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 on: May 15, 2017, 11:42:21 AM 
Started by w30olds - Last post by w30olds
Most of the content you bring to this site is very helpful to me.

Thank you. Glad to be able to help out another fellow w-body owner.

 on: May 14, 2017, 11:57:52 PM 
Started by Arkin - Last post by Busagrad
For my greetings to share knowledge with you.

 on: May 14, 2017, 11:57:35 PM 
Started by w30olds - Last post by Busagrad
Most of the content you bring to this site is very helpful to me.

 on: March 04, 2017, 10:39:39 PM 
Started by usernaaaame - Last post by usernaaaame
Just lurking for now, I'll post a link or two later on this week.

 on: February 06, 2017, 05:34:27 PM 
Started by 94 olds vert - Last post by 94 olds vert
17 years old now.

 on: January 29, 2017, 05:25:44 PM 
Started by tijuana_no - Last post by maddogzx14
My name is Mark.
1995 Cutlass Supreme Convertible owner

 on: January 29, 2017, 05:21:50 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by maddogzx14
The movie link doesn't work.
 404 error

 on: January 29, 2017, 05:18:12 PM 
Started by maddogzx14 - Last post by maddogzx14
Hi everyone. I own a 1995 Cutlass Supreme Convertible.
It needs a little bit of help but it's not too bad.

 on: January 19, 2017, 06:54:27 PM 
Started by 615tpc - Last post by 615tpc
I used to own a 1991 chev lumina 3100.  Drove it for 15 years and loved it.  Then I got a new 2003 CAMRY.  Hated it and traded it for a 2004 Impala 3400 (wanted a 3800).  I love this car and how it drives.  12 years have gone by and I also now have a 2016 CTS 3.6.  The caddy may be newer and more powerful but I find myself missing the driveabilty of my Impala.  I still have the Impala which now gurgles coolant.  So I'm on here because I can't say this anywhere else without getting flamed.  I actually like my 12 year old Impala more than any new car I can see out there.  What gives?  My friends think I'm crazy..

 on: December 24, 2016, 04:25:56 AM 
Started by 3100mpfi - Last post by 3100mpfi
A little update of the exterior.  Thanksgiving week, I went to the junkyard to get a few things. 

Ahhhhh.... Treasure.....

Found a 40th anniversary Grand Prix in the yard and snagged a few things.  The car was in REALLY bad shape.  EVERY piece of leather on the interior was ripped, seats, door panels, shifter knob, etc.  The top of the center console was broken.  I took the dash bezel, it was not damaged, as well as the spoiler off of it.  Also grabbed a couple of the 40th anniversary badges.  The hood louvers were busted, and it only had 1 wheel that had some major curb rash to it.

I grabbed a good center console top piece since my drink holders were busted, and a better bezel for my car.  I also grabbed 2 sets of Cadillac horns since mine had shorted out.  I now have REALLY loud horns that sound in stereo.  ROFL.

I grabbed the plastic under dash panels from an older Cutlass Supreme and going to try to make those work in mine, since mine are the cloth ones and are all torn up.  Grabbed the engine splash shields since mine are missing, and actually found a working power antenna assembly as well.  I grabbed a new air box case, however I didn't notice that it was from a 3800 so it will not work (the 3800 PCM is smaller than the 3100 PCM). 

There was a 91 international coupe there that had the wheels I wanted.  At first I was upset because there was only 3 wheels, but found the 4th in the trunk (it had a blowout).  Was excited that the 4th was there, but then got upset again when I noticed one of the rims was cracked.  Anyways, got the 3 good ones, and ordered a 4th from eBay.  Got them in, refinished them, and installed finally.

This is pretty much what I was starting with.  All of them were in pretty rough condition.  I decided I was not going to go for "perfect" and instead just try to make them look like good "50-footers" (look good from a distance, but up close you can see imperfections).

This is how they looked after spending a few hours with the sander.  Stripped off the original clear-coat (and sadly the Oldsmobile script as well), and then smoothed out the aluminum as best as I could.

Gave them about 5 coats each with self etching primer.

3 of the wheels had silver inserts, and 1 had gray inserts (apparently it was a year thing on which inserts it got).  Decided I prefer black inserts like the pace car had, so went that route.  5 coats of black were then applied.

And finally 5 coats of clear-coat were applied, and then wet sanded, compounded, and waxed.

Had a shop install them.

And here is the finished product.

The lug nut covers are just painted black for now, and it has the stock 5-spoke center caps with Oldsmobile vinyl overlay stickers to cover them.  I like how they turned out.

Over the break, my mother complained about her headlights in her Dodge Charger being dim.  I checked them out for her, and the headlight housings were cloudy, so I bought the 3M brand headlight restoration kit (that comes with the attachment for a drill).  It's normally a $30 kit but was on sale for $15, and I trust the 3M brand.  When I got done with her headlights, I had a few of the sanding pads left over, so I decided to use them on my front turn signal housings.  They are composite and were looking kinda dull, so figured it wouldn't hurt. 

The top one is cleaned with the 3M kit, the bottom is how they were when I started.

I also replaced my stock amber bulbs with chrome ones.  The chrome bulbs still light up amber, but they don't cause the "egg yolk" effect when the lights are off.  I'll have to take a pic to show them when its daylight out.

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