: Latest updates to my '79 Phaeton

12-29-06, 02:45 PM
It's been a while since I've updated you on my progress with the Phaeton, she's really coming along nicely. I've used enough chrome polish, rubbing compound and wax to restore the titanic, replaced some parts, and finally got a set of correct sized whitewalls! Their the Dimension IVs, the same ones coker sells, but I found them on eBay new for about two thirds the price. She's also spending a lot of time at Paul the mechanic's, and runs massively better than back in April when I first heard the abused stallion of a 425 roar to life for the first time, coughing blue smoke and pinging like a dinner bell hooked up to a lawnmower blade. Yes, we've come far, it's amazing how quiet this big block is when it's running right!

But enough talk, here's the pictures.


Still a work in progress, it needs a few details yet, and I'm still planning a new paint job next summer to finish it off, but I'm a long way from where I started.

12-29-06, 02:49 PM
damn dude

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12-29-06, 02:53 PM
Aww, thanks urby :D

Highway Star
12-29-06, 04:41 PM
Looking good Ben. The correct whitewalls add a lot to these cars. I went with Broadway Classics locally, shipping on the Cokers would have been another $80+. I like the extra stainless/chrome trim on the windshield, a Phaeton option?

12-29-06, 04:46 PM
Thanks, yeah the chrome on the A-pillars is a Phaeton exclusive.

12-29-06, 05:24 PM
Lookin' good!

The Ape Man
12-29-06, 06:09 PM
Henry Hill would be proud.

12-29-06, 06:55 PM
Beautiful car, your hard work has paid off.

12-29-06, 10:36 PM
Looks great. I too find it amazing what at set on correct size matching whitewalls do for a car. Great job again

12-29-06, 11:05 PM
Thanks, yeah, the old tires were really getting to me. They just ruined the look of the car, and they didn't math each other, little things like that can make or break the whole appearance of a car IMO, like having blackwalls... yuck. Next I'm going to take the wheelcovers off, take them apart and wax them. While I'm at it I'll repaint the center caps and replace the two on the passenger side - some genius thought it would be ok to put them back on with screws through the center.

12-29-06, 11:29 PM
Stunning! :D

12-30-06, 12:22 AM
Excellent job, Ben. She's looking very good!

When you had posted asking about finding wider whitewalls, I had wondered what the big deal was. Now that I've seen the before and after picture, I get it. The wider whitewalls really do make a difference.

How did you get the wheel covers looking so good? Betty has wire wheel covers, and I took them apart once and went after them with chrome polish. But it took the better part of a weekend, and putting them back together again was pretty dicey; a few of the bolts that hold the spokes and spinner assembly were almost stripped. I don't plan to take mine apart again. But if I could get the same results you got without taking them apart, I'd be satisfied.


12-30-06, 12:30 AM
Thanks, for the wheels I used Eagle One Chrome & wire wheel cleaner (acid) it cleaned them up really nicely. I let it set for 30 sec. each, then adjetated with a Black Magic wheel brush. I did that twice per wheel, now I just have to maintain them with regular carwash suds.

12-30-06, 04:47 PM
Looks great Ben, but you still got that damn E&G grille!

12-30-06, 05:09 PM
Lol, I knew you say something about that. I have an original, and I'm going to put it on when I get her repainted. Right now it would look weird with the old paint.

12-30-06, 05:13 PM
Ah ok, good. :)

12-30-06, 06:27 PM
Looks great the correct size whitewalls make SUCH a difference!! Love the driveway filled w/ the 3 big bodied Caddies!!

12-31-06, 08:12 PM
Cleaned up nicely!

12-31-06, 08:53 PM
Looks great Ben, but you still got that damn E&G grille!

What's wrong with that grille? I like it.

12-31-06, 08:56 PM
What's wrong with that grille? I like it.

To me, it's really gaudy, over the top, and it's kinda making the car into a "wanna be" Rolls Royce...since when should a Cadillac be a Rolls? But opinions are opinions, everyone's are different.

01-01-07, 11:52 AM
To me, it's really gaudy, over the top, and it's kinda making the car into a "wanna be" Rolls Royce...since when should a Cadillac be a Rolls? But opinions are opinions, everyone's are different.

I agree, chuck it.

01-01-07, 01:45 PM
To me, it's really gaudy, over the top, and it's kinda making the car into a "wanna be" Rolls Royce...since when should a Cadillac be a Rolls? But opinions are opinions, everyone's are different.

SOmetimes they look bad but on that one it looks good because it matches the carriage roof and the big chrome around the windshield like someone else pointed out.

01-01-07, 02:45 PM
People I ask around here (the south) love it, they put them on everything. I love the '79s with the original grille. The car was designed for it, and it fits the rest of the front bodywork. However, on this car, I sort of like the Classic Cadillac (not E&G) grille. I hated it when I first saw it, but it started growing on me. I like it because it was put on by the dealer in April '79 and has been there ever since, it's not a ghetto rigged aftermarket chrome kit.

I still like the original one better though.

Also note that they made two add on grilles that year, the low profile one (mine), and the high profile one seen below. I HATE the high profile grille, but low isn't that bad IMO.


Highway Star
01-01-07, 04:56 PM
Just curious, did it require the removal of the original grille and header trim piece to add the dealer installed grille? It would be kinda wild if the original parts were still in there!

01-01-07, 06:01 PM
The dealers took off the original pieces, most others didn't. I've seen several Cadillacs with the original grille still tucked under. Mine isn't there. On all the cars pictured you can see the little gap of chrome strip where the header panel would have been.

Highway Star
01-02-07, 12:16 AM
Yeah, I see the gap now that you mention it. I was flipping through satellite TV tonight and saw a few minutes of the infamous "Goodfellas" Phaeton in action! Also saw some guy get a cap in his noggin... :gun2::sidegasp:

01-02-07, 06:57 AM

You are making big progress in bringin' that baby back! It's a striking car with alot of personality. Congrats, and keep up the good work.:thumbsup:

JRau in central Iowa