462[Cadillac_Performance_Association] Diesel Cadillacs?
- Apr 1, 2003Just joined your list, cool to see Caddy performance on here.
For a little background, I've done a few Caddy 472/500 swaps into Chevy
trucks. I've had several 472/500 powered cars, always liked that engine and
As far as the 5.7 diesels, they were a bad idea to start with. One of my
customers has a collection of them, just loves them. If you put the updated
head gaskets and head bolts in, they seem to last, though.
I've often thought of swapping in a 94-2000 6.5 turbo diesel into one of
these cars. Unless you happen to have the 200-4R with universal bolt
pattern, you'd have to swap the transmission. I've had several 6.5TD's in
trucks, currently have a 94 Suburban with a slightly modified 6.5TD. Even in
that 7600lb beast, it moves pretty good (not like a 500 would, though). I'd
think in a Fleetwood or deVille, that motor would have plenty of power.
There would be some packaging issues, as the turbo hangs to the passenger
side quite a bit. Might look into some of the vans, as they put the turbo at
the rear of the engine.
If you do think of playing with the diesel in these cars, be sure your use
of it justifies this engine. If you drive 10 miles or less to work, the
mileage won't pay for it. If you're doing it just because you think it would
be cool, that's a different story. I'm sure anyone pulling up beside a
rattling 82 Cadillac wouldn't expect to hear a turbo spool up!
----- Original Message -----
From: Darren D. Wall
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 8:09 AM
Subject: [Cadillac_Performance_Association] Diesel Cadillacs?
Hello Fellow Cadillac Enthusiasts,
I think I already know the answer to this, but I'll ask it anyway:
What does everyone think of the Diesel Cadillacs offered in the early
80's? I have been a diesel fan for years (Owned diesel Suburban, Truck,
Audi, VW...) I know the 5.7L diesel had a very bad reputation, does
the 6.0L offered in some Cadillacs (Fleetwood I believe) suffer the
What's the reliability of these cars if given the proper updates to
the engine. At this point I would think most of the engines have been
rebuilt and been updated with the changes that fixed the reliability
donning my flame retardant suit...
Darren D. Wall
Using The Bat!, Version 1.62i
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