1967 Cadillac EldoradoGERALD´S CADILLACS - NEWS

THE CADILLAC GRAND EUROPEAN MEETING - I WON A SPECIAL AWARD & WE SHOT A MOVIE

The "Grand European" Cadillac Meeting is a meeting organised by Cadillac & LaSalle Club (CLC) affiliated clubs all over Europe. This year it was held in Freiburg / Germany with trips to Switzerland and France. It is a 5 day event.
We were asked to do a film for them. We took our Persian Lime 1974 Coupe deVille to get there. It has been a 1100 miles round trip for us during an intense and unusual heat wave with temperatures around 37°C (100°F). The 74 performed flawlessly.
I feel very honoured that my car got a special award from "Honest" John Foust - "The Texan´s Choice Award" where he selected his personal favourite car. Below is a video of the award ceremony, where John explains why he chose my car:

The award ceremony

The event was just great with some awesome cars attending. The quality of cars is getting higher and higher every time.
Thanks to Klaus Deisinger, Sigrid Hoffmann and Christian Doerk and the rest of the team for organising this great event.

We started editing the video after each day on location to be able to show a highlight video at the gala night on Saturday night. Quite a task…
Here is the teaser we showed that night:

The teaser video

A few days after the meeting the full movie was published which can be viewed through the Classic Cadillac Club Deutschland e.V.

The full movie!

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My wife Afra filming.

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Editing on location

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Nice view during work

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1966 AC BLOWER VACUUM MASTER SWITCH

Until a few days ago the ATC (Automatic Temperature Control) in my low mileage 66 worked perfectly. All functions were operating as they should.
I rebuilt the carburetor and let the car idle for a while. During this I wanted all accessories to move and also turned on the heat. It came on as always and after about 30sec the blower went off again. The power servo started to move in and out all the time by itself, but the blower would stay off. The idle speed up came on and off as well depending on the placement of the power servo. After a while it stopped doing this and stayed in the fully retracted position (full heat). If I turned the temperature dial it did not change anything - but it was around freezing outside and this is what it should, do as the sensors sense the low temperatures and then send the system into full heating mode.

I checked the following things.

  • Master Switch seemed to work and gets engaged by vacuum. Power is going through it as it should. Current is going in and out. (This is what I thought…)
  • Blower Motor tested with a direct feed - worked
  • Blower Motor Relay - tested. Put a 12 V feed to the dark blue connector and it engaged and the blower motor came on. There was no current coming through the blue wire though.
  • Power Servo - cleaned all contacts and measured the resistance in all positions  - looked good to me
  • Control Head in Dash - removed it and checked the blower switches - it seemed to work.
I checked the amplifier part and the big square resistor  was showing the 50 Ohms it should. Also measured the rheostat on the temperature dial, which seemed to work as well.

Full vacuum was applied to the power servo, and I also checked the vacuum and voltage at the transducer. I also checked all vacuum actuators with a vacuum gauge, but everything checked out perfectly.

I then put everything back together. Still the system did not work in the full heat position. I did a lot more tests and checked the vacuum and electrical diagrams.
I ordered the 1966 AC manual from "Cadillac Tim" which is available also on ebay for $45,- . These instructions are a must-have for your car, as everything about the AC system is explained very well by Tim. There is a great troubleshooting guide in there. Its money well spent! Tim also offers a rebuild service for many Cadillac parts and has a great selection of refurbished parts. Check out his website!
1966 Cadillac Dash Control Unit

The 1966 dash control unit - here you can see the amplifier part.

After days of troubleshooting it finally dawned on me where the problem was. I had checked the master vacuum switch multiple times and when checked it always had electrical continuity. But I did not check it correctly. I only pushed the backside of the switch until I heard a click.
I should have tested it with full vacuum applied. As it turned out, if high vacuum was applied to the switch (during heating mode), the switch did no longer work correctly!

masterswitch-IMG_8114The contacts did no longer touch when full vacuum was applied to the switch…

Today I took it apart and made a video about it. As it turned out the switch contacts did not align as they should and I had to bend it a little bit to make it work again. I then put everything back together and now the AC system works perfectly again. Check out the video for all the details!

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1978 ACCELERATOR PUMP REPAIR

My low mileage 1978 Eldorado Biarritz ran super nice. It idled like a clockwork but it sometimes had one problem:
The car would have a slight hesitation for one or two seconds when driving away from standing still and idling. The hesitation was not present at any higher speeds - only when starting from standing still, no matter how hard I hit the pedal.
Once the car was rolling, it ran perfectly. 2 or 3 times the engine even stalled in the past.
That's why I suspected the accelerator pump.
Replacing it is not too difficult. You basically only need a rebuild kit and remove the carburetor from the car. Then you have to remove 8 screws to take the top off and remove 2 linkages. I'm not a carburetor expert at all, but luckily my friends ,who did the job before, helped me, but it really is not difficult at all. I found some great how-to video on YouTube on how the Quadrajets are taken apart and back together - They have some very informative videos on their youtube channel - here is one of them:

1978 Cadillac Carburetor QuadrajetThe Quadrajet after removal.78carbopen-IMG_8059
The Quadrajet with the top removed
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My friends Steve and Lucky helped a lot. Thanks my friends! We did all the work in Luckys fantastic garage and shop.
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friendsandcarbsWe had "Carburetor Monday" as everybody was working on their carburetors.

