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Hey guys, finally got some pics of it. Like i said, it needs a bit of work, but nothing too substantial. It has cold A/C, and a tow hitch. 153,097 miles. Not a dent anywhere on the car. I plan to spray the bumper fillers,they dont have to match perfect,but something better than they are. All of the door panels are about perfect, surprisingly. Im pretty sure it needs a new master cylinder. New battery and new headliner. The guy that did my '85 Seville will be summoned for the headliner, $120 installed and he comes to you! Needs a hood ornament too, i think i have one in my bag of random Cadillac emblems and crap.

Its really dirty. I havnt had anytime to do anything with it. The paint is good, but need a good wax. The top needs a good cleaning. The leather in it is good but needs to be cleaned an conditioned. Carpet needs a shampoo. Engine bay needs a good cleaning. Same with trunk. The car has been sitting for months.

Any idea where i can get a decent set of blue floor mats?

Im going to swap the woodgrain with my '85( '85 has the lighter stuff). Ive been looking for a nice complete set of the darker woodgrain for a long time, and the '88's is near perfect. So that will be fun...

Sorry for being all over the place ^^^ up there, i kept adding things i forgot.

Is this Glacier Blue? Or what?

Production numbers? Sandy?

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Those arnt blackwalls, theyre that dirty!









Anything i can do to fix these rips?











 

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Not bad! How's it feel to own two of these beasts and have you gotten a chance to drive it yet?
 

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Not bad! How's it feel to own two of these beasts and have you gotten a chance to drive it yet?
I used to have a dark blue '88 that i used for parts over 2 years ago. It smoked like a chimney and was beat to hell. I sold it to an Orlando-based rapped named Young Lex. So its nothing new.

I have not driven it yet. Needs a battery.
 

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Not bad at all. I would clean up the white walls a little bit and may put the whitewalls on one side and leave the other side blackwalls, unless you want to get new tires on the front. A little cleaning goes a long way. Thats a nice color combo when it is cleaned up I like the car :thumbsup:
 

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Not bad at all. I would clean up the white walls a little bit and may put the whitewalls on one side and leave the other side blackwalls, unless you want to get new tires on the front. A little cleaning goes a long way. Thats a nice color combo when it is cleaned up I like the car :thumbsup:
Believe it or not, the fronts are whitewalls, they are just incredibly filthy. It took me a couple days to notice!
 

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I like the Sage Green more than that light blue.
 
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Hey guys, finally got some pics of it. Like i said, it needs a bit of work, but nothing too substantial. It has cold A/C, and a tow hitch. 153,097 miles. Not a dent anywhere on the car. I plan to spray the bumper fillers,they dont have to match perfect,but something better than they are. All of the door panels are about perfect, surprisingly. Im pretty sure it needs a new master cylinder. New battery and new headliner. The guy that did my '85 Seville will be summoned for the headliner, $120 installed and he comes to you! Needs a hood ornament too, i think i have one in my bag of random Cadillac emblems and crap.

Its really dirty. I havnt had anytime to do anything with it. The paint is good, but need a good wax. The top needs a good cleaning. The leather in it is good but needs to be cleaned an conditioned. Carpet needs a shampoo. Engine bay needs a good cleaning. Same with trunk. The car has been sitting for months.

Any idea where i can get a decent set of blue floor mats?

Im going to swap the woodgrain with my '85( '85 has the lighter stuff). Ive been looking for a nice complete set of the darker woodgrain for a long time, and the '88's is near perfect. So that will be fun...

Sorry for being all over the place ^^^ up there, i kept adding things i forgot.

Is this Glacier Blue? Or what?

Production numbers? Sandy?

Comments, Questions, Input?
Jonas, before I bought my '91 I had a mint '87 FWB with 73k or so original miles. Real clean car and I sold it for $1200. I hope I eat my words but I believe that you will lose money on this car. Here's a pic of my ex '87.
 

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I'm still interested to hear your thoughts on the 307 v. the HT4100.
 

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Nice one. It is indeed Glacier Blue. I am partial to the darker simulated woodgrain, yet the honey-esque color of the early '80s may be a nice contrast with the interior.

Do you have reading lamps or the standard courtesy lights behind the rear seats?

Do both sun visors have the illuminated vanity mirrors?

I don't think it would take much to whip her into shape.

I'd love to fix the rust on my exterior and redo the seals/gaskets on the 307, as mine goes through the oil. That said, I know there are forum members who insist I can find something in a lot better shape for dirt cheap prices...and I agree in part...yet these cars are seemingly becoming more and more difficult to find-and I know what I have mechanically. (Sorry for the threadjack.) Here's a pic of my '88 in a weather-checked Diplomat Blue:
 

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Jonas, before I bought my '91 I had a mint '87 FWB with 73k or so original miles. Real clean car and I sold it for $1200. I hope I eat my words but I believe that you will lose money on this car. Here's a pic of my ex '87.

