08-16-09, 06:18 PM
I have a 1978 and a 1979 DeVille. The hood on the '79 is aluminum and on
the '78 steel which is beginning to rust. I have two questions:
1. What years and models had these identical aluminum hoods? The part
number appears to be 117 01080.
2. How prevalent where the aluminum hoods on these Cadillacs? If I go
to the junkyard, am I likely to find one? And on what models?
Thanks for any help.
Aluminum hoods were used on Devilles in 1978 and 1979. They have an "A" stamped on the right side on the front leading edge of the hood. You usually found them on cars that were fuel injected or bound for stricter emissions states (CA, FL, MA). The hinge springs are different for the two hoods, so don't even think about using the aluminum hood with hinges and springs made for a steel hood.
Best of luck in your search.
08-16-09, 08:50 PM
Thanks for the info! At least I am in Florida, so there may be
some hope I find one. Thanks again.
08-16-09, 09:34 PM
I believe these were standard on the Fleetwoods in 1978 and 1979, as well as the diesel cars.
08-16-09, 10:06 PM
My buddy's got a '79 brougham (one of many over the years) and it's got a steel hood. In fact I've never even seen one. Only heard the legends. They're like bigfoot around here.
08-17-09, 12:55 AM
Aluminum was pretty trick stuff for 1979. I can assure you the one on my 91 is steel and weighs a ton.
Also, why did they do away with the hinges and springs on our hoods in favor of the struts? Seems like any 10+ year old car has the darn struts blown out and you have to use a piece of wood to hold the hood up.
08-17-09, 08:15 PM
The aluminum hood was a standard item on Fleetwood Broughams. It may have been an option on deville sedans.
All my Broughams have them, but have not seen them on Deville Sedans or Coupes.