Unless told otherwise, I have to assume that the floor pan is rusted
through. Even the driest Eldo's I've seen have a rotted pan just above
the cat where the Y-pipe meets. That will require some serious work --
gutting interior, possibly dash assembly and engine/exhaust depending on
extent. If it's carb'ed, I'm not sure what the ECM would be doing
there; was it converted from FI? Either way, if you're going to be
pulling the engine, you might consider throwing in a 500 while you're at
it. It's a drop-in, the performance parts are pretty much the same, and
you'll have more grunt when you're done. Parts for 425 or 500 from mild
to wild can be found at www.500cid.com.
One more thing: I've seen a lot of Eldo restorations started, but very
few (almost none) finished. It's a lot of car, and will take a lot of
time if you're not dealing with a pristine one to begin with. If you've
never restored a car before, it will be a much bigger project than you
expected. But if you do it right you can have a nice ride. Of course,
you'll never sell it for half of what you put into it, so make sure you
do it how you want it, and that you won't be strapped for cash at the
From: don_burrow [mailto:donburrow@...
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2003 8:16 AM
Subject: [Cadillac_Performance_Association] Help with 1978 El Dorado
At the moment I'm contemplating restoration of a '78 El Dorado
Barritz. Car has 95K original, engine has about half of that. Needing
information on parts, tips, tricks, any ol' thing at all. Runs great,
need to rebuilt the carb, figure out whether I'm going to keep the
ECS stuff or yank it out. Anyway, just would like to reap the
benefits of others knowledge and experience.
Thanks in advance !
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