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So, what traumatic or erotic event or base need triggered your initial attraction to a FWD?

If you've heard my story before, well tough tookies -- you're gonna hear it again.
For some useless fluff I'll even treat y'all to some background for the year leading up to "The Discovery":

It's 1999, and I had given away my Dk. Gray-Grn '84 Riv driver to my niece the year before since I would be on an overseas project for a year. So when I get back I made sure my next job here had a company car just to preserve my Imp. For the record I picked a Concorde with the middle size engine. It was ok I guess, plenty quiet & a cute dash but boring to drive. But I digress.

Anyway, I didn't like that job so after a couple years I snag a contract gig in Dayton. It's a 5-hour weekly commute each way in the Gizm we had picked up after my daughter had totaled the pink '83 Riv that replaced the '83 Grand Marquis she also totaled. But I digress.

Anyway again, I'm getting VERY tired of that little red spud, but can't for the life of me decide what I'm gonna grab as a big full-frame V8 cheap used driver. The field of choices was very limited at that time:
- A TownCar - meh, toy motor, plus latest re-skin has not depreciated enough to suit me
- A Roadmaster - nice, but a little too similar to my Imp
- Another Imp - sorry, redundancy alert
- Any Chrysler - too vanilla and WWD = over it.
- I'm not a pickup truck guy, at least not a driver = Next?
- The only interesting American SUV is the re-designed Explorer = hello? Retail!! MSRP!! = against my religion.

SSSSOOOooooo, it's already 2 months getting more depressed in the spud, so one day I eyeball this white funeral coach with a sign sitting on a giant lawn in front of a funeral home and KAPOW! Am I a dumbs#!T! I had never even considered a D- body. The only thing I can figure is I had been ignoring them ever since being turned completely off by that puky TBI motor the first time I stopped to look at the re-skin at a dealer in '93.

Well, anyway again, I have wifey Fed-ex a money order and the rest is history. The white color really got on my nerves after 2 years too, so hence the current dk. gray vision.

Now my life is full as long as I think I've pissed off at least one brand-new Cady owner each day, or anyone else for that matter in any (add German or Jap make here) who takes too long figuring out what I'm driving.

Edited & smaller words used to answer Revoh's whining . . .


[ 02-02-2007, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: 96 Black ]
 
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That's a really hard-to-read story, Bob.


I was looking for an Impala, and this Fleetwood was sitting on the lot at the Lincoln dealership, it was nice, so I bought it. :D
 
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I found mine on Ebay. A buddy of mine was looking at an Impala, which I never cared for. But doing a search on the lt1 engine I stumbled onto the Fleetwod. I've always had caddies but never realized that the 94-96 fleetwood had the lt1. So my search began for a beater and I found one... You guys now the rest...
 
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I wanted a big RWD car with a V8 that was inexpensive. I really wanted an Impala, but they were too pricey. Then I was looking for a 9C1 LT1 but I couldn't find any that weren't beat to hell with a million miles on them (I also didn't know where to look for b-bodies back then).

Then one day I read an article in some magazine... I forget which one... but the article was called "Impadillac". The article was about someone who was in the same situation as me and ended up with an LT1 Fleetwood. It talked about how the Fleet had the same drivetrain and frame as the Imp and I was instantly hooked. I had always loved Caddy's but I wanted something more performace-oriented than a Deville/Seville or something similar.

I started looking for 94-96 Fleets in my area and all of them were too expensive. Then one day I was driving home from the airport and I saw one on the side of the road with a for sale sign in the window. I pulled in and called the guy to set up a test drive. 10 minutes later he shows up and we go for a cruise. He tells me it's a 94 with 80k on it. The first chance I got, I slammed the gas and was amazed at how quick the bone stock land yacht could move.

