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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Caddy update: They noticed the distributor wasn't bolted down securely and the timing was changing causing the power loss. Now, ...
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Caddy update:

    They noticed the distributor wasn't bolted down securely and the timing was changing causing the power loss. Now, I know that we couldn't figure out how the distributor is supposed to be bolted down, so I'm not in the least bit surprised they found that out (although I didn't think it was the primary cause for loss of power).

    Does anyone know how the distributor is supposed to be fixed in place after you set the timing? It seemed like someone had RTVd the thing in before I took the distributor base out, and I didn't RTV it back in because I didn't think that was the official way to do it.

    Ideas?

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Is there not a clamp and bolt?
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    There should be a bolt hole close by that would be used to bolt down the distributer clamp.
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    There is a threaded rod with a washer and a nut UNDER the distributor base, but it's unclear to use how it does anything to keep the distributor from rotating... as far as we can see, it only keeps the distributor in the hole. There's supposed to be a clamp? When I took the caddy originally to be checked out at a place in san jose called Robbie's auto, they returned the car to me without the distributor bolted into the hole... it was just sitting in there.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    There should be a bolt, or perhaps a nut on a stud, and a clamp to hold that distributor in place. It's engineered in a way that no human could possibly see or touch it. The engineers still giggle themselves to sleep at night. When you have the right parts, you'll need a distributor wrench (a 90-degree wrench) to get on the bolt/nut and even then you can get like 1/100" of a turn at a time out of it. It would take hours to tighten properly. Or at least that's how I recall them. YMMV.
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by turbojimmy View Post
    There should be a bolt, or perhaps a nut on a stud, and a clamp to hold that distributor in place. It's engineered in a way that no human could possibly see or touch it. The engineers still giggle themselves to sleep at night. When you have the right parts, you'll need a distributor wrench (a 90-degree wrench) to get on the bolt/nut and even then you can get like 1/100" of a turn at a time out of it. It would take hours to tighten properly. Or at least that's how I recall them. YMMV.
    There is a nut on a stud. How the heck does it keep the distributor in place?

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    You're missing the clamp.
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    What's it look like? I could probably go pull one off at the Pick-n-Pull.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Yeah, you can get one from the JY...
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...B6bbyQGDjIDAAw
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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    You need the part numbered as 17.

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Caddy update:

    I found the funny shaped washer (i.e. clamp) that holds the distributor in place. Now I need a distributor wrench.

    Because of work, I haven't been able to go get the Caddy yet, but we're definitely going down to get the caddy in the morning. I need to test drive it to make sure it'll be able to handle at least 40mph. Once we feel comfortable that the caddy is in decent shape to drive up the 17, we're going to take it to get smogged.

    I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. The uncertainty makes me worry a bit. :/

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    Quote Originally Posted by nebulosity View Post
    I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. The uncertainty makes me worry a bit. :/
    Fingers crossed for you! Definitely hoping that everything works out. I'm a huge fan of the '84 Coupes, and it always sucks seeing one down. BEST OF LUCK!

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    Re: Cherie's '84 Coupe DeVille Project

    I wish you luck but I would bet money a poor running car will not pass smog.

    I always tell my girlfriend to wear something sexy when she takes her old clunkers in for inspection. Surprisingly it works and they always miss the medium sized rust holes that I didn't feel like fixing. I tell her to keep talking and joking with the guys while they are under the car to mess up their train of thought lol. Probably irrelevant for a smog check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greencadillacmatt

    Fingers crossed for you! Definitely hoping that everything works out. I'm a huge fan of the '84 Coupes, and it always sucks seeing one down. BEST OF LUCK!
    Thanks!! We need it. We'll do our best and keep you guys updated.

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    Caddy update:

    Took the Caddy for a test drive and to the gas station for a little more gas (first gas station fillup in years!!). The Caddy drove quite nicely! A lot like I remember it. Not a race car obviously, but it absolutely did not struggle or backfire, even on modest hills. I got up to 45mph no problem whatsoever.

    The only issue now is that it still needs a new valve cover gasket and one of the holes probably need to be re-tapped. Since I apparently screwed it up last time, Im just gonna let the guys at Larrys take care of it. They wot be able to get to it for a week or so, but theres no hurry since my moving permit is good for 60 days.

    We're on our way to go replace the battery because it doesnt really hold a charge anymore. Then we go pick up the calve cover gasket at winchester auto, put in the new battery and leave the new gaskets in the Caddy.

    It was throwing some codes at first: 12, 15, 23, 30, 52, but after we took out the battery (and then had to put it back in to move the car, lol) effectively clearing the codes, I was getting a 16 and a 52. I left my shop manual at home by accident, so I cant remember what all the codes are. Some are probably related to the fact that the auto shop guy played with the distributor, and I expect those codes wont stay long after we get the new battery in, Ill clear the codes, start it up and try again.

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    First fillup at the gas station in years...


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    ....... hey, this is a loud sound. What the heck is it? A valve? o_O

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