: 1970 Engine Compartment Restoration Pics



intragration
04-20-11, 03:31 AM
I'm nearing the half-way point of the engine compartment restoration on the DeVille, just thought I would share a few before and during pictures. The core support and radiator were a LOT of work, but made a big difference. Still lots to do, mostly details now.

I'd be interested to see your survivor or restored-to-original 472s and 500s...

http://www.1927.org/images/1970e02.jpg

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robb257731
04-20-11, 09:31 AM
Wow! Looks great!

steck
04-20-11, 09:34 AM
100 % better !


you just significantly raised the value of your caddi for sure !

outsider
04-20-11, 09:52 AM
that looks great. I plan to do this to my 69 caddy this summer.

69Chateau
04-20-11, 12:58 PM
Intagration,

First off, looks awesome! Good job!

Second, I noticed you don't have a hood pad / liner attached to your hood. Do you plan on adding a new one or continue running without?

Mine is terribly shoddy (original) and I'd actually like to replace it.

intragration
04-20-11, 01:17 PM
Thank you very much. Yeah, when I bought it the pad was missing. I plan to replace it, but I haven't found pre-cut original-type ones yet. I'm thinking I may have to make one. I had one on my Calais, but the car is sold. It was also not in such great shape. The thought had crossed my mind to take it down and see what the back side looked like...

jayoldschool
04-20-11, 01:33 PM
Nice work. Tell us how you did the master cylinder and the brake booster.

Do you want pics of my before and after? It's only a tiny 368...

intragration
04-20-11, 02:09 PM
Thank you. Sure, any pics are good. With the master and booster, first I went to Autozone ha ha... I did buy new ones, but only because they were shot. The booster and master cover are just clear coated, and the master is cast iron grey engine paint. I wasn't sure about the booster, if it should be natural or black. Problem was, when I replaced it, I didn't want to paint it before installing just in case it was bad and needed to be returned under warranty, and then once it's in, there's no way I'm taking it back out just to paint it. So I shot some clear into a cup and brushed it on. The texture of the metal breaks up the gloss and you can't even tell it's coated.

69Chateau
04-20-11, 02:18 PM
Hood liner... The only one that I've stumbled into in my research was from USA Parts and is labeled "69-70 All Exc. Eldo - Pre-Cut to Fit". Part number: 8.012AJ and is $48.56.

The only reason I haven't ordered it is because I need to play around with the hood insulation clips that are holding up the old liner. I have to determine if they'll be reusable on the new liner or not. Otherwise I'll need to order the right number of those as well.

CADforce69
04-20-11, 03:03 PM
Great work, intragration!! A clean and well cared engine compartment makes a difference in your classic car. Now Im focused in interior and exterior restoration, as well as other repairs but some day I would like to deal with engine compartment look. Mine is not very bad but need a good cleaning. Valve covers really need a painting job (Ive also seen new chromed ones at a good price). Ive saved these pics to guide me in the future. Here you are some of my 472 (A lot of work to do yet):

BTW, What kind of black paint have you used?

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csbuckn
04-20-11, 03:28 PM
Nice work, love how the headlights came out.

intragration
04-20-11, 07:57 PM
Thank you. Yours isn't so bad, it will clean up nicely. I usually use Krylon, they sell it everywhere, it holds up, and if I ever need to touch up, I know where to go. The trick was to get the gloss levels right, not too much or too little. On most areas, I used semi-gloss, and then Kit Scratch Out to bring out a little more shine. I was going for the look of the inner fenders, that is the factory paint on those. I tried to use different paint on different parts too, so that not everything looks like it was painted at exactly the same time.

For engine paint, MTS sells exact-match Cadillac blue. It's expensive, but very worth it. I'm still in-process with this, but there are no other paints that match Cadillac blue. They're either too dark, or too light, and always too "bright". Cadillac blue is kind of a dusty blue.

jayoldschool
04-20-11, 10:52 PM
cadforce, do yourself (and your starter) a favour and change out your battery cables! Yours look like mine did on my 81:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Cadillac/014.jpg

Here's the before, during, and after of my mild engine compartment refresh:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/001-2.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Cadillac/008-2.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Cadillac/002-3.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Cadillac/001-2.jpg

Cadillacboy
04-21-11, 01:37 PM
Excellent job, it looks new and definitely worth every stuff you do for these rides

CADforce69
04-23-11, 07:44 AM
cadforce, do yourself (and your starter) a favour and change out your battery cables! Yours look like mine did on my 81:


Thanks for the advice. Its something I didnt like when I took it home (above all that with isolating tape). There are so many things I have to fix that I forgot about it. :lol:

Your car has improved a lot with that mild restoration:thumbsup:. It looks not restored but well preserved. I think Ill start doing something like this little by little, starting by the most exposed to sight (and easiest to clean / restore) elements.

guyrobert
04-27-11, 09:07 PM
How did you deal with the imperfections (rust) before the black paint, did you sand or steel wool or?

intragration
04-27-11, 09:20 PM
For the most part, a wire wheel and a drill. For some areas, like the inner fenders, they were good enough to keep the original paint, so I just used a small pick and worked individual spots. I also used the POR15 rust converter, but I wasn't too overly concerned about it because the car isn't going to see water, and the paint should seal well enough for my purposes. In the past, I've never had recurrence of rust when I did it this way with water-free cars.

guyrobert
04-28-11, 02:25 PM
Thanks, I use that method when the parts are outside the car or tough to get at, I'll have to get out the dremmel for some of the tight spots
Cheers

jayoldschool
04-28-11, 11:34 PM
I also used wire wheel on a drill, and my bench grinder with a wire wheel. Followed by spray paint.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Cadillac/006-2.jpg

CADforce69
04-29-11, 04:54 PM
Thank you. Yours isn't so bad, it will clean up nicely. I usually use Krylon, they sell it everywhere, it holds up, and if I ever need to touch up, I know where to go. The trick was to get the gloss levels right, not too much or too little. On most areas, I used semi-gloss, and then Kit Scratch Out to bring out a little more shine. I was going for the look of the inner fenders, that is the factory paint on those. I tried to use different paint on different parts too, so that not everything looks like it was painted at exactly the same time.

For engine paint, MTS sells exact-match Cadillac blue. It's expensive, but very worth it. I'm still in-process with this, but there are no other paints that match Cadillac blue. They're either too dark, or too light, and always too "bright". Cadillac blue is kind of a dusty blue.

Thanx for the info ;) Some day Ill face engine compartmente cleaning / restoration and one of the issues is locating a good "cadillac engine blue" paint. A semi-gloss is what I think most appropiate for caddy engine compartment. Ill start by cleaning carefully although air intake pan shows some pitting so Ill have to paint it (Its the most visible thing :lol:). I did some restoration work in my other classic car engine compartment by sanding some rusted parts and painting them in a satin black with good results. I hope some day I get my 69 SDV as beautiful as your 70 in all aspects. :thumbsup:

intragration
04-30-11, 06:04 AM
Thank you. I'm telling you, the Cadillac blue MTS sells is almost a perfect match.