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    '69 Cadillac Deville

    YES thats right.... I am going to fuse modern technology with 40+ year old technology. I see it only fitting since Cadillac has been a pinacle in domestic automotive technology since most of us werent even thought of.

    Those of you that have met me on rare occasion will know, *coughs Gizmo*, I am all about the Cadillacs... not just because of their popularity, but also their complexity. Well, 10 years ago I had a '69 Sedan Deville that I tried to restore and failed misserably due to lack of $ and a place to put all the parts which wound up being sold to a guy and his son for 400 bucks just to get it out of my yard.

    Fast forward till this past spring, and I picked up a '69 Coupe Deville in St. Louis (sorry Gizmo, I would have said something but it was spur of the moment and I didnt even know I was going down there till I was already in the car)










    Since this is a website/forum dedicated to fusing computers with automobiles, ill stave the majority of the details of what I've been doing, but I'll post a link to my photobucket worklog instead.

    LINK: 1969 Cadillac Deville resto project

    Anyone that said "I wish I had a shop then I would do stuff like this" would be supprized what you can do in a 2 1/2 car garage. I am obligated to share the other 1 car side with my girlfriend so her car isnt subjected to the elements like mine is. (we have identical 2008 Dodge Charger Daytona's as you will see by looking through my other photo albums which I will be hacking the OEM nav system eventually to put a bigger harddrive in - 17 gigs just isnt enough)

    Anyway, the dashboard of this car is immaculate and I am going to leave the stock radio intact (doesnt work anyway) but the arm rest is HUGE and would easily accomodate an entire car pc about the same size as the one that was used in my '97 Seville project. Oh hey, look at that, a left over projcet pc from my '09 HHR... yup it just got reassigned

    ps ( I might have started this thread somewhere else that I just realized as I started typing this.... oops... I'll update my sig with "this" thread as soon as i post it... sorry)

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    got a lot done to the engine, but opening "this", and taking "that" off has led me away from actually building the PC into the build as of yet due to the financial investment (im down $5000 in the engine alone) ~_~


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    I'm interested to watch this progress... I have a '66 Deville that I'm just comping at the bit to get started.

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    if yours has an arm rest as big as the 69's i'd start there for the motherboard etc. its centrally located (easy to get to) and has direct access through the seat into the stock holes in the carpet to run wires up along the center mound to amps/gauges etc.

    due to the $ involved, i wont be doing a complete restoration to 'trophy' quality... im just gonna do enough so that i can enjoy the car for what it is and show off some tech

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    Progress so far:

    engine completely rebuilt- $5000
    frame rebuilt and restored- $2500
    had a shop split the body and frame and recondition all the frame components, suspension, steering, rear end, and recoat the underbody and firewall.

    should be getting it back sometime next week and i get the fun task of custom making brackets for all the stuff that bolts onto the engine since im adding a completely indipendant power circuit.

    Priority now is just trying to figure out how all the pieces go back together @_@ and hope i dont have too many left over parts LOL!!!

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    nice.....
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    been a while since i posted wow time flies!!!

    well the 2500 wound up being 3, the motor is giving me greif, and its still mostly 'parts' heheh

    pics of some of the stuff i got done:

    since im converting to serpentine belts instead of crusty V belts, the first pulley that needed to be done is the crank pulley. used a small block chevy pulley and had a machine shop cut the center hole out for me, i used alumaloy to fill in the original 3 harmonic ballancer bolt holes, the machine shop then drilled 4 to match the hub:


    the second important pulley is the water pump pulley. since this spins clockwise, i had trouble finding a pulley that had grooves (bastardized a ford pulley) with these 2 pulleys lined up, the rest is a matter of making stand offs


    since NONE of the original motor brackets are being used, i basicly have to fabricate a whole new system of mounting everything to the motor. learned a nice method that drag racers and nascar use: build a motor plate that bolts to the front, then mount everything to that. heres the first draft template that since then has been tweeked a little but still isnt done:


    i still have LOTS of pictures to upload from my phone to the pc then to photobucket. but since that last pic, ive taken the wood panel template, converted it to polycarbonate and drilled all the drill guide holes to convert the poly template to the final 1/4" T6 6061 aluminum sheet.

    i know this is a car pc forum, but this is a whole wheel up mod LOL, cant put the pc in untill i get the power working, cant get the power working untill i get the engine working, cant get the engine working till i get the belts spinning, cant get the belts spinning till i get the paint done.... and so on and on... BAH

    what started as a "oh ill just give it a tune up, drive and enjoy it as it is" turned into an almost 20G investment ~_~ but as far as i know, itll be the oldest car with a computer in it

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    Looking good!
    HARDWARE: Fujitsu Stylistic ST5111w/WiFi and dock, internal Hitachi 500G HD, external 1TB HD, Sierra Wireless Aircard 550, DVD-RW, BoomzBox HD radio, XM Commander, Delorme GPS, Saitek X-52 Pro joystick, BluSoleil Bluetooth, TPMS, FB, Elm327

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    looks like fun!

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    Would it be cheaper to buy one of those crate engines? I know, I know, not fun, etc. just asking, because that would be my first thought. I think a 400HP can go for 5K?

    Good job, and keep posting, interesting stuff. Backup your picks though.

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