: All 1977-1979 DeVille owners....



Night Wolf
10-06-04, 09:11 PM
Who here has a '77-'79 DeVille? reply here... describe the car and maybe post a pic.... lets see if there is enough owners to get a little clan going...

cadillacdeville
10-07-04, 01:58 AM
well I have a 1977 sedan deville but the pics are to big to post I'll try to get some smaller ones just like this one but without the rims mine still has the factory caps

davesdeville
10-07-04, 02:26 AM
Does a Fleetwood count?

caddydaddy
10-07-04, 07:36 AM
I have a 1979 Sedan Deville. It's kinda modified with a bored 472 with Comp Cam, Edelbrock intake and carb, dual exhaust, etc.

See it at: http://members.tripod.com/~CadillacMan/79cadpage.html

7.0,hellyeah
10-07-04, 11:28 AM
I dont have pics but I got a 1979 coupe deville, and I think its one of those phaeton edition ones. Its got the hard top that looks like a convertable(Black canvas stuff) Its copper colored but I need a new paintjob, I was going to go with grey. New air intake assembly from like a '92 EFI car made it possible to slap a 3X14 K&N in there. Tan leather on the inside.

sizanjdf
10-07-04, 03:35 PM
ive got a 77 coupe deville, Ill get pics soon...

goldys02
10-08-04, 01:24 PM
I Have A 77 Coupe Deville , This Is A Special Order From Detroit Michigan. A Exclusive Model. This Is A One Of A Kind Model. I Recently Finished An Engine Swap. I Replaced My 425 With A 500 Engine. The Car Is Now In The Paint Shop. Check Back For New Pictures Coming Soon!

7.0,hellyeah
10-08-04, 05:42 PM
It seems the 425 has a lack of aftermarket parts for it. The edelbrock intake manifold only works for the 472 and 500. Besides that the only performance parts I could find was a cam by comp cams: http://www.powerandperformancenews.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CC&Category_Code=Cadillac-CAM
I'm not sure of the typed of carbs that could fit on the 425 w/o any changes. I was thinking that one of the edelbrock preformer series q-jets might work, but I'm not sure which one. I think it would be cool if people could post parts that they know would work on the 425. Anywhere from HEI coils to those chrome valve covers they sell on e-bay for the caddies.

Night Wolf
10-08-04, 06:57 PM
It seems the 425 has a lack of aftermarket parts for it. The edelbrock intake manifold only works for the 472 and 500. Besides that the only performance parts I could find was a cam by comp cams: http://www.powerandperformancenews.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CC&Category_Code=Cadillac-CAM
I'm not sure of the typed of carbs that could fit on the 425 w/o any changes. I was thinking that one of the edelbrock preformer series q-jets might work, but I'm not sure which one. I think it would be cool if people could post parts that they know would work on the 425. Anywhere from HEI coils to those chrome valve covers they sell on e-bay for the caddies.

the 425 is basically the same thing as a 472/500... different crank, pistons and heads... thats all....

It has been proven on the siteI heard that the on that the Edelbrock intake manifold WILL fit a 425.

Keep the Q-jet... do a rebuild on it.. a very good carb and perfect match for the 425...

Honeslty, to get the most power form a 425, you just need to open the intake and exhaust up, and put a mild cam in... I persoanlly believe that will alone, do the most to the 425... then some headwork and try to bring up the 8.2:1 compression.

That seems like a nice deal on the comp cam though.

I heard that the 425 block is lighter... they shaved it down in areas they said were ok... that is why many people do not use it for hot-rodding... inreality if you put a 500 crank and pistons in... you will have a 500... I heard that the stock 425 crank isn't as strong as the 472/500 either... I also read that if you put the stock 425 heads on a stock 500, you'll get about 10.5:1 compression, and massive low end torque.. but by 4500rpm, it'll be out of steam... maybe something to think about (I don't think the stock 425 goes much above that already)

GritMaster
10-10-04, 01:14 AM
I have a blue 79 Sedan DeVille 425 carbuerated, White interior, I'll get some pics up soon. A bit about the car:
~123k miles, starting to show it's age, car used to belong to my parents, been in the family 18 years, until I bought it off them last year. It had two stints of sitting for about 5 years, so alot of parts are corroding/ rusting and the exterior needs new paint. I'm working on fixing it up, and getting some more power out of it. I just gave her new shoes, new brakes, a few interior fix ups and She's gettin new shocks/springs soon, Hoping to get that engine cleaned up and fixed up soon as well.
25 years old... No more emissions, say hello to a new exhaust in the next 6 months :halo:

Edit:\ Picture :)

http://img55.exs.cx/img55/1206/Caddy.jpg

davesdeville
10-11-04, 01:44 AM
inreality if you put a 500 crank and pistons in... you will have a 500... I heard that the stock 425 crank isn't as strong as the 472/500 either... I also read that if you put the stock 425 heads on a stock 500, you'll get about 10.5:1 compression, and massive low end torque.. but by 4500rpm, it'll be out of steam... maybe something to think about (I don't think the stock 425 goes much above that already)

The stock 425 won't hit 4500 without at least stronger than stock valvesprings, and you couldn't put in 500 pistons since I don't think the 425 will take more than .60 over bore - that's mostly the reason it's not used as much as the 472/500s.

patgizz
10-11-04, 03:52 PM
http://www.nastyz28.com/~patgizz/caddy/caddy3.jpg

http://www.nastyz28.com/~patgizz/caddy/cad425.jpg

and this is the 472 in my 88 silverado

http://www.nastyz28.com/~patgizz/cad3.jpg

Night Wolf
10-11-04, 05:02 PM
the 425 dosn't even hit 4,500rpm under WOT? damn...may as well be a diesel :)

I'll have to snap a few new pics of my '79... maybe I can get some today before it gets dark out...

elwesso
10-11-04, 05:20 PM
Great pictures...... Id like to see some interior shots!

Night Wolf
10-11-04, 06:01 PM
Well, I just took these... the car is pretty dirty, mud splash on the right side, bumpers are dirty, various debris on the car etc... but they are my newest pics... also the quality isn;t good... I went in the orchards across the street, but it was shady, so I had to change the brighness and contrast... so it dosn't look how it should...

Night Wolf
10-11-04, 06:11 PM
for more exterrior, and interrior pics.. check out this thread (on the bottom)

http://cadillacforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22358&highlight=1979+interrior

7.0,hellyeah
10-11-04, 06:54 PM
Theres some good parts, heck most parts made for the 425 available at Jegs.com. Just put in the keyword ''cadillac'', and comp cams, cloyes timing chains, accel and petronix ignition coils, powermaster starters and edelbrock manifolds come up. You can also get all the tune up stuff for the TH-400 tranny like a shift kit and a B&M oil pan for an extra 2 quarts of tranny fluid. Good stuff on the jegs website.

cadillacdeville
10-12-04, 02:13 AM
MSD Ignition has a nice distibutor for the 425

7.0,hellyeah
10-12-04, 02:47 PM
I want to get a new rear end cover because mine is a little dented up. Is it a regular GM ten bolt assembly? Like this one: http://www.jegs.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=2821&prmenbr=361 <----The top GM 10-bolt 8.2'' one.

Night Wolf
10-12-04, 03:48 PM
the rear in these cars are 12-bolt.. not 10....

... would the MSD dist. really do much on a mostly stock engine?

patgizz
10-12-04, 08:40 PM
mine has an 8.5" 10 bolt. the 8.2 was not used post 1972. but mine definitely doesnt have a 12 bolt. my old 71 cdv did.

Night Wolf
10-12-04, 09:48 PM
I was told all big block Cadillacs hae a 12bolt rear... it is hard to see it, as the other bolts are hidden, if you just try to count them up, you'll get 10.... which is why the only gears you can swap into the car are from another Caddy... no other GM is a 12bolt...

cadillacdeville
10-13-04, 01:01 AM
I imagine it would give a better spark there for more complete burn that MSD along with some P4's from bosch realy give it a good spark

patgizz
10-13-04, 07:10 PM
lots of other GM's got 12 bolts.

i replaced my axle seals and diff cover gasket, i definitely have an 8.5" 10 bolt, and my car is an unmolestered 83k mile from an old guy who bought it in 1983 from the original old guy owner.

7.0,hellyeah
10-13-04, 11:33 PM
I think the stronger spark will get every last drop of the gas burned and quick too. Good power from them I've heard. Another thing about the dist. and ignition is DONT USE PLATINUM PLUGS. They're good for new cars which have a coil at every injection point but arent good for older cars. Good ol' champions or something are the best. Coils can also give much better spark right? The MSD and Accel coils that fit the stock 3 wire config give like 48,000-50,000 volts compared to the stock 32,000, I think thats the stock number.

Night Wolf
10-13-04, 11:45 PM
well, what i was saying was, on a stock enigne, must less the 425... there will hardly be any benifit from an aftermarket ignition system... the stock HEI does a great job... the money and time can better be spent much other places... only later when far more air in and out of the engine, and the compression raised, will you need to mess with the ignition...

... my '93 has a dist. (4.9) I used Xact 8mm wires and Bosch +4 platnium plugs, it came with AC Delco platnium. My Olds has a coil distributorless ignition... IIRC we used regular AC Delco's (not platnium) and Xact wires... then in the '79 I have the Whitiker wires it came with and regular A Delco's...

cadillacdeville
10-14-04, 12:18 AM
those platniums are bad for older engines well I use the bosch P1s and they work great

davesdeville
10-14-04, 04:06 AM
If you don't plan spinning 6500 rpm with that ol 425, the HEI is fine. A new high energy coil might do a teeny bit of good though.

