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  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
  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
  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
  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 wi
  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...
  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 w
  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
  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 comp
  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 fi
  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
  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 ne
  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 satell
  16. SPreston2001, You seem to know your way around the Caddy engine bay, but one thing you noted troubled me a bit. Be carefull with the "...can of fuel injector cleaner". Hopefully, you used a GM-approved product, or there may be some damage to the fuel level sender, but I can't rememeber if the fuel pump could be damaged as well. Mileage of 14.4 and 15.3 is not too bad considering an STS powertrain and a wide variation of cityscape. Have you run it at 55-mph over a flat road for perhaps 5-miles or so on cruise control? That mileage might be easier to compare with others. Good luck
  17. Dear All, Our FYS, (Favorite Youngest Son), came up this weekend driving our BRD (Big Red Dog), 94' Concours. He came to see the latest addition to our family, a 2008 model, mini- Daschund, smoothcoat red - of course. I introduced the LRD (Little Red Dog), to the BRD. I think they like each other! The BRD remains in pristine condition, at well ove 200,000-miles and never any drivetrain work, or any other significant repair. He started it up this morning with no smoke, rattles etc and drove away with the Northstar snarl and resonance. He keeps it well-waxed and parked inside.
  18. BBF, Since you don't have much to loose... (after you get the hard drive out for its data). Remove all components; Battery, hard drive, DVD, modem card - but leave the memory installed. The keyboard and mousepad are usually taken off aready via their resppective thin, flat ribbon cables to the motherboard. It they can stay on great! You could remove the monitor cable, but that can get tricky - if it is not obvious. If it is removed, then you will have to hook an external monitor to it to see the bootup and may need to have the video switched with the keyboard (Fn F5 ?) at some poi
  19. Joeb, Well, as a matter of fact, I said "I understand", when he stated that I was clocked at 83 in a 75 by air, (an accurate but neutral acknowledgement). I figured that particular moment is not the time to argue, that time can come later on if required, (which it NEVER has). In retrospect, I believe that a lone Trooper would not have bothered with 83 in a 75 (as it has not happened in the last 20-years). However, when 2-3 troopers are involved in a "wolf Pack" as KHE may have noted, then the mob-mentatlity - or at least a Supervisors order to stop so-and-so, trumps a lone Trooper's (why
  20. KHE, "However, if you read carefully, there was no citation checked for that particular speeding offense. The $732 was for not having our "Proof of financial responsibility" (Insurance) card in the Caddy. My wife was astounded that it was not in there and she called State Farm to have them fax a copy to our hotel, (we have it now). We also had the agent mail the required forms to the court, so the Trooper said the citation would be dismissed anyway." The fine for not having a "proof of insurance" card in your car is $732. But the ticket gets dismissed when you show the court that you AL
  21. KHE, Thanks for the vote of confidence, but re-read my post carefully. The $732 was not for speeding (which was simply dropped). I messed with the topic headline a bit, but evidently got your attention anyhow. I figure the speeding "pick-up-point" probably works on a 10% of the posted speed limit. Therefore I normally run right at 82 in a 75, to be just under a trigger of 82.5 and above. This 10% trigger point makes sense for much lower posted speeds as well, a 25 zone would be 27.5 or above. Anyway, my approach, (including the muti-layered defenses noted earlier) has worked well for
  22. Folks, I was runnning a bit warm east on I-80 to Salt Lake City, (for no sponsor or pace car in front) and got nailed by the NHP airplane working with two NHP Trooper under an overpass. I saw an airplane high and far off at an oblique angle about 20-minutes beforehand. Their team efforts were rewarded by getting me and another car that was a few seconds behind. Yes, that's a ticket for $732, noting 83 in a 75. However, if you read carefully, there was no citation checked for that particular speeding offense. The $732 was for not having our "Proof of financial responsibility"
  23. To all of you perfectionists, (and you know who you are...), stop reading now, "She Who Must Be Obeyed", reminded me that I had to put the Caddy back together for a trip this weekend. I spent about 2-hours applying some fiberglass/Bondo and a hand rasp. Followed by a sander and a bit of spot putty. It was a bit tricky to get the edge countor close. I used a white appliance epoxy that I had around. I wanted to see if I still "had it" as far as body work and painting. Apparently I still don't, or never did anyway... Here are some photos in progress and the finished product. Reme
  24. BBF, I think the video should have noted it as perhaps 450 Kv or 450,000-volts, a measure of electrical "pressure" (so to speak), instead of 4500 Kw or kilowatt, which is a measure of electrical volumn or workload. As you may know, it is more efficient to distribute power at very high voltages, but the practical limit on high voltage power lines is about 1,200,000-volts or things within several hundred feet get fried every now and then. That's one of the reasons power lines are high and we stay far, far below... Regarding the video itself, I believe the air is ionized by the initial
  25. Thanks Rob, I spent a few minutes withe a 10mm wrench and took out the assembley. It seems we are all right, sorta... The body part is indeed seperate, but I can certainly see how can be ordered as one assembly as well. The "Grille Bezel" as noted earlier by Rob via Cardio-Doc's eBay page, also serves as the frame of sorts. The Grille tends to clip/float inside the bezel/frame which provides some spring, perhaps to reduce impact damage to the brittle plastic of the grille itself. Check out the the odd frame to grille fasteners. These fasteners screw into the plastic fram
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