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Old 11-17-2021, 06:08 AM
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Default CTS aka Britney Spears

She's white, kind of dirty, might end up a bit nuts but would you say no?

I didn't. okay, she's 2006 Cadillac CTS 6 speed with 100k miles and a rod-like knock. I have another motor - the one in the Fiat. For a myriad of reasons, I'm going with a different motor in the Fiat... and this came along.... all in, I'll have less then $1,000 in it (including registration and a new battery).




and a sunroof



she cleans up well


tonight I drove it into the shop... when I bought it, I never heard it run - back story is the guy I bought it from hadn't either when he bought it, got surprised after owning it for 4 years and finally fixing its issue, with the rod knock.... (which might simply be valves hitting the pistons)...
first, they didn't install the radiator correctly (thankfully it didn't break)

but that's indicative of the car.
So the radio doesn't work
windows don't go down
why did GM put the fuses in front of the rear seat?
codes are for injectors (not a surprise with 4 year old gas) and cam timing
needs a rack (leaking)

but overall, the interior smells smokish (not heavy, and even I, who am almost allergic to it, can handle it). no rips, kind of dirty (needs a shampooing)
outside no major damage, I have another bumper cover (came with) for the rear. Paint is in good shape.
desperately needs tires (and it's an odd 5 bolt - 115 mm, but you can use 114.3 (small Ford) with the right hub adapter)....
which leads me to.. you can swap hubs and get the Camaro bolt pattern along with better (larger) brakes.
That last bit is cool because I have the C5 Corvette front hubs that are a straight bolt on, and I have 4 piston Brembos from a SS Camaro for the rear - all I need is another hub and brake assembly.

which leads me to

This might become my taxi. I have a good friend that I'd loan this to for track days... also use it for autox practice.... and in the end shift it to someone else....

I won't V the car - GM changed almost everything under the car to put the V8 in it (new K member, different rear suspension, stronger diff).... and I already have a beast for days when I need the last, shouted word....

So it's a project but it's likely you'll see it as supporting cast in the future....

thoughts?
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Old 11-17-2021, 12:04 PM
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Looks like a bargain for someone with the know-how and patience. I always liked those, there were a lot coming off lease in Fl and prices were good.

Britney cleans up pretty good, if you’ve seen any of her glamour photos lately.
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Old 11-17-2021, 03:24 PM
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Looks like a bargain for someone with the know-how and patience. I always liked those, there were a lot coming off lease in Fl and prices were good.

Britney cleans up pretty good, if you’ve seen any of her glamour photos lately.
oh yeah

I couldn't pass it up, I've driven these before and thought they were BMWish in the way they drove and handled... 300 hp, 6 speed.
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I had a 2010 CTS and really liked it. Your right, for a sedan it's a good mix of sport and cruiser.

What engine are you going to put in it?
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Old 11-18-2021, 03:30 PM
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I had a 2010 CTS and really liked it. Your right, for a sedan it's a good mix of sport and cruiser.

What engine are you going to put in it?
I have a Fiat Spider project that's been stalled for awhile (10 years). The motor I was going to use is a 2006 CTS V6 that has 60k miles on it.

The Spider is on the list to finish - but given my love of all things Buick, it's going to get a 3.8 1) because I love Buicks, but 2) because the aftermarket support of the Buick motor is substantial or it might get a NA LS motor... I have a GNX motor...
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Old 11-25-2021, 04:15 AM
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So the Fiat makes an appearance




it seems to have good compression still don't know what I'm going to put in the Fiat but I really should make it run somehow....
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well, now Britney has shown all her fails...edited
come on Opel, how is this serviceable?

keeping the a/c system charged was a pain, trick is pull the PS pulleyedited


it's out - these pictures are for posterity because the motor didn't need to come out - so probably not swapping stuff (which is why the pictures)








the first sign I should have listened to.... this motor mount is garbage - if they replaced the clutch, a reputable shop wouldn't put the broken part back in

hmm not clean but the clutch looks new

second sign, not all the bolts are the same (these are pressure plate bolts) also no thread lock


see the wear marks on the flywheel bolts?


okay to be fair to myself, the rack needs to be replaced - so most of the work I did was necessary (the cross member needs to be removed to get it).

HOWEVER, when the guy said 400 miles ago that the clutch was replaced, it triggered the thought that the noise could be related to that. Clearly it was, whether the bolts backed out or the dual mass clutch failed... I don't know, the outer ring (what the clutch rides on) moves independently with the flywheel - not supposed to do that - but the rattle clearly was that and since there were no shiny metal bits in the oil.... again, flywheel problem not bearing problem...edited

so I'll continue on - I'll pull the pan to be sure and probably use the injectors from my other motor on it then put it back together...
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Interesting driveshaft coupling. Looks like a mass damper or something.

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Interesting driveshaft coupling. Looks like a mass damper or something.

when I put the rear in my C3, I bought an eliminator for the rubber biscuit. I find it interesting that manufacturers put a rubber isolators in place rather then simply balancing the drivetrain properly.....
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back to my original plan, apparently the movement is normal (have a guru I can ask)
so the new motor - plugs are original and look good

I put a bit of machine oil down each cylinder to try to minimize damage since this motor hasn't run in at least 10 years.
cleaned the cross member then removed the old rack

installed new rackedited


I ordered the 'wrong' steering rack, the old one had some kind of sensor in it - since this car came with or without, I'll either program the light to stay off or remove whatever it's sensingedited

​​​​​​​tomorrow new parts and see if I can get this ready to go in....
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new parts

even new oil filteredited

with fancy plug installation tool
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some assembly done

but a ways to go

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