Mr_Bam
10-14-04, 01:27 PM
I don't have any pics right now... But I do have a 1979 LeCabriolet. Hopefully this winter I can get her down to the frame and build her back up a little better!
My friend said his gas mileage went up a BUNCH by using an aftermarket ignition vs. the hei...

7.0,hellyeah
10-14-04, 09:53 PM
His mileage got better or got worse?

SMOKEYS 79' Deville
10-19-04, 07:07 PM
I have A 1979 coupe deville, 81,000 miles on it! shes a gem. one owner, leather interior with all the power options! but i actually have a question! who knows where i can find a cat back exhaust system for the 79's? flowmaster does nopt make a kit. Nor do any other manufacturers i have found1 Must be dual exhaust! Any help would be great!!!! THX!


:banghead:

z_smurf
10-19-04, 07:39 PM
Here's mine. Cadillac Brougham Fleetwood 1979.
Hard to start but running nice when its alive.

Night Wolf
10-19-04, 09:58 PM
Wow, I like the black...

...if my car was ever repainted... it woudl be black metallic...

1caddy96
11-14-04, 08:04 PM
hey yeah it would be awesome to start a club on these 77-79 devilles. i can't find anything for this car i own and i would love to do a tear down and build up of it. my car runs great when it does just stupid minor things wrong, like i can't seem to put an aftermarket radio in it?
it looks like there are alot of us out there with old devilles and i would love to talk to people that have a similar taste in fine autos.
write back and we can talk

Night Wolf
11-14-04, 11:25 PM
what is your problem? and what do you want to do?

it is very easy to put an aftermarket radio in....

seems like a little crew of us with '77-'79 DeVilles....

1caddy96
11-15-04, 01:00 PM
i got the wiring harness for the aftermarket. it came with this seperate yellow wire, i don't know where that goes. and i have an original 8 track and it looks like i would have to cut the dash to insert the new radio. i can't find a dash trim kit for it either.

7.0,hellyeah
11-16-04, 04:29 PM
Any one have the phaeton edition besides me?

davesdeville
11-16-04, 07:51 PM
My friend said his gas mileage went up a BUNCH by using an aftermarket ignition vs. the hei...

I'd say properly tuning the HEI would net the same result.

Night Wolf
11-16-04, 09:43 PM
how would you properly tune the HEI? it is all self-contianed.. nothing to tune....

... the '77-'79 does not need a dash kit, as the deck is actually a single DIN, just like imports... the new cdp would fit right in.... on the '80's style, then went to double DIN, that is when they needed the kit....

... I don't know what yellow is off hand... not really worth worrying about... maybe illumination or something?

davesdeville
11-17-04, 12:18 AM
I mean properly set timing and especially vacuum advance (very important to gas mileage), along with general ignition parts being in good condition - plugs, wires, cap, rotor, coil.

DaveSmed
11-17-04, 01:04 AM
Yellow is important. If you notice, theres 4 connectors going into the radio (not including the antenna) Three of these compose the bulk of the wiring, BUT the fourth two pin connector has the keep alive (The yellow wire on mst headunits) I think on that two pin one its a black and an orange wire. I'm pretty sure you want the orange one.

1caddy96
11-17-04, 09:29 AM
one of my friends explained to me that this seperate yellow wire has to go directly to the battery. i'll take a look at it this weekend? but the dash kit thing is, the old 8 track has a center hole but in either side (with in the aftermarket) are two circles on either side L and R for the volume and tuning controls. I can not seperate this from te rest of the dash, it's all one piece. i don't know what to do with it now?

Pianoman72
11-17-04, 11:13 AM
I used to have a lot of catalogs for classic cars and I remember they would sell new radios that would fit in that factory hole - with seperate volume - tuning knobs on each side just like you need.

If you can find one with an AUX input then you could add an MP3 player or anything you wanted in the glovebox or whatever - but obviously you are not going to fit a CD player in that slot without cutting - which I hope you decide not to do.

1caddy96
11-21-04, 06:24 PM
thanks for the advice guys but i went to my friends junk yard and found an early 80's caddy with the same kind of radio as mine but i was able to cut out a slot for the aftermarket radio with a hot knife. i had to play with how it was going to stay there but managed. so far so good :yup:

7.0,hellyeah
11-24-04, 03:04 PM
Whats the cheapest website for rear body fillers?

Night Wolf
11-24-04, 08:44 PM
http://bumperfillers.com/

3lowlacs
11-30-04, 02:50 AM
a lil late but i have a 78 coupe, :coolgleam heres a pic

7.0,hellyeah
11-30-04, 10:47 PM
What model and year of cars can you pull a 500 out of. I want to build a 500 and slap it in my coupe. Fairly easy right?

White Whale
12-01-04, 10:47 AM
get in touch with Spyder, he has an Eldo with a 500.....

1caddy96
12-04-04, 08:18 PM
i have a 78 but i don't know how to get pics up on the site, it says the image is too big? any help, because i would love to show my cars!

Junkman
12-07-04, 01:14 AM
I use two different programs..... Ifanview and PIXresizer. Do a Google search to find a site where you can download these. I use Ifanview for fixing the color in pictures and PIXresizer for changing size. One thing to remember is that the DPI.. dots per inch.. should be relatively low for computer screens. 72 is a good number. Adjust the DPI and then the size to get it under the 100 KB (kilobyte) maximum that the system allows. The programs are very easy to use and if you spend an hour playing with them, you will become proficient enough to be called a master photo artist..... :rolleyes:

ranprew
06-17-07, 12:57 PM
I have a 1977 Coupe DeVille. Bright red. Re-doing the headliner -- and trying to get the power trunk pull down unit working. Bought a junk yard part -- but something isn't right --- somewhere. Also need to get the power antenna working.
It will be a nice car when everything comes together. rp

Wheelman322
06-17-07, 04:56 PM
WAY TO DIG AN OLD THREAD OUT OF THE GUTTER....LET'S REDO THIS 2007 STYLE....Here's mine...
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e201/wheelman322/78CadillacFleetwood2007-3-91.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-17-07, 05:52 PM
This looks like it was a cool thread, let's keep it going!


MODERATOR APPROVED!

Night Wolf
06-17-07, 06:19 PM
Yeah, buried thread it was.

My '79 is no longer around :( But an '89 Fleetwood Brougham is the replacement....

Benzilla
06-17-07, 07:57 PM
Always wanted to be part of the tri-year team.

Most know about her, but I have a '79 Coupe DeVille Phaeton that I'm about 97% through restoring. Pretty much like what Wheelman322 did with his. Going in for new paint in a couple weeks.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/100_10952-1.jpg

Night Wolf
06-17-07, 08:04 PM
New paint, man I was just gonna say how nice the paint looked...

I like it!

So how much do paint jobs for these cars run anyway?

Benzilla
06-17-07, 08:19 PM
haha, thanks, the top surfaces are faded so that it actually gets darker when it's wet. Sides are nice though.

I'm getting a great deal on paint, I know the guy so he's just charging me for supplies and a little extra for space. So It's getting a top of the line job all buffed out and clear for just over $1,000. I know his work, it's amazing.

brougham_geezer
06-17-07, 08:46 PM
Why not join in?!

I have a 1979 Sedan deVille d'Elegance w/ 100,000 km's. Bought it for $100 plus 50 for a tow. The engine works about 93879387 times better than the 307 in my '89 Brougham. I was originally going to pull the motor and drop it in the Brougham, but the '79 doesn't deserve to be crushed/parted out. It's quite solid and works well. Needs some front end work, brakes, paint and a new top/headliner, so I'm going to restore it to it's former glory. However, I'm not a big fan of the Navy blue paint and grey top. Since it has a baby blue int. I'm thinking I'll paint it a Cadillac powder blue and top it off with a white roof and headliner. Other than that? Keeping it stock.

Here's a video of it reving beside my grandmother's '85 Parisienne w/ 305 chevy. http://s78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/?action=view&current=100_3095.flv

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/100_2942.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/100_2944.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/100_2930.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/charlie8.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/100_2929.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j82/jn_parisienne/100_2945.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-17-07, 10:49 PM
Whoa, it's a D'Elegance! Nice! You don't see as many of those as you do the regular deVilles right? Cool video too, just out of curiosity, is there a big difference in performance between the 305 Parisienne and 425 deVille?

Benzilla
06-17-07, 10:53 PM
I just noticed the rear bumper from a 1987-1988 Brougham...

I wondered what the hell you've been doing with that thing, it's been forever, have you even cleaned it up much since you got it? Or just waiting for now?

Wheelman322
06-19-07, 12:41 AM
Whoa, it's a D'Elegance! Nice! You don't see as many of those as you do the regular deVilles right? Cool video too, just out of curiosity, is there a big difference in performance between the 305 Parisienne and 425 deVille?

Yeah...A D'Elegance should never find it's way to the crusher...Those are really limited numbers in 79. And I would have to say there is a huge performance difference in a 305 Parisienne and a 425 DeVille. My 425 pulls off the line as quick as my friends 92 350 Brougham and passes it at speeds over 70mph.

Night Wolf
06-19-07, 07:27 AM
My '79 was Laramie Beige with Ceder red d'Elegance interior.

the 425 was pretty quick for what it was, there are some pretty simple tricks to get more power out of it, which helps. Also swapping in a rear sway bar form a similar year Fleetwood really helps keep the chassis steady.

