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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, 97 ETC Head Gasket Project in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; Greetings Guys, With the help of 98eldo32v we are about to tackle the heads. The car has been sitting for ...
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    97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    Greetings Guys,

    With the help of 98eldo32v we are about to tackle the heads. The car has been sitting for about 4 years so this is long overdue. I will attach pics to show any obstacles and what we have accomplished so far. The first thing we dealt with was the car not starting and making a crunching noise when we tried. Come to find out the starter nose was broken. Right now we got the engine out and I'm just waiting on the stud kit from Carroll Custom Cadillac.
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    Re: 97 Eldorado ETC Head Gasket Project

    Good luck! Thank you for bringing one of these cars back! You will definitely look back on this as a good idea. Sounds like 98eldo is sharing his expertise Go get 'em guys!!
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    Re: 97 Eldorado ETC Head Gasket Project

    While you're waiting, pull that exhaust pipe crossover Y and Dremel tool the extra metal inside where the left bank pipe is welded in.

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    ooh a real garage with a lift. mmmmm donuts!
    Keep the camera clicking
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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    Will do...thanks for the tip Sub

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    Yes Red,

    We'll dremel out the crossover, they are horrible on the inside. A bit time consuming, but should pay off in an easier breathing motor........

    Gents,

    That was the first "out the bottom" drop I've done. In my personal opinion a lift is almost mandatory, but if you can get the vehicle high enough and have access to a pallet jack you should be alright.

    For the "diehards" like myself, the motor will come out the top also.

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    Have u had it for 4 yrs or did u buy it and previous owner said it had sat for 4 yrs? Broken starter is rare. I might install new starter and see if motor cranks ok first. Than tear into motor. But that's just me. Or maybe motor overheated and than starter broke and owner said that's it. Park it?

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    I had rotated the motor by hand a few turns before I dropped it. Now that it's out of the car, I'll give the roundy round before I cut it open more.......

    Stay tuned........

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    I had her for a while now, she ran fine before i sat her down when she started having overheating issues. We were both shocked to see the broken starter, had no idea that was making the noise

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    Have u had it for 4 yrs or did u buy it and previous owner said it had sat for 4 yrs? Broken starter is rare. I might install new starter and see if motor cranks ok first. Than tear into motor. But that's just me. Or maybe motor overheated and than starter broke and owner said that's it. Park it?

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    Good luck on the rebuild! Here are a couple pics in reference to the flex pipe mentioned, I cleaned mine out last week. I used a bigger air grinder, a dremel would work, but I bet it would take a while, whatever you have to do to clean that mess out though. This is an Aurora flex pipe, but it's the same Idea, it's going on a 4.6 for my Aurora.




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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    I searched all over for those damned pictures.

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    Re: 97 ETC Head Gasket Project

    Ranger why is everybody beating you to the pics, LOL

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