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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets... in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Yeah, I got that...the "key" is also on the squared connector...same spot, just squared... I thought it was odd, really......
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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    Yeah, I got that...the "key" is also on the squared connector...same spot, just squared...

    I thought it was odd, really...

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    Good stuff. Looking forward to your future posts. Keep up the good work.

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    So you surfaced after a ~7 year vacation ???? (Last post was 08/07 !)

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    So you surfaced after a ~7 year vacation ???? (Last post was 08/07 !)
    Duh, that's why they call him "closet boy"...

    So...wait...he came out of the closet on my thread...?

    At any rate, thank you...
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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    IT'S FINALLY IN THE HOLE!!!

    Will post more later, maybe when I get running...

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    Make sure you take some pictures and a video if possible! I've been following this thread since the beginning. Good job!

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    I don't know, but I think I wasted my money on this headlight repair kit...

    Needed something to do while the weather is bad...





    They are both done now, but it is sleeting outside and I can't put them in...hell, I can't even work on the car...

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    With all the crappy weather we've been having around here, it's hard to make solid progress on the car...so I have been doing things on it that I can do inside...like repainting the beauty cover...

    Some may remember the old paint scheme I had on the motor...



    To me, it lacked the definition that I wanted...so this time I painted the risers on it too...





    I like this a lot better...
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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    Damn That looks good. I want to do that to both mine since I got them, stock cover ugly.
    I'm going to try and find paint you used and any tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01 View Post
    Damn That looks good. I want to do that to both mine since I got them, stock cover ugly.
    I'm going to try and find paint you used and any tips.
    It's Cummings Beige and satin black.

    I chose those colors because the car is bronze with a saddle interior and carriage top...that and the motor is partly black.

    I painted the beige first, then taped the basic outline with an edge lock tape...created a set of templates out of laminate for countertops to cut out the areas in black so all would be uniform.

    A few hours of layout and painting...

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    So just generic engine paint basically? didn't know it it needed to be plastic specific paint. Do you think a regular paint would hold up that I can match to the car? I paint a lot of under hood stuff, just usually basic colors and stick to metal parts.
    Thanks, want to do right the first time.

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    I wet sanded the "NORTHSTAR 32V" off of the front of the cover to get it flat and smooth and had the casting bubbles come through the urethane...sucked...

    The first time I painted it with Krylon flat black for plastics which hid a lot of the bubbles (the paint stuck very well), this time I had to go back and block (wet sand) the crap out of the paint to get rid of them.

    I would just suggest that if you sand through all of it to the urethane (the original paint cuts quick with a 400 grit wet/dry), get a urethane etching primer (adhesion promoter) and dust it (no need for a heavy coat), then spray it with a sandable primer to fill in all the holes...with this as a base you can spray whatever you want on it.

    If you don't want to front for a good adhesion promoter (they can be expensive), get a flat plastics paint, coat it fairly heavy, and sand it down smooth (but not through the paint), and then get a grey sandable primer and start working your colors from there...

    The engine cover doesn't see any kind of really hot temps to be worried about the paint falling off...
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    For the love of...

    Bought new radiator because old one was, well, old...the last thing I have to do to start filling and firing is connect the top trans cooling line to the radiator...

    whatever engineer thought it was a brilliant idea to have one aluminum fitting screw into another was an idiot...

    Stripped out both the connector AND the radiator...hoping a radiator shop can do something for me otherwise I just wasted $160....

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    Not sure if this model is different, but usually those line connections are o-ringed. You only need to compress the o-ring to get a seal. Aluminum should have been adequate for this application. No need to he-man the connection...

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    Re: STS now in for...sigh...headgaskets...

    It wasn't the he-man thing, it's the angle of approach...hard to see if it's in square...especially at night...

    Radiator shop said they will fix for $45....sigh...better than another new unit...

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