clips are broken and it looks like it's going to fly off at highway speed/ I don't want to lose it. It's safely in the trunk.
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03453.jpg

jayoldschool
09-07-08, 10:17 PM
Nice work! Those caps are making me jealous. I still need two more...

urbanski
09-08-08, 06:26 AM
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http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03453.jpg

^^wheels look a bit loose to me








;)

Benzilla
09-08-08, 07:26 PM
Wow dude, I'm drooling. Send me some of your center caps!!! lol.

Ben.

Aron9000
09-09-08, 01:25 AM
Nice wheels, I have some on my 91 Brougham. Definetly the coolest factory wheel Cadillac has ever offered IMO.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
09-09-08, 10:16 PM
Nice dude. Too bad they won't fit on my Fleetwood. WTH makes 14" wheels anyway? Stupid Cadillac. :)

jayoldschool
09-09-08, 10:26 PM
Too bad they won't fit on my Fleetwood. WTH makes 14" wheels anyway? Stupid Cadillac.

These are the factory 15" wheel. Designed for your car. See where it says 15x6? And, 14s fit fine on your car, too (thousands of lowriders use them).

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03448.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-10-08, 12:40 AM
Finally. As promised, pictures. Threw 2 of the rims on my car for a photo shoot. Just enough to get the idea of how it would look, and to see if I like it or not. The car is going in for some tune-up, winter storage prep work and I'd just like to have the steelies on for that trip, especially since the weather is looking bleak, and these things take forever to clean. The result of steelies and factory wires on one car is a Jekyll and Hyde situation. Here are some pictures, and these will probably be the last of the car this season. Enjoy, and await more updates and changes next year, including fixing the power seat, and installing a new headliner... hopefully.

Honestly, on my red car I almost prefer the look of the base-stainless caps with those bright red centers. My exact color-combo car with those base-caps is featured in the owners manual, and I love the look... plus they're easy to clean, and it's a look not everyone is going for.

Anyway, introducing the wire wheels!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03515.jpg

From above:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03519.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03524.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03523.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03526.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-10-08, 12:42 AM
Fin:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03508.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03529.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03539.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03544.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03546.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-10-08, 12:45 AM
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03545.jpg
Dr. Jekyll
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03517.jpg

AND Mr. Hyde

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03532.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03521.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03530.jpg

brougham_geezer
09-10-08, 01:01 AM
And one more. Also throwing in a few pictures of the car at a Canada Day (July 1), car show this summer, with the hubcaps that I've been using so far, for comparison. Any opinions on which looks better?

Also, in one or two of the pictures above, you should be able to spot the factory spec rear stabillizer bar I stole from a '79 CDV.

Stay tuned for a thread of pictures showing the summer antics of my Cadillac minded brother, friend and myself, touring around in our cars, carshow pics etc. Enjoy guys!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC03535.jpg

How she normally looks:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02641.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02642-1.jpg

This one reminds me of Christine when she pulls up to the football game:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02644-1.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02645.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/DSC02647.jpg

My_favorite_Brougham
09-10-08, 01:19 AM
Ya know, I actually prefer the look of the "sombreros" over the look of the wires on your car. I guess it just fits for you. The fire engine red, the kinda plain look of the '80 model, etc. I mean if this were a burgundy Fleetwood Coupe, I'd say otherwise. But less-formal colors call for less-formal looks, and vice versa. I'm sure you can understand, being in the funereal business.

No doubt, the wires look great, but they may seem a tad intricate for the over all look of the car; the sombreros just look more period-correct.

Just my thoughts,
Greg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
09-10-08, 12:57 PM
These are the factory 15" wheel. Designed for your car. See where it says 15x6? And, 14s fit fine on your car, too (thousands of lowriders use them).

I've got the FWD Fleetwood (basically a DeVille). It has 14" wheels with wire hub caps. I would love to put a pair of 15" on it but I just bough new tires last year. 15" would look much better too because I have A LOT of rubber around the wheels. BTW, that picture is of the back wheel and I have rear drums and front disk brakes. The front wheels are much much dirtier. :mad: Did I mention that your car looks AMAZING?


http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/My%20Cars/1988%20Fleetwood/100_5751.jpg

jayoldschool
09-10-08, 01:40 PM
I've got the FWD Fleetwood (basically a DeVille). It has 14" wheels with wire hub caps.

Oops, I didn't think of that. We don't talk much about the FWD cars here in the RWD forum...

They actually did make a high offset wire wheel for the FWD cars, too. They come up from time to time on the ebay :-)

Cadillacboy
09-10-08, 01:41 PM
Absolute beauty , congrats you did some great job

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
09-10-08, 03:11 PM
Oops, I didn't think of that. We don't talk much about the FWD cars here in the RWD forum...


I know, I am always showin up places I don't belong. :yup:

brougham
09-11-08, 01:26 AM
They look good cleaned up. I never bothered cleaning the crap out of the back of mine. Its mainly oil spray and grease anyway so at least its keeping the back from getting rusty and chipped up. They all have the clearcoat stuff to stop the chrome from getting wrecked. Your car is a nice colour. Id go gaga over it if it was a Fleetwood D'Elegance coupe.

bicentennialcadillac
09-11-08, 09:13 PM
Ya know, I actually prefer the look of the "sombreros" over the look of the wires on your car. I guess it just fits for you. The fire engine red, the kinda plain look of the '80 model, etc. I mean if this were a burgundy Fleetwood Coupe, I'd say otherwise. But less-formal colors call for less-formal looks, and vice versa. I'm sure you can understand, being in the funereal business.

No doubt, the wires look great, but they may seem a tad intricate for the over all look of the car; the sombreros just look more period-correct.

Just my thoughts,
Greg

I agree.

That is a hell of a car.

pompste
09-15-08, 09:03 PM
Love that red body color with the white top! The width of the your whitewalls is perfect! Wire wheels are looking good.

472
09-16-08, 12:31 AM
That is a great looking Coupe...

scurling
09-16-08, 03:05 PM
I could make a joke about the assembled Mexico stamp, but I won't.

I can appreciate all the work you put into them. The look great.

jayoldschool
09-16-08, 07:38 PM
I can't believe I'm saying this... I like it better with the caps. I never ever thought I would like them better than the wires, but on this car, in this colour combo, I like the caps. Of course, it looks fantastic either way:worship: