: question about conv.



gornati
03-09-09, 01:24 PM
Hi all...

I was a proud onwer of a 1981 coupe deville, that was my dream car since i was a little boy... now i am 32 and lucky enough to buy a 1978 coupe deville.

As my future plans is to have a convertible, i was wondering.

How many convertible deville were made in 1977-1985?

The strange thing is that i have brochures from 1978 1979 and none of them shows the convertible deville... But yes they exist and many of us already saw some.

The question is...

-were they made by cadillac or it was a 3rd company doing mods?
-if cadillac made them, how many from each year?


Thanks in advance.


Camillo

jayoldschool
03-09-09, 03:24 PM
Convertibles in 78-79 were done by Paris and Hess and Eisenhardt. 80-83 (I believe) was only Hess and Eisenhardt.

One of our members here has one. You can find his post by using the search.

Here's one that needs a little resto work:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/cadillac-classifieds/data/12/cid_001a01c7d516_b96fd7e0_5808e247_yourxhtr8hvc4p. jpg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-09-09, 03:25 PM
They did not come as a convertible from the factory. They would have been sent to aftermarket coach companies to have the original roof hacked off and a convertible one put on. These aftermarket tops were often poorly designed and constructed resulting in lots of noise, leaks and lots of rust forming around where they had to cut to install the convertible top.

jayoldschool
03-09-09, 03:28 PM
Found the original brochure on EBAY (http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260345000636&indexURL=)

http://i12.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/29/f0/d20b_1.JPG
http://i18.ebayimg.com/06/i/001/29/f0/d6bc_1.JPG

gornati
03-09-09, 03:40 PM
Convertibles in 78-79 were done by Paris and Hess and Eisenhardt. 80-83 (I believe) was only Hess and Eisenhardt.

One of our members here has one. You can find his post by using the search.

Here's one that needs a little resto work:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/cadillac-classifieds/data/12/cid_001a01c7d516_b96fd7e0_5808e247_yourxhtr8hvc4p. jpg


thats what i want!

gornati
03-09-09, 03:41 PM
Found the original brochure on EBAY (http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260345000636&indexURL=)

http://i12.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/29/f0/d20b_1.JPG
http://i18.ebayimg.com/06/i/001/29/f0/d6bc_1.JPG

thats culture.

gornati
03-09-09, 03:43 PM
They did not come as a convertible from the factory. They would have been sent to aftermarket coach companies to have the original roof hacked off and a convertible one put on. These aftermarket tops were often poorly designed and constructed resulting in lots of noise, leaks and lots of rust forming around where they had to cut to install the convertible top.


thats history!
Thanks

gregors29
03-13-09, 02:54 PM
I have a 1987 De Ville convertible and it is still a great car. It has never had a ring job and I changed the timing chain and valves only once in the 31 years I've owned it. The top fits well and there is no wind noise at freeway speeds around the windows. Factory convertibles don't have the issues that the aftermarket ones did with fit and finish and the body strength that included a steel top when they were built. My convertible is like a rock, and it absorbs bumps in the road like they are not there. I would be leary of the aftermarket for this brand of cars.