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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to BodybyFisher in GM Milford Testing Grounds   
    Nice history, video 
    http://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/2014/11/26/video-the-story-of-the-gm-milford-proving-ground/
     
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to BodybyFisher in DTS 2011 4.6 Engine   
    "A few drops"!!!!
    And they changed the case half, rear main seal? 
    This is a shame, they created revenue by doing a huge job sealing up your engine due to "a few drops" and it was charged back to whomever covered the extended warranty while at the same time diminishing the engines reputation because of A FEW DROPS!!  Look what they did, because of this job you lost confidence.  Don't get me started.
    A 2011 NS is terrific and reliable.  Change the coolant and oil regularly.  
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to BodybyFisher in 1998 Eldorado, Rear Air Shocks & Compressor   
    About a year ago my friend had his engine replaced with one I got him from my favorite scrap yard.  I have spent a year fixing problems such as engine mounts, starter, AC actuators, coolant leaks, and now the rear shocks.
    He bought this car with a blown head gasket, at the time, his level compressor would run without stopping because the air shocks were leaking, so I pulled the ELC fuse out to stop it from running and burning itself out.
    This is a base Eldorado and does not have the RSS Ride Control system.
    I purchased the following:
    ACDELCO 504579 {#19241356} [Shock Absorber] Specialty; Air Lift; Load Assist  rear air shocks from RockAuto
    MOOG K200174; Spindle/Knuckle Bushing; Rear Upper, I installed the upper rear knuckle bushing about a month ago, it went smoothly, but it could have gone better, I need to find a proper sized socket/pipe to press the knuckle bushing in the next time, I called NAPA and they suggested I have a machine shop turn one for me.  A typical socket hugs the rubber part of the bushing too much. 
    Here is a photo of the new rear air shock,  Rockauto sent me a second pair, the first pair was leaking and looked like someone tried to installed them .  Just sent back the first pair to them today.

    The shock installation went smoothly, very easy install.   I figured that I would just reinstall the ELC fuse and when I looked someone had reinstalled the fuse...  Hmm, not good, the motor was not running. (whoever installed the fuse is still under investigation)
    OldCadTech was kind enough to send me the 98 ALC schematic for the 98 Eldorado, and I discovered that the compressor's green wire provides 12 volts when the ALC relay is energized.  Here is the schematic (thanks OldCadTech):

    So to determine whether I was getting power, I detached the ALC level compressor's connector, I connected a volt meter (DC) with alligator clips on the black ground (D) and the green 12v relay power (B) contacts.   I detached the rod at the level control height sensor that is located in front of the left rear wheel and pushed the sensor all the way down.
    I turned the key to the ON position and crawled under the car and slowly moved the level sensor arm through its range and suddenly got 12 volts, backed the arm down the other way and the power turned off.  I repeated this a few times to verify that the level control sensor was good, slowly sweeping the arm getting 12 volts, and then sweeping it the other way and the power went off. 
    To test the exhaust solenoid, I connected my voltmeter to pin (C) at the compressor (hot all the time) and back probed the automatic level control height sensor at terminal (E) to test power to the exhaust solenoid and I got 12 volts as I swept the level control height sensor arm.  So I determined that the ALC compressor was getting both compressor motor and exhaust solenoid power properly so I had a bad ALC level compressor.   I confirmed it was bad, by connecting an ohm meter to the motor green (B) and black ground (D) terminals and showed no resistance unless I banged the motor, so the motor appears bad.  
    Removing the ALC level compressor was difficult, there was very little room to get it out.  The compressor has 2 air hoses attached to it (see hose #10 below), a compressor intake, and a compressor exhaust.  The intake hose was detached because the hose was brittle and deteriorated.  This is not good because the compressor ingests water.  After about an hour of jockeying it around, I finally got it out from the bottom around the parking brake cable. 
    Here is a typical photo of the level compressor

    I removed the bracket that covers the compressor piston and wow, the motor definitely burned out as the smell from the burned motor windings was really bad and it was obvious that the motor had ingested water, see photo below

    Water ingestion corroded the compressor and piston

    Off to the scrap yard.  They had about 100 level controls sitting on a shelf and I went through every one, and I found 2 that might work, one for a 95 and one for a 99.  I took the 99, it was in terrific condition as it was housed in a protective box in 99 and it was clean.  However, the electrical connectors were different, see below, the connector on the left was for 98 and the connector on the right was for 99 in addition the brackets looked different so I would need to swap the brackets over.    Each of these connectors had their leads marked A,B,C and D, so I assumed that all I would need to do was swap the connector from the 98 on to the 99 compressor.   The 99 compressor cost me $50 from the scrap yard, I was pretty sure the units were identical except for the electrical connector and brackets but I was warned by the scrap yard that they would not accept a return if I cut the plug off. 

