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1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:48:28 AM »
Welcome to my money pit...

I'm installing a dual exhaust system on my Eldorado.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 06:50:26 AM »
Rebuilt the engine last year.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 06:52:15 AM »
Lots of welding to add a X-pipe.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 06:54:56 AM »
X-pipe

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 06:58:01 AM »
Installing E-stopp unit.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 07:05:00 AM »
Once I started taking things apart i decided to replace or overhaul various items based on their location, age, or how difficult they are to access. The brake master cylinder was filled with crap so I bought a new one. While I had that removed I decided to exchange the hydro-boost unit...

Received a reman hydro-boost unit from Midwest Remanufacturing. Installed it and master cylinder and pumped the brakes a few times while bleeding the lines.

Now the hydro-boost is leaking fluid and I haven't even run fluid through it yet. It must be residual fluid from reman/test process but I guess it will need to come back off and have a seal replaced.

Any info on this issue would be greatly appreciated...

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 03:58:46 PM »
mr. king:
hi, my name is mario. i have been looking at the estopp unit for my son, a paraplegic, for some time.
he is not able to use the foot operated ebrake. is yours operable yet? do you like it? i presume there is enough room under the floorboard as they have specific dimensions to mount it.
thank you.
mario caimotto

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 04:07:24 PM »
I just mounted it yesterday. As I progress with that project I'll post updates.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2017, 08:26:51 PM »
Thank you.
ciao,
Mario caimotto

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 08:19:04 PM »
Pipes run
Parking brake connected E-stopp.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 10:24:52 PM »
Nice, thanks for sharing. I'm guessing  you will remove the e brake pedal?
ciao,
Mario caimotto

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 05:49:45 AM »
Yes, I'd like to use the space for s stereo speaker.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2017, 08:31:39 AM »
i just bought a 1976 cadillac eldorado convertible that i`m going to start restoring, i would love to see your progress or have any tips on potential pitfalls, it runs fairly well but needs body work and the top won`t work so any ideas mike

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2017, 01:43:44 PM »
I'd be glad to. My experience has certainly been trial and error.
Just found out I can add a 3/16" spacer to the front hub do the stock wheels will clear the Wilwood caliper upgrade. I found a supplier for concentric hub spacers for the Eldorado. Once I get them installed I'll post the source.
Had to send the rebuilt hydro-boost back to repair the accumulator seal. Hope to get it back next week so I can try this thing out.

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Re: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Overhaul
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2017, 07:44:10 AM »
Haven't made much progress on the E-stopp. Car is off the jack stands and back on the lift. If I didn't mention before, if you're replacing the brake lines weigh the benefits of going with stainless. I replaced everything with stainless and am still struggling with little leaks. I guess steel is much more fore giving.
I've added 5 mm spacers to the front hubs which now clears the Wilwood Caliper upgrade. I also used ET Lug nuts to ensure I engaged enough stud threads. I'll try this setup for a while but because the design is that of a hub-centric and I've pushed the wheel out by 5 mm, I need to stay on top of the lug nut torque. The Wilwood Caliper upgrade may not be worth it in the end. Too bad they didn't make the caliper a little smaller...