My '79 topped out at 110mph... in 2nd gear :) I've got a bunch of videos and pictures, just not on the computer right now.

Personally adding a 2nd pin stripe makes the car.. my car never looked right until I added the 2nd pin stripe, then it just kinda brought the whole thing together... I like it alot.

The '79 DeVille and '89 Brougham are so much similar, yet quite a bit different too.... to pick which is better, would not be an easy task... both are unique in their own ways. I miss my '79 but glad to have the '89 even though she isn't in the best shape, and quite a ways more rough then my '79 was... not that my '79 was perfect either.

Jonas McFeely
06-19-07, 09:05 AM
Im gonna catch hell for this,but i stand by it:

Drove a 79 Coupe Deville with the 425 a while back. I can honestly say it was no faster off the line or at speed than my HT4100. Honest to God. Myabe it was this specific car,but it ran well and didnt smoke or anything.

Wheelman322
06-19-07, 11:24 AM
My '79 was Laramie Beige with Ceder red d'Elegance interior.

the 425 was pretty quick for what it was, there are some pretty simple tricks to get more power out of it, which helps. Also swapping in a rear sway bar form a similar year Fleetwood really helps keep the chassis steady.

My '79 topped out at 110mph... in 2nd gear :) I've got a bunch of videos and pictures, just not on the computer right now.


I added a Chevy police package rear sway bar from a 90 9C1 and it really tightened the car up. Definately wanna see some pics and videos of your 79.


Im gonna catch hell for this,but i stand by it:

Drove a 79 Coupe Deville with the 425 a while back. I can honestly say it was no faster off the line or at speed than my HT4100. Honest to God. Myabe it was this specific car,but it ran well and didnt smoke or anything.


You must've been driving a beat up 425. These motors are torque monsters. Everyone i've owned to date was capable of spinning the rear wheels and really move (for a full size FWB) if you press them at highway speeds. The 4100's i've had feel adequate in the city but feel way overpowered at speeds over 40.

Jonas McFeely
06-19-07, 12:24 PM
This one would not spin or chirp the tires from a stand still, I tried many times. I believe it had a little over 120k on it.

The HT4100 has NOTHING over 55 or 60mph. Around town it is fine,and i can pull out in traffic without worrying that much.

Wheelman322
06-19-07, 12:41 PM
This one would not spin or chirp the tires from a stand still, I tried many times. I believe it had a little over 120k on it.



Yeah...I know these motors get tired early unless properly cared for. If you drive a rebuilt or well cared for 425 it will defineatly change your mind.

Highway Star
06-19-07, 01:31 PM
Some nice rides everyone!

This is the best I can do with my antique 1.3 megapixel cam. :rant2: LOL!

Jonas McFeely
06-19-07, 01:35 PM
Stunning!

Benzilla
06-19-07, 02:21 PM
Yeah...I know these motors get tired early unless properly cared for. If you drive a rebuilt or well cared for 425 it will defineatly change your mind.

Actually, jonas & wheelman, through the experience I've had with my 425, the carburetor is the key to unlocking the power. When I got my Phaeton, I really thought the engine was spent. It still drove okay, but had no balls. After I got the carb rebuilt and fine tuned by someone who actually knew about the quadrajets, it's a different engine. If you open the secondaries it will throw you back in the seat and just haul ass. Very powerful engine. I wouldn't say it's a rocket or anything, but the torque is just amazing. And mine isn't what you'd call low miles either. In fact, when I told my mechanic the actual miles after he had worked on, and drove it, he was in disbelief. Mine is nothing like the HT4100 that was in my '83 Coupe DeVille, and that had lower miles than the '79!

brougham_geezer
06-19-07, 03:33 PM
Benzilla: Yes, you are correct. That later model bumper was on the car when I bought it, but I'd like to find the '79 style which I like better/would be correct.

Sadly, the car is much unchanged since when I bought it. I was away at school since I bought it in November, and it sat in my driveway... which is better than the grass it had been sitting on when I bought it. The front passenger tire was low when I bought it, then went flat. I could pump it up but it would be flat again in 4 days. I finally jacked the car up and put another tire from my collection on it (no, not the correct whitewalls Benz :p... but one day yes!) so it would stop looking so lopsided / save me from pumping it all the time. I have had to put lots of money into my '89 which I'm using as a 'daily' driver (aka nice evenings and weekend trips) because of little problems that keep arising. With my student loan and minimum wage summer job, it's a bit beyond me to do anything but little fix-ups here and there this year. I have however got the car covered, and plan to store it in the garage we're building until I can fix things correctly.

I have fixed all power windows, seats, changed the oil, added coolant, and I take it for a 20 minute drive up and down my road each month or every 3 weeks to keep it in working order/from decaying.

I am not a hick, and will not burn this car out or ruin it. It will be 'restored' to factory spec.. although I really am not partial to the colour. My red '89 takes priority right now since it's the car I'm actually able to drive around this summer. Neither car is a winter driver, luckily. Sorry for lack of updates and the hickish-reving video. My dad just wanted to get a little sound clip for a bit of a laugh. These cars are treated with great respect and care/not driven hard.

To answer I luv Caddy's question: the pontiac 305 has nowhere near the off-the-line grunt that the 425 has, and it is in tip-top running order. I can say this even though the old 425 dies when you put the pedal to the floor due to a carb hesitation.

I also removed the rusted exhaust system on the '79 as it came dissconnected from the front pipe. It is now much louder than it is in the video, and sounds very mean... which is fine for now! But it will be quiet again one day... hopefully.

P.S. your car is beautiful Benz. :thumbsup:

Night Wolf
06-19-07, 04:00 PM
Yeah, the carb plays a big deal in power. When I first got my '79 she didn't seem as powerful as she should be.... fun tune up, rebuilt carb and some really basic tweaks got her on the way though.

From a dead stop she would bog slightly, but that was due to the gearing.... from around 25mph, floor it, she would downshift into 1st, yank the nose of the car up and really put you in the seat.

Keep in mind these cars did not have overdrive, and therefore had a 2.28 axle ratio to maintain 2,000RPM at 70mph.

an HT4100 Fleetwood has 3.42? axle ratio, as well as a 4spd tranny

Even a 307 Brougham has a 2.56 gear, but also 4spd tranny.... the Olds engine, like the Cads.... are known for their torque too.

Gearing can play a big difference though... thats why the HT4100 seems as quick as a 307 etc... But I'd have to say even with all that said.... there would have to be something wrong with the 425 to seem as slow as the HT.

When I raced my '79 at the drag strip (1/4mi), my best time was a 17.5s @85mph IIRC. That was before my intake mod too, which made a noticeable bump in power.

Before the car went to the bone yard I made sure to take my modified '68 472 intake manifold and rebuilt Qudrajet..... I've still got them too... waiting for another big block Cad to go on some day.

Night Wolf
06-19-07, 04:08 PM
Well, crappy pics, but here she is for now.

My old house in NY which is now sold.... my Olds was driven and sold in FL, the Coupe was driven and stolen in FL and the '79 was driven and wrecked in FL :(

I had the car for just about 2yrs and put 10k miles on it, I got it with 84k actual miles. 1-owner for most of its life, bought new in the South. I had, and still have the origanal window sticker, set of keys and 8-track tape still in shrink wrap.

I do miss that car..... but she wasn't without her flaws either.... most of all, when I had it, I wanted an '89 Brougham.... now that I have the '89 Brougham, I miss the '79 a bit more.... grass is always greener, eh?

Anyway, a bad picture, but here she is, has 15" spoked wheels that origanally came on my Brougham (I still have those too) and this pictue is without the 2nd pinstripe, which really makes the car IMO. Actually this picture is with the origanal pin stripe, I had re-spin striped it (using the tape) and that really made the car look a bunch better.

http://a634.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00287/33/63/287913633_l.jpg

Christmas of '05 in NY, right before I drove her down to FL..... simply the best highway car!

I had put Silver Stars on the outter low/high beams, never got around to the high beams yet.... what a difference that made (old lights were not even halogen)

I miss the floor mounted dimmer switch :(

http://a502.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00344/10/59/344119501_l.jpg

Night Wolf
06-19-07, 04:12 PM
Just found these on the site too, in FL. The last pictures I ever got of my car, about a week before the accident. This was our little Tampa meet.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/local-cadillac-clubs-meets/17418d1139109915-tampa-mall-rats-06-pdr_1113.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/local-cadillac-clubs-meets/17419d1139109915-tampa-mall-rats-06-pdr_1114.jpg

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/local-cadillac-clubs-meets/17420d1139109915-tampa-mall-rats-06-pdr_1116.jpg

Wheelman322
06-20-07, 11:35 PM
That is a beautiful 79. As a matter of fact, I would take any of those fine GM products in the picture.

Wheelman322
06-20-07, 11:37 PM
Before the car went to the bone yard I made sure to take my modified '68 472 intake manifold and rebuilt Qudrajet..... I've still got them too... waiting for another big block Cad to go on some day.

Wanna sell the 472 intake?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-20-07, 11:38 PM
Me too, but the '79 is top choice.

Night Wolf
06-21-07, 05:17 AM
Nah, I am going to hold on to the intake, same as the rebuild Q-jet (though the choke needs a little adjustment) It was tough to find one, then I got it all ground out at our friends machine shop, back in NY.

