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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Something smells of fresh rubber! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I finally got some brand new whitewalls for my wire wheels. They look fantastic! I know you guys have seen ...
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    Something smells of fresh rubber!

    I finally got some brand new whitewalls for my wire wheels. They look fantastic!









    I know you guys have seen these before, but I still can't believe this is how they looked when I found them that one lucky day in the dead of winter:




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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    YESSSSSS

    Nice work, mud.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Congrats! Great tires for great rims. Keep up the good work

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    They're Firestone FR380s if anyone is wondering. Got them for $90 each from a local shop

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    I've heard fairly positive reviews of those tires.

    Wheels look amazing. Before/after pics are mind boggling.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Man, that is some dedication you put into that car. The rims, body repair, tires....its came a long way.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Thanks everyone, it sure has come a long way since I got it Luckily for me the previous owner took good care of it mechanically, so I've been able to focus on restoring all the aesthetics. The only major repairs I've made in the (almost) 2 years I've had it was the brakes and heater core (right after I bought it), and recently, the water pump.
    This summer I'll be fixing the rest of the rust spots around the door handles, and possibly putting in a re-built carb. Once that's done, there won't be anything left for me to fix! At that point, I'll start saving for a new paintjob I suppose..

    On another note, there's a 1988 Brougham at my local junkyard, I'll be going to check it out on Wednesday. Perhaps I'll make a requests thread if there's lots of good stuff left. It's going to be sunny and warm all week here, going to the yard is good excuse to be outside

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Congradulations! A beautful and classic look.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    I'd do the carb first to keep the gas mileage and keep the engine rolling right. I bet doing that water pump was fun.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Yeah, it's had a broken TPS sensor since I bought it, surprised the check engine light hasn't burnt out yet! National Carburetor has a rebuilt Rochester EM4C for $150, or $200 for a lifetime warranty. Think it's worth the extra $50?

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    I'd go without the warranty. those carbs are pretty reliable.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Fantastic looking Caddy, wheels & new tires dude!
    It`s good to see a younger generation person appreciate the classic Cadillacs!
    I was amazed you are just 18 years old with an '86 Fleet Brougham---you`ve got great taste in rides.
    Most people in your age range think these older classic Caddy boats are "old people`s" rides.You are obviously an exeption to that mindset and it`s great to see!

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    If you plan on keeping the car for a long time, then the warranty may be a good choice. If you dont see yourself in the caddy for long, I'd skip it.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Quote Originally Posted by pompste View Post
    Fantastic looking Caddy, wheels & new tires dude!
    It`s good to see a younger generation person appreciate the classic Cadillacs!
    I was amazed you are just 18 years old with an '86 Fleet Brougham---you`ve got great taste in rides.
    Most people in your age range think these older classic Caddy boats are "old people`s" rides.You are obviously an exeption to that mindset and it`s great to see!
    I've always had a taste for the out-of-the-ordinary. What has always amazed me is that none of my friends have ever made negative comments about it. Sometimes people think it's silly at first, but they always change their mind once they've ridden in the luxurious couches in the back

    Quote Originally Posted by csbuckn View Post
    If you plan on keeping the car for a long time, then the warranty may be a good choice. If you dont see yourself in the caddy for long, I'd skip it.
    I don't have any plans on getting rid of it, so I think I'll get the warranty.

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    Re: Something smells of fresh rubber!

    Quote Originally Posted by pompste View Post
    Fantastic looking Caddy, wheels & new tires dude!
    It`s good to see a younger generation person appreciate the classic Cadillacs!
    I was amazed you are just 18 years old with an '86 Fleet Brougham---you`ve got great taste in rides.
    Most people in your age range think these older classic Caddy boats are "old people`s" rides.You are obviously an exeption to that mindset and it`s great to see!
    We are the enlightened few.

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