: MAybe stupid, but can you "90" a 77-79 Fleetwood?

01-13-10, 11:00 PM
Might be stupid question, but can you easily 90 out a 77-79 Caddy? I'm thinking about doing to a 77 hearse..... but is it possible? never seen one, only the 1980's.

01-14-10, 12:13 AM
It is possible, interior and exterior.

01-14-10, 12:16 AM
Not without significant bodywork. The hoods on the 77-79 cars are taller than 80+, and the body contours, esp. in the rear, are totally different. Interior would be easier, but remember that the rear windows are more upright on 80+ than 77-79, so the sail panels will be different.

01-14-10, 10:19 AM
may be a dumb question but...why would you want to do that?! Just buy a 90's one ;)

01-14-10, 11:52 AM
Or just '90 out that 82 deville that you also own

01-14-10, 12:14 PM
It can be done, though. I've seen it & personally didn't like, but hey to each his own.
There's a '77 Coupe up in Florida, I believe, currently for sale. Its got a ninety front clip, ninety cladding, '77 rear clip, & '77 interior.
I'd post pics for you, but its a lowrider & I don't wanna get crucified by the all original die-hards LOL!

01-14-10, 02:03 PM
you should post the pic, I wouldnt mind seeing it.

01-14-10, 02:26 PM
yeah, it's not like you destroyed the caddy yourself. Besides, some of the lowriders look nice if they're done right

01-14-10, 03:23 PM

01-14-10, 03:33 PM
Alright, here you go fellas. Oh, I forgot to mention looks like its got 80's doors as well.




01-14-10, 03:46 PM
That actually doesn't look half bad! I really like their paint choice as well. I wonder if they did the whole '90 front clip swap. Is that even possible on a '77-'79? :hmm:

01-14-10, 04:03 PM
It's gotta have the full front clip, just the header panel wouldn't work. The thing I wonder about is if the 80's side glass & window track would roll/seal up right, around the 70's body. (maybe thats why the windows aren't rolled up????)

01-14-10, 04:28 PM
I don't see what the advantage of '90ing a '77 would be. That lowrider looks exactly like an '80's coupe from the front doors forward. The rear trunk area of the '77-'79 cars is very similar to the '80's RWD's; too similar for it to make a difference. The main difference is in the shape of the passenger compartment, which is completely lost in a hearse.





My personal opinion is that the difference is negligible and the alteration unnecessary sacrilege.

Angry Matt
01-14-10, 09:13 PM
It's neat to see, but personally I think the two cars clash. The tail lights look "70's" and the rockers look "90's". I just don't think they mix well. Don't get me wrong though, I'm all for originality. I like the shaved hood ornament and is that an exhaust tip under the passenger door? I hope not.

01-15-10, 10:57 AM
lol it does look like an exhaust tip.

OVerall, not bad. Not overly done

01-15-10, 10:49 PM
Well the only thing I really wanted to do is the header panel. I like the grille and euro headlights a lot better than the 77's. And the 77 hearse I'm gonna look at has a broken grille. So i thought maybe I would consider this conversion.... I didn't really want to do the mouldings down the side.

01-15-10, 11:51 PM
Yeah, but unfortunately to change the front clip you have to change the hood, bumper, and fenders.

Look at the front of these cars.



You see how the center of the '77's hood is raised higher and is more narrow than the '80 hood. Also notice that the side marker lights go onto the fenders on the '77, where on the '80 they stop at the front clip.

01-15-10, 11:58 PM
I was thinking maybe the 80-89 header would be more fitting with the four lights. The euro clip does look nice but I wouldnt mind seeing it with the other. If you dont find the front clip you're looking for, I still have the original front clip from a 79 in one piece. Its taking up alot of garage space so if you find a cheap way to ship from 55404, its yours for dirt cheap. PM me if so. Sorry for the plug Jay but it needs to pay rent or move out.

01-16-10, 04:37 PM
Well I went and looked at the hearse. It was a 77 Cadillac Superior Crown Sovereign. Maroon with maroon top, and black and maroon interior. And it was a side-loader (suicide doors)!!!!!!!! pretty rare. But that was about the only good part of the car. It looked nice from afar, but needed too much work. doors didn't line up right, interior torn up, melting snow on windshield was leaking into dash and onto floor. stalled out every 5 minutes. all wood grain was chipped out of steering wheel, door panels rough, rust bubbles around all trim......had been repainted before, all door seals leaking.... too much work, neeeded COMPLETE restoration.
asking $1200 or b/o. wouldn't pay 400 for it.

oh well, more money to sink into the 82.

01-16-10, 05:11 PM

I quite like that! i may have to 70 my 90.... :hmm: not a fan of the tiny wheels but i understand the appeal.....its still tasteful if a bit silly. if it had proper wheels on it and maybe airbags instead of hydros..... i think id be in love.....