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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1981 Brougham Project in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; A few weeks ago I bought another '81 Brougham. It's nowhere near as nice as my other one, but I ...
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    1981 Brougham Project

    A few weeks ago I bought another '81 Brougham. It's nowhere near as nice as my other one, but I got it for $800 and it's black. I've been wanting a triple black for a while, but this has the wine interior and the roof to match, now I'm over black interior, much happier with this. It's hasn't been on the road since '08 and needed brake lines, fuel lines, headliner and a windshield. I'm done the lines and have already done the front suspension and am waiting on rear shocks. I pulled the rear out today to swap it with the limited slip I've been holding on to. I'm sticking with the stock 2.41, the 3.23 I have is too snappy. I want to be able to cruise and drive the highway without topping out at 75 like the coupe was. I'm never going to race this car, but my mind changes like the wind. Either way, it should be on the ground by this weekend and ready to hit the road. The guy that owned it last painted something silver next to it and didn't bother covering the car, so it's covered in overspray. The fillers are busted of course and the tires are dryrotted. Where I'm confused is the route to go cosmetically. I've always wanted to do '90 exterior and make it look stock with the red center hubcaps, just lowered. Or, I've got a little collection of aftermarket accessories that I'm looking at. I've got a huge castle grill, 30 spoke Cragars, a sixth wheel and bumperettes. I'm leaning toward the '90 look because that's been a much longer desire of mine and I don't fit the style of the latter. Plus who needs the extra weight. I'll get pics up as soon as I can and keep updating. This is going to be a long project since I have limited time to work on it and a lot of work to do, I've only scratched the surface with what needs to get done. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    I think the 2.41s are a good choice. Thinking of going back down to 3.08s myself. I vote the 90'd look, you'd probably be very happy with the outcome when its done up. Also, some 93-96 rims would fit very well also.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    On the paint front, can you save what is there? A good heavy compounding may well take care of the overspray. The beauty of black is that you can touch up small areas much easier than you can with a metallic color if you accidently burn through an area. And we all know how great black looks when it is clean and shiny. Good luck with your new project.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    Keep your 81 an 81. Buy a 90 if you want a 90. I would bet you'll be happy for keeping your car stock as time passes and the 81 becomes a classic.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    I'm with Dave. I used to love the 90 look, now I really appreciate the original styling. That 3.23 would be great with an OD trans...

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    ^ What he said.

    On both fronts, actually.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    Keep your 81 an 81.
    I would... if I didn't already have one. I've always wanted a '90, but I love coupes. This car needs so much work that I have no guilt in chopping it up. Also it is a repaint, but a good enough one to fool me. It was born silver/silver with the wine interior.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    I say 90 look because you could not get a coupe in the 90's. If done right the look so much classier! Oh and in that factory color it would just be sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rueben44
    I say 90 look because you could not get a coupe in the 90's. If done right the look so much classier! Oh and in that factory color it would just be sick.
    I used to like the 90'd look and wanted to put a 90 header panel on my 86. Now that 90s are showing up here in the junkyard, I realize that I really don't like the 90'd look. IMO, the overly extended sides of the front bumper ruined the cars original styling.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    I guess to each their own it looks smoother to me but it is just a matter of taste


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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project



    ^ Is that a 1981 Cadillac in drag?

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    That looks pretty slick. There's nothing like a 90'd coupe in black, something about it. I'd post pics but this is a project thread.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    No I think it is the real deal....we do want to see pics though.

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    Re: 1981 Brougham Project

    Minus the wheels Jay, I love it. I bought this car to customize it and that's what I'm planning on doing, but within certain guidelines. Here's some pics so you guys have an idea of what I'm working with.




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