    This is the 98, below, notice the straight connector and the bracket orientation, look to the right that is the 99 compressor, see the different bracket?

    This is the 99, compare it to the above photo for brackets.  The 99's plug is up in the dirt, but its a square plug marked A,B, C and D.

    My friend from the scrap yard told me that if I cut the plug off he would not accept a return, so I used alligator jumpers for all four connections (A,B,C,D) and the new 99 motor ran and I was able to energize the exhaust relay all by sweeping the level control sensor arm.   So I cut the plug off the 99, and soldered on the 98 plug, paying attention that I put A to A, B to B, and so on.    I heat shrink wrapped and taped the 4 wires to keep moisture out.
    Here is the inside of the 99 ALC compressor!, nice an clean, you can see how much water the 98 sucked up above.   Word of advice, if you have level compressor get under there and inspect the intake and exhaust hoses replace them if they are deteriorated (you can see it in the above photo), if that hose deteriorates and comes off, you can suck up road dirt and water destroying the compressor.  I replaced ALL 7/32" vacuum hose used for compressor intake and exhaust. 

    I installed the new 99 compressor, plugged everything in, I left the leveling rod off the level control sensor and BAM, the Eldorado, leveled beautifully, and even better exhausted beautifully.   I was able to raise and lower the car simply by manually moving the level control arm up and down, slowly.  The ride was 1000% better and took bumps and curb cuts beautifully.
    I hope this helps someone.
    A tip, these units are very difficult to get out as the brackets get in the way, if I were to do this again, I probably would remove the compressor retaining screws (3 screws), and them remove the two brackets from the compressor (after taking a photo so I know their orientation), that makes the compressor much smaller and easier to get out.  On installation, I would put the compressor up, then install the brackets. 
     
     
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to winterset in Main thing is coolant leak but a few things   
    Every few months, we should all inspect our radiator and surge tank for stress cracks and/or leaks. This is especially true on a car older than ~8 years as imo, this is the life of an aluminum and plastic radiator. Once a N* overheats (or any engine with an aluminum block or head), it's "anything goes" as far as reliability.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to airmike in whats in a name?   
    This is worth the time it takes to read. Very cool.
    STORY NUMBER ONE
    Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
    Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time..
    To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
    Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
    Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object..
    And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
    Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
    One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.
    He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.
    Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
    The poem read:
    "The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."
    STORY NUMBER TWO
    World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.
    One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
    His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.
    The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
    Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
    Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.
    This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
    A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
    So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

    SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
    Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.
    (Pretty cool, eh)
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in Cadillac northstar repair   
    What?!.... Have you seen what water with a high mineral content does to a cooling system? pH is only ONE process parameter in the cooling system process. With all due respect, just change the coolant every 2 or 2-1/2 years and be done with it - it's not worth re-engineering the lifecycle of the coolant.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to rockfangd in Battery no charge   
    Lol. I though curse words were only common with ford products, Oh wait it is all of them. Isnt it funny that even changing a light bulb can cause cursing
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in '04 Deville Loosing its Reliabilty?   
    Yes but 70% of the profits from foreign makes go back to a foreign country vs. the USA.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in Cadillac Eldorado - A Look Back   
    The author of that article is full of crap when he sais the V8-6-4 engines had a tendency to explode after extended running in V4 mode... No V8-6-4 ever exploded - it would have made front page news if it did.
    What all these "armchair quarterback" authors do not realize is the government regulations strangled the automakers - they had no choice but to comply with engines that were detuned in order to meet the government requirements.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to CCClarke in 5 mo with the ELR   
    As someone interested in electric vehicles and Cadillacs in particular, I've followed the ELR's progress and owner comments closely since it arrived. The owner comment link in the above-mentioned post left me shaking my head in disbelief when I saw it was from Blastphemy. He's well known in the ELR community, but for the wrong reasons, unfortunately.
    The article ends with him liking the car after five months.
    What a difference nearly two years can make . . .
    Blasphemy never bought an ELR, he rented (leased) one. As an early adopter, he got soaked on the deal. Like the XLR, the ELR was not worth the original price, and dismal sales prove it. There wasn't even a 2015 model - there were so many left on dealer's lots at the end of the first year that production stopped. A few changes were made (mods carried over from the similar Volt drivetrain) and a 2016 model will happen, though production will be curtailed. There are still new 2014's available! I've spoken with salesman at several dealerships and asked if they would be ordering any, and they all said "No!"
    Anyway, Blastphemy bad-mouthed the vehicle over what other ELR owners dismissed as minor flaws, eventually igniting some serious California wildfire-sized flame wars. His incessant whining online and to GM rated high enough on the their Customer Satisfaction meter that he received a complete refund and release from his lease by Cadillac, essentially enjoying a sixteen-month free ride. (I didn't even know that was possible.)
    Subsequently, he ended up in a Ford Fusion, but still trolls the other ELR owners in their forums, rather than moving on and enjoying his new ride. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but he lost a lot of credibility and respect through his actions in the manner that he voiced them. The only thing that makes the story worse were the other owners replies, which served to make a bad situation worse, and didn't do any favors for the forum.
    The ELR is a gorgeous vehicle to me. The rear seating room (like the Volt) is kind of grim though. The high centerline hump from the battery makes it look even smaller. The technology is decent, but the price (which eventually came down) and lack of a few features, (a HUD for one) made me keep looking. The 2016 model will cost about $10k less before other incentives are factored in. It will be a little faster, which has been a common complaint. I've driven a friend's Tesla, and really liked it (especially the acceleration) but a fully-appointed model is quite expensive, and it lacks an onboard generator like the ELR. Nice car, but very different, so comparisons are an apples-to-oranges thing.
    The bottom line: There's no such thing as a perfect car. Eventually, we all discover things that could be improved in each vehicle we buy. The trick is to know as much as possible about a vehicle before buying, then thoroughly road (and stationary) testing it before signing a deal. This seems like common sense to most people, but there are many who regret a purchase soon after the novelty wears off.
    Any satisfied ELR owners out there?
    CC
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in 97 Seville SLS Northstar- smoking   
    Yeah - I understand that... I was just asking what was wrong with the alternator. We are trying to help you with your car so please do not develop an attitude - after all, you are the one that is seeking assistance.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to cdgrinci in Are the LT4 Engines failing?   
    Thanks Jim, that was what my thoughts were (as well), though I didn't have the hard data (that you provided). LT4, in my book, equals awesome.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to Jan Olsson in Time to say goodbye to Cadillac, at least for this time.   
    Thanks for all the kind words! I will post pictures and stories after our vacation to Germany. My wife and I will celebrate our 10th wedding aniversary there! I expect to test the Jaguar to its limits. I have already discovered some irritating vibrations at speed. Driveline or just the infamous Pirelli Pzero tires? Well I guess that every car has their problems. Especially uses ones. I have a 1 year warranty that hopefully will cover this. Will drive the car for a while first before I get back to the dealer to let them sort out my findings.
    Emissions and fuel economy calls for smaller engines for the average user. But for the ones that uses the power it doesn't matter if the car has got a small turbo engine or a large displacement V8. It is easy to make a small engine with good fuel economy, provided that one doesn't use the top power frequently. Smaller, lighter cars also contributes. But there are also cars like the Corvette and Camaro that gets surprisingly good fuel economy. Displacement on demand, low engine speeds with tall gearings, variable valve events etc. An engine is an air pump. Naturally aspirated large displacement engines at low rpms and small turbo engines at somewhat higher rpms can use the same amount of air (and fuel) with the same results. The larger engines usually suffers at part throttle because of pumping losses when the engine needs to draw air through the throttle body.
    I do expect luxury buyers to buy everything in that range. Some will go for smaller, high performance sporty cars and some will go for large sedans with a V8. At the moment there aren't many options left at Cadillac. Buy a 4 or 6 cylinder or change brand. There is almost nothing a V8 can do worser than a smaller engine. Easier to balance out vibrations, closer between power pulses, compact for its power. Of course it is heavier and costs more to make but in a large sedan one won't even notice the extra pounds.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in Fill 'er up with 95 please   
    Funny, I don't get 3-6% better fuel economy when I use premium in the car I have that specifies premium fuel. Also, premium is 60 cents per gallon more than regular where I live, not 30 cents like the article says...
    The octane will probably be raised with Ethanol which results in LOWER fuel economy since it does not have the volumetric efficiency of gasoline.
    54.5 MPG fleet average is not likely to be attained with a gasoline engine in a car unless it is the size of a go-cart. The EPA and elected officials have no concept of the laws of physics.
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    Eldoradoman2001 got a reaction from Texas Jim in CT6 PHEV   
    Everyone knows what an Escalade is but with a number it is just that , a number. Everyone knew what an Eldorado or an Deville or Seville was. All these numbers they are going to use on the new cars might work for the new generation ,at least I hope so. The numbers Mercedes and BMW use mean nothing to me. Maybe to the next generation they do,that is what they are aiming at I guess. I guess I am stuck in the past ,but I like it!
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to jndnaps in Cadillac Has 3 Cars in Top 10 List That No One Wants To Buy   
    I don't want them either. The only Cadillac I'd consider buying now is the Escalade, and even that's getting fugly. I'd prefer the Tahoe over it..
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to rockfangd in A little different perspective...   
    I do also. Mine is sad though. It passes the 50 foot test but was beaten by whoever owner it before. It even rides like it has been ridden hard.

