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    MikeKnight got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  2. Haha
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Amishtat in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  3. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from eddyramrod in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  4. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from CreepingJesus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  5. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from CreepingJesus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    Tried to get the A/C re-gassed today but the compressor isn't engaging its clutch for some reason. Might be seized. Thankfully the workshop book tells you certain pins to short in order to bypass its control system and engage anyway, so I can determine if the sensor or the compressor itself is at fault. Also the high pressure side valve is leaking and it might have a fail-safe that stops it engaging in this case, so I'll change the valve out first.
    I cleaned inside the car today, it was a long day, it was so bad.. so so bad.. I don't even want to think about it.. I've probably picked up consumption from it..
    Anyway, I cleaned the carpets and found all this yummy coffee! Anyone for espresso? A really good crema head on this one! 😁☕

    SERIOUSLY
    THE CAR WAS FILTHY
    FUCKING FILTHY
    It's at home now at least, fully insured and taxed. Was only £180 for the whole year fully comprehensive.
    I'm going to need a new battery though, even though still displaying its green "I'm okay!" light this one doesn't seem to hold as charge very long.
  6. Haha
    MikeKnight got a reaction from PhilA in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  7. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Asimo in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  8. Haha
    MikeKnight got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  9. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from bunglebus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  10. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Fumbler in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  11. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from cort1977 in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
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    MikeKnight reacted to vulgalour in 1980 Austin Princess   
    First job today after having had the incorrect seal orientation pointed out was to remove, dismantle, and rebuild the slave cylinder.  A very easy job, happily, and the seal doesn't appear damaged or deformed in any way so I reckon we'll get away with it.

    What I hadn't expected was how much it would improve the gear change.  The gear change has always been a bit rubbish in this car, I'd been told they were just like that, and the rubbery and then notchy selection of first has been a feature of this car since I bought it back in 2012.  Because that's how I thought it was supposed to be I just accepted it.  Now, the gear change is much improved, the rubberiness is gone, as is quite a bit of the vagueness.  I was honestly quite surprised and it must have had this seal in the wrong way around for at least as long as I've owned the car, and probably for quite a while before that.  Next, I wanted to take the car for a quick test run, and maybe even an errand if I was feeling confident.  First up was I spotted a minor weep from the mechanical fuel pump blanking plate, this is quite common and usually because one of the bolts isn't quite tight enough.  Wound the bolt in a bit further and... it stripped the thread.  That's not the first time this has happened on this particular bolt and I had already fitted two longer matching bolts to compensate.

    Had a rummage and could only find a bolt that was too long and some washers, so I got it together well enough for a test run.

    The test run turned into a trundle, the car was behaving really well and I was so impressed with the gear change improvement that it seemed sensible to just get everything done.  Oh yeah, people are staring again, like stopping what they're doing and staring.  How do I forget that keeps happening with this car?  Made it with no bother all the same, the valve train has quietened down a bit too now it's had chance to warm up and cycle the oil about a bit more.  Temperature stayed nice and stable, all the gauges pointed where they should, everything was great.

    I was after some bolts to replace that bodged in one, a length of pipe for the BX to test an air leak theory, and some gloves since I ran out today.  Got two out of three, nowhere had any gloves which really shouldn't have been that surprising.  Trundled home and found that the water or whatever it is appearing at the head gasket join is actually coming from the Wellseal used on some of the joints so I assume it's just a component of it that's running off as it gets warm.  Wiped everything clean and it hasn't reappeared in any noticeable amount so that was reassuring too.  Tok out the bodge bolt and washers and replaced it with one of the new ones and that almost went well too.

    Mmm, bolt nice and snug... what's that noi-fweeeEEEE*pop*.  Er... what?