He wanted $4500 for it and that was lower than I expected. The car was totally mint inside, zero rust, a couple very small dings that you couldn't even see unless you looked real close, and that was it. Soon afterward I took home my Caddy
 
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OK; I’ll Play;

It all started for me in 1996 at the Super Chevy Show in Gainesville Florida .. I pull into the Cabot Lodge and see this !



WOW:eek:!! Bill Sadler’s car was the first SS Fleetwood I’d ever seen..


Then I see this one from Bill Crovo



Again I’m like this



Then this



and then the final straw was this




So I ended up with this !!



So even thou I’ve been a part of the Impala SS community since 95; I’m new to the Fleetwood seen but loving it !!

Big thanks to all you guys that inspired me with your awesome rides !!


Kenny
 
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Elias kept talking to me about the Fleetwoods and how he was going to buy one some day.

After listening to the extolling praises of a Cadillac addict for about two months, naturally I went out and bought one.
 
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Originally posted by Caddylack:


Then one day I read an article in some magazine... I forget which one... but the article was called "Impadillac". The article was about someone who was in the same situation as me and ended up with an LT1 Fleetwood. It talked about how the Fleet had the same drivetrain and frame as the Imp and I was instantly hooked. I had always loved Caddy's but I wanted something more performace-oriented than a Deville/Seville or something similar.

Hey, I resemble that remark! :D

 
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Needed a new daily driver, couldn't find any decent 9C1's at the time. Wife said "stop buying Caprices & get a nice car for yourself" :rolleyes: . Looked at Roadmasters Then at 'Woods, found one at a dealers lot that had been sitting for about 10 months, no one wanted it, too big & "old man looking", low miles, no dents, just a little faded & dirty, Ran fantastic, struck good deal & brought her home. Friends laughed untill raced or taken for a ride, had since '02.
 
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My Dad is to blame. It is along drawn out story, but essentially I grew up around Cadillacs. I learned how to drive on a '70 Coupe Deville Convertible. I love sports cars as well and have had a few, but my love for speed does not combine well with the law and insurance rates. Hence, the Fleetwood was the perfect solution for me until I get the money to buy a CTS-V ;) , then the Fleetwood will become a pure show car garage queen.
 
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My story is similar. My father's first Cadillac was a 1967 Sedan DeVille. I was in love. His next Caddy was a 1976 Sedan DeVille D'Ellegance. I was sixteen and laying rubber all over the city with the 500 ci. Next on the list was a 1984 Coupe DeVille with the 4.1 which was no comparison to the 500 ci.
I went through my sports car phase, but always had a love affair with Cadillacs. When I got married, my wife always thought they were for old men, seeing my father always had one, he's currently driving a 1997 Sedan DeVille.
I never had a thing for the 93-94 Fleetwoods cause they resembled the Roadmaster or Impala, they weren't distinct enough.
I started by hunting for a 1990-1992 Brougham because it was the last of the original style. My wife finally accepted that it was going to happen.
Then started researching the 93-96 fleetwoods and liked what I read. So the search began.
I know I stated in past forums, but it had to be a 96 with moon roof. I found mine in NH and after 2 weeks of going back and forth with dealer and looking at more and more photos I flew down. It was a difficult decision as I have never purchased a car over the phone, site unseen, except for photos. When I arrived at the dealership, it was a little ruffer than I expected but saw the potenial. Drove her home and the work started. Mostly cosmetic but had some front end suspension work to deal with.
She now sits in the driveway waiting for spring. I wipe the snow off her daily and start her regularly.
Till spring, cant wait.
 
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I sold my 1995 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe for a 1987 Corvette.. The Vette was fun, but my girlfriend wouldn't be a passenger in it. Oh well.. Anyway. I got tired of that situation and wanted to get back into a nice, comfortable Caddy. So, I was looking for a Seville STS. Katshot and HotRodSaint convinced me that the Fleetwood was a better car. And, I was happy to get into something BIG, comfortable and soft-riding after the tiny, harsh-riding Vette.

