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W David Bessant
01-29-2018, 08:06 PM
Hello everyone, I am wondering what model of Cadillac my coach is...you can see the picture in my avatar...it is a 74 Superior 3way. Is it a Calais? a Fleetwood? or a DeVille or even a Coupe de Ville? how can one tell. I only ask because I want to buy a hood insulation blanket for it and want the exact right one and not have to cut it to size. I am not as handy as Ed Renstrom and that is for sure.

Thank you all
Dave :)

Peter Grave
01-29-2018, 09:02 PM
Hood is the same and thus the blanket on all 73 to 76 cars except Eldorodo and 76 Seville

Kurt Arends
01-29-2018, 10:19 PM
That is not correct. The '73 and '74 Cadillac hoods are interchangeable with each other and unique to those 2 years.

'75 and '76 interchange with one-another and unique to those 2 years.

Peter Grave
01-29-2018, 10:32 PM
AHH yes you are correct Kurt but the underside of the hood is the same its the front that is different. So I think you will find hood pads are the same for four years.This was done cause the GIVERNMENT got into bumper design and GM redid the frontal area.

W David Bessant
01-29-2018, 10:43 PM
so they are all Fleetwoods I imagine? :) and I can get any 1974 hood pad...they'd all be the same...any recommendations though? ( and thank you too ).


Peter Grave
01-29-2018, 10:52 PM
Does not matter all hoods are the same in the year all models EXCEPT El Dorodo and the 76 seville.

Kurt Arends
01-29-2018, 11:42 PM
They are not Fleetwoods, they are not deVilles, they are not Calais, they are not Series 75s.

They are Cadillac's Commercial Chassis, but as Pete said...... all '74 RWD Cadillacs are the same from the firewall forward.

Paul Steinberg
01-30-2018, 08:50 AM
The commercial chassis is just a stripped down car as far as trim levels go, however, they are the same basic Cadillac car from the dashboard forward. When ordering mechanical parts, it is best to refer to it as a DeVille, since many of the parts catalogs don't recognize commercial chassis. Items such as brakes, have some common Cadillac parts, and also have some that are specific to the commercial chassis, such as the drums, rotors, wheel studs, return springs to mention a few. The exhaust is the same up till the first muffler, and from there back, it is commercial chassis specific. Same for the differential, it is specific to the commercial chassis.
On the body, it depends on the body builder from the cowl rearward, since every body builder built the car to their own specifications. This is important to keep in mind, because door glass, moldings, etc. usually aren't interchangeable between body builder brands.

Darren Bedford
01-30-2018, 11:20 PM

I have one brand new in the wrapper I can mail you tomorrow. You will have it Thursday.

Give me a call at 416-729-9696 to give me your address, etc. if you want it.

I had a '76 Cadillac hearse I sold before getting it installed.

Let me know,

John ED Renstrom
01-31-2018, 01:00 AM
or give rubber the right way a call and just tell them you need a under hood pad for a 74 full size Cadillac. Darren's is a better buy

W David Bessant
01-31-2018, 01:51 AM
Thanks Darren, I will give you a call tomorrow.......err now it is today...Dave :):)

W David Bessant
02-01-2018, 12:54 AM
Crap, now it is a day later, I will try to contact you tomorrow Darren.