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Say Hi / Re: RwC in victoria. I got a '78
« Last post by Bruce Reynolds on March 01, 2020, 03:27:56 PM »
G'day Jimmy,

If anyone has allowed a car to be registered with illegal headlights and seat belts, then they should lose their licence to approve the vehicles.

Bruce. :devil:
Say Hi / RwC in victoria. I got a '78
« Last post by JimmydeVille on March 01, 2020, 02:02:29 PM »
Hey Forum,

Does anyone know some mechanics that can do some sweet import duties? I dont really want to put black seatbelts in the rear and cut the parcel shelf. At the caddy show i saw some other 78 Eldorados that have somehow got passed inspections without changing headlights and seatbelts.

I mean shes a beast! But i want to be able to drive her to work. My boss who i havent met yet, Gary, has a '59 deville but then this beautiful white caddy with sharp fins... I mean ive only seen it from afar and never seen one before. Is it a '60 or '66?

Someone help out a young buck like me.

Show Off Your Pride & Joy / Re: 1976 Sedan Deville
« Last post by JimmydeVille on March 01, 2020, 01:55:42 PM »
You know those low growl gutterthroat noises? Thats the sound i just made looking at this interior
Say Hi / Re: Bringing a car from the States
« Last post by Bruce Reynolds on February 26, 2020, 09:49:40 AM »
G'day Will,

Where are you planning to end up?

Whatever car you buy, buy the best that you can afford, and if needs be, buy a better one as parts supply down here in most cases has to come from USA.

Aussie Mechanics are pretty good at repairing older cars, as most everyone down here drives older cars every day.

BUT, one matter that you have to be aware of is the requirements for bringing a car into Australia, and that is they must be free from Asbestos, and I mean, totally free from Asbestos.

Makers put Asbestos into everything back when they were built.   Head Gaskets, Manifold Gaskets, Brakes, Sound deadening, and the list goes on.

If you can have the car totally clear of Asbestos, by a certified place in USA, that is recognised by Australian authorities, Quarantine, Border Protection and Customs, then half the battle is won.

Plus, the AC will need to be de-gassed, and certified that it has been done by a certified AC place, and the vehicle will have to be totally clean, inside and out, of dirt, dust, leaves and anything else that can hide in places.   Heck, I have even had to drain the Windscreen Washer bottle, and they were even suss about the green radiator coolant.

Bruce. :devil:
Say Hi / Bringing a car from the States
« Last post by cagefreewill on February 26, 2020, 03:23:34 AM »
Hi Everyone,

My Aussie spouse and I are planing to move back to Oz in a few years and I want to bring an old Caddy with me.  I've been looking at Coupe de Villes from 1976 as that's the year that I was born and I always loved them when I was a kid.  I'm curious to know, however, how difficult it is to find good mechanics to work on them, how difficult is it to get parts, etc, and is there anything else I should know that might help me decide if this is something I should tackle.

Many thanks,
Say Hi / Good Cadillac Mechanic Adelaide
« Last post by Ronnie on February 23, 2020, 04:14:03 PM »
Gday all,

I am the proud owner of a 1966 Sedan de Ville and am in need of a good Cadillac mechanic in Adelaide SA.

I do most of my servicing myself but need some professional help, engine and brakes.


Bodywork - Paint - Interiors - Trim - Glass / Re: Recommend chrome plater?
« Last post by Bruce Reynolds on January 25, 2020, 10:32:38 PM »
Nobody left in Tasmania.

Bruce. :devil:
Bodywork - Paint - Interiors - Trim - Glass / Recommend chrome plater?
« Last post by Whitepink59 on January 25, 2020, 05:14:35 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good chrome player? I want to do the back end of my 59 CDV, so its a big job.

Has anyone used Harkrome in Braybrook? I live near them.

RPO Platers in Prahran (previously Prahran Platers) used to have a good reputation. Are they still good?

Carroll Plating also seem to be good, but I expect they are $$$$$.

Any advice or experience appreciated.

Thanks, Sam.
G'day John,

Again, just saw your question.

Automobile Speedos were designed by the manufacturers to read at least 10% faster than true speed.

BUT, since the advent of computers in cars became the norm, the driving public has demanded that the readouts like MPG and other stuff has meant that they be more correct.

What you have seen is normal.

When I converted the Speedo in my '72 eldo to Metric, I corrected the hair spring so the needle read as close to correct as possible, but still left with the vagaries of the odometer, which is moved by actual gearing.

Bruce. :devil:
Brakes - Suspension - Steering - Wheels & Tyres / Speedo errors and correct wheels
« Last post by cad425 on January 04, 2020, 04:13:05 PM »
I'm confused.
Ive used my TomTom GPS to check speedo and odo error - 10% high for speedo, and 13% low for odo - very high errors. Normally, I'd expect this to be caused by larger than original tyres. So I checked wheel sizes.
Lucy has new tyres installed  by PO (well - new in 2015, but only 450 miles since) which are Mastercraft P215 75 R15 white walls. Original tyres should have been GR78x15 B for which equivalence is 205R15. As far as I can tell from Mr Google while the 75 series tyre is 'larger' than original, it has about the same rolling diameter: original 27.7", replaced with 27.56". OK, so no great difference there, and probably a good choice of replacement.
So why then the big errors? Do other 79 Coupe deVille owners have similar errors? Has someone fiddled with the speedo gearing?

Is there something I'm missing?
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