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Hector’s 1983 Fleetwood Brougham

Hey all!
Thought I would throw together a “build thread” so to speak on my Cadillac.
For those who don’t know history, here’s a run down.
Original owner brought it brand new in the states (Kentucky I think) drove it for a few years then moved back to Australia and brought it with him. Eventually had it converted to right hand drive, drive it on and off then sold it.
Next owner had it for many many years, drive it on the weekends with his kids, and a few weeks ago I purchased it, and have been in love ever since!

It was bare metalled and re-sprayed a few years ago, with a few little mods here and there (vinyl top removed etc).

My plans are to tidy it up, fix all the little things, put it on airbags and a nice set of 14” Dayton’s and enjoy it with my fiancé

Currently it’s on jack stands as I’m waiting for parts to arrive from the states, and the wait is killing me!!!!

The day we picked her up!



Out for a drive with the boss’s ‘79

And on my way to work with my best mate in the whole world-my staffy Boost!

And how she’s currently sitting :(


Parts should be here in a few days (famous last words) so then it’s full steam ahead!

Hector.
 

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Sweet! I hope I can see a car like that when I'm over there in a couple of weeks. Just to see how much they stand out.

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Sweet! I hope I can see a car like that when I'm over there in a couple of weeks. Just to see how much they stand out.

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There are a few getting around but not heaps. Worse case swing by the shop (HPW motorsports) we always got plenty of older cars on the go. (Shops in Bayswater like 40 minutes from the airport )

Hope you enjoy your stay down here! I’m super keen to get over to the states
 

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I may try and see if I can convince her to do that while I'm there! She lives in Deer Park, so about an hour away it looks like.

Melbourne is pretty huge, it seems.
 

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I may try and see if I can convince her to do that while I'm there! She lives in Deer Park, so about an hour away it looks like.

Melbourne is pretty huge, it seems.
I’ve always got cold beer in the fridge
Yeah there’s always plenty to see!
 

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Tight hardtop lac, whats the plans, switches?
Thanks bro!
Yeah switches for the moment, being a airbag specialist and Accuair dealer it will probably end up on e-level at some point.
Drawing up the plans for a nice trimmed boot setup. Nothing too fancy, just keep it that "OG" lowrider look.

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I have a truck on e-level, you'll love it! Too bad the CVT didn't live up to the hype, for me anyway. I have VT, based on how slow the compressor is vs cost to upgrade, I'm out on that.

Your car is awesome BTW, keep the pics and updates coming!
 

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I have a truck on e-level, you'll love it! Too bad the CVT didn't live up to the hype, for me anyway. I have VT, based on how slow the compressor is vs cost to upgrade, I'm out on that.

Your car is awesome BTW, keep the pics and updates coming!
Yeah I use e-level on pretty much everything and it’s never let me down! I’m more than happy to keep it simple with viair compressors. Going to hard line and polish it all, so it should come up nice. Keep it looking that traditional “OG” lowrider look.

Still waiting on parts so just plodding along doing bits and pieces.
The Parker lights were going yellow so decided to fix that.

Still bit more work but looking a lot better.
 

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Any experience with Air Zenith OB2? I'm thinking I'll swap out my 480s for a pair of them. I hate waiting 5min..
 

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Yeah the OB2 is almost the og compressor. I remember when they first came out. Think it was and still is the highest flowing compressor on the market.
The 480c will flow 1.86 cfm and the OB2 is like 4.20 cfm from memory. Kills the 480c everywhere.
 

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Still waiting on the last of my parts, which is a pain in the ass because I was hoping they would be here by today as we have a 4 day weekend. Oh well
Got the drums and rotors machined ready for new shoes and pads


Will put all the new ball joints & brake hoses in tomorrow.
Then do all the fluids + plugs, leads, filters etc. hopefully registered and driving very soon!

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You shut up with your "Easter Monday" nonsense. LOL

I fly in Tuesday and my fiancee was like, "Oh yeah, today was my last day at work!" because she's taking the 2 weeks holiday while I'm in town.....


May have to see if I can make my way over there and see that beast in the context of your homeland, sir!
 

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You shut up with your "Easter Monday" nonsense. LOL

I fly in Tuesday and my fiancee was like, "Oh yeah, today was my last day at work!" because she's taking the 2 weeks holiday while I'm in town.....


May have to see if I can make my way over there and see that beast in the context of your homeland, sir!
Haha any excuse to work on the caddy I’m all for it

Yeah let me know man. Caddy is at home in the garage, like 10 minutes from work.

All the ball joint boots were starting to split, and I decided to just get new ball joints instead of just doing boots. **** knows how old they were, they didn’t look that great.
Did new front brake hoses as well.


Don’t have a press at home, but got the old lowers out and new ones in


The folks hooked me up with a fridge for the garage

Got to make sure I stay “hydrated”

Good old PBR, which only up until recently was stupidly hard to get here!

Next step will be the exhaust for 2 reasons. 1: stock mufflers, you can barely here it running, and 2: well, see the picture

So I will order some material and kill 2 birds with one stone.

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Seeing those bolt-in top swivels reminded me of the Vauxhall ones, which were rivetted in BUT when you got the replacement arm - it had bolted-in swivels!

Love the fridge!

I had a 5 day Easter as had Maundy Thursday off, as it was very quiet at work BUT it rained 'til early Saturday afternoon - so no car work for me (so no taking the Eldo to a classic car event today either!) AND, whatever your perception of English weather, that IS unusual!
 

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Stock ones are riveted in on these cars, too. Replacements are all bolt-in. I've done it both ways - ground them out and put new bolt-in ones on, and then most recently just bought a loaded control arm that also had riveted in ball joints.

top-swivels. Hehe that's funny.

Damn language barriers.
 

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Now my Camaro had bolted in ones, which I had always assumed were original but, then again, it's history was a little uncertain.s

Mostly I can translate back'n'forth (comes from reading HRM as a schoolboy!) but, every now & again I'm beat &, of course, it gets more complicated when the Ozzy contingent gets involved - 'cos they use yet another version of "English"

The odd difficulty maybe but no barrier. Of course for real confusion, not to mention cheap laughs, you need to look not at the different names we have for the same thing - but where we use the same words, but to mean something (sometimes, very) different.
 

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Yeah, all the different terms people use from different countries for parts is always amusing :)
Then the “Aussie Slang” gets involved and no one knows what the **** is going on haha!

Got another box of parts:


Been super busy at work lately so finding time & energy to finish mine has been hard lol. You spend your time building customers cars all day, and fixing other companies **** ups. By the time you get home it’s shower, eat and sleep.

Amongst all that had to do a starter, ring gear and clutch of the boss’s 47 Buick which was fun


Still more to do but getting there slowly.
So many things I want to do so trying to power through it all.
Question though, what is this?


Hector.
 
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