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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Wow! I`m so amazed at the talent you have repairing all what needs to be repaired on your own! Beautiful Fleetwood too!

    If i may ask,where did you get all your knowledge and learn to how to do all the repairs yourself?

    The chimes sound so much better than the annoying buzzer i have in my '78 Deville.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by grauhst View Post
    .....question, I am looking for paint. It should be the original lacquer, paint code 62 (Woodland Haze). Was only used on 83-84 Cadillacs.
    Can anybody help me? Would like to repair some spots in the paint and there are the bumper filler too...
    Would need the paint and anything else. (correct primer and so on)

    Btw 3 days ago the Cadillac celebrates it's 30th official birthday. So now I can go for a german historic registration called "H-Plate". Very advantageous to taxes and insurance fees.

    Hi Felix,


    These are a couple of links others have posted in the past. I am not familiar with them personally but perhaps someone will advise with personal experiences with these companies.


    http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/
    http://www.touchuppaintonline.com/


    Great news that you can get it "officially" on the road!

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    @ pompste
    Thanks a lot. My knowledge? Well, this is all learning by doing. Had no idea how my transmission overhaul will end but I read a lot about it and it worked fine.

    Ok, have done some progress on the Caddy again.

    Put in a new blower motor and power module. Now it works great. But still don't know the AC. Have to test it while a test drive.



    Got 2 new Sealed Beam and replaced the cracked one. Repaired the cornering lights (someone took out the bulbs, because it was forbidden in Germany some years ago).
    Took also the grille and bumper off and straighten out the bumper. It was bent due to a crash.
    Took off the front fillers and one rear filler. I will replace them soon.























    That's it for now. I will register the car soon. I am waiting for some parts.

    Bought new exhaust pipes too. I will install them soon.



    Best Regards
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    Interesting way of straightening the bumper. How did it turn out?

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    That's awesome! Yeah, how did the bumper turn out? Very creative way to do it.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Hehe. Better than before! But not 100% straight yet. It is heavy to bent. The metal is very strong and the rope almost teared off. I have done it with my Lincoln jack and jacked it up the full length (!) The bumper went back every time. Will install it soon and I hope it looks way better than this:



    I will show pictures after installing. (as usual )
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    Makes my bumper that is racked just enough that I cannot install one filler seem not very bad. LOL

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Nice job! It will be looking new in no time. It doesn't look far from it now.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Haha, thanks guys.

    the result...


    before clean


    after... took some hours to get it that far. There was a lot of dust, oil, duct tape, rust.... and I needed a lot of different cleaner


    well, not bad I think..




    put it back together


    heavy thing. Lincoln jack is helping again.


    not a good pic but you can see, it is still bent. But better than before.


    refreshed the bumper guards. I will redo the white stripe later.


    That's it. Looks not bad, but I am not 100% happy with it. I think I will replace the bumper sometimes for a straight one.
    But for now I think it is good.

    Regards
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    Felix, that bumper looks great! Any tips on polishing it out?

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    @ Kevin,
    I took some towels, distilled water and some metal and chrome polish. Was a lot of work and the duct tape was heavy to remove. Sticks like hell.... had a decal and tape remover. That was good.



    High beam wasn't working the last time. So I went through the service manual and it seemed, that there is something with the dimming switch.
    Where is it? On top of the steering column..

    Here we go.


    Wasn't able to reach the screws so I let down the column.


    There it is.


    uninstalled it, took the connector and.....


    Ok, will replace it and it should work again.

    Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    ols vs. new



    high beam works again...



    Regards
    Felix
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Wow.. this is coming along very nicely.
    I love that body style and year....
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Today I put in the grille. It was bent due to the collision. But now it looks great again. Still have to adjust the bumper.

    before


    now


    cleaned up the car the first time.


    look for all chips in the paint.


    a lot of scratches on the top of the fender


    a lot of worn paint at the front.




    weird stone chips on the hood




    something leaked out and flowed down the trunk lid




    Lot of little things but I have no problem with it. Only all rust spots I will preserve.

    Regards
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Looks good and solid. Great basis for a repaint.

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