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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Real wood in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; have always wondered if anyone has ever replaced the faux wood panels with real wood...
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    Real wood

    have always wondered if anyone has ever replaced the faux wood panels with real wood

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    Re: Real wood

    Don't know, I'm sure it could be done by someone with decent wood working skills.
    From what I understand I think it is simulated burl wood.

    Although If it were me, I would put exotic veneer over the plastic pieces.

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    Not that I know of (one guy who joined here swore he did, but I never saw pics).
    When I get some more money, I'll talk to my friend who is a master carpenter and see how plausible it is. The door handle pulls shouldn't be that hard, but I'm not sure about the switch plates. The dash is probably doable as well.

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    Re: Real wood

    Having worked with veneers for many years I would say it is definately possible and would look stunning. You get a 3-D look from wood that can't be replicated in plastis or foil. The most time spent would be making accurate templates of all the pieces. Then pic a veneer that is nice and flexible on it's own so you don't have to soak or heat it before it goes on. It does get a little tricky on tight bends and corners. You would have to do all the final clear finish in place.Have had much success with solid woods too for things like the stereo bezel.

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    Re: Real wood

    Dremel has router bits and a router converter that I have never used. It would probably be perfect for finishing edges of small parts.

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    Re: Real wood

    I was wondering more along the lines of solid wood. Could the the faux wood trim parts be scanned and then fabricated by a CNC machine? (I guess veneer would have to be used for curved areas)

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    Re: Real wood

    Anyone who's good with wood should be able to make the panels. The hardest would probably doing the strip over the dash with the lights behind it if you want then to show thru properly.

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    Re: Real wood

    Quote Originally Posted by brougham View Post
    Anyone who's good with wood should be able to make the panels. The hardest would probably doing the strip over the dash with the lights behind it if you want then to show thru properly.
    Ya, that would be a shame to mess that up. I always thought that was sooo cool, how they did that with the idiot lights.

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    Who needs idiot lights? Mine keep telling me to check my engine....and sure enough, there is an engine there :P
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    Re: Real wood

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Who needs idiot lights? Mine keep telling me to check my engine....and sure enough, there is an engine there :P
    It is just confused because it's the wrong one!
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    Re: Real wood

    I always thought it would be cool to rig one of the modern coolant reservoirs with the low coolant switch into the caddy. It might come in handy.

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    Re: Real wood

    While I am disappointed in the lack of real time feedback other than Speed, fuels level and distance traveled, I do love the semi-hidden Idiot lights, I just wish there was a at least a factory installed coolant temp and voltmeter read out

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    Re: Real wood

    I have thought about the possibility of replacing the faux wood as well, I will be really interested to see this thread develop.

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    Re: Real wood

    A few years ago I saw a 90-92 Brougham on eBay with real wood. It was one of those cars where the owner replaced almost everything with custom made pieces. He said he spent about $30k redoing it all. I'm only sorry that I didn't save the pictures. It looked great! As I recall it was a white-leather non-d'Elegance car with blue dash and wire wheels.

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    $30K for a few pieces of wood trim? Or a restoration?

    Speaking of real wood, anyone see the custom last gen "woody" Roadmaster sedan on Ebay a year or so back?

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