The '79 was a great car.... everything worked, not so when I got it but I fixed it all. The power windows all worked great and were really fast. The AC didn't work when I got it... the main o-ring around the compressor was bad... changed that out, put it back in, pulled a vaccum and shot it up with R-134A man, the AC, as well as the rest of the climate control system worked great ever since.

ahhhh well.... I've got the Brougham... but... its just not the same... not that I would choose the '79 over the '89, or vicea versa, its just weird, when I had one, I wanted the other. They are so much different, yet so much the same...

BigPoppaD
06-21-07, 05:56 PM
New member here, I own a 78 CDV. It's been parked for 4 years now with lots of good intentions and not a lot of action, but it's my first car I bought in 1997. Colorado ride that I took to college in Detroit. Michigan was not kind to the car, but I towed it back to Colorado 2002 when I moved back.

I swear that I'll make it streetworthy this year, needs a new trans. Any recommendations in my area? I've just started reading all the info in the forum, taking lots of notes.

I'd like to make this a restoration/upgrade. My hood is dented, most if not all 4 doors came with the aluminum hood, correct? Gotta lighten the load somewhere. Are there any good donors for a disc brake rear end? I think some optioned Fleetwoods came with this in 77-79? Any other GM?

thanks!

77CDV
06-21-07, 10:48 PM
Fleetwoods and the 77-78 Eldorados had the rear discs as standard. Where in CO are you? That would help anyone who wants to recommend a shop to you. Best of luck, and welcome to the forums!!!

Craig

Wheelman322
06-21-07, 11:23 PM
Right...The only place you're gonna find RW Discs and the aluminum hood is a 77-79 Fleetwood Brougham.

BigPoppaD
06-22-07, 08:38 AM
Fleetwoods and the 77-78 Eldorados had the rear discs as standard. Where in CO are you? That would help anyone who wants to recommend a shop to you. Best of luck, and welcome to the forums!!!

Craig

Thanks. I'm in the Denver area

Wheelman322
06-22-07, 03:58 PM
Thanks. I'm in the Denver area

The Eldorado was FWD though, so it probably won't fit his application.

Night Wolf
06-24-07, 01:25 AM
don't be too concerned about getting the rear disc brakes off a Fleetwood, the rear drums on these cars are huge, alot of surface area and don't generate as much heat as the front... the rear drums actually provide more stopping power... but they are not as cool, or fun to replace as disc brakes.

Either way, if you find a Fleetwood, the rear sway bar is a must, and a direct swap... it made a huge difference on my car.

Jonas McFeely
06-24-07, 01:39 PM
What all is involved in a rear disc swap? This is something i want to do.

Night Wolf
06-24-07, 07:19 PM
rear axle from a '77-'79 Fleetwood, brake lines and brake proportioning valve.

Thing to worry about would be gear ratio, IIRC the Fleetwood had a lower ratio then the DeVille... DeVille was 2.28 I don't remember what Fleetwood's was, but it was 2.xx Either way, it would be too low of a gear ratio for the HT4100 to really push around well.

There are alot of cool things off a '77-'79 Fleetwood to snag...

DopeStar 156
06-25-07, 12:33 AM
Oh sure, I finally get a 70's DeVille and I miss the clique by a ****in' year......

*Flips everyone off and storms out*

Junkman
07-08-07, 10:09 PM
New member here, I own a 78 CDV. It's been parked for 4 years now with lots of good intentions and not a lot of action, but it's my first car I bought in 1997. Colorado ride that I took to college in Detroit. Michigan was not kind to the car, but I towed it back to Colorado 2002 when I moved back.

I swear that I'll make it streetworthy this year, needs a new trans. Any recommendations in my area? I've just started reading all the info in the forum, taking lots of notes.

I'd like to make this a restoration/upgrade. My hood is dented, most if not all 4 doors came with the aluminum hood, correct? Gotta lighten the load somewhere. Are there any good donors for a disc brake rear end? I think some optioned Fleetwoods came with this in 77-79? Any other GM?

thanks!

The aluminum hoods only came on the Fleetwood's, and not all Fleetwood's got them. I have never been able to figure out what the determining factor was in which cars got the aluminum hood and those that didn't. If you find one with the aluminum hood, remember that you need to take the hood hinge springs, since they are not as strong as the steel hood springs. If you use the steel hood springs with the aluminum hood, you will damage the hood trying to close it, since you will be fighting the greater spring tension. The aluminum hood can be quickly identified by a large A that is stamped in the underside just to the right of the latch, looking at the hood from the front.

Junkman
07-08-07, 10:16 PM
Here is a picture of my 1978 Superior Cadillac Ambulance. You might say that it is a DeVille, because that is what Cadillac refered to the commercial chassis as. It is in the paint shop for the summer, and I will post another picture when it is done.

Benzilla
07-08-07, 10:50 PM
The aluminum hoods only came on the Fleetwood's, and not all Fleetwood's got them. I have never been able to figure out what the determining factor was in which cars got the aluminum hood and those that didn't. If you find one with the aluminum hood, remember that you need to take the hood hinge springs, since they are not as strong as the steel hood springs. If you use the steel hood springs with the aluminum hood, you will damage the hood trying to close it, since you will be fighting the greater spring tension. The aluminum hood can be quickly identified by a large A that is stamped in the underside just to the right of the latch, looking at the hood from the front.
I thought it was also on all full sizes sold in California?

BigPoppaD
07-13-07, 03:13 PM
I thought it was also on all full sizes sold in California?

I think that's what the criteria was too.

Good tip on the hinges, I didn't think about that

CaddyChillin77777
08-08-07, 09:48 AM
I have a 1978 Cadillac Coupe Deville Le Cabriolet edition by Hess and Eisenhardt. I will have pics in a couple weeks.

deVille33
09-11-07, 10:58 PM
I've tried to make this post before, but I'll try again. I'm going to stick to my 1977 Cadillacs. I have 1 green Coupe in storage, 1 Fleetwood Brogham in storeage. Both these two need work. I've replaced the floorpans in the Coupe with panels I've formed, a huge undertaking. The Brogham needs floorpans.
Here are pics of my other two Coupes.

BigPoppaD
09-12-07, 10:18 AM
I came across a 1977 Fleetwood that seems to be pretty solid on first inspection. I'm really going for the disc brake rear end, but if the drivetrain is good (supposably low mileage) maybe just do a whole frame swap into my 1978 Coupe? Any thoughts?

bicentennialcadillac
09-12-07, 09:01 PM
I came across a 1977 Fleetwood that seems to be pretty solid on first inspection. I'm really going for the disc brake rear end, but if the drivetrain is good (supposably low mileage) maybe just do a whole frame swap into my 1978 Coupe? Any thoughts?

Why wreck a perfectly good Fleetwood? The rear end you want can be sourced elsewhere (eBay, yards) and if you're in need of fresh horses for the deVille, don't waste time and cash on another 425; step up to a 500 or 472.

BigPoppaD
09-13-07, 12:52 AM
Why wreck a perfectly good Fleetwood? The rear end you want can be sourced elsewhere (eBay, yards) and if you're in need of fresh horses for the deVille, don't waste time and cash on another 425; step up to a 500 or 472.

The transmission ended up being no good anyways, which is what I needed. Other than some interior and exterior trim parts, it's not good for much else except the rear end, it's been parked for 4 years and has been home to many mice and who knows what. I got a good price on it, I'll tow it home, strip it and part it out or junk it.

L.A.BROWN
09-13-07, 01:21 AM
Hi guys! Just joined the forum and just picked up my first cadillac today! '79 cadillac coupe deville. Let the restoration begin!

http://i18.tinypic.com/5zggbc2.jpg

Benzilla
09-13-07, 02:15 PM
Awesome car! Really, I love it. The '77-'79 coupes had such a great profile IMO.

BRICKS
09-13-07, 05:59 PM
slantbacks unite!

Benzilla
09-13-07, 08:53 PM
You know, I've been thinking about getting another 1977-1979 GM fullsize platform 'slantback' like a Buick Electra, or an Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. When I was little my Dad had a white on black '77 Caprice Classic, that was the classiest Chevrolet I've ever been in. Love the back window too. Maybe even a Pontiac.

Yes, something like this would be a nice change.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/79.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/79cap2.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/car14.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/77scott.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2899.jpg

Sorry if that takes this too off topic. This will help recover. The last '79 I picked up; Denice. I guess she should have at least one picture here. :)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/100_0359copy.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
09-13-07, 09:00 PM
Aside from the 77-79 Coupe deVille, the slantback b bodies never looked right to me.

L.A.BROWN
09-13-07, 10:13 PM
Thanks Ben! I fell in love with the car when I saw it and I'm determined to make this my weekend cruiser. Curious if you guys know how common the stainless steel trim that runs from the nose to the rear is? I cant say that I have noticed that on many 77-79 coupe devilles.

brougham_geezer
09-13-07, 11:27 PM
Thanks Ben! I fell in love with the car when I saw it and I'm determined to make this my weekend cruiser. Curious if you guys know how common the stainless steel trim that runs from the nose to the rear is? I cant say that I have noticed that on many 77-79 coupe devilles.

I was actually going to comment about this when I saw it. I've never seen it before either... any info on this guru Benzilla?

472
09-14-07, 03:41 AM
Maybe even a Pontiac.

Wouldn't trade my daily driver Bonneville (http://web.pdx.edu/~btc/79) for the world.

