Thankfully, it has warmed up and I have actually been able to get a few things done. Special thanks to my buddy Chris96Coprice for helping me pull the engine and trans out of my wagon the other day. That trans will be going into the Fleetwood.
I had fun sourcing new tank straps. I first ordered the Spectra set from Rockauto, and they only sent me 1 out of 2 pieces. The description says there are 2 straps included, and the picture clearly shows both pieces as well. After a quick googling, I learned that others have had the same problem, and that the problem appears to be on Spectra's end, not RockAuto's. With this in mind, I opted to return instead of exchange. I contacted a local buddy, who you guys know as Vautsmeier, and luckily he had a nice used set for me. While I was waiting on straps, I decided to prime and paint my new sending unit, as well as the tank ring thingy. Anything I can do to fight off rust.
When I was disconnecting the supply line from the sending unit, the fitting crumbled apart in my hand. After reviewing my options, I am going to try to clamp the line directly to the sender tube using a fuel line hose clamp. I may double up and use 2 clamps if possible. Eventually I will replace my fuel lines entirely, but right now I need this car on the road.
Most recently, I have been playing around with the front clip, which had some minor collision damage. The hood had already been replaced by the previous owner, but the Fleetwood still needed a bumper, a grille, and a headlight housing, at the very least. Down below you can see a "before" picture, as well as a few pics of what it looks like now. As you can see, the big plastic bumper trim piece is a bit warped from sitting in the sun for 11 years while it was crunched. I will have to tack it in place somehow and apply some heat to get it to soften up and fit back into it's original position. For the record, I do have a new headlight and housing for the driver's side, I just haven't put it in yet. On the new bumper, I deleted the bumperettes and the plate holder. I think it looks a little bit cleaner and more modern.
So, my next move will be to finally finish up my fuel tank overhaul. I will also do the rear suspension while I have the tank out. After that, once the car is running, I will have to assess any maintenance issues that there may be. I have a spare of just about every part, so I will be fine. Next, I will tackle the front suspension and steering components. Of course, ultimately this car will be waiting on the trans swap before I can actually drive it.
Side note: Would it be possible for a moderator to assist me in editing my original post? I just want to change some of the details, since the plans for the car have changed so much.
1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham BBB - Build in progress