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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; The part is threaded into the center of wheel mount. It just unscrews. It has been a couple months since ...
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    The part is threaded into the center of wheel mount. It just unscrews. It has been a couple months since I did mine but if I recall correctly I just kept moving it with lever, and remounting lever in next holes until it could be moved by hand.

    If you have a pin spanner wrench to put in the two center holes it would be easier. I think I opened up a needle nose plier and put it in the holes and used it as a handle to spin it out.

    You will need a wheel puller once you get all that out of the way. If you don't have one I used a piece of steel, and three bolts to do mine.


    Just unscrew the center bolt until it pushes the wheel off. 5/16 in. 18 threads/in. IIRC?
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Thanks, that worked fine!




    installed the new one. In my opinion it looks way better.




    comparison


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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    wow very much better!
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    ^ And I'm pleased that the steering wheel from my car has found a good new home.

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

    It's so great, I love it!

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Felix

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by grauhst View Post
    comparison


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    Save that leather wrap. You never know when you might be able to use it if it is still in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post

    Save that leather wrap. You never know when you might be able to use it if it is still in good shape.
    This. The wheel looks to be in good shape aside from being faded. If your wood trimmed wheel cracks, you can always redye and reinstall the leather wheel.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    This. The wheel looks to be in good shape aside from being faded. If your wood trimmed wheel cracks, you can always redye and reinstall the leather wheel.
    One of the reasons I would keep it that is for sure.
    You can also use it to repair small bad spots in the leather or vinyl.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Looks great, just like new.
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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    Yes, sure I will save the leather one as a spare. Unfortunately someone has wrapped an additional layer of leather on it. It looks a bit purple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grauhst View Post
    Yes, sure I will save the leather one as a spare. Unfortunately someone has wrapped an additional layer of leather on it. It looks a bit purple.

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    That's faded. It probably used to be burgundy or brown. Both of those colors can fade to purple.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    If you want to have fun and experiment on your spare wheel, I fixed my cracked wheel and replaced the foil woodgrain with real wood veneer. I am not sure if your wheel still used the same system as the 74 or not but it might be worth checking out?

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    The original wheel that I took out is an original leather wheel and someone wrapped another layer around it.
    I don't know how it looks underneith but I think the leather is worn, cracked or whatever. If I need a replacement sometimes I think I would dye it brown and put it in.
    It is in good shape but I like those thin wheels more.

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    Re: 1983 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance Project

    I am sure it is the same thin wheel under the leather cover. If it is the same system as on the older ones the plastic covering the fake wood grain cracks off and the foil tape starts to cut your hands. (Someone with a mid 80s may confirm or refute this.)

    If so what I did was pull out the plastic and cut real wood veneer in the slot the plastic was in then applied chrome pinstripe tape on outer edges and covered it all in clear poly.

    Here is a link to CadForce69's thread where he shows what is involved. http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...oration-9.html

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    The leather wheels do not have a hard plastic wheel under the skin. I asked about that a while ago, and someone showed a torn open one.
    As for leather over the leather, maybe, but that would make a very fat wheel. The factory leather always looked a bit awkward where it meets the spokes.

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