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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    That is a tough job! I did one on a 1988 extended cab Silverado pick up I used to own. I purchased the headliner fabric at Hancock's (a chain fabric store--not sure if national) and it had the foam backing already in place. The irony is there are several companies around metro Atlanta that come to you and do this for 100.00 bucks--I noticed that AFTER I took this project on! Next time one my GMs need a headliner I will be calling one of those guys

    You have done outstanding work on that beautiful Cadillac!! The Lincoln is beautiful as well! I had a 1976 Thunderbird that I loved--it was like a Mark IV at the time. I find it amusing that Ford used the Frigidaire A6 AC compressors on that run of T-Birds and Lincolns. Those were good units.

    Good luck!!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    The new material arrived and I think it looks good. The original material seems to be brighter but it is only the wear of the years.



    Put the c-pillar parts where it still has it's original color and I think it looks very good.



    Waiting for the foam and glue and then I will put everything together.

    Felix
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    nice job! i had to do that to my old wagon. i think the hardest part is putting it back in!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Yesterday I removed the rear bumper and all bumper filler of that car. All good ones I will repaint (a can of "light briar brown" paint already arrived) and all bad ones I will replace and paint too. The bumper itself I will try to polish as good as possible.


    cleaned the headliner






    clean


    the new headliner material










    done...


    perfect result. I am happy!


    Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Make sure on the rear bumper, that you reinstall the shims between the bumper shocks and bumper facebar in the same order. Ideally the up right taillights should cover half of the filler vertical indentation. Too close and it will chip the filler paint as driven or if using the factory jack.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Speaking of upholstery job ,not to mention have I enjoyed every progress you have gone into so far and I think ,I know for some weird reason in originally these American cars don't come with that mat , you should also be covering the trunk lid with the materials you are using , bare metal is just too plain for these cars .Funny thing, our car is just bare metal too lol
    BTW, Congrats on your thrashing crushing win over Brazil
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Here we go.

    the original velcro ripped out the roof. I will attach it with shims that it can't rip out again.




    velcro sewed to the headliner. not original but hopefully better than original.




    repaired edges and cracks



    foam glued onto the headliner



    and the material..


    cut in shape


    done


    Hard job but I am proud to finished it.
    So now it is ready to go into the car again.

    Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Holy moly, nice job. What did you do to the corners?
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by csbuckn View Post
    Holy moly, nice job. What did you do to the corners?
    Thanks,
    I repaired the damaged parts with duct tape from the upper side to be positioned. Then I put the foam and new headliner to the lower side, it is very stable again.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project



    Here I will show how to get the headliner into the car.


    push it to the driver side b-pillar


    then turning


    now the edge has to pass the b-pillar. This is very hard because of there is a lot of tension on the headliner.




    turn until it's completely inside.


    done. Installation was horrible due to the clipsed trim and the stupid way they are installed.






    made some pics but because it is too bright outside it is not possible to take good pictures


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

    looks great!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    You made that look easy...Great work.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    I've read this whole thread and I must say I'm astounded. You're an inspiration to DIY mechanics everywhere, Felix!

    I know this was a while ago, but I was wondering if you could say a little bit more about your repairs to the blower module in the HVAC housing? Did you find a new one or did you find a way to rebuild it? I've been unable to find one for a reasonable price and the protective coating that the circuitry is packed in has complicated my efforts to rebuild it.

    Cheers again for the beautiful photographs and information. You've made my headliner repair job a lot easier.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Felix you are a ROCK STAR!

    Not only for the great looking new headliner, but also for the great pictorial of how to.

    Rock on!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Felix, is there anything on that car that you might be afraid to tackle? Somehow, I doubt it. You're doing great so far.

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