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    Winnemucca, NV ... the land of clear, dry, hard and fast roads... and "waste of energy" tickets !
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    Chemical process facilities management<br /><br />Rebuild computers for Lions Club, want to donate something?

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    Deville 99=55,000 miles
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    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)
  1. That entrapment type crap is liable to get real ugly at some point. Some years ago when I had the Big Red Dog (a '94 Concours that really liked to howl), I passed a truck on remote rural 2-lane highway at well over 90mph (the speed limit was probably 60 or so). I thought there was a slower car in front of the truck and was going to take it as well before a curve. Just in front of the truck I noticed that it was a Sheriff's car and manuvered to tuck in behind it, (with the nose nearly on the pavement from the hauldown in speed). In the next second or two I noticed the guy in cuffs in the back seat staring at the Caddy's antics. Well, the Big Red Dog simply took a deep breath, went for it and jumped past the Sheriff's car. We stayed well into the triples for the next 10-miles. I didn't think he had time to read any plate considering the action. However, but after a bit of reflection and less adrenalin, there probably wern't any Caddys for the next 100-miles, but only a low-flying red one. I guess that's what you call lucky the Deputy had a sense of humor. The times I have been stopped have always been a relatively-good experiance because there is usually just chit chat. The dozen or so times I have been ticketed and lost my license (twice or so in youger days), seemed fair in consideration of what I got away with and all. They were just doing their job and as a young guy with fast company - I was simply doing my part of their job - nothing personal. I even got my license back and two tickets dropped one time after telling the Suspension Officer in charge about being ticketed while on the way to that very suspension hearing I really believe that a Caddy adds tremendous respectability and the various "Support our Highway Patrol" paid-donation bumper stickers probably don't hurt either. Again, sorry about your raw deal. Regards
  2. Dear all, I feel that Jims 97 ETC, Dave K, OnyxSTS, Jan and Bruce himself have submitted some of the finest supporting posts in quite some time. I found myself nodding to the screen as I hope many of you were as well. I certainly agree and can only hope that GM/Cadillac is reading this forum as well. Do the math; a state of the art DI, VVT, 3.6 liter V6 with 300hp at 50hp per cylinder makes a fine 4.8 liter V8 with an easy 400 hp. Then do the supercharge thing for the next couple hundred hp. To paraphrase another author; Cadillac is not about being adequate! Bruce, please consider sending GM this thread with the above authors' contributions in particular. There is no better "Focus Group", than this forum. For the record, Our '94 Concours was over 215,000 miles with NO engine or tranny work and only 2 green coolant changes that I know of. It was wound up as tight as I could find asphalt for it to run, and it NEVER gave up. I can only hope our 99' Deville now at 60,000 miles - is as legendary. Regards,
  3. Bruce & BBF, Great work (fun actually) with the posts, etc! I happened to notice that my two sons had/have two of the other-than CTS-V's that placed. My FOS Favorite Oldest Son, had an 05 M3, but rarely opened it up. He is married now so it went away... My FYS Favorite Youngest Son, has an EVO VIII, (parked with the 99 Deville - that he drives much, much more). However, he bought his 05 EVO from a guy that had "more money than brains", who poured many-many thousands into it, but never raced it. It still has the racing transaxle, enroute adjustable suspension, and aftermarket engine management. He removed the huge turbo (with hissing/popping waste gate?), racing induction sytem and a few other engine mods that made it difficult to start much less drive - until the exhaust temperatures and O2 levels lined out. The supposed 435hp at the top of the rpm band and track gearing - was not a daily driver to feather a clutch pack at lumpy rpms. FYS still drives it in SCCA timed short-courses for fun, but it needs more get the best out of it. Back to your topic... I found it odd that an EVO (probably an X), with 300hp or so (stock), would do well against a CTS-V at 556hp, but then again it might be lighter, it has a performance-based AWD (great for wet weather), but then - there is always the driver. Again, thanks for the great info and keep it up , (as if there was anything we could do to stop it...)
