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...either Series 75 limo or a Fleetwood monday. i really couldnt tell because the only thing i could see was the front end and then the back end (another car blocked my view of the middle, an 80s TC). it was white and pretty nice looking from what i could see, it was at a small little roadside dealership, the guy only sells classics though. he had a real nice 61 Impala a few months back but it was sold in like two weeks. i think he rebuilds these classics and sells them. either sunday or monday im looking at it, anything i should look at specifically?
 

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just out of curiosity, what are your plans for a levithian like that? and what year is it?
 

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im pretty sure it was a 75, had the square headlights and a little body over the nose so i am guessing 75-77 maybe? plans, well if its a limo ill probably leave it stock, if it is a Fleetwood Brougham it depends on what i feel like, i might put hydraulics in it but it is such a big car that i might not. it might stay stock also, weekend cruiser one way or another. i hope it is the limo though, i have wanted one of those for a long time.
 

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75 and 76 were extremely large, even compared to the 77 which was the "newer, smaller" caddy. The fleetwood 75s came in either a sedan or a limo, the major difference being a window divider between the drivers seat and the backseats in the limo version. They were about 2 feet longer than the regular fleetwoods and held 9 passengers.Three up front three in the back, and three in jump seats if you dont mind the cramped space. They all came stock with a 8.2 Liter 500 and TH400 tranny and I believe either 2.78 or 3.08 rears and some with a locking diff I think. Most had dual climate control front and rear. Other than that it is your typical caddy, every option of thought of was in it, they just added a few feet and 3 seats.
 

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well i was wrong, it was a 75 Sedan Deville. i was close, it was a 75 something. anyway, it has some rust on it, the tail light housing across the back was missing so if i do get it i will have to replace them. the interior is in ok shape, the drivers side is a little ripped up but the passenger side and rear seats were well perfect actually, i didnt see how many miles were on it though, i cant believe but i forgot to look. it needs some work, its white with blue interior but it has some scratches and will definitely need new paint, no body damage though i was surprised. with a little work this thing could be nice but it will cost a few $$. definitely going to leave it stock with some wide white walls. i liked the wheels on it and the fender skirts were nice too. tomorrow i am going to see how much they want for it. how much do you think they will? it is high mileage im sure.
 

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some rust, fender gap fillers need replaced, ripped seat...if it runs great I probably wouldnt pay more than 1500. if not so great maybe 500
 

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some rust, fender gap fillers need replaced, ripped seat...if it runs great I probably wouldnt pay more than 1500. if not so great maybe 500
hmm, 1500 is still a bit much. i wont pay anything over 700. it wont bother me much, i dont have to have it. dont forget it needs paint and i got to replace the chrome trim on it, missing in a few places. the rust is along the roof line so that wont be any fun removing.
 

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It's about $225 for a new set of (all 5) bumper fillers (ask me how I know... :( ) Doesn't sound like it's in real bad shape, $700 is a pretty low offer and you'd be lucky if you got it for that.
 

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well i went there 3 times today and each time the guy who owns the place was gone, with that damned Cadillac! so i dont know, must be a sign its not for me. Dave, the car is 30 years old, you really think it is worth more than 700? its rusted, needs paint, chrome trim, bumper fillers, and new interior (well sorta anyway). i could see where it was parked that there were three different spots where it was leaking and pretty bad too. if the guy wants to sell it he needs to do two things, lower the price if he wants too much for it and STAY AT HIS DAMNED BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!! oh, uh where did you get yours at? if by chance i do get the car i dont know where i would look first, i havent seen any.
 

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A 59 is 46 years old so by your logic they must be worth $400. :p

The value depends on how much rust is on it, if it will need real bodywork instead of just a sand-job it might only be worth a few hundred. If it runs it's worth $400 or more for the engine and trans alone. If it has a lot of its original parts it's worth at least 600 because you could make more than that parting it out. So 700 doesn't sound all that high now does it?

I dunno what its leaking but another pro for this car is that it's a hell of a lot easier to work on than anything made in the past 15-20 years.
 
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The primary thing I'd be concerned with on the car you're mentioning is the rust around the vinyl top (I'm assuming that's what you meant by roofline). Rust in that area is usually indicative of perforation under the vinyl top, and that means water is probably getting into areas of the car that it shouldn't be, starting more rust you can't see. If you want a driver and don't plan on fixing much on it, it may be worthwile. However, there are many '75-'76 Sedan deVilles without the roof rust problem that would be more cost effective to restore/repair.
 

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im not paying over 700 for that old of a car. the rust is along the top of the doors on the roof, no vinyl top, i didnt see any body problems but some big scratches that had rust all over them. the oil was leaking in 3 possible different places so it will most likely need engine work. i see what you are saying though, i might try one more time monday on my way home from work and see how much he wants. but like i said i am not paying no more than 700 for it. it needs to be reupholstered on the drivers side... i dont know if the power windows work or not. i dont know what if anything has gone out of it. and yes if a 59 was in the same shape as this one it would not be worth more than that, to me that is.

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A 59 is 46 years old so by your logic they must be worth $400. :p

The value depends on how much rust is on it, if it will need real bodywork instead of just a sand-job it might only be worth a few hundred. If it runs it's worth $400 or more for the engine and trans alone. If it has a lot of its original parts it's worth at least 600 because you could make more than that parting it out. So 700 doesn't sound all that high now does it?

I dunno what its leaking but another pro for this car is that it's a hell of a lot easier to work on than anything made in the past 15-20 years.
 
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