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    new here and need some advice

    first and formost i like to say hi to my fellow cadillac owners. I have a 1969 Deville. I would like to rebuild the 472 in her and get some new suspension (bushings and all that good stuff). Does anyone have any suggestions or at least point me in the right direction. A nice reputable shop would be great. I live in Los Angeles... Cheers.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    If you rely on other people do all the mechanicals then you need to do your homework.
    The trick is to avoid using your car and your money for on the job training.
    You want to talk with customers of any shop which you consider. This will take time.
    Reputable shops will look at problems and call you with a quote before starting work. If blank check type situations are suggested, run like he!!.
    Maybe local car clubs can help.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by themeat
    first and formost i like to say hi to my fellow cadillac owners. I have a 1969 Deville. I would like to rebuild the 472 in her and get some new suspension (bushings and all that good stuff). Does anyone have any suggestions or at least point me in the right direction. A nice reputable shop would be great. I live in Los Angeles... Cheers.
    There's a place down here in Carlsbad (North County.. about an hour from you) Called Drag masters. They do a considerable amount of work on old cars etc.. They have a complete machine shop, and are more then capable of doing what you want. My 76 sedan deville is down there right now for some work. I've always been a do it yourselfer kind of guy.. So if I'm going to pay someone to do it, I don't care if it costs a little more I'd rather have it done "right." As in, when I pull it apart later I'll be happy with what I see. That's the impression I get from this place.. If your interested in something that far away let me know and I'll get you the # etc..

    RD

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    Rebuilding the suspension isn't that hard, and definately within reach of the do-it-yourselfer. I did it myself on my Camaro and plan to someday for the Caddy. It just takes time and some grunt-work.

    For the engine rebuild, I'd find a top-notch shop though. These engines were built really well from the factory, and a great many that haven't been scrapped or badly abused are still running strong without ever being opened up. Some of the hotrod mags that have opened junkyard engines up found the bearings to still be in factory spec and honing crosshatch still on the bores. That's quality. Basically, your run-of-the-mill rebuilder probably won't put you off that much better than you are now unless your engine is REALLY beat.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    Do it yourself, all you need is a set of wrenchs for the suspension!

    Im in the process of doing a complete front end rebuild to my 68. I have purchased all of my suspension parts already from Advance Auto. They sell excellent parts. All of mine consisted of Moog, TRW and RareParts (very expensive).

    We both have the same suspension up front and they sell every solitary piece for it. If you dont have one near you go to www.partsamerica.com any order over $50 is free shipping for EVERY part under 20lbs and the website prices still match the store prices! Partsamerica and Advance seem to use the same database. I always look up what i need on partsamerica and then go to the store. At the store they usually have the same thing on the site (i always watch their computer screens), however sometimes they dont have as much, which is why i would order online... get what you need... free shipping and tax evasion.

    Another good site with everything is RockAuto.com They have an EXCLLENT selection because they have ACDelco parts for almost every category. Delco parts are way more expensive but they are original and high quality. I dont belive RockAuto provides free shipping however.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    JTraik, I finally broke down and ordered about $800 worth of Moog/TRW/Rareparts(pitman arm) to do my rebuild.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    thanks guys, i really do appreciate the help.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    Kanter Automotive also sells kits, but you will have to call to find out what brands they use... they are also a bunch of crooks with their overpricing.

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    Re: new here and need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by JTraik
    Kanter Automotive also sells kits, but you will have to call to find out what brands they use... they are also a bunch of crooks with their overpricing.
    They use Japanese brands IIRC

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