Beautiful sight. These old Cadillacs are majestic beasts in motion. Nothing stirs my heart like seeing a long dormant classic taking it's first step to the restoration they deserve.
I applaud you as a mechanic, and as a collector/enthusiast. Like all of us you will never see a financial gain from all the love you pour into your car, but will be rewarded every time you pull into a store or gas station (...more likely since it will be often!) with the comments and compliments of admirers.
Just take it on the highway when you get a chance, that will probably get that lazy lifter working good.
Yeah, I'm thinking that tap will clear itself up over time.
When I brought my '94 home, I had no idea how long it had been sitting in that guy's front yard. It ran and stopped like crap. I put fresh gas in it, said a little prayer, and started on my 2-hour journey home. There were times early on where I was sure it wasn't going to make it, but by the time I got to the end of my journey it was running like a new car. It's amazing how they respond to a bit of attention.
Yeah, it was the weirdest experience. I found the car on eBay but it had sold. Called the guy and he said the person that bought it didn't have the money so he was going to re-list it. He said if I brought him cash, I could have it. I grabbed the tags off of my old limo and headed for Connecticut (yes, it's illegal but they're both black Fleetwoods, who's to know?). I got out there and the thing was down a steep driveway parked in the front yard. The air shocks weren't working so the back was sitting on the ground. He had washed it, but that's about it. He just sat on the front porch while I looked at it. We negotiated a price, I paid him and called me insurance company to add it. I asked him if it would make the 2.5 hour trip back to NJ. He just looked at me and shrugged. Great. It was mostly highway and whatever was wrong with it wouldn't allow it to go above like 50. It had no power going up the hills and was billowing black smoke. The Service Engine Soon light was on. But, as the trip went on it cleaned itself up and the SES light eventually went out. I haven't had to do a thing to the engine since I bought it except change the oil.Wow! First start up after sitting and then you took it on a 2-hour trip home? You're Brave!! Even knowing my Caddy's history, I'd be afraid to do that. Good to know they hold up though!! Gives me hope.
I think yours will react similarly once you get it on the road.
Type F is Ford's transmission fluid. Trans fluid has detergents in it that supposedly clean the innards of the engine of deposits. The guy that built my GN engines had me put a quart of trans fluid in the new engines for the first 100 miles. Not sure why. It might free up that lifter, or it might free up on its own. They get stuck in the collapsed position sometimes when they sit. Eventually it might pop open at operating temps and after it's run for a while. Or it may always have a tap - if it runs okay who cares?
Yay!!! Good for you guys!! I know that was certainly a grin inducing moment . I know I did!
Jimmy: Oh, to clean the gunk out of the engine? For that I love Seafoam. Haveyou tried it? If so, how does it compare to putting the type F stuff? When i put seafoam in my miata, it felt like i gained power back from it after all the gunk burned off. that in combination with changing to royal purple <3-- cars really are my kids, man. lol)
Seafoam is ok too. I have only used it in the gas tank though.
Royal Purple I use in my Brougham as well. Some say that it keeps the engine too clean inside and can make leaks worse but I have never had it make leaks worse for me. I wouldn't use the Type F with synthetic oil though. I know it is supposed to mix and all but synthetic can be cleaning enough.
Got my moving permit to get its emissions tested! So far so good.... crossing fingers......