Got the parts to take care of the deer damage. Also another VIN 9 block from a '98.
No more games- Caddy's aren't fast in many people's eyes. Mark99STS proved what a N* was capable of with the turbo setup and retaining FWD.
Update on the R&D division at Northstar Performance. We'll be devoting some of our recently aquired 4400 sq. ft. shop to do a perfomance build on my daily driver.
These are the plans for the four different performance build-ups.
Stage I - retains factory heads and bottom end
Stage II - bottom end modified, 2000+ head design, headers & custom intake
Stage III - all out supercharged, still FWD
Stage IV - RWD conversion w/headers, blown, and custom EFI setup
Stage I is a test. Without changing a whole lot, I want to see what can be done to the power output of these cars, starting with a factory VIN 9 / 3.71:1 car.
For starters the 93-99's had far stronger connecting rods than the 2000+. I've seen too many 2000+ with bent/thrown rods from a fluid-locked cylinder. So a '98 is a good year to start with.
I'm working on being able to swap the older forged rods into a 2000+ engine- custom piston pin bushings need to be made and I'll be doing that a bit later.
Plans for the Stage I upgrade:
-ported cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds
-custom ground cams (possibly from CHRFAB)
-slightly modified exhaust down-pipe
-free flowing exhaust system
-modified air intake system (not quite what you're thinking)
-dog-bones to hold the engine in place under WOT runs
Nothing super special is being done here but we'll see what the output becomes. We're hoping for a 20-25HP increase at the flywheel, although a wheel dyno will be used.
With all the HG jobs and stud kits we're shipping, this will take some time, but the build-up will be fully documented, photos will be taken (lots) and no B.S. "We cannot say" or "We cannot release that info yet". We're not expecting 400HP from this; we're being realistic. This is only stage 1 of the Caddy Performance project. Stage IV will be cool, and I think my Eldo is going to get elected for that one.
My STS was tearing up the streets in stock form. Let's see what more we can do with these luxurious beasts.