So, I finally found the perfect Fleetwood Brougham, a 1995 with low mileage. The only problem was, it was in Florida - and I lived in New York at the time. I flew down and drove it back home. I loved my FWB but being the tech-freak I am, I needed something with more techno-gadgetry. So, I traded it in for a 2000 Cadillac DeVille DTS. The interior was nice on the DTS, but I always regret that deal.

I looked around for another good Fleetwood for awhile, but gave up and bought an Escalade as it was the closest thing (to me) to a Fleetwood (big!) in size...

I will definitely have another 95 or 96 Fleetwood Brougham someday...
 
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I have always loved Caddy's. I owned a 75 Coupe DeVIlle and a 67 Sedan Deville.

Once I got my 9C1 I was so pleased with it. I love almost everything about it. The only thing I am not happy about is the interior. It's a cop car. Not much else to say. I was trying to make it more quiet and luxurious like a Caddy.

After some research, it seems like it would be much easier to make a Caddy handle and perform like a 9C1. Plus I would have a Caddy again.

So I found a 1995 Black Fleetwood that needs some bodywork. Saw some pictures and videos of it, saw it had the mods I would have chosen for myself and bought it sight on seen.

My nephew drives me 3 1/2 hours in his 01 STS to pick it up. Guess who turned more heads on the 3 1/2 hour return trip?

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Revoh, brace yourself.

I climb in the airport shuttle today coming back from San Lius Obispo (cute burgh, nice folks, great coast view, loony toons housing prices) and the driver is blabbing at another rider. I can't understand WTF they're on about, except the driver seems to be telling the 'very heavily' East Indian accented guy that he's on the wrong bus. This particular company has 3 separate lots, and they don't make it easy to tell which bus is going where. Anyway, the driver and I watch the guy find the right one and us two are finally off.

We get to the lot and and the expected, "Where are you parked?"

"I'm center end on the right -- gray Fleetwood."(real understated like)


Well, he blurts out, "THAT'S A BLACK MAN'S CAR!" and starts laughing.

Up til this point it would have been irrelevant to mention the driver's black and reminds me of a 300# Ving Rymes (I think), or whoever the guy was gettin' sexed in the basement with Bruce Willis in 'Pulp Fiction.'

Well, I'm trying to be Mr. PC, and say, "How's that again?", and he blurts out louder, "THAT'S A BLACK MAN'S CAR!" and right then we round the aisle and you can see that big ass sticking out in the row at the end and he busts out starting with the belly laughs and guffaws like I wonder if I better take the wheel or something.

I just state emphatically as we near, "Now see? That's a REAL man's car!"

He says something like, "That's set Right." "Dual exhaust -- o yah."

I say, "That and a bunch more underneath."

I tell him have a good night and he's still laughing and going on as he pulls off.

So, see? I guess there's one more good reason to drive a FWD. Just to bring happiness and joy into other's lives. He sure got me smiling on the drive home.
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Originally posted by 96 Black:


Well, he blurts out, "THAT'S A BLACK MAN'S CAR!" and starts laughing.

He has a point. I meet more black guys with my car than anyone else--which is not bad, because they're usually cooler than the geeks that I normally associate myself with.


The other day, I decided to run my car through the full-serv car wash on a miserable 14-degree day, and while I was waiting to get out while they finished the car in front of me, the kid that worked there knocked on my window and asked if he could take a picture of my car, because "he had never seen anything like it!" :cool:
 
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I was told size matters... So i got the biggest one I could find... Well, that was newer than 76.

Nice story! But I must ask again... whats a FWD? FleetWood Drougham?

I can relate to the story... When I would go to the store where all the "brotha's" hang out, they always mentioned that I didn't fit the bill for the car. And it was always funny to see it sticking out in a row of cars. like "BAM, I'm the longest!
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You guys really make me miss mine! I gotta stop coming in this section. Now whenever somebody see's me they say "Nice, uh..... Buick ", like they are confused and disapointed that I'm not in a caddy like the 3 before...


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