  4. We recently bought a Chevy Traverse 2LT and our FYS (Favorite Youngest Son), drives our 99 Deville. For you that do not know about the Lambda platform; They share the former-exclusive CTS 3.6 engine with variable valve timing, direct injection with 281/288 hp (instead of 304-ish?). There are an array of standard features and the trim levels are broad. Our 2LT is below the top-trim LTZ, but has leather seats and DVD/Bose extra. The 2LT includes 7-seats that are actually accessible and comfortable, remote start, back camera/alarms, yada-yada. The cargo and weight capcity are suprising with more cubic feet at 116.4, than a standard Tahoe. I believe the Caddy-SRX is based on the smaller GM platform as the Chevy-Equinox, Buick-Rendvous, and whatever else. Sorry Saturn, no point to mention your fine, but soon to be extinct vehicles. The Lambda platform has great reviews in any version and I know why firsthand. But, why do you suppose there is no Caddy version? 1. Would it cut into sales of the Escalade? 2. Would it cut into other Lambda sales, Buick/GMC foremeost? 3. Would it kill the SRX, but why keep it if more sales are possible? 4. Would it cut into other DTS sales (where a bigger vehicle is needed). 5. Can no one at the Cadillac Motor Division agree on what three letters to name it? So, what do you think? Bruce, feel free to add questions and post as a Poll if you wish.
  5. Bruce, I have a feeling that the locks were not there to prevent theft of the recycled oil. Our facility recycles oil as well and the problem is if someone inadvertantly (or on purpose...), pours something in - that is not used oil. Then, depending on the material (and it does not take much of a relatively harmless fluid by itself) the entire recycled oil container can become hazardous waste instead, (now to be disposed [typically incinerated] at a huge cost)! Regards,
  6. OK, Here's one of mine, My buddy and I were both about 17 and replacing the rear differential gear cluster in his '65 GTO dark blue convertable with white interior. A * FINE * car it was. Apparently a few too many hard starts and "speed shifting" between gears had taken their toll. Well, we confidently removed the axles and then the gear cluster from his car and later on, from a junked GTO. With even more confidence, we installed the good gear cluster in his GTO, used shim stock, plastigauge. Yep, we done did the whole mechanic bit just like the Pros...this stuff ain't so hard... We fired it up and THUNK! It would NOT MOVE!! We dang near went through the clutch pack and a six pack. After a lot of WTF, during a brief moment of clarity - we finally counted the teeth from the old gear cluster main ring and the new one... You may have already guessed that we "assumend" the gear clusters were the same, DUH...not so lucky. We went back the junk yard and took quite a while to get the pinion gear and even more time to install it. Our young egos were severly bruised, but more importantly the GTO ran again... Later
  7. Bruce, I happend to notice lately that a few older posts seemed to be revived. For example, I started a Poll quite a while back like "How was your Caddy when they returned it?", and it appeared recently. However, it seemed that answeres were dated and the times were quite old. It also notes response from yesterday, but the date was October 6, 2009. It seemed like I had read some of the other topics some time ago as well. Did the site experiance these sorts of issues recently? Thanks.
  8. Acklac7, You got lucky by getting the proper response from BBF and then following it to the letter. I realize you noted removing the air intake and forcing the throttle body shut. That, (or simply blocking the inlet with a solid plate), should have worked, but may have been more interesting. However, if you had decided to remove the engine cover on an older model Northstar (which would take a bit longer), do you realize the engine would run wide open uncontrolled and probably self-destructed? This also the reason to never have any potential for ignition with that intake cover off as well. Good luck, (more actually)
  9. Texas Jim and Ted Tcb, Yes, I suppose it is; "The Big Black Dog". We will see how "The Big White Dog" is doing this weekend I would guess our son will continue to get comments & compliments. There are not too many young guys with a stately Caddy for the work/town/trip car and a SCCA-rated Evo for fun at the track. Regarding not going for a newer DTS, we had a few reasons, (which will not make sense to everyone). Our first two reasons are named Molly and Meeco. They are mini-daschunds (progenitors of all dogs, as we see it), and they like to lay on the bench seat (60/40) between us with the center armrest up. As you may know, very few large, comfortable touring cars come with a front bench seat anymore. Virtually all have a center console and the DTS Caddy is no exception, (that I could find anyway). Yes, the Traverse has a center console as well, but the raised portion can be moved further back. Moreover, if we have to have a center console anyway, then we may as well get the vehicle that has maximum seating and cargo space as well. Grandkids nowdays have a LOT of mandated cargo like carseats that are the size of a Lazyboy recliner, "enrichment areas" (forget the "play pens" we knew about), and duffle bags jammed with life-support equipment - that would make a Marine cringe. At 119 cubic feet, the Traverse actually has about 10 more cubic feet than a GMC Denali and although it weighs less, gets much better mileage, rides better, etc - it is rated to haul more weight. If it did not work out, we figured it may have more buyers in our area who may have large familes. The list price was $38,680 we paid about $33,500, so there about 20,000 other reasons compared to a new DTS or Denali I attempted to include pictures of a similar vehicle. Best Regards,
