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    SugsPa is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Hand Built Motors

    I've heard that the 4.4L motors used in our Vs are put together by hand in stead of on an assembly line. If they are, is their a signature on the motor somewhere by the mechanic. My son has a 2013 Shelby GT 500 with a hand built motor and the builders signed a plate on the motor.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    Yep mine has a name on it. I forgot the name ill look tomorrow and report back.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    Yep on the left valve cover when looking at the engine hafe under the intake. Bruce bilt mine.

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    Anthony W. Hoskins built mine.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    Tom Morrissey

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    I've had my V since Dec 08 and have never had the plastic cover off the motor. I'm gonna check it out and find the signature and post it. Not gonna be this coming week though.

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    Definite nice touch by GM for the STS V.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    Don't forget xlr-v. I'm willing to bet the high price of these cars has a lot to do with the engine. Another large part the interior.

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    Yeah that is a part of the reason the XLR died.
    Nobody thought about it very often.
    There is a new owner of a non V XLR just down the road from me. Silver and the owner likes to leave it outside with the top down all the time.

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    Interesting. Back home there's an xlr-v and a cts-v coupe on my block. I make the 3rd.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

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    ...and the owner likes to leave it outside with the top down all the time.
    Yeah, that's what happens when the vehicles get cheap on the used market, I noticed the same thing with the Corvettes. Once they become cheap enough for the average Joe to afford you start seeing them treated like a $20K car. Good and bad in that. Good for me price-wise buying them used, bad for me in having to sort through so many abused/neglected vehicles trying to find a decent one.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    I want to say that I've only seen maybe 3 XLRs 'in the wild' in the last 5 years. None of them were "V".
    The one down the road from me, one in the winter on snowy roads back when I was in college (when it was still a production car) and one just as a random passerby.

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    Their is a silver xlr v in Tulsa ok along with a black xlr v in Muskogee ok

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    They're a very visually stunning car in person. I'd say they have the looks and proportions to hang with supercars. Definitely makes the Nissan gtr look civil.

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    Re: Hand Built Motors

    We've got the builder plate, too.
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