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Old 11-08-2007, 07:08 PM   #1
Basement Paul
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Hello!

To make a long story short, this was my grandparents car since new. My dad had it for 12 years, and I've had it now for at least six years. It's a '69 Calais, with only 79k miles.

It now has a 500 from a 75 ElDorado and the motor has only about 55k miles on it. With some help from MTS (and a lot of work on my own), last weekend was able to get my first 13 second pass to the tune of 13.997 at 98.5 mph. There's a few minor things I'd still like to do to make a consistent mid 13 sec street sleeper. I have no intentions of ever not running hubcaps and white walls, and keeping the car as stock as possible looking.

More to come in the not to distant future and thanks for hosting this board. There seems to be a lot of cool rides here.



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Old 11-09-2007, 04:43 AM   #2
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Congrats on the great timeslip. Very much the sleeper lol. Nice looking car.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:24 PM   #3
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It's been awhile since my last post, but a little exhaust work has yielded a couple more tenths and another MPH. I'm hoping next years bigger carburetor will give me my first 100mph pass with the Caddy. I'm going to an 850 Holley centersquirter from an 800 spreadbore, both of which have mechanical secondaries.
If I ever get a real rearend in this car with a posi unit, I'm sure the car would be a couple tenths faster as I could launch it much harder than I am right now.

Here's the video from a couple weeks ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo4A1JoARYc

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Old 12-02-2009, 05:55 PM   #4
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So far, I'm down to a 13.79 at 100.07 mph... put a new set of Kuhmo Solus 21 white wall tires on it (about 15 miles before taking it to the track). I recommend these tire (235-75/15) as they ride very well, handle well, and stick pretty well in the dry. Not to mention they're priced good compared to some others. There's not too many passenger tires out there with good white walls on them.

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:57 PM   #5
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It's been awhile since my last post, but a little exhaust work has yielded a couple more tenths and another MPH. I'm hoping next years bigger carburetor will give me my first 100mph pass with the Caddy. I'm going to an 850 Holley centersquirter from an 800 spreadbore, both of which have mechanical secondaries.
If I ever get a real rearend in this car with a posi unit, I'm sure the car would be a couple tenths faster as I could launch it much harder than I am right now.

Here's the video from a couple weeks ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo4A1JoARYc

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Anyone know of a bolt in posi set up, or do we have to adapt one????
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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There's not too many passenger tires out there with good white walls on them.

That's no lie.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:17 PM   #7
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Anyone know of a bolt in posi set up, or do we have to adapt one????
'70-76 RWD Cadillacs had a posi option.
Best I've been able to learn the rear would swap.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:52 PM   #8
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It's been awhile since I've posted, but I've done a lot to it since then. I got tired of breaking Caddy rearends, so I bought a 9" out of a '73 LeMans oval track car, ground off all the mounts, and put the mounts from my Caddy's rearend on there. It took some doing since I'm not an expert fabricator, but with some trial and error, I got it right.

I put in a 3.50 gear with a Detroit locker. This introduced some wheel hop problems so I fabbed up some traction bars leftover from my '79 Trans Am and installed some drag radials and all my problems are solved.

The car now runs very consistant 13.6's with a best of 13.56. I guess I lied about the hubcaps in an earlier post, but I think the new wheel / tire combo gives it a cool hot rod look.

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Old 11-27-2011, 05:07 PM   #9
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Here's the video of the 13.56 pass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S3Vn...eature=related

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Old 11-27-2011, 05:41 PM   #10
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Nothing wrong with that car, very nice!

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