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Old 12-03-2013, 08:07 PM
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I just purchased this '76 Cadillac Sedan deVille today about 30 miles from John Royark. It is an Arizona car with 86,000 actual miles, new tires, new battery, new alternator, etc., etc. Its only real issue is that, as with so many AZ cars, the door panels are crispy. Not a hint of rust anywhere. This car runs and drives beautifully.

Now here's where I feal guilty. I bought it to part out. I have been looking for a pair of rust-free fenders for my '75 Superior 54". I could not begin to buy the parts that I need off of this car elsewhere for what I paid for this complete car. Nice red dash, nice red tilt/tele steering wheel/column, perfect front clip and quarter panels, etc. It only squats a little in the rear because the previous(kid) owner has a huge wooden speaker box in the trunk(which fills the trunk). I gladly let him keep that!.

Am I wrong in tearing this car apart?
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:13 PM
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You're not wrong. The parts are going to professional car that needs them... take that sucker apart!
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:14 PM
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If it will get your car where you need it to be, then no, don't feel guilty.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:49 PM
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I would drive that car every day. Well, I don't drive the cars I have every day but that 1976 looks like a good candidate to be a solid Classic Cadillac someday.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:50 PM
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Been there and done that myself, I would do something with it and look else where for your parts car.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:02 PM
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As a avid Cadillac hunter/collector I know that there are many, many of these 76's still around. A great many in much better shape/lower miles than I suspect yours is.
Cadillac marketed the 76 heavily as the last year of their land yachts. Their last convertible ( Eldorado), their last big-bodied DeVille and the introduction of the new direction for Cadillac, the down-sized Seville.
I will say that the other components look great on the car. Even the bumper fillers look good. I've seen total wrecks with good bumpers so in that regard it's a shame that this beauty, and her beautiful color combination, will be sacrificed. I'm sure someone would be interested in buying it whole/ parts.
I'll look forward to seeing pics of the bumper swap.
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Oddly enough, I don't need the back bumper ends. My '75 Superior came with a spare C.C. rear bumper that is in perfect condition(0 rust). The deVille has little value as it is because of limited desirability. I would end up paying about a grand for a pair of fenders in the condition that these are in by the time I have them shipped. They don't exist in my part of the world in this condition. My hood hinges are wore out... these are perfect. My hood has 6 sizey holes in it from where the Fire Balls had been mounted... this hood is perfect. My lower quarter panels need to be repaired or replaced. These are as new.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:15 PM
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If I were you I would take the front fenders and what ever else you need if you weren't going to take the quarters I would say put the old parts on the Deville and resell it as a driver/ cool beater. I would not feel guilty taking it apart.

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:21 PM
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Pull them parts off, and try to sell what else off of it you cannot use. All the extra you make, makes your parts or your procar cost you less then. Its not like is a rag top or coupe, two doors too many. Dice it up!!
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:37 PM
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You could take what you need and part out the rest for four times what you paid.

You will be thrilled and so will whoever else needs nice parts.

Really a shame it will be parted but a procar will be a happy recipient !


You can likely sell the engine and transmission quickly too.

Do what you want and need to do.


I would have the same feelings about parting a nice car. Good to know you have feelings for these old boats.


It is like when I had to feed my 7 foot boa constrictor live small animals...
I HATED to do it but the snake had to eat too.



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