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    1969 Coupe Deville

    yes 1969

    I picked the beast up 6 days ago and already have gave it a tune up, changed a lot of engine parts that were 41 years old, like the plugs/wires/cap/rotor/points/condensor. Im about to rebuild the carburetor and vacuum lines. Picked it up in St Louis MO.... DAMN Gizmo, I wish i would have had your number!!!!

    Anyway, I intend to leave the stock AM radio intact for the "cruize night" flair but intend to have modern audio (speakers/amps) stashed away. This is going to be a 100% stealth project, meaning:

    No exposed visible speakers,
    NOTHING computer related will be in normal viewing range, unless in use
    The truck is going to be 'fair game' but minimally.
    The dashboard will remain 100% stock, no sneaky little bezzles, no sneaky hide behinds.

    That really only leaves 1 location... the massive pillow sized arm rest. For some reason, back in 1969 they must have decided everyones right arm was going to weigh 865 pounds, cause the framework for the arm rest is made out of some heavy duty gauged steel! The arm rest is roughly 2 din in height, and about 3" wider than 2din and about 12-14" tall.

    I appologize in advance, but this is going to take even longer than any previous project ive done before, or tried to finish. The car, like i said, is 41 years old and needs some "safety" items looked at and taken care of... like brakes/lines etc, the engine and body are my primary goals, then once i get those addressed, its into the custom I go

    heres some pics

    The day I bought it filling it up with gas:




    The day after, getting it registered in Illinois:



    Its so big, I couldnt fit the whole car in the shot, and theres only 2" in the front and 4" in the back or else I would have to knock out the wall:








    Its going to take about the same amount of time it took to do the 97 seville in over all time. Hopefully, funds keep rolling so that I can move forward with the mechanical updating and bodywork fast enough to actually start on the interior and custom stuff. Eventually, I am planning on getting a short block crate motor and building this thing to take to the track and see how fast i can get 'er down the 1/4 but keeping that 1969 originality

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    Hope they threw in the pimp hat, pimp coat and a few girls to get you started.

    Looks in good condition for a 41 year old car.

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    sadly, no, but i did find hoffa in the trunk ^_^ and a portal to an unknown dimention

    btw... in case anyone wonders... from where i live to St Louis MO was roughly 260 miles and it only used 14 galons of gas! YES only 14 galons!!! I filled it up from St Louis which took about 45 bucks from almost 1/3 of a tank to full (26 gallon tank), then once i got it home, i filled it up again to see how much it took. At first I thought the pump spout wasnt in right so i turned it and tried again till gas spewed out the fill hole. At 13.6 gallons i was shocked that it got that good of mileage considering how big the engine is- 472ci 7.1 liter v8... 18 miles per galon on the highway is almost considerable to drive on a daily basis, like i did my first one back in 2000 but it only got 6-8 miles per galon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindDrive View Post
    yes 1969

    Picked it up in St Louis MO.... DAMN Gizmo, I wish i would have had your number!!!!
    That's what PMs are for! Sure hope you're a member of the www.cadillacforums.com/forum, you're gonna need their help. Great looking car, but St Louis salts their roads - work on your rust right away!
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    it was a spur of the moment purchase... only went down there to look at it... i might have thought about the whole thing bout 10 minutes... last minute road trip kinda thing... the underbody is in better shape than most cars 5-8 years old. Fortunately it came from seatle and not st louis heh

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    There is a 72 coupe deville rotting away at my friends house...I don't think it could be restored, but maybe somethings still good on it.

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    Been working on the mechanicals of this project before I start ripping into the electrical systems. Found out the altinator is less than 50 amps so what im doing is going to remove the bogus emissions system (an air pump that pumps raw air into the exhaust to trick emissions testing) and in its place I will be installing a more modern altinator like the one that I replaced in my 97 seville.. 140Amp should be enough to run a secondary system for audio and the pc.

    So far, I replaced the intake manifold gaskets and while the 5 million pound intake was off i painted it... pictures soon... and instead of dealing with the points ignition system, i did some research on the 472 bigblock engine and found that in 1974, cadillac switched over to a solid state ignition and bought a distributor of a 74 deville new from autozone. I tried using a conversion kit to convert the original distributor but the Mallory ignition kit didnt fit for crap and the craftsmanship of the whole unit was not worth the 60 bucks.

    I know this is generally supposed to be primarily for car pc projects, but a car this old and big demands respect LOL, it beats me nightly and doesnt even give me a hug

    Im still aiming to have the whole unit screen and all mounted in the football field sized arm rest, its a huge couch sized front seat, not split bench, but a solid living room sized couch! man its awesome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramlet View Post
    There is a 72 coupe deville rotting away at my friends house...I don't think it could be restored, but maybe somethings still good on it.
    There is not many pieces interchangeable between 69 and 72, as 69 and 70 were the only 2 years they made the body style. Some of the mechanicals are interchangeable but if you think its not restoreable, then I doubt there is anything on that useable that wouldnt require more work than what I already have.. thanks tho for the heads up

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindDrive View Post
    Im still aiming to have the whole unit screen and all mounted in the football field sized arm rest, its a huge couch sized front seat, not split bench, but a solid living room sized couch! man its awesome...
    God, I love those

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    Don't forget to post pictures of the interior! I can't see this console [edit armrest] thing.

    Good luck with your install!

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