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Hey Katshot I was looking at your cardomain site and finally noticed the center caps on your rims. Would it be too much trouble to ask for a close-up pic of those center caps. What did you take them off of and what mods did you have to do to them to make them fit?
 

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The center caps are from the original wheels on the car. I took the SS caps and basically removed the retaining ring section, then removed the retaining ring section from the Caddy caps, and then assembled the two to make a custom Caddy cap with Chevy retaining ring. It was a pain in the butt to do but in the end I feel it was well worth the work. I really love it when someone notices one of my smaller details like the caps.
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Katshot said:
The center caps are from the original wheels on the car. I took the SS caps and basically removed the retaining ring section, then removed the retaining ring section from the Caddy caps, and then assembled the two to make a custom Caddy cap with Chevy retaining ring. It was a pain in the butt to do but in the end I feel it was well worth the work. I really love it when someone notices one of my smaller details like the caps.
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Are those caps easy to find? Did you get them locally or did you have to shop the internet?

I remember thinking that yours are the best-looking rims I've ever seen, and to leave a Chevy logo on a Caddy would have been a mortal sin. You did it RIGHT!

Stock rims are a dime a dozen these days and I'd like to try something like that if I get a Fleetwood instead of a newer DeVille.
 

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Are those caps easy to find? Did you get them locally or did you have to shop the internet?

I remember thinking that yours are the best-looking rims I've ever seen, and to leave a Chevy logo on a Caddy would have been a mortal sin. You did it RIGHT!

Stock rims are a dime a dozen these days and I'd like to try something like that if I get a Fleetwood instead of a newer DeVille.
I know what you mean about leaving the Chevy caps on. All the SS wheel conversions I had seen on Fleetwoods either kept the SS caps and logos on them, or went with an aftermarket Caddy logo sticker in place of the SS emblem, but STILL kept the Chevy cap itself. I just felt the Caddy cap w/larger emblem looked better on the wheels. After doing the wheels I was pleased to get such great responces from people.
Actually, those Caddy caps are the ones that were on my OEM wheels. There are several different styles depending on model and year and they all would work. But I felt the metallic gray color looked the best, and Lord knows it was easier and cheaper to go with ones I already had.
 

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Katshot said:
I really love it when someone notices one of my smaller details like the caps.
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I always try to look for the small details. Once I was at a carshow and this guy had a nice 79 Monte Carlo. I looked at it and realized he had installed the complete dash from a GN. I asked him and he smiled and said I was the first guy to noticed that in the 2 days of the car show. He gave me a beer, we sat down and started talking about the things he done to the car. That was 6 yrs ago and he is one of my best friends since then. I think the small details are the hardest mods to do cause you really have to put some thoughts into them.
 

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I always try to look for the small details. Once I was at a carshow and this guy had a nice 79 Monte Carlo. I looked at it and realized he had installed the complete dash from a GN. I asked him and he smiled and said I was the first guy to noticed that in the 2 days of the car show. He gave me a beer, we sat down and started talking about the things he done to the car. That was 6 yrs ago and he is one of my best friends since then. I think the small details are the hardest mods to do cause you really have to put some thoughts into them.
And they're usually the most thank-less jobs too. ;)
I know EXACTLY what you mean though. Example: in my son's '91 SHO, I wanted to do something a little different on the interior so I took the SHO emblem that sits over the glovebox and Dremiled slots across it and then back-lit it with blue neon. It looked cool as hell at night but unless you're sitting in the R/F seat, you'd never see it. It took awhile to do and could only be seen at night but to me it was well worth the effort.
 

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And they're usually the most thank-less jobs too. ;)

Thats very true!!! The same guy called me over to help him out a few months ago with his '02 Reg. cab Ford Flareside. He took out the seats and replaced them with the center console and bucket seats from a '01 Expedition. He set up the rear vents on the console to allow air to flow thru when his amp got to a certain temp. I must admit that if you don't know much about the Ford Truck you would never have guess that those seats and console didn't come in a Reg cab. He added the console lid from the Harley (its a flamed black leather lid) He even has the heated seats in it too! Next he wants to add the Navigator front end and the Harley rims.Its a really sweet looking truck. His goal is to make this truck look like something that Ford could have made. I got dibs on it too ;)
 

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Very similar to what owners of many GM cars can do. There's a lot of vehicles that are virtually identical except for trim details and some body panels. GM "B" bodies are a good example, I know a lot of guys that have swapped Roadmaster seats into their Impala SSs. And the "G" body dash swap your buddy did is another good example.
A little creativity and some trips to the junk yard can reap big rewards when it comes to creating a "personalized" car for yourself.
 

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Katshot said:
I know what you mean about leaving the Chevy caps on. All the SS wheel conversions I had seen on Fleetwoods either kept the SS caps and logos on them, or went with an aftermarket Caddy logo sticker in place of the SS emblem
Not all of us did that. I went searching for a cap that'd work... ;)





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Bill,
I was talking about BEFORE I did mine.
Remember I did mine awhile before you.
I CERTAINLY wasn't refering to your car. ;)
BEFORE I did mine, I had not seen anyone do anything other than just keep the Impala caps or cover up the emblem only with an aftermarket emblem (like on Bill Sadler's car).
That was just the way guys did it then. I wanted to do something a little different as usual. :rolleyes:

PS. Are you EVER going to learn to cut your pictures down. Every time you post a picture you screw up the width of the thread and it won't fit on my screen. :mad:
 

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No kidding on that, it drives me crazy :bonkers:

Besides, I personally would rather have something done myself than going out and buying it...... Then when someone comments them you can say "yeah, I made those"?...
 
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