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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Gorgeous Cadillac! I love the Reagan bumper sticker! I love period correct items like that.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    What a cool plate this is
    I like German precision , they even put a word in the plate to stand out for a vehicle that is older than 30 years old lol
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Ok, hello forum. I am still there.

    After my HT4100 fiasco (btw, could an admin put all the posts into this thread to have an chronological story of my car?) I am in the progress of buying another '83 Cadillac. It is a Coupe Deville. Totally rusted but good motor and brand new trans. I can sell the transmission and have the whole car for free.
    I will take out the engine and make a complete overhaul. My original HT4100 I will put in storage and maybe overhaul it later. I think as an HT4100 owner it is not the worst idea to have an engine as a spare.

    Today I took my Fleetwood after months out of it's storage. I will prepare it for the swap and hopefully the parts car wil arrive soon.









    Best Regards from Germany
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Keep it quiet..................but that's a sweet Lincoln.............I didn't say that.

    Hope the Caddy is on the road soon!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    I love Cadillacs....but will admit to "coveting thy neighbor's Mark IV!"
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Thanks guys.
    Yeah, the Lincoln is great. It was a lot of work but now it is totally restored. I want to have the Cadillac in that shape too in the future.
    I won a price at a local us-car-meet yesterday. 3rd place of 70 cars.





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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Thanks for adorning the topic with your gorgeous cars' pictures Hopefully, you will the gets sooner than expected
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Took the headliner out today because the parts car is not avaliable yet.








    a lot of foam....




    after the headliner removal


    roof looks great.










    cleaned


    Now I am going to fix the broken edges and cracks and put new foam on it. I want to use the original headliner material again but I have to look if it is possible to reuse it.

    Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Where did it come out? Front door?
    How hard is it to get out?

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Yes, passenger front door. Like discribed here.

    It was horrible, this is a very tight fit. The reinstallation will be hard too.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by grauhst View Post
    Yes, passenger front door. Like discribed here.

    It was horrible, this is a very tight fit. The reinstallation will be hard too.
    Wow, thanks for the link, I will need that when I do my sunroof install.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    If you can get the right color, I think it would be better to just buy new material than to try and reuse your fabric with new foam.
    The headliner material comes with the foam already bonded to it.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Here in the US you can buy that material by the yard in fabric stores. (As for sewing your own clothes.)
    The last time I was at Jo Anns Fabrics they had 4 or five colors with foam attached.
    Perhaps check your local stores of this type.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Yes I checked local stores but it makes no sense. They haven't anything like this and material without foam is at least 60€/m ($90/Yard). I don't want to order the original material from the US because it would need weeks until it is here. I will order some material from ebay tomorrow 4€/m which looks good. It's worth trying.

    Took out the c-pillar parts today and cleaned them.







    Regards
    Felix
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    I did the headliner on my 1990 when I first got the car, over 10 years ago. I couldn't get the "board" out of the car, and wound up putting the board back in place to do the job. It was a mess, and the new headliner isn't "thick" like the original. It has held up, most people don't believe that I did it my self.

    Those old Lincolns were real nice cars. But the climate control and vacumn controlled head lamp covers were a nightmare.

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