Reviving a 1976 Coupe deVille - Page 4
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 7 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 LastLast
Results 46 to 60 of 94
Like Tree44Likes
RWD 19xx-1984 DeVille and Fleetwood,
1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Reviving a 1976 Coupe deVille in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Thanks man. I'll take you up on it. My brother is a big Caddy head too. He likes the 77 ...
  1. #46
    Classic L is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 95 Concours / 88 Broughm D'el / 76 Coupe D'el
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Boston, MA USA
    Posts
    69

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Thanks man. I'll take you up on it. My brother is a big Caddy head too. He likes the 77 Sedan Deville. We used to do music together. Now he's right outside of Memphis. Your man Dan's set up sounds nice ( and I bet is sounds nice too). You can't get that sound without that analog gear and tubes and what not. Man I always wanted a 76 CDV since I was about 14. The one you pointed out does look nice too. I've got my hooks into one that does need some work, but it cost significantly less. I'm still reeling it in, but once I do get it in the boat, I'll be posting info up here on it. Wish me success. I'm striving not to let this one get away. More power to you.... L

  2. #47
    blueboy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    nashville, tn
    Posts
    98

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Hello Chaps. I have been applying leather conditioner liberally on the front seats. Its getting them to be softer and more pliable but they are heavily creased and I think eventually they will need recovering..at least the front bench. On to the next stage. The trunk has a rusty floor as a result of water getting in and the trunk carpet getting wet. I'm experimenting with different ways of dealing with it...I am currently using a wire cup brush on a small rechargeable drill to get the surface rust off and then using a shop vac to get the debris out. Its not too bad but should be addressed as it could go further if left untreated. I will use a rust inhibitor/paint probably this one:
    http://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Con...cAotlH1u2lwIfh
    The wheels will be off this weekend and they will also get cleaned, rust proofed and painted before a new set of boots are installed.
    Next is to fit the vintage plate, start Hagerty insurance and then a test drive! Watch this space!

  3. #48
    talismandave's Avatar
    talismandave is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham, 1974 Fleetwood Talisman, Volvo C70,
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Madison WI
    Age
    54
    Posts
    5,463

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    For the seats check around this website. You can probably fix them up with this for cracking.
    http://www.semproducts.com/product-c...pair-compound/

    The rust treatment you noted I am not familiar with, but the latex based product I tried I was not happy with at all! I now use Rustoleum's Rust Converter.

    Can't wait til' Boyo is street legal and you can relive some memories!

  4. #49
    outsider is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham D'Eligance, 1969 Calais Sedan, 1995 FWB
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South Portland, Maine, United
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,354

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    the trunk pan in my 69 was rusted very badly too. it felt like if I pushed hard it would crack and break.
    I used POR 15 and now it looks great and is very solid. Now I can pound on it with my fist (or even a hammer) and it won't break.

  5. #50
    outsider is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham D'Eligance, 1969 Calais Sedan, 1995 FWB
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South Portland, Maine, United
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,354

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville



    Here's a pic of my trunk pan after POR 15. Sorry, no before pic.
    greencadillacmatt likes this.

  6. #51
    cadillac kevin's Avatar
    cadillac kevin is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): chevy 350 powered 86 FWB, 00 safari h.t. 66 toro, 83 lesabre
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    5,411
    Did it look worse than this beforehand?

    This is the trunk in my former 74 apollo. It was not very solid (metal was still there, and I could stand in it, but felt like I was going to go through it.) BTW, that dark spot is not water. That is the metal (that spot was very weak).

  7. #52
    outsider is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham D'Eligance, 1969 Calais Sedan, 1995 FWB
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South Portland, Maine, United
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,354

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Yes, it did look worse than that for the most part. The really dark part may be worse than what mine was but mine really felt like I could put my finger through it if I poked hard... Mine also had (if you can see) a small rust hole starting in the top left lip of the pan. I didn't feel like patching it so I just forced a lot of por 15 in there. Checked it recently and it hasn't weakened or anything so I'm still calling it good

  8. #53
    blueboy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    nashville, tn
    Posts
    98

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Good tips chaps..probably going to go with the POR 15. Currently getting as much loose rust off in preparation. Does anyone know what the two access plates are for?

    ----------

    The ones that are either side of the centre tunnel?

    ----------

    Finally got pics on Flicker so here's some:
    Bottom of Vinyl Top
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511261650/
    Bottom of Trunk lid
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511261706/
    Front Bumper
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511265082/
    Here's the access plate I was talking about.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511334006/
    Let me know if these are viewable please.
    Thanks guys.

  9. #54
    cadillac kevin's Avatar
    cadillac kevin is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): chevy 350 powered 86 FWB, 00 safari h.t. 66 toro, 83 lesabre
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    5,411
    I think those are for water drainage? They weren't for acessing the top of the tank (I removed the one on my apollo and there was nothing accessable beneath it.) The trunk floor looks like a good POR15 candidate. The trunk lid and under the rear window look rough. Shame the yard near me crushed the 74 (they only keep cars for 2 months at most)....the trunk lid was pretty nice and the area under the rear window was usable. I'm not sure if you can sand those down and save the metal or if you'd have to cut it out and replace it.

  10. #55
    outsider is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham D'Eligance, 1969 Calais Sedan, 1995 FWB
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South Portland, Maine, United
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,354

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Yeah I agree with kevin on the trunk floor. For the others you should pull out the grinder with a wire brush wheel and get off all of the rust, see what you're left with and if it's repairable or replaceable.

  11. #56
    blueboy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    nashville, tn
    Posts
    98

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Yeah the trunk floor will get the POR 15 and I'm pretty confident that will solve that problem. I've found a decent trunk lid. Its in primer too! I will get it shipped soon so with new rear fillers that will solve the back end of the car apart form the base of the back window where the vinyl top meets the body. Yes, a grinder and getting the top off and stripping it down will reveal whether or not some replacing of metal will be required. Watch this space!

  12. #57
    blueboy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    nashville, tn
    Posts
    98

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear :-(
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9537579411/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9540368420/

    Can't see this being anything but a candidate for welding in new metal......Sob, Sob!

  13. #58
    outsider is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1987 Brougham D'Eligance, 1969 Calais Sedan, 1995 FWB
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South Portland, Maine, United
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,354

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    yeah that's pretty ugly! we had to do some patching on my 69's also and it didn't come out great. it's a tough area to get right but I'm sure you'll get it presentable!

  14. #59
    blueboy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    nashville, tn
    Posts
    98

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    On the other hand, the trunk floor is ok.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9540419332/
    Does anyone think I should just block up those funny drain holes or put the plugs back in and seal them?

    ----------

    Yup gotta find a really good welder...an artist !

  15. #60
    Mark 78 Coupe is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 1978 Coupe De Ville, 1993 Fleetwood
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pittsburgh/Florida
    Age
    55
    Posts
    430

    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    I don't know if this is true or not. I read somewhere that prior to paint the body of the car was dipped in rust proofing, and that those cover plates were to let the excess rust proofing, and then primer drip out. Of course when the car was done those caps were sealed shut.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting