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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Death of a Brougham in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; It takes a good sized extinguisher to put out a gasoline fire like the one that killed this car. Sorry ...
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    It takes a good sized extinguisher to put out a gasoline fire like the one that killed this car.

    Sorry it went this way. Been there with wrecks caused by others.

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    i do like the sofa idea lol, would be pretty awesome sitting in my living room
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    so i got a bit done on her today, sanded and primed the fire damaged quarter panels. We had a pretty bad rainstorm for about a week, had to get some primer on there to stop the rust.








    its not the best painting ive ever done, but it will keep that rust off for a while so i can save the money ill need
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    So you've opted for restoration. I admire your dedication to the car. This is gonna be an epic project thread! Good luck, dude!
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    Yes. Keep us posted.

    I notice there are no hood springs. Is that somehow a result of the fire, or were they missing before?

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    Thats pretty cool. Auntie has a big smile on her face.
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    You should ask a Mod to change the title to "Re-birth of a Brougham
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    I too admire the dedication and love the supporters! Crazy but fun!

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    At first it seemed a bit too much of a project too, but seeing Sam post here reminded me that he started with a coupe body shell and basically built a Cadillac around it.

    This really isn't that kind of job!

    Hey....I'm all in! (From the distant safety of my computer mind you.)
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    the springs were a casualty of the fire, the entire hood is gone, its warped and has a nice hole in it from a fire axe lol

    my next step is to get in there and pull all the parts that cant be saved and haul them to the scrap yard, the radiator fan being one of them, the mounts and blades melted, gonna have to chisel the melted aluminum off the drive shaft, this will take a lot of time and money, but I couldn't let her go

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    You have more dedication than I would. Every plastic and rubber part. Brake hoses. O rings. Wiring. Vacuum lines. Bushings. It will never end.

    I'm glad that our members are cheering you on... but I'm not sure how realistic your project is.

    Before you get too deep, before you spend money, before you waste time... consider a replacement. These cars are not expensive. It will cost you much more to fix that car than to find a nice one. It's hard to say goodbye, but sometimes... it's the right thing to do.

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    You have more dedication than I would. Every plastic and rubber part. Brake hoses. O rings. Wiring. Vacuum lines. Bushings. It will never end.

    I'm glad that our members are cheering you on... but I'm not sure how realistic your project is.

    Before you get too deep, before you spend money, before you waste time... consider a replacement. These cars are not expensive. It will cost you much more to fix that car than to find a nice one. It's hard to say goodbye, but sometimes... it's the right thing to do.
    That's what I still say too but at this point I think it's pointless to talk him out of out. He already saw the light but then suddenly went in the other direction.

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    I have to admit I was happily more than half in the bag when I added my cheer to the insanity of what on the face is saving a dear old Cadillac with sentimental value. After reading about the melted aluminum and other severe destruction I realized this project is destined to become an economic albatross and waste of blood, sweat, and tears in futile pursuit of attempting to resurrect a car that has been terminally wrecked, and I bet any further examinations will prove this even more completely. It would seem to make much more sense to instead spend time searching for a similar replacement car, perhaps naming it after dear Auntie, and moving ahead with life which will be a far happier choice and finer tribute.
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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    Sir, I say this with all due respect. Take everyone's advice here and let her go. Please let me explain why.
    First of all, I totally respect and admire your attachment to this car- if you take anything from what I am saying, or anyone else here is saying please understand that.
    Secondly, I will never be right. You don't want your aunt's memory tarnished with frustration.
    Third, Take what she has given you and expand on it. Her gift to you has opened your eyes to the magic of Cadillacs. Take that and run with it. Buy another one and then trade it for another and then another. At some point you will have a car that people come out of the woodwork to see. You an relish everyone who comes out to see your new car with the story of how your aunt got you started in the Cadillac world.

    Now if you decide to redo this one, we all stand behind you and wish you the best of luck
    Just a thought--- Also, did you check with your insurance company? Is a fire covered under comprehensive coverage and did you have that?
    Jeff

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    Re: Death of a Brougham

    unfortunately I had the cheapest insurance, and this was not covered.

    now, I'm not trying to make it seem like I am ignoring the obviously sound advice from you guys, but I will attempt to restore this car, if nothing else then its a way for me to learn more about working on cars, worst case scenario my wallet will be lighter and the car wont be in any worse shape than it is now

    best case scenario, I will have a car with one hell of a story behind it

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