1979
http://web.pdx.edu/~btc/79/images/03.jpg

Benzilla
09-14-07, 09:25 AM
Thanks Ben! I fell in love with the car when I saw it and I'm determined to make this my weekend cruiser. Curious if you guys know how common the stainless steel trim that runs from the nose to the rear is? I cant say that I have noticed that on many 77-79 coupe devilles.

The 'chrome accent molding' was a somewhat rare option on the 1978-1979 DeVilles, I don't think it was even available in 1977. The cost was around $100 for that extra piece of metal, and the Fleetwood Brougham had it's own version. Basically it was like adding Biarritz trim to your full side sedan. However I have never seen a Phaeton with the extra trim, it might have been made unavailable because of the standard accent striping that came with them.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_1_full.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_8_full.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_10_full.jpg

L.A.BROWN
09-14-07, 09:52 AM
I always thought it was cool but I wasnt sure if it was factory or just something aftermarket. Got another question guys. Did all Coupe Deville have the door sill plates that said body by fisher?

Benzilla
09-14-07, 10:02 AM
Yes. :) Anything Else?

L.A.BROWN
09-14-07, 10:07 AM
HAHA! Nah I'm good for now. Its time for me to get started cleaning her up. I appreciate all the info.

Benzilla
09-14-07, 10:10 AM
Be sure to keep us updated :thumbsup:

BRICKS
09-14-07, 05:26 PM
seen more pinstriped than chrome. would look pretty clean on a hardtop.

BRICKS
09-14-07, 05:30 PM
i agree benzilla, the caprice classics from 77 are great looking cars. and yes that back window makes it stand out.

deVille33
09-14-07, 10:10 PM
Hi guys! Just joined the forum and just picked up my first cadillac today! '79 cadillac coupe deville. Let the restoration begin!
http://i18.tinypic.com/5zggbc2.jpg Looks like one of the Coupes I lost. I liked the dark blue with the dark bue landau.

deVille33
09-14-07, 10:20 PM
The 'chrome accent molding' was a somewhat rare option on the 1978-1979 DeVilles, I don't think it was even available in 1977. The cost was around $100 for that extra piece of metal, and the Fleetwood Brougham had it's own version. Basically it was like adding Biarritz trim to your full side sedan. However I have never seen a Phaeton with the extra trim, it might have been made unavailable because of the standard accent striping that came with them.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_1_full.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_8_full.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/Cadillac_guy/2424540_10_full.jpg
I've got several '79s and don't think any have this. My '78 de Elegance doesn't have it either.

CaddyChillin77777
09-24-07, 02:35 PM
i have a 78' lecab but you guys have probably seen it on different threads
http://picasaweb.google.com/L.Stopak/1978CadillacDevilleLeCabriolet

79caddy1
11-06-07, 02:57 PM
Hi, I have a 1979 caddy sedan deville. It has 98k original on it. It runs absolutely perfect. Doesn't even drip oil, or burn it. I am amazed with this engine. The 425 that is. Very nice running engine they built.

Here's some photos of my baby!

http://s136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/PghGolden/

My_favorite_Brougham
11-06-07, 03:28 PM
Hi, I have a 1979 caddy sedan deville. It has 98k original on it. It runs absolutely perfect. Doesn't even drip oil, or burn it. I am amazed with this engine. The 425 that is. Very nice running engine they built.

Here's some photos of my baby!

http://s136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/PghGolden/

Why is it that folks who like Harleys tend to like Cadillacs?? ...and big dogs....lol

79caddy1
11-06-07, 03:33 PM
I have always like my big dogs, but my Harley, well, I may go back to a honda. It is killing my back!...LOL

Benzilla
11-06-07, 10:50 PM
Nice car, but come on man, whats with those wheel covers?

79caddy1
11-07-07, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the comment!
The wheel covers are temp.
Someone decided they needed my original hubcaps more than me, while parked at the mall. How nice of them to do!

Benzilla
11-07-07, 01:15 PM
Ahh, I see. What kind were the originals? Just the standard ones? Because I thought all the wires had locks.

My_favorite_Brougham
11-07-07, 02:58 PM
Ahh, I see. What kind were the originals? Just the standard ones? Because I thought all the wires had locks.

No I think only the ones with a red center cap had locks underneath. The all-silvers ones only had locks as an aftermarket option and were little clips on the outside.

79caddy1
11-07-07, 04:14 PM
Mine were all silver, with a black center hub, with the logo. They were actually perfect. Kinda bummed me out when I came out of the store!
I bought the car off of a guy that was 82 years old, and he really took care of the car.

Here's what was on it before the shopping trip..LOL

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/PghGolden/cap.jpg

$ top dolla' $
11-07-07, 05:33 PM
I've got a 77 coupe

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k265/paul17_ca/PICT1165.jpg

My_favorite_Brougham
11-07-07, 05:35 PM
Did the store have security cameras? They keep video for years, and if they caught the plate #s, you've got yourself a police call to make! Thems were some nice covers, but I bet you can easily find a set for under $100. Good luck!

79caddy1
11-07-07, 08:48 PM
I never even told the security folks. I was so damn mad, it was best that I just left.
If it doesn't sale, I am gonna buy some wheels after winter.
I want the 68 down the street from me badly! But I have to sale this to fund it, if I keep this, then I am still happy!

79caddy1
11-07-07, 08:50 PM
I've got a 77 coupe

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k265/paul17_ca/PICT1165.jpg

Thats a really nice ride!!

pick-up
03-24-09, 01:24 PM
Hi, new to Cadillac forums but not to classic Cadillacs. Check out my gallery for a couple of interesting 77-79 DeVilles.

gillianwhittaker@xtr
06-08-09, 05:09 PM
Why is it that folks who like Harleys tend to like Cadillacs?? ...and big dogs....lol

I need the big dogs to stop those big boars running -poodles no good lol


I got a 77 d`elegance --goldy colour , velour seats and it arrived from the states with some sort of factory optioned CB RADIO !!!

Some lovely pics of ur rides here guys
mike

lucy
06-09-09, 11:55 PM
I don't have any pics right now... But I do have a 1979 LeCabriolet. Hopefully this winter I can get her down to the frame and build her back up a little better!
My friend said his gas mileage went up a BUNCH by using an aftermarket ignition vs. the hei...

I also have a 1979 Le Cabriolet if you by any chance know where I can find the roof rail weatherstrip please let me know.

lucy
06-09-09, 11:58 PM
Hello I also have a 1979 Le Cabriolet if you by any chance know where I can find the roof rail weatherstrip please let me know. And I hope you have fun with your Le cabriolet

znichols81
07-07-09, 02:18 PM
I'm glad to see some folks have brought this thread back to life...again. I have a 77 CDV that I'll get some pics up of tonight hopefully. Not much to look at yet, but I'm a visionary.

Bro-Ham
07-07-09, 03:56 PM
79, Colonial Yellow, Burnished Gold d'Elegance interior, 85k miles. From which new car company these days can you order a Colonial Yellow car with a burnished gold interior?!?! :) hahahahaha!!!

Scraped Knuckles
07-08-09, 05:46 AM
If I can make room in my driveway I might buy a 77 CDV. I use to prefer the Lincoln style grill but now I like the eggcrate grill on the 77. I once took part in a "boat race" with my dad's 84 Caprice 305 4 brl 4 spd auto against a 77 CDV 425, a 79 Olds 98 with a 403. They all were fairly slow but the Olds won in both stop light races and top speed by a good margine (they were all stock, low miles and in good tune). The short stroke 403 revs faster than the 425 alhtough it made similar HP and torque, and the Olds had the crappy rear gears like the Caddy. I can see why people swap in a 472 or 500 instead of rebuilding a 425. But if you have a good low miles engine the 425 can make decent power. Here some tips for the old Caddies especially 425's. The stock single plane aluminum intake and composite rocker covers from a carbureted 368 along with a mild performance cam kit and stiffer vavle springs will make the 425 come alive. Most old GM's have plugged up catalytic converters and restrictive exhaust, so replacing the complete exhaust is often a good first step (if your cheap check all the large GM rwd cars in your local pick your part junk yard or classified adds). There's good HEI tune up kits or individual parts from Jegs or Summit (cap, rotor, adjustable vacuum advance canister, high performance ignition module, higher output coil, and recurve springs for older cars with mechanical advance). Olds diesel cars came with 12 inch 2000 RPM torque converters which work well with Caddy torque monsters (for TH350, TH375, TH400). The Q-jet carb really isn't worth rebuilding. I have the Rochester Carbs book and have rebuilt and tuned quite a few, but the throttle response and fuel mileage improvements from from swapping in a modern performance carb is worth the investment ( I'm not talking about old Holley double pumpers or carbs with the choke removed and the airhorn milled down). If you can find a Predator carb at a swap meet or ebay they work great on big engines, or Speed Demon carbs are good too. The Edelbrock Thunder Series AVS carbs are basically modern Q-jets and are okay for stock engines but not as good for tuning after each engine upgrade or at the track. I don't like screwing around with metering rods or the trial and error tuning of vacuum secondaries (it can be a pain if you upgrade to a bigger cam, and when vacuum leaks pop up), but the AVS quick tune secondaries are better than swapping springs in other vacuum secondary carbs. You can swap in other GM rear ends if you swap driveshafts as well. Some early 80's full size cars came with 308:1 or 327:1 posi or open diff's which work great with big Caddy engines unlike the 343:1, 355:1 or 373:1 rear ends from cars with overdrive automatics (the 373:1 rear end from a 90 or 91 Brougham with trailer package is great for smaller Caddy engines like the 4.1 V8 or V6 and the Olds 307 V8). Cadillac uses the BOP bolt pattern trans and I think the best overdrive automatic trans swap would be a 4L60E trans from a 3.8 Buick V6 third Gen Firebird or Camero. You would need an aftermarket computer and wiring kit or a full manual non-electronic conversion. It wouldn't be cheap but the TH200 4R is too weak and it's cheaper than buying an aftermarket bolt on overdrive unit. Some people like swapping in a modern fuel injected Chevy or Caddy engine and trans, especially for daily drivers (I think old cars lose too much character when they're modernized too much, but gas ain't cheap). Watch out for bullcrap on ebay and youtube as well eg: bogus HP claims or 0-60 times, fuel savers, people selling bondo buggies or how all 500 CID Caddy engines for sale are 1970 Eldo engines with 400 HP and 555 ft lb.

