View Full Version : Pre-Paint Work fun - Feat rust

08-22-09, 01:36 PM
Hi everyone. In case you don't know me, my name is Dylan and my car is an 1982 fleetwood broughm de'elegance. (Please, in advance excuse my spelling of just about every word in the english language.). She's seen better days. But hits the body shop soon! I need your guys advise.!!

Next week, my cad hits the body shop. I'm doing all the work i can to save money, and I took off the inner fenders and found this.... Yuck! Whatcha guys think? Inner fenders, for the record are difficult to get off without a hoist. The drivers side i struggled and removed a support bracket inside the engine bay to get the inner fender out, on the passenger side i wised up and just removed the wheel and jacked it up. Lots of work. But lots more to come. Next the bumpers and grill come off. Anyone got any tips :D?

08-22-09, 01:40 PM
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The rust in the engine bay, where the inner fenderwheels mount to the body. This is the passenger side. The actual fender itself is rust free. Do you think i should be shopping for some inner fenders?
Just to show you my car isnt a total rust bag. The doors were done, the drain holes gloggged up with dry leaves and ruined them. But i found some solid coupe deville doors locally.
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This is the drivers side. Same storey.
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My interior. Preping for new carpet, and fixing the one tiny little area of the floor pan. Gonna let the body shop do that. Floor pan is really solid. Only potentially bad spot is just below the petal. The brown is not rust, but rust paint that someone before me had painted over some rust. Did a good job at keeping it solid. But i figure i might as well get it done while its in the shop.
By happly (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/happly), shot with EX-Z120 (http://profile.imageshack.us/camerabuy.php?model=EX-Z120&make=CASIO+COMPUTER+CO.%2CLTD) at 2009-08-22
My engine bay. The picture doesn't do it justice. This is the cleanest 4100 you will ever see. Probably one of the best running too. 165 PSI per cylinder last time I did compression test. 160,000k.
It's oil gets changed every 2-3000 km.
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When i got this car, it was mint. But six years of Saskatchewan winters have taken its toll... The carpet, near ruined, And the rust is starting. Time to get it painted.

08-22-09, 01:58 PM
Whoops. Tripple post.

08-23-09, 10:22 AM
It looks like it is still pretty solid to me. That floor pan is beautiful in my book. I'm glad you're fixing it now. I don't see an engine under all that junk in the last pic but I'll take your word for it.

08-23-09, 12:07 PM
It's great that you're putting some blood, sweat, and tears into that beautiful coupe!!! I'm not an expert on body repairs but I know a nice looking car with potential when I see one and my hat is off to you for giving that beautiful car all your lovin'. :) Keep us posted! Dave

08-23-09, 01:13 PM
The engine is covered in junk i had to remove to get the inner fenders off. But trust me, shes clean. I'm really concerned about the inner fenders. I've been quoted 4,000 if i remove all the chrome and bumpers myself. I'm wondering if you think my cars worth it? 1982 fleetwood coupe, 160,000k, needs new carpet and the arm rests are cracked. Everyone tells me, "dont do it", but i love my car.

08-23-09, 01:46 PM
If you're trying to be practical you should just drive a Honda or a Toyota. If you love the car and have the $$$ then why not?!? You can always go on the hunt for an original never rusted southern car and you may get lucky and find something nice for a decent price but whatever car you buy will likely need some $$$ spent on it too. Follow your gut feel balanced with using your brain. If you don't fix up your car and sell it someone else I would bet the next person would fix it up sooooo it may as well be you enjoying your car and besides all the time you're spending on the car is keeping you out of the local tavern..... Good luck! :)

08-28-09, 03:41 PM
If you love it, and plan on keeping it, then go for it. I loved my 1992 Brougham....but the cheapest full paint job I could find was $4000, and the average was $6000. I had one guy say he could make it look 'decent' for $2000.00 but that was just taking off rust and spot-painting. I had decided to spend the $4000.00 to have it painted when I thought "maybe I should check kijiji, just to see." I found my 1991 Brougham for $3200.00, no need for paint and a leather interior too. Sold my 1992 for $2500.00 and away we go.

That being said....I miss my '92. Loved that car, and while the 91 looks better, drives way better, and is way more solid all around, it will always be my favourite car!

08-29-09, 10:34 AM
If you have a winter beater than go for it. Well, maybe look around and see what you can get for 4K and if you dont find anything, do it.

08-29-09, 02:54 PM
I'm gonna go look at a 83 coupe deville for 5g's, hes flexible though. Looks pretty nice from what i can tell, d elegance, sunroof etc. Here I will post some links.


Also, going to go look at this.


i've always loved the look of these eldos.

I'm keeping my options open. I'd also love to have a 70's cutlass. I havent given up on my FWBC yet, I'm just keeping my options open. I would have to find a parts car and pull the front clip to keep my coupe alive. The inner fenders are toast according to my bodyman.

08-29-09, 03:22 PM
That's what I would focus on. Find a parts car with a good front end.

Though that Eldorado would be tempting too...