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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, 1999 concours HG decision. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I'm planning on starting the thread once the whole process gets a green light. I believe the third book is ...
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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    I'm planning on starting the thread once the whole process gets a green light. I believe the third book is a transmission book. I remember having read that somewhere. Not sure though.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    How long would this take? I know it can take months. But if I go at it daily for a few good hours and don't have to wait for parts, what should I expect? I know ordering parts would slow it down, that's why once the thread started I'll ask there what MUST be bought new.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Delwood View Post
    How long would this take? I know it can take months. But if I go at it daily for a few good hours and don't have to wait for parts, what should I expect?
    Weeks.

    There is no telling. It just depends on how many slowdowns you face and how diligent you are. I can take anywhere from a few days for those who do it all the time to several months for people who just take their time.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Delwood View Post
    2. I would need a list with the tools needed (extra credit for those who post pictures, prices, links, etc. ) E.g. all the J tools that the FSM mentions, or similar. It would be helpful to have info on the big machinery (crane, pallet loader, digger, jack-hammer, nuclear ractor and what not, in order to move heavy stuff).
    3. List of all possible things to do while at it (hoses and filters and gaskets and GM know what's hidden and only accessible while the engine is away from the car) along with any pertaining info. I'm planning to change the A/C compressor, which I understand is making noise when engaging, and has a leak somewhere around it. It could be just some part of it, but I don't know which one. (The compressor itself runs if the system is charged.)
    Have you checked the Tech Tips section? There are several lengthy threads about this job. A current one by Bill Buttermoore and one slightly older by Fadedcrest, Joe Tahoe and a few more that I forget. LOTS of good info and pics to help you decide.

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    I'm going through the Northstar Performance threads and stickies.

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    Possible location found. 45' from home. $100/two weeks. It's covered but not entirely enclosed. Would working on the engine at outdoor humidity and temperature changes be advised?

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    i don't see why not

    our shop is not climate controlled
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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Delwood View Post
    Possible location found. 45' from home. $100/two weeks. It's covered but not entirely enclosed. Would working on the engine at outdoor humidity and temperature changes be advised?
    It wouldn't be advisable down here because you'd get heat stroke. Wah wah wah.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Delwood View Post
    Possible location found. 45' from home. $100/two weeks. It's covered but not entirely enclosed. Would working on the engine at outdoor humidity and temperature changes be advised?
    45 feet from home? Is it next door?

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    45 minutes.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    [QUOTE=Glenn Delwood;3002787]Possible location found. 45' from home. $100/two weeks. It's covered but not entirely enclosed. Would working on the engine at outdoor humidity and temperature changes be advised?[/QUOTE
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    its not going to bother the car -
    but what about you -

    what about security?

    can you leave all your tools - floor jack -
    engine hoist - jack stands - there - safely?

    how are the mosquitoes -

    electricity?

    how about lights?

    do you have fans?

    what if it rains - hard - high winds - storms -

    earlier you talked about putting in a "few good hours a day" -
    or something like that -

    now you have 1 3/4 hours to drive there and back -
    plus load and unload tools - equipment - etc -

    that cuts your time to one hour - maybe a little more per day -
    lets just call it 1 1/2 hours of "work time" -

    it's going to take 10 to 15 minutes - maybe more - to get back up to speed -
    just when you get rolling - you gotta "put it to bed" -
    and start again the next day -

    this is NOT sounding good - what happens to the space after 2 weeks?

    I'm really rooting for you Glenn - I really am -
    but I just don't see it going well -
    an hour or two per day for two weeks -
    and you've never done anything like this before?

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.



    Some years back, I bought a motorhome that wasn't running... and ironically, it was also 45 minutes away. The 1.5 hour drive back and forth made working on it where it was absolutely miserable. I would look for something closer. BTW, I also thought you meant 45 feet.

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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

    yeah i just noticed the OP's in canada where they use the metric system and ' means minutes since feet are what you put into shoes
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    Re: 1999 concours HG decision.

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    yeah i just noticed the OP's in canada where they use the metric system and ' means minutes since feet are what you put into shoes
    LOL. Makes sense. I've only seen the ' symbol for minutes on map coordinates.

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    I've lived on the USA for 6 years where I went to school. I know feet and miles, which I actually prefer. What about metric tools on GM cars? How do you explain that?

    I'll go take a look at the spot and see if it's doable. I will also keep looking. And basscat, you're right, I haven't done this before.

    I also have a friend willing to help (he's done a couple of HG jobs on non US cars, Toyota, Opel) and possibly another friend also very mechanically inclined.
    I'm still reading the book and the forum. Honestly, I'd learn better by seeing & hands on, rather than the book and that mainly because I haven't done other big jobs like others around here.
    I might be able to put in a good 4-5h on a shorter day. At least that's what I'm hoping.

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