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  1. Wow, going back and re-reading this thread was a blast from the past. What lovely memories. Anyway. This car will be going up for sale soon! If anyone here might be interested in something extremely rare and special. Prices are insane and fluctuate wildly, some people are asking for £30k for low mileage ones. Will likely put it up on Pistonheads for around £9k. It is well looked after and will come with a clean 12 months MOT.
  2. That's not far at all from me, put me down as a maaaaybe as I'm quite busy for the next few months.
  3. A bit too honest! 😆 I'm sure it costs me some sales but I'd feel absolutely awful if I knowingly sold something broken and it caused an accident or something. I couldn't live with that.
  4. In other news, I sold the miserable fucking Rover 75. It can stress someone else out now. In other other news, my Range Rover P38 failed its MOT spectacularly on pretty much everything regarding brakes and suspension. I'm going to scrap the worthless fucker or part it out, if anyone wants it let me know. BUT The reason for this post is to say I'm willing to swap this Cadillac for a decent tow vehicle of similar value (£4000-£5000) or a beavertail. As much as I love this car I have to pool resources now that my P38 has died. A tow vehicle will allow me to generate revenue while the Caddy will just sit there looking nice. Anyone interested just give me a poke. This thread should be all you need to know about how well the Caddy is running now. I just went to Alnwick and back in it (3hr round trip) and it was flawless. It could do with some new tyres but that's about it. Old car + oldish tyres = flat spots so a bit of wibbling at 70mph, and they're terrifying/hilarious/fun (choose two) in the wet.
  5. I've decided that if my dad ABSOLUTELY INSISTS on finishing the Lancia I'm going to have someone else do the bodywork and my dad's going to pay for it. I absolutely despise bodywork at the best of times and I have nowhere near the kind of skill required to repair those arches. But if it comes back repaired and with a nice undercoat ready for paint, I can do the rest no problem. Getting parts would be the hardest thing.
  6. That's all I have from the pictures taken years ago when I reluctantly started work on it. We no longer have the "carpets" (they're just plastic in this model) after the person we trusted to retrim it refused to finish the work and we had to take him to court. He retaliated pettily by throwing the carpets out along with the templates. It's been sitting outside for at least 4 years now as a shell so the condition will have deteriorated a little though it's been mostly covered up so shouldn't be too bad. Vulgalour did begin taking the filler in the arches off to prep them for repair but was pulled off of it by my dad for apparently no reason. I'm starting to suspect my dad gets off on watching cars rot in a corner.
  7. Yeah they're incredibly rare but worth very little in comparison to other classics. My dad paid £2000 give or take years ago for a rolling shell with a working engine which he's done nothing with except strip. If anyone wanted it they could have it for the same price. I'd be happy to have it out of the yard it's slowly rotting away in. My dad would be mad but it's one car I would have no qualms about selling behind his back because I know with 100% accuracy he will NEVER DO ANYTHING WITH IT. I love my old man but he's a fuckin' hoarder and it drives me insane. He almost stopped me selling the Wolseley for the same reason. ----------------------- The engine and gearbox in this vehicle WORK. They smoke, likely due to ancient fuel or bad valve seals, but they work. It's been reduced to a shell with all the parts for it stored inside. Money wasted on a partial retrim of the interior in very expensive red leather. It breaks my heart to see how little has been done with it and I cannot find the time to even look at it as my dad keeps piling work on me. It was originally bought by a twat who used to work with me, using my dads money, but this aforementioned TWAT talked the talk when in actuality knew absolutely nothing about cars. It was bought behind my back then I was forced to work on it. That's one of the big reasons I dragged my heels on it to begin with, I didn't want it or need it. If I don't sell it I can see its fate being tied to the fate of the poor slowly-rusting Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II it's stood next to in the yard, my dad will do absolutely nothing with them and when he dies I'll sweep what remains of them into a bag. 😪
  8. Yes it is! Anyone interested just pop along and take a look at my ad. Shiters get a discount, £3000 instead of £4000 if a Shiter buys it.
  9. Ref Wolseley..................see attached!

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  10. Will this require lead additive? I'm assuming the head is cast iron. So yes in that case.
  11. Don't destroy your wrist on the cranking handle if it has one, you need that for work. ?
  12. NO MORE BATTERY DRAIN, WOOHOO! No more charging the fucking thing every god damn night. New battery fixed the issue and I'm so glad I swapped it to UK configuration. However, I'm forced to put off doing the other work on this as my Rover 75, which has BRAND NEW front shocks.. is now creaking horribly on the front shocks.
  13. Oof that's lovely. I'm looking at flogging my Rover 75 and my diesel P38 to get a V8 P38 on LPG. Diesel P38's are just dreadfully slow noise machines.
  14. Modified the battery setup today so I can fit UK batteries. Nice thick bolts and good quality thick copper core. Don't want any fires now. ? I tested the battery to see if there was much of a drain. Here it is fully charged overnight but not connected yet. And here it is connected. 0.1V drop is acceptable, after all the security system does stay active and I think the boot was open at this point so there was a single bulb drawing power. Now just to see if it drops off overnight, in which case I'll know there's a bad drain or poor ground somewhere. I hope not though, I hate tracking down that shit. Next jobs are fixing the A/C system and reading codes so I can figure out why the minor fault (Service Vehicle Soon) dash light keeps coming on.
  15. I drained, flushed with a flushing solution (just in case) and refilled today. Although I think I may have been mistaken. Allow me to explain. I added another tablet for the sealing stuff they tell you to add.. and noticed the tablets are brown with glitter inside.. and the drained liquid from the radiator was brown with glitter inside. So I'm lead to believe it's the tablets making the coolant that colour and nothing was actually wrong with it! The air pocket release at the same time just made me panic I think. ----------------------------- I cannot find side bolt batteries of any decent quality or a name I trust, so I had to buy a normal battery today. I have some terminal adaptors but realised the normal terminal layout in the UK (positive on the right) is incorrect for this car as it has the positive on the left. So I've ordered some heavy gauge wire and I'll just extend the wires by a few inches. Bit of a faff but means I can use normal UK batteries.
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