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hawkeye372

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Well My car cruise group was supposed to have a small gathering today. It might still happen but with this nor èster just slamming the area and causing the rain and windy conditions. I don’t think the gathering will take place.
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hawkeye372

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And since Halloween is next month. My buddy was all excited to go to the car meet. He even had his pirate [emoji2526] hat and gold chain on. Oh yeah since we have this darn covid thing and masks are required. He also has his mask on.

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hawkeye372

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Took a long and much needed drive. After being confined and neglected due to weather. The x and I took to the road. Ran to ace then to get dog treats then went to get gas. Used the new shell app to pay at the pump and it worked great. Then my buddy and I decided to drive around the neighborhood before heading back home
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Yes took the necessary precautions wearing masks and he had his shades on too.

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Gord

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And on and on...

I guess I've been at this portion for about a week now but time for a post. :)

I have alllllll the front suspension ready to go back in the car - all new shocks and bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends and such, not to mention all the actual components have been cleaned up like they should be. And I'm down under the car, lying on the floor just sizing the task up before I begin, and I notice some 'gunk' on the bottom of the oil pan.

Turns out, said gunk isn't gunk at all - someone in its earlier history must have cracked or scraped the pan well enough to cause it to leak right out the bottom. :( I'll wager its an adequate layer of JB Weld or similar. Nice enough repair I suppose, just not kosher if you know what I mean. I have a hard time trusting glue with a job like that.

Soooo, to pull the pan and replace it meant removing the subframe. I made a handy 2x4 and 2x6 jig to support the engine, I've dropped the subframe, decided the engine mounts may as well be swapped at the same time, and I've pulled the steering rack down too for a thorough once-over and a cleaning. ETA to have it all pretty much assembled might be in a week. I've been taking pics so I'll try to post some around that time.

Our lesson today is: if you're going in that deep, look around and check all the other absolutely 'impossible to get at / devil-like' components, and consider to get 'em done at the same time.

Oh, I'll do the belts while I'm there as well. It looks like they'll be much easier to access from below at this time than by any other means.

Gord :thumbsup
 

hawkeye372

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Good luck with the work. Yes it’s easier to do it now that the car engine is easily accessible.


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Fbeaver

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I just got back from a trip to Panama City Beach, Florida in my 2006 XLR-V. It’s about a 400 mile trip each way and the car performed flawlessly. About half the trip is on two lane roads and I was able to go around slower traffic effortlessly. The car got a LOT of attention down at the beach. People were taking pictures off it and walking up to me in parking lots to ask questions about it. On the Interstate cars would sometimes pull up alongside to take a closer look at it. I‘m sure most people had never seen one before and had no idea what it was. I’m guessing many people probably thought it was a new car.
 

hawkeye372

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Well since today wasn’t going to rain. I took the x and my passenger for a long much needed drive. We just needed to get out and drive. So the top was down and escaped. Drive around 30 min one way. Then stopped at target then ran back home another 30 min. But the sun was out and enjoyed the day. Got back home had a late lunch early dinner then since I had coupons for Walgreens. We headed out again. Temp was just right. Mid to upper 60’s to mid 70’s perfect Florida weather. Took backroads but had a eye out for and water covered roads.
 

XLRATING

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What I did with my XLR’s today is washed both of them. Mainly dust with a few bug splats. Tomorrow the base gets its state inspection, which is why I cleaned it up. Less dust = fewer scratches from mechanics messing. Also hit the leather on the V with some Zaino Leather conditioner. It was due for that.

(And I would make a picture of both of them part of my signature but can’t figure out how with the new site set up....)
 
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pure zen

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XLRATING

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Zen, in no way are you stupid!

I tried that but it wants a URL or text. My pics are just on a folder on my computer. Soy estupido, can’t figure out how to get them from there.
 

Gord

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I guess it was Sunday past, I managed to get the front subframe and steering rack reinstalled. Quite easy actually and so, so nice to have the 17 years of grime all cleaned off as well. That makes for such a nicer environment, especially lying on your back!

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Biggest hassle had to be not having an 18mm ratchet-wrench and not having the sense to at least snug down the top nuts of the motor mounts while the frame was out. Right side went quite well, left side...that took ages. They're conical locknuts, so every rotation requires a fair amount of pull. And when you can't get more than about 1 flat at a time without flipping the wrench....arrrggh!

Lesson learned - now back to hanging all the suspension and easy stuff! :)

Oh, a P.S. This of course was on account of a damaged oil pan. It arrived complete with gasket, fasteners, level sensor...the works. Fresh motor mounts too.

I went to hook up the oil level sensor and surprise...it was a 3 pin unit versus the 2 pin connector this car has. No big deal, it's accessible at any time, more just a FYI in case you end up having to do the same task.

I'll suspect the 3 pin is more recent (maybe >'05), so if and when you order the pan and if you do have a 2 pin connector, 'splurge' and get a 2 pin sensor from wherever so you'll have it handy just in case. They're like $12 and I would not reuse the old one...plastic, cheap and rather crispy after so much time in hot oil.

Gord :thumbsup
 

hawkeye372

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Well yesterday I went to the “car doctor”. The problem I am having was my roof cylinder. The dealer showed discontinued part and wrote a price if $700. I also needed a power steering pump and the dealer showed a couple left in stock. So I ordered that yesterday and then called my service advisor and she said the power steering pump was here. I mainly called her to tell her I found the other cylinder parts at east coast used and new parts in North Carolina. They are the ppl that are always posting that they are the go 2 people for cadillac xlr parts. I’m not going to post a link because I don’t know if that’s allowed here. I just filled out the paperwork from their website and faxed it to them. They quoted me $265 each with shipping. So my service guys said they would out the part in for me if I found them. So I’ll set up an appointment when I get them in my hand.
For those interested they are located in North Carolina and it’s East Coast Used Parts. They have the west coast chopper looking cross on their page. They are also on Facebook
 

mickeytee

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top cylinders, 150 each from top hydraulics and they come with a warranty unlike some places that sell used parts that will not stand behind what they sell at all. hope you didn't get ripped too bad.

 

mickeytee

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top cylinders, 150 each from top hydraulics and they come with a warranty unlike some places that sell used parts that will not stand behind what they sell at all. hope you didn't get ripped too bad.

If you have bought cylinders from Top hydraulics and not sent back your cores please do it now. They provide us with a great service at a great reduction in price. Some crazy people are paying 1800 -2000 for used pumps on ebay that will fail in 6 months or less and totally do not know they can get a rebuilt one for less than 1/2 that price which is upgraded plus has a warranty. This member just paid double for used cylinders because people have not shipped back their cores.
 

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