1980coupe
07-10-09, 10:29 PM
here's a couple of pics of my mom's 78 and 79 Cadillac Coupes
1979 Cadillac Coupe DeElegance
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ujt9o9.jpg
and her 1978 Cadillac Coupe deVille
http://i31.tinypic.com/9rjczn.jpg

tonefivedog
07-29-09, 12:20 AM
79 Coupe Deville Anybody know why the blower motor fuse is blowing when I turn on the AC in my 79?

caddydave2001
08-06-09, 04:32 PM
Got a question for you 77 and 78 fanatics. Why do you prefer these to the 1979? Ive always had a deep love for the 1979 Cadillac. I love the small squares, just seems to fit the car better IMO. And the chrome on the tailights also seems to edge out the others. I owned a 1978 CDV for a while and while I loved it, I just couldnt bring myself to love it as much as the 79. I do like the tailights on the 78, but only when the cadillac symbols have been outlined, just as they were when they rolled off the lot. I wish I had some pictures of that 78. I have a 79 phaeton and I hope to post some pictures soon. The restoration I started got delayed, but finally, im able to get it back on track. She needs alot but Im not giving up on her. The worst thing I did though is put 235's on it. WAY TOO BIG! Very nice caddies on this thread though, y'all.

Bro-Ham
08-06-09, 08:10 PM
Hey Caddy Dave! I'm Dave too. I have a 1979 and I love it! I grew up with a 1977 Sedan deVille and a 1978 Coupe deVille d'Elegance - - loved those cars too! I think the 77-79 Cads are all great looking in their own way and this three year vintage is about as tough of a Cadillac automobile as you can get in my opinion! The 77-79 vintage has the last of the sizeable masculine Cadillac engine, solid transmission, everything overbuilt and heavy duty, the end of the era in the classic good old fashioned way Cadillac used to build them. Plus, no computers, no check engine light, no hassles. I drive my 79 Sedan deVille every day here in sunny south Florida and if I had a 77 and 78 in addition to my current car I'd be in heaven! I pretty much like all vintages of Cadillacs with few exceptions. I can't wait to see the pictures of your Phaeton! What color? Dave

caddydave2001
08-07-09, 01:33 PM
Hey Hey! Nice to see another "Caddy" Dave. I have the western saddle firemist, but its nowhere near as nice as Benzillas. (yet) Ive had so many caddies in my life, its not even funny. I had a big move where I lost alot of my pictures, but I figured I could search the web for some that were just like mine. Ive been in love with caddies since I was 5 (my uncle had a 1979 choclate brown with the western saddle interior and my obsession started right then) I have the wife driving a 1989 Sedan Deville, which Ill include in the pics. I want to give them a really good wash over the weekend and hopefully, pics will be up no later than sunday night. Just for fun, here's the list, in order, of the caddies Ive owned.

First car - 16 years old- 1984 Seville, white with dark blue interior
second - 1979 Sedan deville, yellow, with western saddle interior
third - 1986 Coupe deville, yellow with beige interior
forth - 1985 Eldorado, Blue with blue interior
Fifth - 1978 Cadillac Coupe Deville, Burgundy on burgundy
Sixth - 1992 ETC , Black on Black
Seventh - 1998 Catera, Black with Beige interior
Eighth - 1987 Sedan Deville, CHoc. Brown with Beige interior
Ninth - 1979 Eldorado, Black with Saddle interior
Tenth - 1979 Sedan Deville - Gray on Gray
Eleventh - 1989 Coupe Deville, White with Blue Interior
twelvth - 2001 ETC, Diamond white, with beige interior
Thirteenth - (and current) - 1979 Phaeton Coupe, Western Firemist with Saddle

For some reason, no matter how much I loved these other cars, they werent my 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville. Especially the phaeton version, which took me several years to even find one for sale. Crazy huh?

Will have good pics this weekend. Are your pics already posted?

Bro-Ham
08-07-09, 05:34 PM
Hi Dave,

Great! I can't wait to see your pictures! You have quite a list of Cads!

You can see most of the Cads I have owned in my photo album. Click on my user name and inside my profile you can find the album. I grew up with some fun cars in the family. When I learned to drive in 1984 the family had some cool old GM cars circulating through to my low 16 year old level, my favorites were our silver/silver/black 77 Olds 98 Regency Sedan, hudson bay blue/blue (no vinyl top) 77 Sedan deVille, and 78 Coupe deVille d'Elegance. The 77 Sedan deVille survived in our family until 1991 and the 78 Coupe lasted a into the mid 1990's. Those two cars just wouldn't die and we sure loved them. I became interested in Mercedes diesels for a brief period and then Rolls-Royce and Bentley. I'm in the process of going to school for a new profession so I'm rolling in the 79 Cadillac for now and I love it! I've owned it since 2005.

Dave

Wheelman322
08-08-09, 05:45 PM
It's not here yet, but I picked up a 79 Phaeton Coupe...It will be my 5th 78-79. Something about these cars I can't resist.

425 Dual Quad
08-08-09, 07:22 PM
Great thread!
Had 3 of these - triple yellow '79 Coupe - would do 110 mph all day!, oxblood over white 23,000 miler d'Elegance '79 coupe with dark red velour interior and deep deep plie carpets, and a triple Seamist green '77 Coupe.
All nice cars. Have any of them back tomorrow.
I know of someone in Oregon who is putting a 500 inch engine and a posi into one of these coupes. Dark silver grey with red interior. Should be a nice understated ride when itis done!
regards, Nick

Bro-Ham
08-08-09, 08:08 PM
Wheel Man and Nick,

Very nice! Post some pictures! Congratulations on the new Phaeton! Nick, you have some very neat cars and I bet they really stand out in Ireland!

The 1977-79 breed of Cadillacs is unique as the first of the downsized cars and also the last of the true standard of the world Cadillac. There is a special feel in these cars with their big engines, attention to detail, multiple different interior colors and upholstery choices, almost yearly redesign of seating styles, subtle different exterior changes every year, and unique new color choices in each year, plus truly special editions such as Phaeton, Limousine Landau, and interesting d'Elegance variations. These cars shared their large 7.0 engines with no other GM divisions and the Oldsmobile diesel was the beginning of non-Cadillac engines finding their way under Cadillac hoods as they never had before. The 1977-79 vintage was so successful that both Lincoln and Chrysler copied the body style almost exactly. I grew up with this body style of Cadillacs and remember well when they were all new and how revolutionary, innovative, and desired they were. They are truly fine cars and original symbols of American greatness!

Dave

caddydave2001
08-10-09, 12:50 PM
I couldnt agree more! There is just something about these years that makes them the perfect crossover from the typical classic caddy tank to the downsized, elegant look of the cars that followed. These years still scream cadillac luxury, and I cant wait to bring mine back to its former glory. I recently noticed alot of rust on the inside door panels, and even some on the roof pillars. I know I could easily find another car with little, to no rust, but I cant bring myself to junk my dream car. Even parting it out sounds devistating. No matter what it takes, Im bringing my tired girl back to her prestigious icon status. I planned on posting pics, but ended up working on my 1989 all flippin weekend. So I will have pics to update as soon as I get a chance. Love your pics Dave.

I think these years are really set apart by having the grill inserts in the bumper. They really enhance the front end, and they are one of the things that I just love about these. I cant help but smile everytime I look at my front end. I swear, she has the pull on me like Christine had on Arnie. I swear, If I ever remade Christine, I would use a 1979 Cadillac. Wouldnt that be awesome?

Bro-Ham
08-10-09, 05:41 PM
Dave, Take some pictures - - I'm from Minnesota so I don't mind seeing a little rust here and there. Your car will be fine and just take it one day at a time and make it just the exact way you let your mind dream it up! Thanks for the compliment on my car pics. Those are just the GM's. I've had some fun rides over the years and I have some ideas for some fun cars coming up in the future. I can't remember if I saw Christine - - I better get with it and watch it so I can relate! Have fun with your fun cars and remember the Polaroid for some snaps of your Cads! Dave :)

keyplyr1
03-13-10, 08:46 PM
My 78 DeVille was notorious for blowing out the heater fan relay switch located on the fusebox.

Bro-Ham
03-15-10, 07:32 AM
Mine too, just happened this weekend. Last replaced one about 6 months ago. One of the few imperfections of the 77-79 cars.

