I recently got my "63" Deville on the road after 16 years of looking at it on Jack stands. I took it in for a quote on a complete paint job and body repairs with what I thought were a few minor dings and a couple of rust spots on the front fenders. After a low quote of $10,000.00 and a high quote of nearly $14,000.00 , I picked myself up off the body shop floor and headed home ! 

I am a retired auto and truck mechanic by trade but I realize now I should have considered a career in paint and body !

But seriously, I need to know if anyone has a source for a set of good fenders for a 63 CDV. Also , do the 63 @ 64 fenders exchange ? and are all the fenders the same across the models ? The answers to these questions may be in the help section but I have not been able to locate them.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Comment by Jason Edge on May 31, 2017 at 4:49pm

The problem with administering a 63/64 Cadillac site for 17 years, across 3 host sites (MSN, Multiply and now Ning.com) is it gets confusing on which Help Topics have been carried over. I think you are correct in that the 63 vs 64 Fender topic was never copied over when we moved to our current Ning.com site.
Nonetheless, here goes a rundown:

Within the same model year, the 62 Series and deVille Series fenders will be the same.

Within the same model year the Fleetwood 60 Special and Eldorado front fenders will be similar in overall shape, however you have different trim mounting holes for the side trim found on the 62 series and deVilles vs the wheel well, lower rocker and lower fender script found on the Fleetwood and Eldo. Of course holes can be filled in and new ones drilled so these fenders are easy to internchange.

Within the same model year the 75 Series and Commercial Chassis front fenders are the same however, they are very different from all other body styles due to the 1959 to 1965 center Fleetwood, and 59 to 64 Commercial Chassis center body sections they are adapted to. That is the shape at the rear is different.

The 63 & 64 Fenders are considerably different especially at the very front.   First, a more subtle difference is the larger squared raised area near the side front for the wide side molding found on the 63's. The 64 side trim remained thin to the very front where it joined the thinner eyebrow molding.
The big difference is in the physical structure of the front of the fenders. the 64 had a large fender extension and headlight pan that bolted into the front of the fender, whereas the 63 had a have moon shape lower section the wide eyebrow trim attached to and a smaller headlight pan, that really wasn't an integral part of the fender like the 64 extension. Another main outward physical difference is going to be where they butt up nest to the upper grill. If you look at the illustrations of the front of the 63 vs the 64 you will see they are quite different, especially where they meet the fender. There are a few other subtle differences but these are the biggies.

See the 63 headlight and eyebrow pans:

See the very different 64 headlight pan and fender extension assembly:

I have attached a picture below of a 63 and 64 fender side by side.

Here are the 63 and 64 front Illustrations. Note the different shapes between the fenders, especially where they butt up next to the upper grill:

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on May 31, 2017 at 4:43pm
Have any of you out there used the services of any of the discount paint hoses like Maaco to put a clean coat of paint on your car

Enjoy
Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on May 31, 2017 at 4:34pm
Just going to throw this out there
If you are into an old school hot rod look you can spray the car with restoleum ulta flat black rattle cans
Clean up the surface and smooth as much as is possible
Do your masking and paint away
It sure has the look and is a inexpensive way to protect the metal from any surface rust happening in the future

I did an old Ford work van that way with chrome wheels that i drove for 28 years
The Hot Rod look is a special one and cheep to do and fast to do

I know this is not for everyone but some may like the idea

Enjoy

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