- 10-24-12 05:59 PM #1Cadillac Owners Member
- Automobile(s): 1979 Sedan Deville
- Join Date
- Oct 2012
What's going down folks? I am new 'round here and also new to owning cars. I bought a 1979 Cadillac Sedan Deville this past Saturday. It's the first car I've ever owned and I am pretty amped about it. I am eager to learn about the car itself and how to maintain it. I bought it in pretty good condition. No rust and it runs pretty well. Right around 119xxx miles on it with new spark plugs in the v8. But, I do have a few questions any help would be greatly appreciated. First the guy who had it before me took good care of it, but is there anything I should check/change immediately. I only ask because recently, the past two days, when I start the car it dies. So, what I've been doing is revving the engine while it's in idle and once I get the car going she runs fine. But, it seems like maybe it's not getting the gas it needs for first gear. Also, the windshield wiper fluid doesn't work. The pump pumps, but nothing comes out. I saw a thread about that (and posted in it) and realize it's a common problem. So, I am going to try the suggestions stated there. Many thanks, here are a few pictures! 20121020141115943.jpg 2012102214294625.jpg20121022143252427.jpg20121022182705679.jpg I posted that last one to double check something. I just remove that white box to checkout the washer fluid pump, correct?
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- 10-24-12 07:23 PM #2
Welcome! Nice 79! I have found using gas that does not contain ethanol makes a difference in how my 79 drives. As for starting, follow the instructions in the owners manual. I simply press the gas pedal down once and release slowly, car starts up after a few cranks and should keep running. Good luck, have fun with that cool car, and we are all here to help!
- 10-24-12 09:24 PM #3
Cool old Cadillac. What an outstanding way to start car ownership! The engine looks nice and original and just dirty enough. Looks well kept.
Enjoy the car and the forum. It's a great group here.
- 10-24-12 09:46 PM #4
Thats a nice looking cadillac. I can't say I've ever seen brown with a white top before.
As for starting it, you will want to push the gas pedal to the floor and release two times.
If it is cold out, it will take a couple minutes to "warm up." Even if it was cold in the morning, and you start it up later when its warmer, let it warm up a couple minutes before you take it on the road. It will run much better.
- 10-25-12 10:18 PM #5Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
- Automobile(s): 1975 hearse, 1976 hearse
- Join Date
- Nov 2010
- Franklin Lakes, NJ
A fine car! Post Road Brown with a white elk grain top. Rather uncommon combination.
What you're experiencing is typical for late 70s carb equipped cars. That hesitation is from the primitive smog gear.
When starting cold, according to the owners manual, press the accelerator to the floor and slowly release, then crank. Repeat if necessary. The engine will light off at a high idle, let it do this for 45 seconds, then lightly tap the gas and the idle will decrease. Don't be afraid to give it a few minutes to warm up. It will make a world of difference if you do.
- 10-26-12 10:19 PM #6
Thanks for the start-up tips guys. Been giving her some time to idle and start up and she's been running good. I ordered a new pump for the windshield wiper fluid. Because the pump would move and everything, but nothing would come out. My roommate and I took apart the device, and what we concluded that the O-ring in the pump wasn't creating a vacuum seal. So, heres to hoping that is the problem. Cheers!
- 10-26-12 11:51 PM #7
- 10-27-12 09:59 PM #8
Definitely a firemist paint. They all tended to burn out like that early on, where the hood and trunk would be dull but the sides would still shine. She looks to be a real beauty. Love to see interior pics. Enjoy your new-to-you 1979 Cadillac! The 1977-1979 Cadillacs were probably the best Cadillacs ever built. Not that I'm biased or anything.
- 10-28-12 03:30 PM #9
The 8-track and radio work. Well, the FM radio works. The guy before me cut off the antenna because apparently it didn't work. The back is well maintained too. I just didn't get a good picture of it. All four cigar lighters work as well. I think the 8-track is cool and everything, but I think going to put a deck in there.
- 10-28-12 04:16 PM #10
If you're going to be installing an aftermarket radio, I'd recommend getting another surround to cut up. That way, in case you sell it, you can put it back stock (plus intact surrounds are hard to find as most have been cut up for an aftermarket radio)
- 10-28-12 06:09 PM #11
^What Kevin said. Also, after seeing your interior, your exterior is definitely Burnished Gold.
- 10-30-12 02:28 PM #12
Regarding the radio, get a kit to attach to the aftermarket radio's wiring, do not cut the factory harness. The aftermarket radio requires a constant 12 volt source to retain clock and set station memory. I used the courtesy light wire on the light just above the climate control panel, its got power all the time. Get another radio surround bezel to modify. Color does not matter. You can transfer your color panel to the new bezel. if it were mine, I would have a brake fluid flush done and brake wheel cylinders inspected for seepage. Good first car!
- 11-01-12 09:45 PM #13
- 11-01-12 11:20 PM #14Originally Posted by KakthePoleCat
As for the surround, that will be a junkyard item. If you can't get it, I'm sure a member here can get one for you.
Go up to the RWD deville/ brougham forum and post in the parts for sale/ wanted sticky.
As for the surround (the 2 dash vents, radio area, and climate control area that make up the center dash panel), the chrome and wood part is seperate from the colored vinyl part that matches the interior color. You only need the chrome and wood part. One from a 77-79 deville or fleetwood will work.
- 12-12-12 04:26 PM #15
I get what you guys are saying now. Yeah and I watched a video online about how to do it and the guy hacked up the radio holder and I don't want to do that. I'm thinking that the new radio will be a summer job.
Just a couple of questions. I got everything running good after I took my car to the shop and it turned out I needed a new master cylinder and it was running great for about a week or two. But, now sometimes when I put my car into drive it turns off. The reverse works every time I believe. I haven't tried to put it into low. It than also "putts" when I accelerate. When in park it only does it when I apply very little pressure to the gas pedal, but once it's in the higher gears it goes away except sometimes while I'm driving it does that same thing and the engine "putts" along having a hard time accelerating to a higher speed. Now, this doesn't happen all the time some days she rides smooth. Is there anything in particular I should be looking at? I searched the site and saw people were having the same problem, but with newer cars so I didn't think the same tricks would apply. Also, the car when started emits a lot white smoke out the back. I'm pretty sure I need a new tailpipe could this be the reason the car is acting weird?
Edit-Thank you for all the help so far!