We replaced the pump rubber and put everything back together. The carburetor looked very clean inside with only minor deposits, so we left everything else as it was.
I can't wait to install it back into the car and hope the problem is fixed - did not do a full rebuild as it is still very clean and nice inside. Only installed new rubber on the pump and new top gaskets. Hopefully the problem is fixed now. I will update the page once the carb is back in the car.

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1966 HOT CHOKE CARBURETOR REPAIR

When I got my 1966 Cadillac back the choke did no longer work. The hot air choke mechanism on the Carter AFB carb was stuck open and thats why the previous owner removed the choke linkage, which would close the primaries when the car was cold.
I removed the choke housing from the car and it was completely stuck and did not move at all. Both the lever and the counter weight were completely frozen up although everything inside the housing looked pretty clean.

First I tried anti seize oil which did not change anything. Then I soaked the unit in a parts cleaner solution over night which did not free it up either. The next day I soaked it in a rust removing solution which did not help either. I then put it in a can of transmission fluid for a while.
In-between I always gently tried to move it and suddenly it freed up and now works perfectly smooth again. I put the carburetor back together and now the car is very easy to start again - even on a very cold day.


The choke after repair.
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1967 ELDORADO CARBURETOR REPLACEMENT

I installed a rebuilt carburetor from www.carburetorcenter.com into my 1967 Eldorado today. It suffered from bad idle when fully warmed up at low RPM. It had a problem with the secondaries not closing properly and was worn out a bit. It's an easy install. The 1967 Eldorado uses a unique linkage for the transmission switch, which is a one year only item. Take good care of yours!
The Eldorado now purrs like a kitten again with its new Quadrajet. I now have two more carburetors to do - the 1966 has a stuck choke and the 1978 needs a new accelerator pump.... The video is also available on YouTube in 4K HDR quality...


I took a short video of the installation process.1967 Cadillac Eldorado Quadrajet
The rebuilt Quadrajet on the bench.
Original 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Quadrajet
The old original 1967 Eldorado Quadrajet - this is the non California version.

1967 Cadillac Eldorado Quadrajet

The rebuilt Quadrajet installed.

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SEASON'S GREETINGS

Here is our annual Season's Greeting card. This year with the 1966 Cadillac and my lovely family.
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1966 UNDERCARRIAGE CLEAN UP PROJECT

I am planning to clean up the undercarriage of my 66 Coupe deVille during the long winter months. The car is in fantastic condition. There is still the original undercoating on the car. In areas where it was not applied there is some slight surface rust which I would like to remove and conserve everything.

To make the car perfect again I will also dry ice blast the undercarriage and totally clean it up like I did on my 74 and the Roadmaster to preserve it as good as possible.
Today I started to brush some of the surface rust away. After that I will apply some rust remover.
I took some "before" pictures and a video.


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It will be a long and dirty job…

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PUTTING THE CARS TO SLEEP

2021has been a very busy year for me in my job, but I am very glad that I had so much work and great clients in times like these.
I have to admit that my car activities were almost non existent until a week before the Cadillac BIG Meet.
I did not even drive all of my cars this year - one did not even leave the garage… BUT… CONTINUE READING BY CLICKING HERE

The 58 Eldorado
The 71 Lincoln
The 78 Eldorado

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The cars in my home garage are ready for winter as well…

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WINTER STORAGE IN A PLASTICBAG?

My Roadmaster lost its garage space in my dehumidified garages and now has to spend winter in my old, uninsulated garage which can get a little humid during the winter months. To make sure it will stay dry, I bought a "Permabag" which seals the car from the outside. It works with BIG desiccant cylinders which will keep the car dry and which can be used multiple times by simply drying in the oven for 3-4 hours every 3-4 months. I took a short video of the procedure, it took me a while to get it into the bag…

Here is a short time-lapse video of putting the car in.

IMG_7596The Roadmaster is in the bag for the winterhygrometer

Humidity inside the bag should stay below or around 50% -this is controlled by a hygrometer.

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1974 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE MODEL AVAILABLE

STAMP MODELS is now selling a limited edition 1974 Cadillac Coupe deVille in Persian Lime in 1/43 scale. As it is identical to my car, I immediately had to grab one.
Check your local dealer if you are interested in buying one as well!

1974 Cadillac Model
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POST CADILLAC BIG MEET CLEAN UP

I normally NEVER drive any of my cars in rain and they never get wet. Last weekend was the only exception as I attended the Cadillac BIG Meet with my 74 Cadillac. It basically rained all the time from Friday to Sunday and the car got really soaked. It took me a while to get everything cleaned up - especially the undercarriage needed a lot of work to shine again. After a couple of hours of elbow grease everything is dry and clean again. I used compressed air to blow out all the water hiding around the vinyl top - a very important step!
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CADILLAC BIG MEET - AFTERMOVIES

I am part of the Cadillac BIG Meet organisation team and we had a great 2021 meeting despite the bad weather and all COVID regulations. Only 80 Cadillacs attended this year as it was raining almost the whole weekend with some sunny spells.

My job in the team is to do all promotion work, including the CBM website. Together with my wife we usually do all the photographic and video work during the event and I'm also in the judging team for the awards.
This year we focused on shooting a new movie and produce a lot of video material for future promotion material about the event. Our friend Christian was kind enough to do the photographic work for us this year.

A huge picture gallery is now available here - thanks to Christian Doerk for providing these stunning images!

Here is the official 2021 Cadillac BIG Meet Aftermovie my wife and I produced: Make sure to watch in HD!

2 TV stations aired reports about the Cadillac BIG Meet 2021 which we also provided film material for

A TV report I produced for TV1


My colleagues from Servus TV also had a feature.

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