Highway Star
03-15-10, 10:16 PM
Haven't driven my '79 much this year, as it's been a wet and cold winter this season. Come to think of it, I haven't posted in a while either. Here's a pic from warmer days a few months back:

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/4501/caddysideshot.jpg (http://img689.imageshack.us/i/caddysideshot.jpg/)

Benzilla
03-15-10, 10:24 PM
Would you believe that I google "1979 cadillac" so much that not only have I already seen your pic on the other forum, but was able to recognize it by the sky while reading your text? I need help, lol.

It looks beautiful as always, though.

Highway Star
03-15-10, 11:05 PM
Would you believe that I google "1979 cadillac" so much that not only have I already seen your pic on the other forum, but was able to recognize it by the sky while reading your text? I need help, lol.

It looks beautiful as always, though.

Yes Ben, you and I need to sign up for AA (Autoholics Anonymous)! :alchi:

You still have the Phaeton and the red Coupe? :worship:

Benzilla
03-16-10, 01:00 AM
Yup, I moved down to Chattanooga, Phaeton is with me. Had to leave Denice in Morristown, but my Dad fell in love with her, now she's his weekend project. It's kinda funny, he was never big into cars before that. Now he's always out washing her, or taking her for a drive. I'm gonna start calling him Arnie, lol.

Highway Star
03-16-10, 12:39 PM
Yup, I moved down to Chattanooga, Phaeton is with me. Had to leave Denice in Morristown, but my Dad fell in love with her, now she's his weekend project. It's kinda funny, he was never big into cars before that. Now he's always out washing her, or taking her for a drive. I'm gonna start calling him Arnie, lol.

Next thing you know, he'll be Googling 1979 Cadillac! :google:

el_chupacabra_99
04-22-10, 01:45 AM
Hey all. I've been a member here for a while, even made a few posts. But it's been a long while and I wanted to re-introduce myself. I own a 1979 Sedan deVille white with red interior. It has been in my family for as long as I can remember.

Benzilla
04-22-10, 04:40 AM
Nice to re-meet you! Nice looking '79.

Bro-Ham
04-22-10, 02:20 PM
Nice looking car! Does it have a vinyl top? I see you have the 80-81 deVille wheel covers with the red center to compliment your red interior - very nice! :)

el_chupacabra_99
04-22-10, 07:02 PM
Thanks Ben and Bro. It used to be this good looking anyway. It's in a semi-state of restoration right and not up to its full potential right now.

No Bro-Ham, it doesn't have the vinyl top...I think it is the base model. It has everything you would expect in a Cadillac anyways but no vinyl top and it still has the factory AM-FM in it, no factory tape deck or factory CB.

And, my Grandfather got those hubcaps somewhere over 20-25 years ago when he owned it. He lost one or two of the originals and come up with those somewhere.

Bro-Ham
04-23-10, 04:16 PM
My family had a 77 Sedan deVille with no vinyl top when I was a youngen. I think they look so clean and sharp without the vinyl tops! I wish mine was vinyl top-less! :) Cool car and good luck with all the work you're doing to it! :)

pompste
04-25-10, 03:27 AM
WOW---this thread was started almost 6 years ago and is still alive!

I bought a 1978 Sedan Deville 3 months ago and i love it! It`s in real good shape and i`ve had 11 offers on it so far and it`s NOT even for sale.Many are impressed with the stunning good looks and big size of this boat on wheels.

I`d post pics if i knew how to do it.

Stingroo
04-25-10, 07:45 AM
pomposte - posting pics is easy. :)

Check out this tutorial thread by JimmyH:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/site-news-feedback-questions-suggestions/195770-how-post-images.html

Cadyman77
04-25-10, 06:04 PM
i have 1977 couple a 78 couple and a 79 sedan love this body

caddymike77
05-28-10, 04:59 PM
Who here has a '77-'79 DeVille? reply here... describe the car and maybe post a pic.... lets see if there is enough owners to get a little clan going...

hi nice chat we have here i own a couple of 77 78 79 caddys 77 deville with 92 pillow top interior.79 coupe phaeton 80kon it all original.79 sedan delegance 31k on it all original 79 lecabriolet convertible.ill try to post some pics you can also go on car domain caddymike77 79 caddy deville convertible red white interior there are some of my cars.

Bro-Ham
05-28-10, 05:03 PM
Can't wait to see them. :)

Benzilla
05-28-10, 08:43 PM
hi nice chat we have here i own a couple of 77 78 79 caddys 77 deville with 92 pillow top interior.79 coupe phaeton 80kon it all original.79 sedan delegance 31k on it all original 79 lecabriolet convertible.ill try to post some pics you can also go on car domain caddymike77 79 caddy deville convertible red white interior there are some of my cars.

Hey, man good to see you here. I'd recognize that car collection anywhere. I'm the guy you bought the grille off of. Did you get it yet?

-Ben

pompste
05-29-10, 04:09 AM
Wheel Man and Nick,

Very nice! Post some pictures! Congratulations on the new Phaeton! Nick, you have some very neat cars and I bet they really stand out in Ireland!

The 1977-79 breed of Cadillacs is unique as the first of the downsized cars and also the last of the true standard of the world Cadillac. There is a special feel in these cars with their big engines, attention to detail, multiple different interior colors and upholstery choices, almost yearly redesign of seating styles, subtle different exterior changes every year, and unique new color choices in each year, plus truly special editions such as Phaeton, Limousine Landau, and interesting d'Elegance variations. These cars shared their large 7.0 engines with no other GM divisions and the Oldsmobile diesel was the beginning of non-Cadillac engines finding their way under Cadillac hoods as they never had before. The 1977-79 vintage was so successful that both Lincoln and Chrysler copied the body style almost exactly. I grew up with this body style of Cadillacs and remember well when they were all new and how revolutionary, innovative, and desired they were. They are truly fine cars and original symbols of American greatness!

Dave

Very well spoken and right on the mark! It`s hard to believe that this '77-'79 vintage of Cadillac`s was really their very first downsizing.Compared to what`s new on the roads today----these '77-'79 Caddy`s look absolutely HUUUUUUUUGE-----and i love the real chrome bumpers on my '78 Sedan Deville!

Bro-Ham
05-29-10, 02:52 PM
Pompste, It's a love affair with our cars. Once you own a 77-79 425 Cad you know what they're all about. So simple mechanically, so inexpensive to repair, so increasingly unique. :) I find my 79 is more enjoyable each time I take the wheel and each time I pause to take a good long look at it. :)

Stingroo
05-29-10, 03:05 PM
You make me lust for one of these, Dave.

:(

77CDV
05-29-10, 03:26 PM
A very nice one can be yours for mere money, Roo. :thumbsup:

Stingroo
05-29-10, 03:57 PM
Too bad Dave can't make it to the meet. :(

Craig, you've seen what happens when I get crazy ideas in my head... I can't afford that. LOL

Bro-Ham
05-29-10, 05:21 PM
Sting, You have plenty of time to own plenty of cars. Decide what you really, really want and then get excited about it and do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. :) There are few cars that I really like enough to want to own and 77-79 Cads, in all their classic squareness, always seem to be at the top of my list. I'd love a 77 Fleetwood Brougham or, in all its craziness, a 79 Fleetwood Brougham with the rare 5.7 diesel - that would be about as cool as it gets in my book! :)

Stingroo
05-29-10, 05:24 PM
The absolute COOLEST it gets in my book is an '06 Corvette Z06 in Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic. Or a 4th gen F-body in that same color.

But I don't know, there's just something different about being in a car like a Cadillac. It's a whole different type of comfort. I'll get one someday.

caddymike77
06-02-10, 10:11 AM
Hey, man good to see you here. I'd recognize that car collection anywhere. I'm the guy you bought the grille off of. Did you get it yet?

-Ben

hey whats up?i got the grille its nice thank you.i forgot to post the caddys i had in the past these are the ones i own now also looking to purchase a 78 paris pick up next week.i see you had a little accident with the phaeton is everything ok?if you still need parts for it check out the hemmings.some of the other cars ive owned 79 trpile white coupe deville 91 fleetwood brougham white . / red interior 92 brougham delegance triple blue 84 fleetwood brougham with 92 upgrades powder blue i am sure i will remember some more later.

CADIBLAC
11-01-11, 05:28 PM
82272
82273

My Two Coupe DeVilles ... one '77 (3x's Black), the other '78 (Black on Red) ... both with Factory Astro Roofs.

csbuckn
11-01-11, 06:29 PM
Nice cars!

Bro-Ham
11-02-11, 01:37 AM
Wow! They look GREAT! Nice Arnage too! Welcome to the forum! :)

DouglasJRizzo
11-02-11, 06:33 AM
It seems the 425 has a lack of aftermarket parts for it. The edelbrock intake manifold only works for the 472 and 500. Besides that the only performance parts I could find was a cam by comp cams: http://www.powerandperformancenews.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CC&Category_Code=Cadillac-CAM
I'm not sure of the typed of carbs that could fit on the 425 w/o any changes. I was thinking that one of the edelbrock preformer series q-jets might work, but I'm not sure which one. I think it would be cool if people could post parts that they know would work on the 425. Anywhere from HEI coils to those chrome valve covers they sell on e-bay for the caddies.

The 425 is the same "family" as the 472, 500, and 368. What works on one, will, for the most part, work on the others. Very little difference between them.