  10. Dear all, I have been busy with "stuff" (all good but just real busy). I also noticed that I have not posted since late April of this year, seems like the start of "confession"... Well, a couple months ago our 94' red Concours would post some "odd codes" codes and then go to reduced power. Our FYS (Favorite Youngest Son), has been driving it carefully for almost 2-years, so I could not really attend to it. He got our OK to sell it for $1,200 and it went to a person who details cars (he was dutifully impressed with the car for some time). Bear in mind that when we bought it from my company for $3,750, (it was my company car), it had perhaps 82,000-miles. Shocked? don't be. It remains one of the finest cars I have ever owned at about 220,000-miles and NEVER any engine , tranny or other significant work. My wife still speaks of its exploits, (like passing a semi on a 2-lane at eclisping 110 in the driving rain on an inside corner) with great admiration. I am certain it is even now used at a "rolling showcase" for his car detailing skills, and probably WOT'ed for good measure. We also just wanted to move our white 99' Deville with about 54,000-miles to FYS. BTW, it is still our car, he just drives it more than we did. I looked around for another "touring machine" with even more room (for grandkids with car seats etc). I did consider all makes but could not bear to go with other than GM and America. We ended up with a 09 Chevy Traverse LT2 (a nice array of features at that trim level; camera, tri-level air, remote start, backup alarms, etc) along with with upgraded gray leather seats, overhead DVD/Bose sound, and a very well done "Black Granite" metallic paint job. I also looked at its siblings; GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave - but none seemed to have as much bang for the buck, (I can always add more chrome, carbon-fiber or burl-wood inside trim via It may have 281 hp, but it ain't no NorthStar, (about 10 mph less at only 95 mph via the "on-ramp standing start baseline". The gas mileage is about the same as our Caddies, but there is a LOT more cubic feet and 7-passengers in our configuration. We have not taken it on any trip yet, but I can only hope it is as comfortable as either of our Caddies and that the many positive reviews are indeed correct. We did not care to pay for the capital/operating cost of any Denali, etc. I do not think the Caddy SRX is as large, (perhaps more like the Equinox?), but it is certainly pricier than what I paid over the Internet. In any case, our FYS is really happy with the '99 Caddy as his daily driver and his friends remain stunned that he has another Caddy - so he can leave his '05 Evo racecar parked. Best Regards,
  11. Texas Jim, Considering the velocity that air has whistled thru your DTS's throttle body, I would venture to say it might need a little metal "BUILD UP", as opposed to any cleaning of deposits. Only point in reference is our 94' DeVille with nearly 214,000 miles and nary a wrench turned on the engine/tranny. (period) No mouse hole tinkering, no TB cleaning or top cylinder hosing. Nothing but a few oil changes and a fewer coolant changes, but a whole lot of WOT spanking of fundamentally good engineering. Good luck,
  12. Hello all, I've been away from the site for a while due to moving into a new home and tuning up the garage, (914 sqft !). The 99 DeVille: Anyway, some of you may recall that my 99 Deville had a TCS-1225 issue that cropped up after a wheel spin was arrested at a slick start. TCS-1225 is about a Left-Front speed indicator error. What happens is the ABS operates briefly on that one wheel on a hard start (without any real wheel spin). I had a AC ambient air switch fixed today (to get the AC online - it had no codes), and the TCS-1225 issues was gone, (and I tested it a LOT). All I can figure is that the computer's baseline calibration got messed up way back when, such the the ABS jumped in too quick on only the LF-wheel - if the engine rpm rose over the tranny / ground speed calculation for a given gear. I believe the TCS-1225 problem cleared itself when the battery was disconnected for an hour or two. This computer hard-reset may have had something to do with some calibration/index or whatever is used to detect differential speeds. Let me know if this theory makes any sense. The 94 DeVille: My son still drives it every day in Reno and it has well over 210,000-miles. He said the CV-boots appear to be leaking, etc, so I might get those fixed. I suppose that's reasonable with those miles and the fact that about 80,00 were at high speed on gravel. This car is a tough one. There has been NO work on the engine or tranny - only a door lock. Not even the mouse holes have been cleaned. It still runs as clean and hard as ever and looks great. The drivers front seat and the plastic lower edge need some work, but the rest of the inside is great. A 2009 CXL: I looked at a new Buick CXL with the NorthStar (four portholes on each front fender). It has NAV, sunroof and all the options. The sales guy said it was front wheel drive and on the same GM platform as the Caddy. It was a deep dark Mocha or brown metallic. The best news - was that is was from a bankrupt GM dealer and I think I could get it for about $30,000 with only 9-miles on it. NOT a Caddy, but dang close, and allfully good-looking in its own right. That's it for now. Best Regards,
