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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 02:03 PM
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Well the Fleet is in tha garage for the winter
got some plans 2 go the whole car through for weakspots
like Engine parts . Electronic parts.
Hidden rust spots and so on

what have you notice as weak part on your Fleet
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 02:16 PM
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The Climate control!! [img]graemlins/3.gif[/img]

Are you going for performance stuff? If so, the Valve springs get weak after 50k. mine were bad at 150k. they would start to float at about 4000 rpms. Other than that, mine was pretty strong until it hit a tree. Also, the headlight harness is said to be very weak, and my fuel pump wires inside the tank were melted. Didn't find this out till last week when I opened the old gastank to use the pump.

I don't 100% understand what your asking. [img]graemlins/0.gif[/img]

Sorry, mines a 94 with the LT1, so I donno what applies to an LO5.
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 02:45 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by dkfinest:
what have you notice as weak part on your Fleet
Having friends work on it instead of professionals


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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 03:51 PM
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An applaudable undertaking. Your car will love any attention you show it. Alot depends on your budget, but you could replace absolutely EVERY 14 year old hose, rubber fitting and valve/solenoid under the hood and it would not be money wasted.

Lots of pet-peeves in common w/ B- bods as listed above (plus dozens more), but it would truly take a nutcase to do something as wak and D- specific as rebuilding the Autolevel air compressor or somesuch.
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 04:00 PM
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i understand that you dont understand me 100% see im from Denmark so im not 100% well formulated in english

and due 2 the fact im the only 1 in the whole country that got
a 91-96 Fleet there aint much help 2 get around here [img]tongue.gif[/img]

What i mean bye weakspots is with my old caprice there was the moldings
as you know there not that easy 2 maintain or get new once
the wagon allso has problems with water in the spearwheel
box and the rubber that goes around the window get squeezed
up in the window frame .....and so on

That is what i mean by weakspots

stuff like springs get weak after 50k and stuff like that

Thank you all
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 10:52 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by dkfinest:
i understand that you don't understand me 100% see im from Denmark
Hey! Me too! Well, my great grandfather was from Rue, Denmark.
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 12:29 PM
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From the sparsity of replies you can see not as much notable as might have otherwise been the case for a stamped-out hi-production rate 10+ year old GM vehicle. As I alluded to above, the Autoleveler has a habit of going 'wonky' (um, a Fleetwood-specific term -- you don't want to know).
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Other than that, the rattles and squeaks from old age are the most unnerving things I've noticed, and that's only because the car started out tighter than most other old GM boats I've been used to. I went ahead and bought all new rocker trim mounting clips when I repainted everything. Costly sure, but alot were cracked and broken anyway and I thought it cheap insurance against replacing falling-off $350 replacement trim pieces. Yikes
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Suspension carries alot of weight around, and long wheelbase provides ample opportuniuties for curb rash episodes. So, I'd have to say that since our cars aren't really rustbuckets to begin with, it's the suspension and regular mechanical PM (Periodic/Preventive/Programmed Maintenance) I refer to above that keeps 'em tiptop.

Alot of guys probably wished they'd just replaced the waterpump at about 130,XXX miles (your kilometers may vary ) BEFORE it started dribbling from the weephole instead of having to add replacing their previously-perfectly-functioning-but-now-drenched-dead-OPTI too as part of the WP repair procedure.

You could buy both rear ABS/TC sensors just for grins - and while they're ONLY $5X-6X from Dal. They're sensitive dam things, and seem to get alot of exposure to roadkill and other shrapnel.

If you plan to keep it 2-3 more years and the frontend is still pretty much original, then just replace everything from idler arm & centerlink, to tie-rods, to swaybar bushings -- and everything in between. You can amortize your elevated quality of life easily over the period of just a couple years to make all that a sound investment.

That's all I got. Boys? Any other ways to help Denmark here spend his Euros?
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 04:57 PM
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Thanks Allot 96Balck stuff like that i need

I fixed some stuff when bought it back 2003 just cosmetic stuff
repainted it, new moldings, headlights,switch bumper,as i even bought a second fleetwood from chicago and switch parts and sold it again [img]tongue.gif[/img]

it got 136000 miles on the meter now and thought whats next 2
look at like engine , waterpump and so on

it's also hard to get junkyard parts because most us yards dont ship overseas
if any of you know a junkyard that ships overseas
let me know

i photoshoped it a little more glossy

post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 09:10 PM
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Very nice
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 09:34 PM
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Mighty pretty car. You don't mind spending loot on keeping up her looks, do you?

Do you have ORANGE bulbs in your reverse lamps?


And how in the hayol do you get away without fender signals over there?
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