CADIBLAC
10-10-12, 04:26 PM
Latest Addition:

98516

98517

98518

See more at:

http://www.mcsmk8.com/79-CDV-BLK/79-CDV.html


Regards,

CADIBLAC

cadillac kevin
10-10-12, 09:43 PM
Latest Addition:

<img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=98516"/>

<img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=98517"/>

<img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=98518"/>

See more at:

http://www.mcsmk8.com/79-CDV-BLK/79-CDV.html

Regards,

CADIBLAC

Yet another impressive caddy Dan. It looks brand new.

bigm57ict
10-15-12, 02:50 PM
I've just joined the '77-'79 club. I've been on the FWD forum for a while with my '95 Sedan Deville. Now I've added this '79 Coupe deVille.
Only 24,500 miles

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_front_zps15101bdd.jpg
http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_rear_zps7fcff520.jpg

cadillac kevin
10-15-12, 02:56 PM
I've just joined the '77-'79 club. I've been on the FWD forum for a while with my '95 Sedan Deville. Now I've added this '79 Coupe deVille.
Only 24,500 miles



Thats a great car. Welcome to the rwd forum :thumbsup:
:welcome:
Post some pics of the interior when you get a chance

MoistCabbage
10-15-12, 04:41 PM
Nice car, great color!

talismandave
10-15-12, 09:08 PM
I've just joined the '77-'79 club. I've been on the FWD forum for a while with my '95 Sedan Deville. Now I've added this '79 Coupe deVille.
Only 24,500 miles

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_front_zps15101bdd.jpg
http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_rear_zps7fcff520.jpg

That is a beautiful addition!

Bro-Ham
10-15-12, 11:36 PM
Great looking car! I absolutely LOVE the color!!! Have fun with it! :)

bigm57ict
10-17-12, 03:53 PM
Thats a great car. Welcome to the rwd forum :thumbsup:
:welcome:
Post some pics of the interior when you get a chance

Thank you!
Here are some inside pics. Someday I'll take some better ones. That cupholder on the hump is of the same vintage. It has slots for holding 8-track cassettes. I pulled it out of storage as soon as I got the car home :)

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_inside_zpsa8090b67.jpg

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/79_CDV_dash_zps3ef26491.jpg


Nice car, great color!


Great looking car! I absolutely LOVE the color!!! Have fun with it! :)

Thanks! I really like the color, too. It looks Teal in sunlight and Dark green in low light. Does anyone know what it is called? It is metallic, so I gather it is *something* Firemist?

Bro-Ham
10-17-12, 06:53 PM
I really like the color, too. It looks Teal in sunlight and Dark green in low light. Does anyone know what it is called? It is metallic, so I gather it is *something* Firemist?

Beautiful interior!

Open the hood of your car, look inside in front of the wipers on the drivers side and you will see a trim tag. The color is likely #41 Atlantis Aqua. The other possibility is #92 Biscayne Aqua Firemist. The interior is Antique Dark Aqua leather. Super lovely car!!! :)

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/79cadillac/7.html

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/79cadillac/8.html

bigm57ict
10-18-12, 09:32 AM
Thanks for the info and the links!
The tag on mine lists "41" 3 times. With "L", "U", & "T". I'm guessing I have Atlantis Aqua paint, interior and vinyl top.

CADIBLAC
10-18-12, 10:43 AM
Nice '79 CDV, bigm57ict !! ... you definitely know how to pick, what apparently seems to be, a high quality car!! ... good job!!

... glad you came over from the "wrong-wheel-drive (FWD)" to te "right-wheel-drive (RWD)", side of the forum :-)

bigm57ict
10-18-12, 11:39 AM
Nice '79 CDV, bigm57ict !! ... you definitely know how to pick, what apparently seems to be, a high quality car!! ... good job!!

... glad you came over from the "wrong-wheel-drive (FWD)" to te "right-wheel-drive (RWD)", side of the forum :-)

LOL
Yes, it is nice to look under the hood and see the engine facing the correct way.
The '95 is actually the first (and only) FWD car I've ever bought. It is still serving me quite well as a daily commuter.
After I bought the '79, my wife asked "so what are you going to do with the white one now?"
My response, "drive it", did not exactly thrill her. :)

Bro-Ham
10-18-12, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the info and the links!
The tag on mine lists "41" 3 times. With "L", "U", & "T". I'm guessing I have Atlantis Aqua paint, interior and vinyl top.

Yes, then you have #41 Atlantis Aqua exterior color with Dark Aqua Metallic vinyl roof and Antique Dark Aqua leather interior. Just gorgeous! :)

jeff_herry
01-13-13, 11:15 AM
Hey guys !

I'm Jean françois, and I live in France, closed to Bordeaux famous city of wine !!!
I'm the proud owner of a 1978 cadillac. It is a fleetwood brougham with the d'elegance package. The engine is the 425ci with an electronic fuel injection
. I've owned that car for 3 months now.

The car is in a good original condition. The color is mulberry (code 74), the vinyl top is mulberry (74T), and the interior is... I let you guess... Mulberry of course !!! with the pillowed seats of the d'elegance package.

The car is also equiped with an astro-roof electric sunroof. As the car has been stored for a long time (3 years) by it's previous owner, I'm now checking it and replacing the bolwn relays or fuses. I've bought new whitewalls tires, and also a new carpet. I'm now searching for front doors armrests and if possible some original velour cloth / fabric to restore the front doors velour panels.

Here are some pics of my cadillac. No need to say that it is pretty rare in France, and sometimes difficul to drive on small roads; It is my second Cadillac; I formerly owned a 1977 fleetwood, also a brougham d'elegance but with the carburator engine.

Glad o be with you !
regards from France .

Jeff

Bro-Ham
01-13-13, 12:05 PM
WELCOME!!! I absolutely LOVE your car!!! Congratulations on your purchase, perfect color for wine country! We are all here to help you in any way. Enjoy your Fleetwood!

talismandave
01-13-13, 09:28 PM
Great looking classic Cadillac! :thumbsup:

I am so glad you found us and decided to join in the fun. Great group of guys here who have a vast and varied pool of skills.
(Also guys like me who just love looking a cool Cadillac pictures!) :drool:

We have quite a few European members and I always love hearing their stories about the challenges of owning, maintaining, and driving their Cadillac. I feel guilty of taking for granted how relatively easy we have it in their country of origin. You all get special credit in my book for devotion over and above the call of duty!

Look forward to haering more from you Jean, and :welcome5:

jeff_herry
01-14-13, 07:43 AM
Hey guys !

With the web, it is so easy to find some friends at the other side of the planet that have the same interest than me!!!. I've discovered this site 3 years ago (with another log-in, but i've lost my password and my previous mail), and I'm always astonished to see, when I post a message to recieve very cool answers form so gentle guys i've never seen or heard about before. In these conditions, It is so easy to love classic Cadillacs, even in France.

There are some clubs in France to, with sometime restricted access, or not really friendly forums. In general, the US car spotters are cool people ready to help, when it is possible. For sure, the old classic caddies are seens as gorgeous ones compared to my late 70's. But I love my car and I'm interrested in the fact that this is a transitional model, with a donsized body but still with a big block. I think this car embodies the end of a timezone, just before the 80's and the continuous downsizing in both bodies and engines. So my Fleetwood is not a rare one in the US, but in France I know less than 10 like mine (main are 4 doors fleetwood, but there are also deville). I've seen in the last 3 years a couple of coupe deville.

Restoring a Cadillac in France car be easy... or very difficult. The problem is that most of french mechanics don't know how a cadillac is built. Sometimes, they make some mistakes that can have bad consequences. My cadillac has been stopped several years in a garage due to a "simple" ignition problem !!! Now, As I have the help of all this forum contributors, and the 1977/78 shop manual, it is a litlle bit easier, but I'm still a geologist and not a mechanic !!!

So thank you for welcoming me and best regards from France !
Jeff

1980coupe
01-28-13, 10:28 PM
Anyone here need these????
Door pull end pieces that cover the screw that secures strap to door panel....
http://i48.tinypic.com/idy5c1.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2h6v78g.jpg

cadillac kevin
01-28-13, 11:27 PM
Anyone here need these????
Door pull end pieces that cover the screw that secures strap to door panel....



Leatherandwood needed one, but he might have found one at the junkyard when he got parts for his deville.

leatherandwood
01-30-13, 11:48 AM
indeed I did! I have found some (thank god) it was bugging the hell outta me. A Caddy popped up on Craigslist at a yard in Kinloch. Got the rest of my goodies for my project.

Eg6(s)
04-11-13, 01:21 PM
Hey guys, I'm in desperate need of a headliner board from a 77-79 ASAP. If you have one, know someone with one, or know a scrap yard that has one. PLEASE contact me ASAP! Thanks you so much in advance.

-Kelson

801-623-9943

Candycoatingutah@gmail.com

THANKS!!

PS: if anyone has the dimensions or cad of the headliner that would be amazing as well. Or if they know anyone that can/has fabbed one.

csbuckn
04-11-13, 02:13 PM
Have you posted on layitlow? They go through parts like nothing. The link is for 77-79 parts for sale. Post there also.

http://www.layitlow.com/forums/32-vehicle-parts-classifieds/212477-77-79-cadillac-fleetwood-deville-topic-page-35.html

guyrobert
04-22-13, 01:46 PM
Anyone here need these????
Door pull end pieces that cover the screw that secures strap to door panel....
http://i48.tinypic.com/idy5c1.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2h6v78g.jpg

Yes, My 79 Phaeton is in the body shop for paint and while replacing the drivers side lower door hinge they lost one of the door pull covers, I have been looking all over for a replacement.
Let me know if you have one?
Cheers Robert
I'll also send a pm