: If you are in New England, and you have blown head gaskets, read this.....



zr1mark
09-07-10, 09:02 AM
So my Son's '99 Eldorado blew a head gasket on the replacement used engine I had put in the car 3 years ago. I went onto Jake's website and saw that there was a guy about 3 towns over using his kit, and had already done a bunch of them. Their business name is Nemesis Motorsports and they are in Wakefield Mass.
After a few phone conversations I met up with Mike and dropped the car off 2 weeks ago. He explained that while the engine is out it's stupid not to change some of the parts that are so readily accessible. This included the O2 sensors, crank sensor, thermostat etc....So we did that also.

I'm pleased to say that the car has never run better !!! My Son hauled it back to school 2 hours away Saturday and said it drove like a dream.....The attention to detail was amazing, I could tell that extra care was used in cleaning up the block, recharging the A/C etc....

I am extremely happy with these guys !!!!

Have a great day,
Mark B. :yup:

Submariner409
09-07-10, 12:02 PM
Happy (but expensive) threads are always good news. Thanks.

Destroyer
09-07-10, 11:20 PM
Jake is a god when it comes to Northstar motors. Nemesis sounds like they are incredible as well. Glad to hear of your good experience. I wish I had Jake or Nemesis around when my N* crapped out. :bouncy:

Pete315
09-10-10, 10:52 PM
if you don't mind me asking, what was the final bill on the repairs?

zr1mark
09-13-10, 07:11 AM
Hey Pete,
The labor charge is a flat $2000.00, plus whatever parts he uses. The kit is around $600, the gaskets around $250.00, plus whatever else you have him change. I did 3 O2 sensors, crank sensor, cam sensor, thermostat, and afew other things while the motor was out....
So figure $2700.00 plus whatever else you decide to change. My Son is 2 hours away at school and last time we talked he said the car has never run better !!!

Pete1996
11-16-10, 12:12 PM
This shop seems to be the closest to us here in CT and we need to get HGs done.
Do you mind if I ask what the final bill was from this shop since we also need O2s
and probably the other parts you mention.

97EldoCoupe
11-16-10, 11:45 PM
Watch out. The owner has owed me $650 for well over 3 months. I will not refer him to anyone until he clears up his account with me. From what he stated he has lost his head mechanic and not sure where his business is going right now.

I've even asked for partial payment and he is not making an attempt to clear up his account. I will not ship Nemesis any more sets of studs for now.

Pete1996
11-17-10, 01:51 PM
Sorry to hear about the payment issue.

I take it then that there is no shop in the CT-NY-MA area that is authorized to rebuild with your kits?

Pete1996
11-23-10, 08:32 AM
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Sorry to hear about the payment issue. I take it then that there is no shop in the CT-NY-MA area that is authorized to rebuild with your kits?

zr1mark
11-24-10, 09:47 AM
Guys,
The Caddy has been running so well for my Boy, I hardly logged into the CaddyForum. I'm sorry that any issue has come up concerning Nemesis Motorsports, how do you think I feel after handing him $3200.00 for the repair ? My only consolation is that I know my job was done really really well, and I trust the integrity of the stud kit, so we'll have to see how many more years we get out of this wonderful car.
One of the best things we do with it is store it for the Winter, this has kept the mileage down, and the body can't be told from new !!!
As far as anyone in New England now.......I don't know.

To that end, everyone have a nice Thanksgiving,
Mark B.

Submariner409
11-24-10, 12:58 PM
If you're going to store it for the winter, spend the $40 to get a "Battery Minder" - a small 3-stage charger that puts out about 2 - 3 amps at charge but then ramps down to about 13.1 volts at nearly zero amps. This action keeps the battery fully charged, prevents cell plate sulfation, and insures that the car's PCM and module memories are always charged.

For more info on battery minders Google "guest battery charger" or "xantrex battery charger".

You might also want to consider pouring in an 8 ounce bottle of a marine engine oil stabilizer - NOT the Lucas product: a real, long storage oil stabilizer. Add the stabilizer, run the engine for a few minutes, and the oil film remains on all internal parts during storage - you don't have to change the oil at wake-up either - just drive the car. West Marine or any marine parts site or store.

97EldoCoupe
11-26-10, 03:29 PM
Once I get back to my shop I do have the name of a shop owner in CT I believe who is a total Cadillac/Aurora fan / specialist. He is very anxious to try the stud kit. I'll see if I can dig this info up.

zr1mark
11-29-10, 07:54 AM
Submariner409,
I appreciate your comment !!! I have been storing cars for years and years, and have always used battery tenders on them. I have the boys Caddy right next to the Corvette all snug in the garage. And I always use fuel stabilizer also....the new unleaded gas they've formulated in recent years is garbage after 3 months or so....

Take Care,
Mark

Submariner409
11-29-10, 08:08 AM
Mark, Yeah that ^^^

Making 100 day sub patrols and winterizing boat engines gives a LOT of long-storage practice............

On my conventional suspension cars I used to jack them up and place jackstands at all 4 corners - drop tire pressure down to 10 psi - the suspension hangs and unloads the struts, shocks and springs.

Some people even fog the engine, but that's difficult to do with today's long-runner port injection engines.

jimsbox
11-29-10, 09:49 AM
What do you mean by "fog the engine"?

97EldoCoupe
11-29-10, 10:12 AM
"Fog" the engine - oil mist - to prevent the internals of the engine from developing corrosion/rust/etc.

Ranger
11-29-10, 03:14 PM
You basically spray an oil mist into the intake while cranking the engine. The mist coats the cylinder walls for the long winters sleep.

tateos
11-29-10, 09:41 PM
Ahhhh - you guys with the oil fogging and the battery tenders and all that crapola - you've got the wrong idea - you should just come to the Phoenix desert for the winter, where it never snows - in fact, it hardly ever even rains here. If you don't want to or can't, just ship your cars to me and I'll drive them for you, and I guarantee there won't be any corrosion or rust on the engine internals or anywhere else for that matter.

vincentm
12-01-10, 10:21 AM
Ahhhh - you guys with the oil fogging and the battery tenders and all that crapola - you've got the wrong idea - you should just come to the Phoenix desert for the winter, where it never snows - in fact, it hardly ever even rains here. If you don't want to or can't, just ship your cars to me and I'll drive them for you, and I guarantee there won't be any corrosion or rust on the engine internals or anywhere else for that matter.


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