: New to forum 88 Eldorado



gprestonmoto
06-12-13, 09:37 PM
Hey guys, so I'm a new Cadillac owner. My grandfather was a Cadillac fanatic and he passed away in 2004. Since then my grandmother always kept the 88 Eldorado running, hoping to one day give it to me. After screwing around for 5 years after high school, I joined the Air Force and was injured in Iraq. I came home in December and am taking ownership of the Eldorado. Unfortunately my grandmother let it sit for about 4 years. Currently it starts with starting fluid and dies but I'm assuming that's because the gas is crap. I put a new battery in it so far and that's it. She said it leaks into the passenger floorboard so I'm assuming that's the heater core lines gone to hell. and I'll be working on that as soon as I can get it running. I'm looking to get it up in tip top shape to use as my daily driver as well as my car audio shop's demo car. The stereo will be retarded amazing.

Anyway, any tips are appreciated, I'm here to learn, and any questions regarding car stereo for any of your Cads can and will be answered by me no problem at all. I have access to many parts distributors as well as identification info on your vehicles so please feel free to ask or even meet up for any info. My name's Drew and it's great to be here.

Ranger
06-12-13, 09:52 PM
:welcome: and thanks for your service.

Probably is bad gas, but you might check fuel pressure just to rule out the fuel pump. Look down into the TB while someone cranks it. If you see (and hear) the two injectors pulsing, the pump is working.

talismandave
06-12-13, 11:03 PM
Drew, honored to have you with us!
Grandpa was a Cadillac man, Grandma valued it enough to preserve it for you, and you are an injured Vet!
I love your family, sounds like you were "raised right".:thumbsup:

I look forward to getting to know you!:welcome5:

gprestonmoto
06-12-13, 11:10 PM
Oh wow thanks a lot man. Yea I'm a Cadillac person through and through. Really excited about getting the Eldorado to its former glory and beyond. Money isn't as available as it used to be (wife's pregnant with our first) but I should be able to get her all she deserves with time.

HAZZARDJOHN
06-12-13, 11:19 PM
Welcome! Nice story, I too got my grandfather's Cadillac. It was sitting for about 6 years before I got it. I had to replace brake lines, fuel, and filters and fix a bunch of leaks from old dried out gaskets as well as buy new tires as they were dry rotted and flat spotted. Check those things. Treasure the car and remember why you have it. People give me a lot of crap for my ole caddy but when I tell them what it means to me they usually understand.

Oh and sorry about being named Drew! Hang out for a while and you will get that joke :P

77CDV
06-12-13, 11:30 PM
:welcome: The 88s with the 4.5 V8 are solid, reliable cars that will go for several 100000s of miles with routine maintanence. Let's see some pics of your new beauty!

gprestonmoto
06-12-13, 11:36 PM
:welcome: The 88s with the 4.5 V8 are solid, reliable cars that will go for several 100000s of miles with routine maintanence. Let's see some pics of your new beauty!

Ok.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/DIRTYENGINEPOP1.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/DIRTYSIDEPOP2.jpg

This is where my crazy fun will happen... muahahahahaha *creepy villain voice
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/FUTURECRAZINESS.jpg

And after a quick wash.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/HOSEITOFF.jpg

talismandave
06-13-13, 12:02 AM
....Grandpa ROCKED! That is a sweet lookin' Cadillac!:cool2:

gprestonmoto
06-13-13, 12:28 AM
Thanks a lot man. My grandfather meant a lot to me. He was in the Korean War and taught me a lot. I enlisted to try and make a better life for my wife and I, and because I wanted to pay my grandfather back for his service. This place is really cool.

orconn
06-13-13, 12:37 AM
A very nice way to come by a very nice car. Congratulations!

talismandave
06-13-13, 12:53 AM
When you get some time you may be interested in this thread link. It is a member in the RWD forums build thread. He competes in car audio competitions.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville-fleetwood-1985/234072-cadillacpimpinnolas-95-fleetwood-buildup-56k-your.html

gprestonmoto
06-13-13, 01:30 AM
Been reading through it. The fiberglass work is incredible.