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    Eldoradoman2001 got a reaction from O2AFAC67 in A little different perspective...   
    I have a 2001 esc the same color and I love it. They are beautiful cars. Yours is also very beautiful.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to Logan in Oh oh....problem with Rock Auto   
    The Saturn V6 has a goofy catalyst system. Bosch O2 sensors will trigger a false SES lamp for the catalyst warm up system. The only ones that work correctly are the OEM Delphi ones.
    If you look at the picture in post #2. You will notice there is a difference between a Bosch and a Delphi sensor.
    On the Rock Auto site...the sensors are advertised as Delphi...the picture used is a Delphi. Everything about the ad said they were Delphi. I was expecting Delphi. If I suspected they were Bosch...I would of have gone elsewhere.
    White box...open box...whatever. They could be from a pallet of a 1000 from a car plant. That is ok with me...as long as they are Delphi. What I don't expect is Bosch ones to show up...with a Delphi sticker on the bag. Nothing Delphi about that at all. It's a bait and switch. Rock Auto says...oh well.
    It's like buying tires....you order 4 Michelins....come home from vacation and find 4 Goodyears. Yes, they are both round, black, and hold air. But that is where the similarities end.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to KHE in Cadillac CT6 Elevates the Science of Mass Efficiency   
    And it won't sell (due to the price), and it will be dropped in short order.
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to Bruce Nunnally in Eldorado Convertible, Like it is 1999 all over again   
    Speaking of conversions

    Read More: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/4922967144.html
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to airmike in History of sayings   
    This is soooo interesting!! Totally feeling pretty blessed right now and not "piss poor"!
    They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"
    But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low
    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
    Here are some facts about the 1500s:
    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ...... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.
    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"
    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.
    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.
    And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?
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    Eldoradoman2001 got a reaction from Texas Jim in The Arena: Dare Greatly   
    I had no idea what it was about until the end! Money well wasted!
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to Texas Jim in The Arena: Dare Greatly   
    I sure hope they can do a heck of a lot better than that ad.... I watched it, (twice) but saw nothing in it about Cadillac or why you should buy one.
    My personal opinion is, it's JUNK, it's boring and it is a useless waste of time and money...
    Reckon we will see after it airs... I could be wrong...
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    Eldoradoman2001 reacted to Texas Jim in WOT Procedure   
    I don't do the full WOT procedure, but I will "STAND ON IT" on an entrance ramp when I am going slow enough for it to drop all the back to 1st gear.
    Then I let it run thru the gears up to about 100 a few times a month...
    It keeps the soot blown out of it, plus I just like hearing the sound of the Northstar at high RPM...LOL
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