  13. Bruce, et al, Oh yea - Garage Doors, the great American Home Destroyer. I'm sure everyone has some story of how the dang door damaged their car or vice-versa. My wife parked back too far the inside handle nicked the bumper. I dabbed the scratch (the estimate was $800 to redo completely). I had a long board in the truck years ago it it dented the other door as I backed up, (inevitable I suppose). I finally cut out the square of glued-on interior insulation and pushed the dent back out with my fingers. Now to finish off the glued in square on insulation/paper-backing with drywall mud. We have one older-style (no doubt very, very dangerous), that does not have the IR beam, that backs the door up - if the bean is broken during closing. That un-safety feature allows us to walk out that door when both are closing. Nearly every garage door in one factory I visited was mangled by forklifts. As we all know, Forklifts are the Great American Factory Destroyer - so the combination is like opposite poles of a gigantic magnet drawing ever nearer, until WHAMMO! I would guess your door is simply over-heated and will reset by itself. Its not done with you yet... We were looking to buy a newer house the other day and it had the following type of garage door opener: I believe they are known as an iDrive or Dalton opener. They become part of the torque-tube (the 1" diameter rod with with the coil spring around it and the roll-up cable spools on either end). They can easily handle low-clearance ceilings, but they are also amazingly quiet and quick. Regards,
  14. Texas Jim, Back in 1999, I bought my wife a 2000 Neon. The Reno/CarsonCity dealers were higher by $700 to $1,000, (and would not drop - even when shown the paperwork). Sight-unseen, the California dealer's driver drove it over to us in Reno. We had the title noterized and the deal was done in 15-minutes at a "MailBoxes are Us" type of store. Our local dealer honored a couple of minor warrenty items. When we sold it "used" in 2007, it had less than 15,000-miles and was like new anyway, (she even had black towels over the black floor mats to keep them clean....) If you are buying new, then I don't see the problem. I figure a new car is much like the appliances that Bruce bought. Every Caddilac is made the same no matter where in the USA it goes after it leaves the factory, (aside from the state-specific emmissions stuff). Did you really think the dealer completed it for you personally, just before you walked in? Oh yea Jim. The Deputies began patrolling that stretch of road that I ran your fine Caddy up past 120 or so. It seems they got complaints about "violaters" on that nice, new, flat, lonely asphalt... Of course, the oval dirt track and the new dragstrip are just past the end of road where we turned around. Regards,
  15. Dear all, Up Side: This application has been available in commercial trucks with satellites for quite some time. The technology has spread to celluar as well. Of course, there are a lot of other doors to lock, etc. I have used this technology or offshoots for about 20-years. About 5-6 years, one of our tractors had a special satellite system component in it that reduced power - if the satellite system lost contact, (fuse pulles, wires cut etc). The tractor was out of our active service due to high miles and to be used for a shuttle back at the corporate yard. After the main satellite was removed and sent back to us, the driver reported that the truck lost power every 2-minutes, but only if he drove over 20-mph. I had to talk them through removing the deeply-embedded device. I have also worked with the TSA using our small fleet in a few pilot programs, the last being a national Hazmat notification and coordination center. Its various responses were auto-triggered by any truck that wandered off course, or almost any other combination of no-go zones, on-truck alarms, etc. It was kinds like a "Amber Alert" for Hazmat and other high-danger cargo. Very powerfull stuff to re-route all Hazmat if a bad accident with in-compatible chemicals, or if a high-power politician is in town, or the Olympic organizers get nervous - or if you just don't like Hazmat. Down side: Of course there are any number of really-great, life and property-saving applications for this kind of technology. My concerns for the public over time are the following: Why not auto-stop vehicles that are driving recklessly, why not auto-stop speeders, or red-light runners, or kids out too late with the car? Why not have GM enter into a private contract with vehicle owners, so they can set the auto-stop conditions, - as in who owns the technology anyway? If GM can stop your car, what happens when the OnStar cellphone signal is cracked (and it will be if there is sufficient reward/motivation)? What would stop hackers from stopping traffic at random for fun? For an evil twist, what would stop a hijacker from stopping a wealthy family's car to kidnap, or to rape a cute gal they drive past out alone on the highway. You already know how the techno-movie script; Get the license, download the OnStar codes, do your keyboard-wizard stuff in just mere seconds. After simply stopping cars gets old, then why not take care of all the speeding - by simply setting an electronic limit into the car, as the car travels on a given stretch of road? If your car is polluting, shouldn't it shutdown and report you? This option will be very popular in California. If you don't live in a certain high-power gated community, then your car won't work there. The very-valid applications are only limited by imaginations. Hey, I am the Technical-Services Manager at our Company, so I live by this stuff. That does not mean I don't fear the Orwellian possibilities as well.