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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 77 CDV Dechroming update/ readying for paint in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by 1980coupe See, you cant access from removing the dashpad... When I pulled a power passenger mirror, I ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980coupe
    See, you cant access from removing the dashpad...
    When I pulled a power passenger mirror, I had to drop the dash. I would imagine that you would have to do the same for a cable operated mirror

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    Re: 77 CDV Dechroming update/ readying for paint

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    When I pulled a power passenger mirror, I had to drop the dash. I would imagine that you would have to do the same for a cable operated mirror
    Nope, never dropped the dash at all and I have removed quite a few already, both powered and manual...all I did was remove the center trim and radio, then removed the glove box liner. Door panel was removed and I just would tug on the wire to see where it would move and if it got stuck, which at times it did, I would follow the wire and untangle it and continue...it was simple. No need for the whole dash to come off, that's extra work.
    Next time I do it, I'll take pics...
    Now if you're equipped with an illuminated outside thermometer, then you'll need to remove the speedometer, bezel and switches from driver side to gain access to behind speedometer to remove fiber optic cable clip that clips to one of the lights that illuminate the speedometer.
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    Re: 77 CDV Dechroming update/ readying for paint

    Thanks everyone!
    I got the driver's side all stripped, I'm looking forward to having fun with the PS Side mirror.
    As for painting it, I am still on the fence about how to go about it. My dad set up the garage for painting back in the 60s, although he always had someone else do it.
    The lights need new ballasts and bulbs, and I gotta clear out all the junk in the garage if I decide to go that route. I gotta order the rear filler and get that bumper off, so I still have some time to think about it.

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    Re: 77 CDV Dechroming update/ readying for paint

    Update: Got the PS side done, the mirror removal was easy. I just pushed the control a bit and it went behind the panel, then I unbolted the mirror, and took out the glove box. I pulled the cable very gently, and got it through everything. I did have to help the control get through the gang of vacuum hoses, but with the glove box removed it was no problem. Now, installing it will probably require more work.

    Also, I'm suprised no one mentioned the difficulty in removing the lower trim for the window. There are a bunch of screws which require pulling the window to get to. Not too much fun. Anyhow, thanks all.
    Tom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacville78
    Update: Got the PS side done, the mirror removal was easy. I just pushed the control a bit and it went behind the panel, then I unbolted the mirror, and took out the glove box. I pulled the cable very gently, and got it through everything. I did have to help the control get through the gang of vacuum hoses, but with the glove box removed it was no problem. Now, installing it will probably require more work.

    Also, I'm suprised no one mentioned the difficulty in removing the lower trim for the window. There are a bunch of screws which require pulling the window to get to. Not too much fun. Anyhow, thanks all.
    Tom.
    You mean the bottom window sill/ felts? Yeah...those are a PITA. Be thankful you don't have a sedan. The rear ones are not exactly easy to pull (since you have to drop the fixed window, which isn't fun at all)

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