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DetroitSteel88



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PostSubject: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:34 pm

SO I have been gone a long time, I just sold off the hunk that was once my glorious 9C1, and my Oldsmobile is still bone stock and looking very aged.

However, I decided to get back into the swing of things and bought a 93 Fleetwood last weekend. I am not planning much for the Fleetwood, however it could use some upgrades.

I would like to put my Impala SS wheels on, however I understand the rear skirts need some alteration. Does anyone have a detailed description of what needs to be done?? Also, any caddy centercaps for SS wheels?

Next on my to do list; I have a blown factory shock. I was wondering if it would just be easier to replace all the shocks and springs with boxy bilstein shocks and a stiffer spring from a b-body application. I had Eibach "caprice" springs in my 9C1 and liked them. (IIRC they were about a 1 inch drop from 9C1 springs and were a bit stiffer than stock SS springs). If there is a better option available for the D body please let me know!

Last but not least, any cheap/easy LO5 go fast mods?

Thanks guys!
It feels good to be back!
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bowtiepimp



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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:47 pm

2001 deville center caps have the matching emblem and are a perfect fit.
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toomanytoyz
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:30 pm

Welcome back, Dan. Smile Good to see ya still around! Smile

I loved my Hotchkis/Bilsteins on my old Fleetwood.

And just a little time with a dremel (to make the grooves for the handles deeper and shorter) and a hammer (to flatten the release handles) is all you need to clear the SS wheels. Once you have the skirt off, you'll see what needs to be done. Pretty simple.




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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:33 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
....Once you have the skirt off, you'll see what needs to be done....
Thats what SHE said geek

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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:55 am

sdstick wrote:
toomanytoyz wrote:
....Once you have the skirt off, you'll see what needs to be done....
Thats what SHE said geek



....even being married bill still doesn't get that joke.... Razz
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toomanytoyz
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:59 am

I'll keep settin' them up Steve, and you keep knockin' em outta the park... Very Happy

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A Toasted Marshmallow, A Long German, A Lame Suburban and expensive dreams...
Missing all my previous B's, D's and V... Sad
American Ricer
www.badassofne.net
"Ooooh! Look! Something shiny!"
NO MORE UNICORNS!!!!!

LOWER IT!!! Wink
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Cadet57



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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:11 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
I'll keep settin' them up Steve, and you keep knockin' em outta the park... Very Happy

Thank god you dont have to run around the bases thou. Wink
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DetroitSteel88



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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:37 pm

Bill,

Were your springs taller or shorter than SS springs? I was thinking of using the Eibachs that are essentially slightly stiffer SS springs, however I know many FW guys have gone with 9C1 springs. Do you think I'd have any issues with sagging rear end or bottoming out with anything less than 9C1 springs?

also I hope to have pics by next week.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:55 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
toomanytoyz wrote:
I'll keep settin' them up Steve, and you keep knockin' em outta the park... Very Happy

Thank god you dont have to run around the bases thou. Wink
LOL.
Like he could. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:56 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
toomanytoyz wrote:
I'll keep settin' them up Steve, and you keep knockin' em outta the park... Very Happy

Thank god you dont have to run around the bases thou. Wink
LOL.
Like he could. Razz

Put a hostess cupcake at each base and see what happens. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:07 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
IMPALADAKID wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
toomanytoyz wrote:
I'll keep settin' them up Steve, and you keep knockin' em outta the park... Very Happy

Thank god you dont have to run around the bases thou. Wink
LOL.
Like he could. Razz

Put a hostess cupcake at each base and see what happens. Razz

........ first base : he's so excited he chokes while eating the first cupcake

second base : after more walking he calls a time out catch his breath and do some light stretching

third base : delay of game, he takes nap after finishing his third cupcake, like most saturday afternoons.
cheers
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toomanytoyz
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PostSubject: Re: I'm back baby! With a Fleetwood.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:00 pm

I'm hungry... Suspect

Yeah Dan, it was lowered on Hotchkis springs. Almost a 4" drop from stock. I ran SS springs in it for a while first, and it rode nicely, but wasn't low enough. Smile

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Missing all my previous B's, D's and V... Sad
American Ricer
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