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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to get a nice Fleetwood...

94-96 for around 6000$? I made up my mind and Iīm going to buy one and use as daily driver. Summertime I got my -77 Lincoln.
There are 7 93-96 for sale right now over here in Sweden but none of them suits me to 100%.

From what I understand itīs not the easiest thing in the world to get one in good condition in the States either or am I wrong?

Import one is my last option since itīs a lot of work and takes time but I will consider it if itīs the right car and a rustfree one!

I see the price vary from like 1500-15.000$ ??

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I'm amazed there's over a half-dozen already in your country. You don't mention what's not to your liking with them, but there are plenty of these big rust buckets left in the States. And, you are right, -- they are listed everywhere from $700 to $20,000, depending entirely on many factors. You'll find them with all dented with the bottom chrome skirts falling off and all the fancy electronics not working, all the way up to a one-owner snowbird's garaged creampuff with 30,000 miles and plastic still on the seats.

$4-6,000 should get you a pretty straight car worth importing. Your English is quite good (better than many Americans), so it sounds like research into shipping is in your future. Ask any specific technical questions you care to. If you're committed to buying one, then the first thing I'd do is grab a copy of the Factory Service Manual off E-Bay and become a pro on all the goodies on a FWB and ask all the smart questions from the seller.

EDIT: I just clicked your link. If that's your SS then it's damn fine looking with some nice rework and updates. Good luck hunting for the Fleetwood.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!

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I was surprised also - 7 FOR SALE in Sweden that you know about. Are there more but just not for sale?

Remember Fred who used to be active here? Don't find his forum info but here he is on ebay:

http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...y_unusual_cars

He is mostly wagons but I'll bet he is good for a FW also. Used to be in NY, but now in South Carolina so closer to the good rust free cars. Contact him.

If I were you, I would acquire a friend in the Miami area who would religiously scan Auto Trader, Craigs List, etc for FW. There are more in Florida than anywhere else, or so it seems.

For me and most buyers, rust is the dirty four letter word - like having a little cancer or being a little bit pregnant. Most other things are fixable but not rust without extensive work and $$$. Go for a southern or western USA car and insist on seeing photos of the undercarriage.

I think you will have to spent over $6K for a nice one. My advice - be patient and wait for the right one, but be ready to jump fast when you find it. Since you are a SS owner, I think you would have a hard time with a '93 - stay with the LT1 - resale alone is enough reason, without even mentioning performance.

You probably know better than we do - what is a typical import cost when considering all the other expenses like duty, fees, etc?

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Thanks for the answers. Cadillac is the most common US Classic car in Sweden but not the late models.

Sweden is actually the largest US car scene outside the US. We LOVE our american cars over here and have done so since the 50īs when a special subculture was formed (wich still exists today).

What donīt suits me with the seven CAddys for sale is vinylroofs, mileage, color and the price of course. Iīm a bit picky:-)

I do know about the import rules. I imported 2 US cars. The latest last summer, a -70 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SX 455 convertible. I got this from a contact I got in Miami but I wasnīt happy with the condition of the car. Pics donīt tell much!! Duty fees are ridicoulus thatīs why I canīt spend more than 6000$.

And yes, it has to be the 94 model and on since it got the Lt1. I love that Engine. The Impala in the link I owned for 11 years. I sold it 2 years ago. I know for a fact that there are at least over 100 94-96 Impalas here.

Btw one of the caddys for sale here has got built in monitors in the headrests and DVD player. Was that an option or is it aftermarket stuff? http://www.blocket.se/malmo/Cadillac....htm?ca=21&w=3

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http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/4064168006.html I've had great luck with cars from Texas
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Maybe it's because I am in FL, but all the Fleetwoods I see are in better shape than mine.
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Why you dont like vinyl roof?
I drove 4 years in my ī93 FWB and we have slightly worse weather here all year round - no problems at all.
Plus - you dont hear raindrops from roof when raining
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What donīt suits me with the seven CAddys for sale is vinylroofs, mileage, color and the price of course. Iīm a bit picky:-)



Btw one of the caddys for sale here has got built in monitors in the headrests and DVD player. Was that an option or is it aftermarket stuff?
I removed my vinyl. It will be rather difficult finding a Tri-9 D-body without it. The base [non-Brougham optioned] Fleetwood had no vinyl, but then again MOST of these tubs were Broughams. You could get a Brougham without the vinyl only as a 'special delete' order.

Based on your pics of your (sold) SS you appear no stranger to a bodyshop, so you may want to remove your top and patch the paint as needed since it's already color matched. Here's pics what to expect underneath. There's I think 2 dozen holes to fill, considering rear glass moldings and pillar emblems. There's the roof-to-pillar ditch that the factory slops bondo into. You get a choice of trying to locate the special filler tube (no longer a dealer item), or, simply fill the seam. The biggest head-scratcher will be whether to hunt down the special 'vinyl delete style back glass' with molding already pre-installed and a rubberized extended lip along the bottom to shed rain into the trunk ditch (I got lucky with a junkyard here in town), or, leave your original rear glass installed and figure up some sort of one-off surround molding to close the gap between glass and body.

To pull the vinyl off it is very important to pick a very warm day in the sun to loosen the glue.

TVs in headrests would be aftermarket. But, the ceiling vanity lighted mirrors on Broughams are OEM.
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\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!

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Holly crap. I would never have guessed all those holes were under there. Mine is a non-Brougham, but it had an aftermarket canvas top. There was a line of holes along the front of the roof, but nothing like that. Also they were only about 1/8" or slightly larger. Luckily they ran along the brace on the underside of the sheet metal so I didn't have to worry about warping it when I welded them up.
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