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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by Cadillacboy I admire your consistency , you never step back and nothing daunts you bringing back such ...
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillacboy View Post
    I admire your consistency , you never step back and nothing daunts you bringing back such a beauty back to it's pristine condition
    I couldn't have said it better!

    You are an inspiration to all of us under-equipped, under-funded, guys working without proper garage space!

    .....as well as being well on the way to being an HT4100 master tech and forum guru!

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    ^^ all of the above and at the tender age of 24 years. Nice going Felix!!

    Cheers..............R.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Big words to me, I have to say a big thank you!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Nice to see another young European guy (I'm 27 from Norway) bitten by the 80s Fleetwood Brougham bug! I have an 82 that I bought in California and drove 7000 miles with in the states before shipping it home. It is now my daily driver. No problems with the 4100 so far, but I should probably check up those oil returns! Awesome work Felix, keep it up! its inspiring to follow your thread!

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Great to hear.
    My plan is to use it as a daily driver too.


    Today the last parts arrived and I put everything together.
    There is no leak anymore, everything is dry, even when the engine is hot and there is full pressure on the cooling system.

    I am just in the progress of registering the car in Germany.

    I am so excited about that... can't wait anymore...











    Best Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Very nice job. Enjoy it!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Felix.......your engine room is beginning to look pretty good. I'd bet that come spring time next year it will look like new.

    Cheers ........R
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    That's divine
    BTW, I was about to say (saying actually lol ) you to paint the bumper fillers so as to match your lovely car's body color scheme but honestly, you can leave it as is given that your top is black
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Thanks a lot guys!

    A little comparison. The engine as I bought the car and as it looks today. I think with a refreshed air cleaner housing and a lot more detail work (there is still a lot to do) it will look way better.





    @ Cadillacboy
    haha. yes, black fillers are better than none or broken ones. I will do the other filler soon. Btw my roof is painted dark brown. Original it is the same color like the body (Woodland Haze).

    What I forgot to say...
    The "Brake" light is off and the brake works perfekt again due to the new vacuum pump and all the repaired vacuum leaks.
    "Service soon" and "Service now" are off too. Everything works! Only exception is the ISC but I will do that later. It works the way it is right now, I set the ISC plunger the sme way it was before. (fully extended but screwed completely in).

    Next steps after registration:
    - bumper filler
    - exhaust
    - rear shocks (level ride)

    Regards
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    Felix,

    For the air cleaner, I suggest using pinstripe tape and liquid mask (available at a hobby/ model car shop.) I did this with a "350 F.I. by GM for cadillac" air cleaner lid I had.
    I wet sanded it with 400 grit, washed it, hit it with alcohol to remove residue, then laid a pinstripe tape (thin) against the edge of the decal, and brushed the liquid mask on over the decal. While it will keep paint from staying on the decal if you do it thin, I recommend applying it thick to make it easy to peel off after the paint cures.
    I think the hardest part would be matching the black paint GM used, as it seems to be somewhere inbetween a "matte" and a "gloss" black. That being said, I did my lid in gloss black, and you cannot really tell that it is non matching.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Thanks.
    Planned to renew the decal because it is damaged a bit. So I think I will paint the whole part and put on the new decal afterwards.


    Today I wanted do for german TÜV. (Association for Technical Inspection) So I got a pair of temporary plates and started to go. Half the way the engine shot down and wasn't able to start again. I stranded on the main road and that was not a good place to park....
    Trouble code said #20... "Open fuel pump circuit"
    I looked for the 10A fuse and it was blown...
    Put a new one in and started the engine again... it ran 3 seconds, I heard a "click" in the foot room and the engine shut off again... fuse was blown again.
    So we towed it back home.

    Looked for the service manual:



    next one:



    ok... have to check circuit 120. This is it:



    oil pressure switch is on that fuse too.... so this was my first look because this cable is prone for damages due to the near to the exhaust manifolds.

    Looked for the oil pressure switch cable and...



    Well.. repaired that, put a new fuse in and it works again!

    Yeha!

    This is a perfect example of the pro's and con's of this DFI system...
    con: if something minor is defect, this car is dead! every carbed engine is able to run with almost every defect. it only needs very simple basics like a can of fuel and some spark
    pro: it is very easy to find causes of problems because of that trouble code system. This is great!

    Drove that car the entire evening. It feels so great.

    Best Regards
    Felix

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Nice trouble shooting there. Wow! Those wires were really worn! Scary. Glad it worked out for you.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    As much as I am sorry to hear that glitch on the road I am very elated to hear you fixed it and hopefully for good
    You are a handy person as well
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    TÜV passed... Yeeeeha!! :b anana:

    Everything is fine. Brakes are like new, drivetrain same... the undercarriage looks like it almost came right from the factory. Even no surface rust.
    This definately proves the original 31.000 miles.
    The inspector was thrilled because of the overall shape of the car. From the outside it looks way more worse than it actually is.
    OK... it ran very rich so I have to look for the o2 sensors.

    A little video of me trying to climb the bridge to Germany's biggest Island "Rügen". Quite interesting with the brutal power of the HT4100 power system...



    Very happy regards
    Felix

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    ^^ Well done Felix!! Thanks for the ride.

    Cheers............R.
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