CadillacLuke24
06-13-13, 02:08 AM
Good luck on getting the Eldo back to pristine shape. Looks good so far. Welcome!

Bullitt
06-13-13, 06:11 AM
wow, that's a nice Caddy. There have been many bad things said about the GM products from the 80's and 90's. Although I don't agree with all of them, I admit I am influenced by them. That's why I always think twice before I praise a product from that era ;). But that's about to change because those cars are becoming real classics. Your Eldo is already one. Looking forward to see Your restoration process. Best wishes from Europe.

STS_Seville_Hunter
06-13-13, 03:37 PM
Thats a good lookin Eldo, glad to see another person with a unappreciated 86-91 join.
Fuel pumps dead, the ethanol in the gas wrecks havok on electric fuel pumps once the gas goes bad from sitting.

77CDV
06-13-13, 03:46 PM
She's a beauty! :thumbsup:


Ok.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/DIRTYENGINEPOP1.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/DIRTYSIDEPOP2.jpg

This is where my crazy fun will happen... muahahahahaha *creepy villain voice
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/FUTURECRAZINESS.jpg

And after a quick wash.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g432/gprestonmoto/HOSEITOFF.jpg

cadillac kevin
06-13-13, 04:43 PM
nice looking eldorado. seems to be well optioned (has the UX1 stereo and leather wheel). Got any more pics of that beauty?

I will say, the redesigned downsized cars (circa 1990) have been growing on me lately. Although they may not be the most inspired cars, they are cool looking in their own right and with some mods can be good performing cars.

talismandave
06-14-13, 12:47 AM
I was working selling Olds when those were introduced and the fit and finish on them were miles ahead of the GM norm for those days.

I hated the Cadillac models only out of selfish spite. I hated what they represented, the end of the large imposing Cadillacs that I had grown up with. I loved them in the Olds or Buick models, but felt that Cadillac had given up the entirety of their brand by going small, and knew it was a foreshadowing of a dark period for full size luxury car drivers.

I have now found myself carefully watching CL ads for cars just like you beautiful example!

drewsdeville
06-14-13, 07:16 AM
the fit and finish on them were miles ahead of the GM norm for those days.

Yes. Not only those days - plus or minus 10 years.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-14-13, 10:07 AM
That's a nice looking '88 Eldorado, it's tough to find one in that condition nowadays. Cool story too. My grandpa always drove Hondas, so I feel sort of honored in a sense to sell them. I know where you're coming from.

cadillac kevin
06-14-13, 11:22 AM
Yes. Not only those days - plus or minus 10 years.

The fit and finish on those was about as good as my 05 equinox, except the equinox's interior materials are textured hard plastic, painted hard plastic, and more hard plastic, while those cars had lots of "soft touch plastic" in them.

lacville78
06-15-13, 04:15 AM
Drop that tank, flush that old gas out of there, get a new fuel pump and strainer, and a new fuel filter. It sounds like more work than it really is, and will result in a reliable car. Also do you have any service records? If not do the usual new belt, hoses, plug wires, plugs, pcv, air filter, oil change with new filter. Also VERY IMPORTANT check the condition of the coolant, it would be best to drain it, flush, new thermostat, and new coolant additive from GM. That engine needs the coolant additive to prevent corrosion of the head gaskets.

That car is worth taking care of, and with proper service will be just as reliable as a new car.

Thanks for joining!
Tom.

gprestonmoto
07-11-13, 07:49 PM
Any recommendations on fuel pump? I'm a big fan of Walbro pumps and have used them quite regularly. I'll investigate to see if there's a kit for the Eldo but my budget is pretty low now, someone stole a lot of electrical tools out of my current DD. Hurts pretty bad lol.

77CDV
07-11-13, 10:36 PM
Post your question up in the Eldo/Seville subforum. You'll probably get an answer faster up there.

MoistCabbage
07-11-13, 10:49 PM
No fancy/high flow pump kits available or necessary for your car. It uses a pump/level sending unit assembly inside the tank. Take a look on www.rockauto.com .

Faith76
07-11-13, 11:58 PM
Hi! Nice to meet you.