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My Caddy has been sitting for 10 yrs, I'm getting ready to start workin on, i have to have it put on a flat bed to be towed to my house.

What do i do to get the wheels unlocked?

more than like I will be replacing all of the studs on the wheels that don't have hubcaps, due to weather and rust....


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Do you mean the brakes are locked up, or there are locking lug nuts on the wheels that you can't get off?

If the wheels cant rotate, you can always lift up the back or the front with a jack and push it.
 

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Krashed989 said:
Do you mean the brakes are locked up, or there are locking lug nuts on the wheels that you can't get off?

If the wheels cant rotate, you can always lift up the back or the front with a jack and push it.

Rear brakes are locked.

Front wheels turn and roll freely....

Big Frickin Hammer maybe?
 

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Is it the emergency bake that's stuck on? Where is the car? Somewhere rust is a problem?

If it's stuck ebrake lube the cables and caliper arm pivot point. Tap the ebrake arm lightly to try to release. You could disconnect the cables at the calipers first.
 

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If this has rear drum brakes (and I am sure it does) just take the wheels off and get a BFH after those drums.
You'll probably have to replace the drums and the brake hardware anyway if it's been sitting that long. The corrosion will be extensive and you probably won't be able to save anything.
I'd go ahead and replace the wheel cylinders too, they will be ruined.

Don't rush yourself, it's going to take time and money to get it running again.
 

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OOPppppppppppppsssssssssssssssss...I'm so used to talking N* & Sevilles I forgot to check what we're talkin about.What yr/model is this?
 

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The problem comes from not listing the car in the question. Just cus the id says 74eldog doesn't mean that the car is a 74 or an Eldo.
 

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terrible one said:
Well I know it is a '74 Eldorado because of this:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56730
I apologize, it is a 74 Eldorado, it has been sitting quite a while and it does have drum brakes in the rear.


I'm well aware that i won't have it running next week....lol

I will be in the garage this weekend; with my pen,paper and ideas....making a very long parts list and prioritizing everything.
 

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If this has rear drum brakes (and I am sure it does) just take the wheels off and get a BFH after those drums.
You'll probably have to replace the drums and the brake hardware anyway if it's been sitting that long. The corrosion will be extensive and you probably won't be able to save anything.
I'd go ahead and replace the wheel cylinders too, they will be ruined.

Don't rush yourself, it's going to take time and money to get it running again.
You are absolutely correct!!!

I took the wheels off today and it beat the crap out of the drums and the drums started to move a little... Definitely everything will need to be replaced, when i hit the drums with the hammer a pieces of the drum fell off...lol

The front are rusty but will still get replaced... i thought i could save the rotors but they have grooves in them..


Does anyone sell the metal lines for the 74 eldorado that is already pre-formed or shaped....
 

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Usually that stuff is so specialized that no one wants to stock brake lines for 100 applications. It's easier to store rolls of it that you can cut and flare.
It's not hard to do but the correct flaring tool is an absolute must.
I hate fabricating brake lines but you do feel pretty good when it's all done.
Although it usually doesn't look as neat as the factory stuff.
 

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I noticed yesterday that this thing has 2 booster's there's one behind the master cylinder and another in the corner next to the drivers side fender with two steel lines running down the frame....

would this have anyting to do with the lockup....
 

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Well, i finally got back to this project after a little break....:)

I managed to get the drums off, with the help of a Big Hammer, it looked liked the brake drums had frozen up, and all the brake hardware had rusted....

I think the drums might be salvagable but that's about it.....

When i turn the axle/wheel studs by hand....Should both sides turn at the same time? I'm thinkin no but just want to be sure.....

LIL Progress feels pretty good.....:thumbsup:
 

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Yes, with the tranny in park, if you turn one rear wheel, the other rear wheel will turn the *other* way due to the differential.
 

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ok, just so you know this is fwd 74 eldorado....

There is no rear diff....

When i turn one side the other side doesn't move at all.:confused:
 

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I have no experience with this car, so I may be talking out my ass,
being that its FWD, are the rears even connected to each other?
the reason I ask is on my seville (granted a totally different car) with the IRS, there is no connection between the two wheels.
just a thought
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