You sir, got ripped off. I know the market around here, this is not the first Cadillac i have flipped, and there are a ton of younger people willing to pay a decent amount of money for these things. I wont put more than $300 into it. Me and my Dad can do the master cylinder, i can do the paint for the bumper fillers and all of the cleaning. The headliner is the only thing im paying someone to do.

A car that runs and has cold A/C will get you $1000 any day. I know this from experience. An '80s "Big Body" Cadillac with that will get you more. Dont forget, all of this hip-hop influence plays a big role in this. Ever heard that song "Just bought a Cadillac"? Kids who buy into that crap will rather pay $1200-$1500 for a nice big Cadillac than a Civic.

I will have no problem selling this car when im done. The market is there. Even if i dont make a killing, i guarantee i'll make at least $400. And that fine with me.
 

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I agree with Jonas that the market for full-size, RWD cars is stong in FL. My mother has a place in Ft Lauderdale, and I always check the prices when I am down there. It is suprising what they go for.
 
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You sir, got ripped off. I know the market around here, this is not the first Cadillac i have flipped, and there are a ton of younger people willing to pay a decent amount of money for these things. I wont put more than $300 into it. Me and my Dad can do the master cylinder, i can do the paint for the bumper fillers and all of the cleaning. The headliner is the only thing im paying someone to do.

A car that runs and has cold A/C will get you $1000 any day. I know this from experience. An '80s "Big Body" Cadillac with that will get you more. Dont forget, all of this hip-hop influence plays a big role in this. Ever heard that song "Just bought a Cadillac"? Kids who buy into that crap will rather pay $1200-$1500 for a nice big Cadillac than a Civic.

I will have no problem selling this car when im done. The market is there. Even if i dont make a killing, i guarantee i'll make at least $400. And that fine with me.
For some reason I thought you paid $1500 for the car, how much was the price again?. Anyway I probably could have held out for more money on the '87. I was moving from that house and had a moving sale so I figured I'd put a for sale sign on it cause I had just purchased the '91 at that time and didn't need two. I just took the first offer I got for it.
 

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For some reason I thought you paid $1500 for the car, how much was the price again?. Anyway I probably could have held out for more money on the '87. I was moving from that house and had a moving sale so I figured I'd put a for sale sign on it cause I had just purchased the '91 at that time and didn't need two. I just took the first offer I got for it.
No way would i pay $1500 for that! Im insulted! I paid $500. I'll put $300-$400 into it, put an add in the paper and put it in a nice area and it will sell real quick. Ive sold 6 cars in about 2 1/2 years, i know what to expect with this one. If i make $300 i will be happy. I'll put it in the paper for $1600,i'll take as little as $1100.

I enjoy the fixing up part just as much as the profit i make. Gives me something to do.

And Jay, you are right. Old RWD cars are big in Florida, especially now with all this big rim craze and hip hop influence.
 

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Shit, I'd pay $1100 for that after it's been cleaned up a bit! (If I was in the market.....)
 

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I sure wish I knew where everyone is getting these cars for a steal. In my neck of the woods (Indianapolis area & the Midwest including Chicago / Cincinnati / Louisville), '86-'89 Broughams in fair to good shape with 100,000+ miles are commanding a high dollar between $1,900-$5,000.

At the risk of violating forum rules with respect to posting websites which sell used cars, I do routinely check www.cars.com, www.traderonline.com, www.craigslist.org, and www.ebay.com. It is a challenge to locate a solid, driveable Brougham in the Midwest for less than a grand or two.

I suppose those forunate enough to find these cars for a song must stumble upon them being sold by a private party in their driveway; because it seems to me, these older Broughams are becoming scarce and continue to fetch a premium (pricewise), regardless of condition. I only see the value of these climbing in the years to come. Likewise, as Jonas remarked, music has had an influence on demand, too.

As far as Florida, I could go to Naples, Ft. Meyers, Tampa, and Clearwater and "Cadillac Watch" for days. It's amazing to see the amazing '70s and '80s vintage Cadillacs still rolling down there.
 

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I'm still interested to hear your thoughts on the 307 v. the HT4100.
to be completly honest, they are both dogs. my 4.1 feels more responsive then my 5.0, but i am sure that is because the 4.1 has the tbi where the 5.0 has a carb.

as far as power goes my 85 fleetwood brougham had a tranny rebuild about 2 years ago and i made the mistake of having a shift kit put in at that time (the tranny has firm shifts). now with that said from 0mph to ~ 50mph my 85 caddy feels quicker than my 89 brougham. (a buddy of mine thinks my 85 could hold the 89 upto about 60mph...???)

on the other hand...the 89 seems to wake up after ~40mph to about 65mph.

in the end the 89 deville (w/ tbi 4.5 ) i use to have will work the 2 big body caddys put together. these big body caddys are good crusers. my only complaint against them is the lack of power.

hope that helps give you an idea. i still have not drove a 90-92 brougham with the chevy 5.0 or the chevy 5.7. i drove 2 93's w/ the tbi 5.7 and that was not too bad.
 

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Wow your green one is a little rougher than I thought it was. Still though good luck, the 307 is cake to work on if you really have to and you can't kill it. Just watch for the oil spots......
 
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