    There's a bit missing on the casting now.  The bolt holes that go in for the mechanical fuel pump plate are blind ones, they don't go into the engine itself, they're just cast on the top like this.  The end of the bolt that's always caused problems and popped a tiny bit of the end of the casting out.  I could see there was something stuck in the bottom of the bolt hole and with a bit of wire, prodded it out and ended up with a blob of white-ish silicone sealant that was so black on one end there's no reason it was never seen by anyone and removed.  This is an old issue, again predating my ownership of the car, since I've never used this sort of sealant before.  I can only assume the blob of sealant is what kept making the bolt undo itself but now I had a brand new bolt in with a presumably better thread, the sealant couldn't push the bolt and instead pushed on a very thin part of the casting.  There's no cracks or leaks, like I say this is a blind hole that doesn't go through into the engine.  I did have the car running for a while at idle and with fast throttle and nothing was pushed out through this hole so I'm confident I don't need to dismantle things to fix it.
    Otherwise, the car has behaved impeccably.  It doesn't run on at all which is a problem it's had before, especially on very hot days like today, it manages to keep at a steady temperature even in traffic, and the brakes inspire confidence even when faced with Southerners suddenly appearing alongside and then cutting in front of you.  It's actually been really nice just to get out in the car, even if only for a handful of miles.  I might even treat it to a wash, it's been so good today.
  13. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from danthecapriman in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I'm having lots of fun embarrassing barry boys.
    It's large so these wankers keep thinking its slow and try to overtake in their chavved out corsas.
    4.9L V8 says no. Emasculation achieved. Back behind me, pleb.
    The Cadillac is ridiculously quick, but having a lead foot makes the MPG plummet to single figures. Also can't go around corners quickly.
    But straight line? It's a god damn rocket.
  14. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Coprolalia in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    The ISO connectors I used are just basic ones. No illumination wire. Just speaker wires on one side and the other having +12, +12 switched, Ground and Antenna. I'm honestly not that bothered though as I've set the head unit to a nice cool blue colour scheme to match the interior and it's no brighter than the interior illumination.
    I fought with the speakers today and I'm exhausted. After a lot of swapping and testing I discovered there's nothing wrong with the speakers at all.. it's the wiring. The factory wiring is very complicated as each speaker used to have its own mini amplifier, a previous owner has gutted these and wired the speakers directly, but for some reason some of the speakers lack clarity because of it or sound like they're in a huge echoed room or underwater. The wiring I soldered to clean up his mess isn't the problem, as I used the same speaker wires he did.
    The problem is that these speaker wires likely go elsewhere and do other things, for example if I disconnect just one of the rear speakers they both go off. Quite confusing as they are indeed on their own lines (fader and balance tests proved this) so they must be using the same power line or ground line. This is extremely bad practice and you should not ever do this.
    I can fix this but it means using new speaker wires to wire all four in properly directly into the head unit ISO connector, dumping the use of the factory wires completely.
    I mean the speakers WORK, they're not awful, they're just not "clean". Dirty audio always pisses me off.
    I'll run new speaker wires when I can be bothered as if I'm doing that I may as well install all new speakers and just run the wires to an amplifier and subwoofer rather than the head unit. Fewer wires running all over the place and better sound quality.
    That can wait. After today I'm in no mood to start pulling carpets. The interior is quite fragile, especially the head lining where it meets the parcel shelf, every time you move the shelf you remove a little more headlining. I'll do it when I have all the parts together and am in the mood for it.
  15. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Coprolalia in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    Tried to get the A/C re-gassed today but the compressor isn't engaging its clutch for some reason. Might be seized. Thankfully the workshop book tells you certain pins to short in order to bypass its control system and engage anyway, so I can determine if the sensor or the compressor itself is at fault. Also the high pressure side valve is leaking and it might have a fail-safe that stops it engaging in this case, so I'll change the valve out first.
    I cleaned inside the car today, it was a long day, it was so bad.. so so bad.. I don't even want to think about it.. I've probably picked up consumption from it..
    Anyway, I cleaned the carpets and found all this yummy coffee! Anyone for espresso? A really good crema head on this one! 😁☕

