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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Nice job. Nice job on that vinyl top on the lincoln. You plan on redoing the vinyl top on the ...
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Nice job. Nice job on that vinyl top on the lincoln. You plan on redoing the vinyl top on the Cadillac?
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by csbuckn View Post
    Nice job. Nice job on that vinyl top on the lincoln. You plan on redoing the vinyl top on the Cadillac?
    Thank you.
    Yes, i will. But i think i will do it next year or so. There is no rust underneith it, it is just worn.
    Someone painted the vinyl. Original it was as bright as the paint.


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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Nice. You had me looking up youtube videos on how to replace a vinyl top. Doesnt seem too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csbuckn View Post
    Nice. You had me looking up youtube videos on how to replace a vinyl top. Doesnt seem too hard.
    It was very hard.
    There are more ways to put a vinyl top on. There are huge differences with the correct glue and the usage of it.
    I took glue, where you can't move the vinyl after you contact it to the roof. That is difficult to do.

    When i replace the Cadillac top, i will show it here. Maybe i will take glue which allows movement even after sticking the vinyl to the roof.
    You need a padding underneith it too. The padding makes it more difficult. At the Lincoln, there were only padding on the sides of the roof, a heavy challenge for a newbie like me.

    But as i said, i have no experience with other glue and ways to put the vinyl on. Maybe it is more easier...

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    Amazing story! I love the car and good luck with your continuing project and it is great that you will be enjoying it as a daily driver!
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    Looks good!

    I must give you some serious credit on re-building the transmission!

    The cloth delegance seats look sweet!

    Good luck with the rest of the build.
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    Amazing story! I love the car and good luck with your continuing project and it is great that you will be enjoying it as a daily driver!

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Beautiful cars! and good job rebuilding the transmission yourself, you saved yourself a ton of money. The broken fillers are easy to come across and same with emblems/badges. Seems like its all coming together nicely.
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    Thanks a lot,

    btw, i haven't tell something about the options. This car is loaded.

    - Electronic level control
    - Brougham d'Elegance - cloth seating
    - Electronic cruise control
    - Controlled-cycle wiper system
    - Rear defogger with heated outside mirrors
    - Automatic door locks
    - Illuminated entry system
    - Memory driver's seat
    - Power passenger seat recliner
    - Leather-trimmed steering wheel
    - Tilt/telescope steering wheel
    - Power trunk lid release and pull-down
    - Twilight Sentinel
    - Trumpet horn
    - Electric remote-control outside mirrors
    - Twin lighted vanity mirrors
    - Electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and CB
    - Triband antenna
    - Door edge guards
    - Trunk mat
    - Locking wire wheel covers

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Sorry to jump in so late here, but welcome!

    I truly admire your willingness to just dive right in and tackle the big projects that many (including me) are afraid to. Well done, you!

    I love the color and the cloth d'Elegance seating is beautiful. Yours is optioned nearly identical to mine. I have d'Elegance leather seating, fuel filler lock, but no CB ... otherwise, the same.

    I can't wait to see how this story turns out!!!

    Cheers for the updates!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by TopherS View Post
    Sorry to jump in so late here, but welcome!

    I truly admire your willingness to just dive right in and tackle the big projects that many (including me) are afraid to. Well done, you!

    I love the color and the cloth d'Elegance seating is beautiful. Yours is optioned nearly identical to mine. I have d'Elegance leather seating, fuel filler lock, but no CB ... otherwise, the same.

    I can't wait to see how this story turns out!!!

    Cheers for the updates!
    Thank you for the welcome.
    I have looked for a d'Elegance without leather seating, because often these seats are cracked and worn. I have inspected a '84 d'Elegance with leather and the seats were cracked, worn and very hard. The cloth seating is unbelievable soft.

    Yes, unfortunately my car has no fuel filler lock. I would like to upgrade it with it. Does anybody knows, what parts I need to install the fuel filler lock afterwards?
    How you can unlock the fuel filler door?


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    The postmen just brought me a nice package with the Cadillac emblems.
    The colors are faded, especially red and yellow. (as usual)
    Does anybody have renewed the colors? Is there a possibility to remove the plastic shield without damaging it?



    Regards
    Felix

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Someone on the board had a whole topic about renewing them. Check it out here

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...st-shield.html

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Great work and a pleasure to see such a gorgeous car in homeland to MB
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    @ Cadillacboy,
    thanks a lot.
    Haha, but if i want to drive with a MB, i am gonna call for a taxi.

    @ outsider,
    thanks! That definately helps.

    I was successful, taking the plastic cover apart and i scratched all paint off, except for the white ones and the chrome bars.

    The next days i will try to paint it.





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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Ok, i painted the plastic. It was a little tricky, but I think it looks not so bad.



    Wheel cover emblem + trunk emblem


    Furthermore I installed the hood emblem. Maybe someday i will paint it too.





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    Felix

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