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Ed Hall

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  • Birthday 09/06/1977

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    88 Eldorado Biarritz 220K ETC Suspension

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  1. 1965 Cadillac with a Cummins turbo diesel. These engines can put out in excess of 1000 hp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t05rmTKx_-M
  2. You would also need HID housings to take full advantage of the HID bulbs. HID bulbs in non-HID housing just scatter the light everywhere.
  3. You could also have the cylinder heads rebuilt with hardened valve seats. On top of that, you could install thicker head gaskets to lower the compression ratio.
  4. The only other thing I would add to the things mentioned would be a set of exhaust headers. GM must have been counting pennies because these simple mods really wake up these old diesel engines.
  5. A good substitute for the sulfur is 2 cycle oil. I mix 1 oz oil to 1 (gallon) diesel fuel. I also buy my 2 cycle oil at Walmart in the gallon jug.
  6. At least you used a credit card so you can always cancel if it doesn't show up.
  7. Yes, should be pretty close. However, codes would be near the bottom of the list of things I would look for. Drive train parts and sensors are relatively inexpensive for this car. It's the Allante specific stuff that can kill you. Those things are Bosch Brakes, headlights, taillights, glass, window switches, seat switches, sheet metal, bumpers, weatherstripping, etc.
  8. There's probably a reason why it's that cheap so tread carefully. Check the brakes very carefully. If you get any brake messages, prepare to spend $$$'s. Also, check the tail light's very carefully. If the wrong bulbs were used, they will melt. Tail lights for these cars are extremely expensive. The same can be said for head lights. Check the header pull down mechanism very carefully. It's almost impossible to find parts for these. Anyways, good luck. These are very nice cars but can also eat a hole in your wallet.
  9. The seat bottoms were welded to the base. In fact, several of the welds had cracked so I went in and re-welded them. Fortunately, these seats were correct in terms of height for the Suburban. I also bought a set of seats out of an Audi V8 Quattro that will go into the Eldorado. The seats look like new and the car that it came out of was so clean inside that you could eat off of it. Apparently, it must of had some type of mechanical problem that cost more to fix than the car was worth. I could tell that the car would be a nightmare to work on.
  10. Here's a picture of the Cadillac Sixty Special seats installed in my 1990 Suburban. These were ideal seats to install because they are true bucket seats rather than the 60/40 seats commonly found in other Cadillacs of the same vintage. The width of the seats were perfect and there is even a narrower spot on the seat to clear for the Suburban seat belts. I welded a flat bar across the seat rails so I could use the existing holes on the Suburban. The next thing I've got to do is dye the seats black and install the Cadillac seat switch adjusters. I'll probably install those on the door panel just like the Cadillacs. As far as comfort, they are by far the most comfortable seats I have even sat on for a long trip. I felt a lot less fatigue on the 2300 mile return trip with the seats installed and towing a 1972 Chevy behind. Both vehicles were loaded to the hilt. The whole setup would have probably tipped the scales at around 16k lbs. If I delayed anyone on this board who got stuck behind, I apologize. The 1972 truck had old tires so I kept the speed down to under 60 mph. The Suburban handled the load very well and was able to handle Deadman Pass which is known as the top 10 toughest tows in America just fine. The Cummins engine pulled it in overdrive at 50 mph with some throttle to spare. I got just a hair over 20 mpg average while towing. http://www.dieselpow...ca/viewall.html
  11. Whew! I guess I'm fortunate that I bought the stud kit several years ago for hot stand bye. It is sitting on my shelf just in case the head gaskets fail on my 1993 Allante. It's definitely a very good product that helps keep our Cadillacs alive.
  12. Actually, it's not that hard to achieve a nicer paint job than factory. Factory paint jobs tend to have lots of orange peel and the paint is so thin that it doesn't take much time to buff through the paint. This paint job was what I call a quick paint job. I did not bother to pull off all the trim, chrome and bumpers. I just masked it and painted right over the old paint. It looks very good to the untrained eye but an expert could quickly identify that it has been repainted. If you want a top quality paint job, you would strip all the old paint off down to bare metal then prime with epoxy primer. Afterwards, you would do all your body work and prime with 2k primer. You would then block sand it and repeat the process until all the panels are perfectly smooth and straight. Then would come the basecoat paint then finally 6 coats of clear. Afterwards, you would cut and buff the entire car so that the paint is as smooth as glass. So what would it cost for this type of paint job? Between $6k and $20k. There is a lot of labor involved to do this level of work. Believe it or not, the actual painting is the easy part. I've never had issues with airborne dust painting outside. The thing is 80% of the dust is caused by the operator. To minimize dust issues, I do pressure wash the car before I start the project and I also blow off the car very thoroughly before I paint it. The biggest issue painting outside is bugs. I keep a pair of tweezers in my pocket to pull out bugs between each coat. When I painted my Suburban, I must have had to pull out 30 bugs. I also had to repaint the hood because a bee landed on the hood while it was still drying. Here's a photo of the hood right from the gun and the final product. The paint job is much better than factory.
  13. I got these seats installed in my 1990 Suburban and they fit so well that it appears like they were built for the vehicle. However, the mounting holes on the tracks were a bit off so I had to use some ingenuity to get it to all work. Also, these seats are the most comfortable vehicle seats I've ever sat on. I just completed a 2200 mile trip and did not suffer any soreness like I usually do from such a drive. Anyways, I'm pretty sure that had I not bought these seats, they would have been sent to the crushers. Very few people are aware of how rare they are and how much they cost when new. I'll post some pictures once I find my camera.
  14. It's the 2nd repaint. This time, I used much higher quality clear coat so we'll see how long it lasts.
  15. No, I did not add the special solution. The previous paint also did not have the special solution and it held just fine on the bumper.
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