    SERIOUSLY
    THE CAR WAS FILTHY
    FUCKING FILTHY
    It's at home now at least, fully insured and taxed. Was only £180 for the whole year fully comprehensive.
    I'm going to need a new battery though, even though still displaying its green "I'm okay!" light this one doesn't seem to hold as charge very long.
  16. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Coprolalia in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    BLOODY HELL, THE RADIATOR HAS ARRIVED
    HOW???
    I checked and it definitely did not come from the UK. Has US stickers all over it.
    Did they send it by personal private jet???
    Very impressed.
  17. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
  18. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from bunglebus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    The ISO connectors I used are just basic ones. No illumination wire. Just speaker wires on one side and the other having +12, +12 switched, Ground and Antenna. I'm honestly not that bothered though as I've set the head unit to a nice cool blue colour scheme to match the interior and it's no brighter than the interior illumination.
    I fought with the speakers today and I'm exhausted. After a lot of swapping and testing I discovered there's nothing wrong with the speakers at all.. it's the wiring. The factory wiring is very complicated as each speaker used to have its own mini amplifier, a previous owner has gutted these and wired the speakers directly, but for some reason some of the speakers lack clarity because of it or sound like they're in a huge echoed room or underwater. The wiring I soldered to clean up his mess isn't the problem, as I used the same speaker wires he did.
    The problem is that these speaker wires likely go elsewhere and do other things, for example if I disconnect just one of the rear speakers they both go off. Quite confusing as they are indeed on their own lines (fader and balance tests proved this) so they must be using the same power line or ground line. This is extremely bad practice and you should not ever do this.
    I can fix this but it means using new speaker wires to wire all four in properly directly into the head unit ISO connector, dumping the use of the factory wires completely.
    I mean the speakers WORK, they're not awful, they're just not "clean". Dirty audio always pisses me off.
    I'll run new speaker wires when I can be bothered as if I'm doing that I may as well install all new speakers and just run the wires to an amplifier and subwoofer rather than the head unit. Fewer wires running all over the place and better sound quality.
    That can wait. After today I'm in no mood to start pulling carpets. The interior is quite fragile, especially the head lining where it meets the parcel shelf, every time you move the shelf you remove a little more headlining. I'll do it when I have all the parts together and am in the mood for it.
  19. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from scdan4 in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
  20. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Jim Bell in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
  21. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from Jim Bell in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    Oh I almost forgot to mention, I fixed the speakers! I mean they're still shit, but at least they work now.
    When someone re-wired them they simply twisted the wires on the ends.. and they'd fallen off.. 😑
    I'll swap them out for some decent speakers when I can be bothered. One oddity is the head unit forgets all its settings every time the car is turned off, meaning I have to re-enter them. Bet he's wired it to a constant live and not the ignition live. It's a typical amateur mistake.
  22. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from spartacus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    Tried to get the A/C re-gassed today but the compressor isn't engaging its clutch for some reason. Might be seized. Thankfully the workshop book tells you certain pins to short in order to bypass its control system and engage anyway, so I can determine if the sensor or the compressor itself is at fault. Also the high pressure side valve is leaking and it might have a fail-safe that stops it engaging in this case, so I'll change the valve out first.
    I cleaned inside the car today, it was a long day, it was so bad.. so so bad.. I don't even want to think about it.. I've probably picked up consumption from it..
    Anyway, I cleaned the carpets and found all this yummy coffee! Anyone for espresso? A really good crema head on this one! 😁☕

    SERIOUSLY
    THE CAR WAS FILTHY
    FUCKING FILTHY
    It's at home now at least, fully insured and taxed. Was only £180 for the whole year fully comprehensive.
    I'm going to need a new battery though, even though still displaying its green "I'm okay!" light this one doesn't seem to hold as charge very long.
  23. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from danthecapriman in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
  24. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from bunglebus in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
  25. Like
    MikeKnight got a reaction from vulgalour in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    I still have to replace the battery, it only holds just over 10V when idle, that's no good.
    But today at least I swapped the radio for my much nicer aftermarket Sony DAB one and cleaned up the wiring behind the dash. I had a spare standard ISO harness so I soldered that in so in future any modern radio should fit. I can't go back to the original radio unfortunately as the wiring had been chopped so much.
    Here's a before picture.

    The plastic connectors on the left are from the original radio and are unused. They're for things like dimming the screen when the headlights are on. Also for the two tiny speakers in the dashboard, which are sadly unused but I may rewire them in at a later date to ride off the door speakers.
    Previous owner had tied the yellow and pink wires together, yellow is ignition power and pink is the powered aerial. No wonder it was always coming up regardless of radio condition. Pet peev of mine. The orange wire roughly in the middle of the pic is constant power which I had to uncover, he had not used it. Explains the memory loss on the radio. It only had power when the ignition was on.
    Here's an after picture with the new soldered ISO harness.

    Much cleaner. The Sony connector simply attaches to this then to the radio.
    I soldered the constant power and ignition power to the correct wires on the ISO harness so the radio retains a memory but powers on and off with the ignition as it should do. The powered aerial wire was also soldered to its own connector so the radio controls when that comes up and down. Radio off, it goes back down. Good.
    I enjoy doing stuff like this. It takes a while to tag all the wires to find out what they are and where they go, but the end result is immensely satisfying.
    The speakers are still shit but swapping them over is a job for tomorrow.
    I decided not to install the under-seat subwoofer I removed from the Supra, one because it was too wide to fit under there but also because the boot is enormous so I want a boot sub instead.
    EDIT: I forgot to mention, don't be horrified at the enormous hole the radio sits in. There's quite a nice surround that clips in around it to give it a factory fitted look. I just didn't take a picture of the radio installed.
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