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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; After doing some research here it appears there are many distributors for these replacement fillers but not many manufacturers. I ...
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    New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    After doing some research here it appears there are many distributors for these replacement fillers but not many manufacturers. I chose Plastic Parts Inc. because they have been around for a long time and actually make the parts they sell.

    I ordered the right front corner pieces from them and parts will be here next week. Today I noticed one of my nearly perfect rear fillers (the one behind the taillight) was starting to crack. A less than perfect replacement part back there will stick out like a sore thumb.

    For you guys who have been through this before is Plastic Parts Inc. the best place to go for the rears? I just want to know the best source for new ABS.

    Not worried about trimming and paint matching because I found a terrific, reasonably priced body shop to handle that (so many places said they won't work on old cars like my... 86?! WTH?). I'm just worried about mishapded pieces that won't look right no matter how long they trim and fill.

    And the more they have to trim and fill the more it's going to cost me.

    Appreciate any advice.

    Thanks.

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    I'm sure the advice you are going to get here is to try and find a good used factory piece. When I get around to doing my 78 Coupe it will need a few soft pieces as well, so I am curious to see how yours turns out. I wish someone would take the time to make repo fillers for these cars that really fit well. Good luck.

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    I agree. The best fillers for fit and finish are good used ones. I have not heard of a single report of someone using an aftermarket filler that didn't require work to make it fit. I went with used pieces when I did the front and rear fillers on mom's 84, and they cleaned up, painted, and fit perfectly.

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    I triple agree. Used good fillers are the best way to go. These aftermarket stuff sucks and require modification to make them fit and some of the holes do not line up with the holes where they go bolted to. You mentioned a rear filler is cracking, which side? I have a passenger side filler and it is for a Brougham like yours with the hole for the rear rocker trim.
    Good shape.

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    Hello all.

    Having completed this project about a year ago, I will add my experience to that of the other posters and say that while one of my fillers was perfect, the other did require some work with a dremel to get it to fit.

    Even so, I LOVE my bumper fillers, and am happy with my choice. Instead of getting the ABS plastics ones sold by many websites, I chose to go with fiberglass fillers from Replica Plastics. I believe they've been mentioned on this forum before. They have a website: http://www.replica-plastics.com/ but I took the road less traveled and actually visited the workshop in Dothan, Alabama since I was in the area.

    Bought the paint from a retailer but had a local body shop do the priming and painting, which cost me about $50, but definitely worth it.

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    Not sure who is cheapest (on phone, so I cannot check prices)

    But a friend in the Buick community turned me onto this website once (Not that I need anything) but I checked the site out and saw they had Cadillac bumper fillers too.

    http://www.dankoreproductions.com/st...etwood-broughm

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    I got the PVC plastic ones. They were shaped properly, but I needed to re-drill the holes to line up properly. They fit very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j2rossit
    I got the PVC plastic ones. They were shaped properly, but I needed to re-drill the holes to line up properly. They fit very well.
    Jon, who did you get them from?

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    Re: New body fillers for FWB -- Is Plastic Parts Inc. best source?

    http://sandkindustries.com/CADDY.HTML

    The reason I went with the PVC plastic ones is that you can easily reshape them yourself by filing or with a bit of heat (But do it in a really well ventilated area since PVC releases Chlorine Gas when heated).

    One of the guys from the car club I'm in was a mechanic at the local Caddy dealership when these cars were new. He said the ones I've got on it now fit better than some of them did when the cars were brand new.

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    My suggestion would also be to fit them and install them complete with chrome side moldings before removing them again and painting them. I needed to drill the holes that the rear clips for the side moldings need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2rossit
    http://sandkindustries.com/CADDY.HTML

    The reason I went with the PVC plastic ones is that you can easily reshape them yourself by filing or with a bit of heat (But do it in a really well ventilated area since PVC releases Chlorine Gas when heated).

    One of the guys from the car club I'm in was a mechanic at the local Caddy dealership when these cars were new. He said the ones I've got on it now fit better than some of them did when the cars were brand new.

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    My suggestion would also be to fit them and install them complete with chrome side moldings before removing them again and painting them. I needed to drill the holes that the rear clips for the side moldings need.
    FWIW, if they crack due to accident, you could probably glue them back together with pvc primer and glue.

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