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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Took my limo to the top shop in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Remember about this time last year I had a new vinyl top put on the limo? New sunroof, too? The ...
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    Took my limo to the top shop

    Remember about this time last year I had a new vinyl top put on the limo? New sunroof, too? The fargin thing is coming off. Wind is getting under it at speed and ripped it loose above the windshield. I'm fairly pissed about it, but the guy that the top shop was very apologetic and promised he'd make it right.

    So my brother came to my house so we could travel to the shop together. He was in his '96 Roadmaster wagon. He got a bit of a head start because I had to maneuver the limo around my truck, which I had strategically placed behind the limo.

    I caught up to him at a light. Side by side. LT1 vs. LT1. 7,000 lbs. vs. 5,000 lbs. Whatever gears the limo came with vs. whatever gears are in the wagon's towing package. Wagon transmission vs. wagon transmission.

    I lined up in the left lane. I put the passenger side window of the limo down. My brother put his window down. Resisting the urge to ask for Grey Poupon, I asked my brother how he thought things were going to go. He said "poorly for you". It was on.

    Light turned green and we both got a good start. By about 70 MPH (closed course, professional drivers) He had about half a car length on me. With another red light approaching and some traffic, I slowed down to let him in the open left lane. I chased him up the ramp to the interstate, gaining steadily above 70 MPH. We merged onto the highway at about 85 MPH and decided that was enough.

    My girlfriend says I'm an idiot, but I told her it was a physics experiment. Identical drivetrains; weight and gearing differences. She still thinks I'm an idiot. Whatever. It was fun.
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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Pretty cool. Time for an intake. You think a cold air intake would make up that half a car length?

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by csbuckn View Post
    Pretty cool. Time for an intake. You think a cold air intake would make up that half a car length?
    I don't know what an intake would do. It would be nice to even up the score. I was surprised we were so close. I figured '96 vs. 94, him with less weight and better gearing would be a bigger difference. In the 1/4, it would have been very close. Which we will have to do because the local dragstrip has reopened after a brief hiatus (people build houses close to a dragstrip that's been in operation since the 50s and then complain it's too loud). I would think the limo would be fun to run, and the 4 or 5 people in the stands might like it too.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    I don't know what an intake would do. It would be nice to even up the score. I was surprised we were so close. I figured '96 vs. 94, him with less weight and better gearing would be a bigger difference. In the 1/4, it would have been very close. Which we will have to do because the local dragstrip has reopened after a brief hiatus (people build houses close to a dragstrip that's been in operation since the 50s and then complain it's too loud). I would think the limo would be fun to run, and the 4 or 5 people in the stands might like it too.
    Limo racing. Sounds like an interesting new sport---better than racing lawnmowers.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    haah sounds like fun. Must have been funny for onlookers too...a wagon and a limo drag racing.

    Keep us updated on the top situation. Hopefully they'll make it right!

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    This is where your gf is wrong , you are not idiot at all
    However though , I take my hat off to you (even though I rarely use it lol ) considering you hit around 85 mph where stupid speed regulations are . It was fun to read this topic as well
    If it were 93 in other words as opposed to your LT1's mighty engine , the results would prove differently

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    How about some pictures of the 2 cars next to each other

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    I'll have to do that next time my brother comes over.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Girlfriends can be wrong occasionally. They are humans. Were not they supposed to glue the vinyl top?

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by HUF View Post
    Were not they supposed to glue the vinyl top?
    That's what I thought. There was no hint of glue along the front of it. All that was holding it down, apparently, was that rubber trim that runs along the top of the windshield. I'm surprised it stayed down for almost a year.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    That's what I thought. There was no hint of glue along the front of it. All that was holding it down, apparently, was that rubber trim that runs along the top of the windshield. I'm surprised it stayed down for almost a year.
    Is this a top shop or a chop shop?! Put your foot in their backside and make them fix it right. I hate when getting something fixed doesn't last.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post
    Is this a top shop or a chop shop?! Put your foot in their backside and make them fix it right. I hate when getting something fixed doesn't last.
    I was shocked to see the lack of glue. They did an impeccable job otherwise - the stitching, padding, aluminum trim around the rear window, cutting in the sun roof, etc. They just didn't glue it down properly.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    I was shocked to see the lack of glue. They did an impeccable job otherwise - the stitching, padding, aluminum trim around the rear window, cutting in the sun roof, etc. They just didn't glue it down properly.
    Nothing the foot won't fix.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Everybody has a bad day at work every now and then. It's good they are fixing it. Good thing they don't make parachutes.

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    Re: Took my limo to the top shop

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    Everybody has a bad day at work every now and then. It's good they are fixing it. Good thing they don't make parachutes.
    Or do brake jobs.....
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