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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Wheel bearings will have no problem sitting for decades as long as it isn't under water or wrong lube used on front bearings. Some do-it-yourselfers use chassis lube unknowingly.

    I'd worry about core (freeze out) plugs, carbonator, fuel pump especially the bypass valve, distributor mechanical advance binding and idiots on the highway.

    Start spraying brake bleeders with brake fluid or penetrating oil. I'd gravity bleed all brakes just to get that old fluid purged out of there.

    Still have not seen a Cadillac engine with any performance issues due to a timing chain. I did see one with 16 piston skirts lying inside the oil pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ape Man
    Wheel bearings will have no problem sitting for decades as long as it isn't under water or wrong lube used on front bearings. Some do-it-yourselfers use chassis lube unknowingly.

    I'd worry about core (freeze out) plugs, carbonator, fuel pump especially the bypass valve, distributor mechanical advance binding and idiots on the highway.

    Start spraying brake bleeders with brake fluid or penetrating oil. I'd gravity bleed all brakes just to get that old fluid purged out of there.

    Still have not seen a Cadillac engine with any performance issues due to a timing chain. I did see one with 16 piston skirts lying inside the oil pan.
    16 piston skirts in the oil pan? Did it even turn over?

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Wait, i forgot to ask? I thought the timing chain gears on these were metal from the factory? Whats this talk about the Plastic gears?

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    The original cam gear was aluminum centered with a molded nylon gear set on the perimeter. This was done to reduce the engine noise from the gear set. Personally, I have never heard anyone complain about the increase in noise from replacement full metal gearsets.

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Here's pics of Blueboy as of today
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    So i gotta ask, why was it just dumped outside and left to sit? What happened in between that first picture and now?

    From the looks of it, she will clean up quite nicely!

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Here's some pics of Blueboy as of today.Not too bad eh? Apologies if I posted twice :-)
    IMG_1343.JPGIMG_1342.JPGIMG_1341.JPGIMG_1339.JPG
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    It's not bad. My car was looking like that when I got it and now after some good quality time spent on it it's a beauty it's a really nice caddy u have there

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    @ Yoshiman: I had a job in Mexico for a year and left it with a chap in Selmer, Tennessee who was sup[posed to replace the top and paint the car.His paint shop got storm damaged before he got started and he fought the insurance company but still he hasn't been settled and to rebuild his paint shop. I might add I had given him a deposit of $1500 which I have now written off. It was still inside when I went to Switzerland in 2006 for 4 years. By the time I got back to the USA in 2010/11 it had been left outside.
    This weekend sees fresh gas, new belts, new battery, air in the tires and a fire up the engine. What advice on the transmission and diff guys?
    My girl friends don't understand..."why do you want to spend money on that old heap!".
    Fortunately my daughter loves the car and it is going to be brought back to A1 condition......Roll On Blueboy!

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Check your diff fluid to make sure you still have some and it's still good. Pretty easy to change it out if it's not good.

    Tranny, check the fluid for color and smell. If it looks OK i'd try it out. If it's not shifting right after a quick drive I'd go with a filter and fluid replace.

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Thanks guys. What is really nice is the interior. White leather with no tears and no cracks on the dash. Will need new carpets and the passenger side upper panel/armrest is cracked but replacements are readily obtainable. I had the original 8 track/radio taken put and a nice 'fake' am style radio (actually an am/fm stereo radio/cd changer) installed with a cd changer in the trunk. We uprated the speakers without putting any more holes anywhere and it has central locking/alarm. I'll post a report after the weekend when the Phase one is completed......Excited!

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    16 piston skirts in the oil pan? Did it even turn over?
    It was running fairly well in a car that was on the road. Used a little oil. I'm not sure if someone ran it with severe detonation or if it sat somewhere really damp and the wrist pins were grabby.

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    A lot of TLC but looks like it faired pretty well for outdoor storage. All in all has got good bones to work with!

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    Cad_FiredUp_001.JPGOil Checked, Transmission fluid...checked. Put a new front belt on....... 4 gallons of fresh 93 octane. Fired up after some coaxing with quick start. Drove 10 yards and backed up. I'm so happy! The old battery (a sealed unit eight years old) held some charge after we jumped it from my truck. Turn her off and then she started on her own. Ran it for a while to set the plugs. Turned off started up first time.....YES!

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    Re: Blueboy, reviving a 1976 coupe de ville

    LUCKY! I definitely understand the feeling. I'm enjoying your project thread! What's next on the to-do list?

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