How to Bring Back your Cadillac Brougham into Shape
Your Cadillac Brougham is definitely a classic. Being a full-size luxury car, it definitely provides comfort and convenience for you. However, being an old car, it needs a little more TLC than you normally give to a newer model car. Bringing your Cadillac Brougham back into shape is definitely an exciting project, but you must know how to do it properly. It does sound arduous, and it seems to be a huge undertaking but don't worry. You won't believe how easy it is to do it. Here are a few tips:
Get a pen and paper and list down what needs to be done, which parts need work and sprucing up, and how much your budget is. This way, you'll be able to plan accordingly. It's easier to start with a plan and a budget.
- Do a thorough ocular inspection first.
Carefully inspect your car, from top to bottom and inside-out. When doing this, use a strong flashlight to inspect the dark areas like under the hood, inside the trunk, and so on. You can also take your car to a car shop and have it inspected underneath. After inspection, you'll be able to determine where to start and how to start.
No matter how old a car is, it is important to keep it clean. Give it a thorough wash weekly to avoid dirt buildup and grime from causing rust on the car's body. Also, the car's interior should be vacuumed. Wipe the seats and dashboard with automotive grade interior cleaner. For added protection, polish the car with wax once every three months or more often during the colder months.
A little polishing can do wonders for your windshields. All you need is a buffing wheel and the right polish for your old glass. It is guaranteed to take out light scratches and eliminate cloudiness on the glass windshields.
The appearance of your headlights, parking lights, and tail lenses has a huge impact on how your car looks. The cars from the 1980s were built with plastic composite lenses that can get cloudy over time. Before you replace them with new ones, try to polish them first. Polishing the lenses will eliminate the cloudiness and small, fine scratches on it. But if that doesn't do the trick, you might as well replace them with new ones.
- Keep your window regulators in check.
One of the most common parts that usually break or get damaged through time is the window regulator. Sometimes a few squirts of WD-40 do the trick and keep your windows moving up and down with no problem at all. However, if the plastic parts are broken, you have no choice but to replace them.
- Check the metal body for rust regularly.
Rust can start to develop on the scratched parts of your car so make sure that you check it always. Don't wait for the rusty part to get too big to repair. Do something about it as soon as it starts to develop to save your car from deteriorating rapidly.
The Classic Cadillac Brougham’s Rich History
The Cadillac Brougham is a full-size luxury vehicle that was sold from 1987 to 1992 with a long and rich history that can be traced back to the 1900s. Today, the Brougham is considered a classic Cadillac that continues to attract fans, hobbyists, and collectors dedicated to preserving and restoring old units to their former glory.
Prior to 1987, the Brougham name was first used by Cadillac to refer to a 5-7 passenger sedan. In the early 30s until 1937, this name was resurrected to refer to a formal body vehicle that came with an open chauffer compartment, a metal roof, and enclosed rear quarters. The Brougham reappeared from 1955 to 1960 as the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. Five years later, it reappeared again as an optional variant for the 1965 Cadillac Sixty Special. In 1966, it became a subseries for the Fleetwood Sixty Special model. In 1977, the Sixty Special Series was discontinued, making the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham as the most luxurious large sedan variant produced until 1986.
1987: The Cadillac Brougham as a separate model
In 1987, the Cadillac Brougham finally became a separate model. From 1985 to 1987, production was done at the Michigan-based Clark Street Assembly Plant. In 1988, production was transferred to the Texas-based Arlington Assembly. The Oldsmobile 307 LG engine used to power the Brougham produced more output and was paired with a variety of transmission configurations. 1987 and 1988 models were also equipped with a cross-hatch grille that was based on a 1981 grille design.
1988: Introducing the Premiere Roof feature
In relation to the Brougham’s rich heritage, a vinyl roof covering was offered as an optional feature for buyers in 1988. Although this feature was very expensive, it gave the Brougham an all-new look. A more luxurious exterior was achieved because the vinyl fabric also covered not only the roof but also the trim of the quarter window and the entire surface of the B-pillar. This optional feature was available from 1988 to 1989.
1990s: Facelifting the Cadillac Brougham
A major facelift was given to the Brougham to be able to compete with a restyled Lincoln Town Car, a model that was considered a rival. The upgrades included composite headlights, modernized taillight lenses, standard automatic front seatbelts that were mounted on the door, and flush bumper trims. The interior was also upgraded with a digital dash cluster. In 1991, the old LO2 V8 was replaced with a Chevrolet FI V8, which produced 170 horsepower.
Despite a moderately successful run, however, the last Cadillac Brougham rolled off the assembly line in 1992. Today, Cadillac fans and hobbyists continue to preserve and restore classic units. As a matter of fact, numerous Cadillac clubs are one of the driving forces behind the continuing sales of Cadillac Brougham parts and accessories.