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hI-i AM VEY EXCITED.. My neighbor who is 88 years old calls me to his garage ad tels me he is selling his 76 sedan deville. The car was mint almost, with hardly to rust. Powder blue, The problems is this, the rear bumper fillers are all gone, and there is a small rust hole in only one panel. Other than that she is cherry. I originally thought I would turn around and sell this for a fast profit. I only paid $350.00, but now I am thinking maybe I should keep her. But I been down this road before. Its an old car and will need work no doubt, tune ups belts hoses etc etc, bumper fillers , repair hole etc etc, so a car I paid $350.00 for that I could probably sell on ebay fo $1500.00 fast will become a car that I put another 2k into and still only be worht $1500.00 ! I would like some opinions
 

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I would personally keep it... then again I really, really like the '75/'76 DeVille.

I got my '79 for $300, in worse shape then yours sounds, I hardly put any money, or even time into it, but it looks really great now, I could get $4,000 for it if I sold it, but then what would the built 500 go in? :)
 

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Re: Should I Keep The 76 Sedan Deville Or Sell It ?????

Yes she runs really well, i was driving her all day today. the powder blue 70s paint is really in way above average condition.
 

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Re: Should I Keep The 76 Sedan Deville Or Sell It ?????

replacement bumber fillers are avalible, I have even seen them on ebay.

If she was well maintaineds runs well, and you dont try to be a NASCAR driver it can last you. The latter point can be the telling one.

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I'd hang on to it, it's a 70s GM = parts are cheap. If you're in the NM area though due to our demographics it is worthless and I'd take it off your hands for a few hundred :p
 

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the most Ive ever spent on any cadillac was on my 74 fleetwood 75. I paid 400 for it because it had a running 472 and a brand new set of tires. I was gonna pull the motor and tranny and tires and junk the car, but I couldnt do it. so I spent 100 bucks on the tag and registration. another couple hundred on gas and started fixing the rust. No one, but me has driven the car since I bought it, I dont think anyone ever will cuz it is MY car. the 79 coupe someone gave me on the other hand that had been pastured for 10 years yet still seams to run and drive pretty good is another story. we went hill climbing and dirt track racing, cut donuts chopped the exhaust off and she still is going good. So im gonna fix it up and put a 500 in it soon. so if you are just in it for the money sell now and make ur profit and move on. If you really like the car, dont worry about it and keep it. I would rather spend 2000 bucks on a 1500 dollar car I loved than 2000 dollars on a honda I hated
 

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I think I am definately going to keep it after today. I took it to the car wash, apparently the 85 year old owner has never washed her. WOW the blue paint really came alive! She looks so much beter. There was alot of crud on her dulling the paint/ Ok, I do want to keep her. I was in town today and a couple gave me the thumbs up and said "wow she a beauty"-that felt great. I cant believe how clean the interior is! no cracks in the dash, the foot pedals look new and the steering whele is flawless with no rub marks. I only wish it were leather inside.
I have some questions.
1-She runs well, but being the old man NEVER hardly drove her, I expect to need some work, like belts hoses, maybe do a tranny flush? Things like that. THe AC doesnt work either. Also, I am wondering if it need shocks, it doen feel a bit "floppy" over bumps. she handles well, I hope there are no front end issues.
So after I do the mechanical repairs, I want to do the body.
2-As I said, the paint is in remarkable condition but there are some issues. First, the onlt rust I find ins on the right nd left lower front quarter panels , on that 10 inch sction between the front door and tire well. Then, there are a few spots where the paint looks like its worn away, one smal spoot on the roof and another running alonf the rim of the trunk. I want to get that touched up so it doesnt rust. Then there the bumper fillers, and it need a new drivers side mirror.
Do you guys think I should just have the body shop use bondo down there? Does this all sound expensive?
 

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Hi-Ok I will take some pics in the zext couple days and post them here.....another question I have is this: should I compound out the paint before waxing it? I am afraid they will take off too much paint. what ya think
 

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I'd see what it looks like with a good coat of wax first. That paint will be lacquer if it's original and it will shine a lot more with a good compounding but the question is: is there enough paint there in the first place.
 

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YEs, I agree. I was thinking about taking it in for one of those Earl Scribe paint jobs, but I guess there is something more desirable in having the "original" paint
 

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click post reply...then type ur message...and a little below the message box it says: additional options, there is a link in that box that says manage attachments...click it and upload the pics
 

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I bought my '89 DeVille for 2,000 and had to put well into 1,500+ into it...not including mods. If I sold the car today I'd probably only pull 1,500. That's just how Cadillacs / collector cars are. Every used car you're taking a gamble with. I bought a honda for my first car. 1993 Acord EX coupe with a stick. 144,000 on the thing. It ran like new. I put hardly anything into it for my year or so of owning it. Obviously with a car of that age, it'd be alot more work. But how I see it, your car is a classic. I'd buy a daily driver, then keep the DeVille for a project. Fix it up and keep it clean. Bust it out for shows. But definately drive it. I hate trailer queens. Whatever you want to do, do. It's your call ultimately. but again, I'd say to get a cheap daily driver, then keep the DeVille for a project.

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I'd stay away from the cheapo paint job there. The paint looks great in those photos, and the odds are that in a few years the paint she has now will look better than a Maaco quickie job will.
 
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