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  • Birthday 11/08/1960

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    Cedarburg, WI
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  • Car Model and Year
    2009 CTS 4
  • Engine
    3.6L V6 VVT DI (LLT)

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  1. That color just fits the car so well! I love that burnout shot in the hot rod picture gallery! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  2. I know, that is awesome! I recently saw another rear-engine hot rod using a 455 Olds Tornado motor with the complete drivetrain! I can't believe the ingenuety of some of these builders, so talented!
  3. Just found the Hot Rod article... Many more pictures and details!๐Ÿ‘ https://www.hotrod.com/articles/twin-turbo-tucker-replica-fabricated-rob-ida/
  4. https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/11/01/tucker-sema This is one of the coolest (and most expensive) custom cars I have ever seen using a Cadillac Northstar for a power plant! 550 hp. of GM's finest mounted just ahead of the rear axle, giving his car the perfect 50/50 chassis balance! ๐Ÿ‘Œ I actually saw this car in this months subscription to Hot Rod magazine, and the story and pictures were just incredible. This car is almost entirely hand built, with some original Tucker parts as well. Just a jewel in my book! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  5. Speaking of wagons, I once took a CTS-V wagon out on the track down in Joliet IL and that thing was nothing short of amazing! After taking both the coupe and sedan out, I really wanted to experience what the wagon would do. ๐Ÿ˜ Even better, the wagon was equipped with the 6spd manual trans, and that thing rocked! I was smiling from ear to ear as I put it into a 4-wheel drift at 80mph on a corner! There was something about that extra weight in the back that gave it a more balanced feel to me! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
  6. $4k Damage... you wouldnโ€™t know it by looking at this. Lot of broken structure behind the grill, but couldโ€™ve been much worse! I was slowing down for stop sign coming up. Prob hit him at about 40mph...
  7. Well I had a blessing in disguise on this subject! ๐Ÿ˜† I actually hit a deer with the CTS a while back, toasting the hood, one headlamp and a lot of the front end! They replaced all the parts, including this splash pan so in good to go! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป It was quite an interesting morning that Nov day, when this buck ran in front of me with little time to brake! He flew through the air spinning to a stop on the centerline. He was laying there motionless, and I could not see him breathing... so I grabbed him by the horns and dragged him to the shoulder so nobody else would hit him. I got back in my car to report it to the local sheriffs dept., & while I was on the phone the deerโ€™s head pops up and he proceeds to get up! It took him a few minutes, but eventually he was standing on all 4 legs! After the call, I walked over within 15 feet of him and we just said our goodbyes and he walked away! ๐Ÿ˜† Making this even more crazy, 3 days later we almost hit the same deer again about ยผ mi. from that spot with our Chevy Tahoe! Wouldnโ€™t that of been fun to explain that to the insurance company!! Lol The Caddy was covered 100% on comprehensive, so that was great! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  8. I bought a 07 CTS4 about a year ago, and I really enjoy it! I do miss the Northstar roar at full throttle like I had in my Eldos and SLS, but this handles so much nicer! Itโ€™s a real beast in the snow with winter tires on her also! I think itโ€™s a great looking car, love the body lines. Always amazed at the great value you can have if you shop around for a used luxury vehicle like this!
  9. It seems Iโ€™m always looking for small ways to differentiate my ride from the mainstream. I donโ€™t always have $, so that means you have to be more creative! Recently I began to think about the idea of blacking out my CTS grille, but decided against. Wanted something more subtle... Decided to outline the front air-ducts in red, to compliment the red calipers and lug nuts. I kind of like it, makes them stand out some. Also added LED parking lamps, much brighter than the old incandescent bulbs.
  10. That is pretty cool, a good feeling for sure! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Especially like you said, with that kind of mpg for a V8! My CTS with a V6 barely squeaks the 21mpg mark. I never let my oil life monitor get that far down though. 30% is my limit with timing chain wear concern. Thatโ€™s incredible oil use for a Northstar, Iโ€™d say you got one that rolled off the line on a Tues. through Thursday! ๐Ÿ˜†
  11. I have a '09 CTS which has been missing the lower front plastic splash-pan since I bought it... Also the small plastic corner piece on the passenger side, with the duct that supplies air to the front brake area (mine does not have fog lights) Question is, does anyone know a good source for used parts like this? I cannot find anything local at salvage yards. All of them are missing or destroyed... ๐Ÿ˜ž
  12. Thanks Rockfangd, I appreciate that! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  13. Thatโ€™s great news! I totally agree, I bet the were NEVER used and just needed to be exercised and fit to the arc of the inner drum. Good job on saving yourself all that cash! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
  14. Thanks guys! I swear I get compliments and thumbs-up almost every day! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป