Live thread: Bringing back a Cadillac that inspired a love of cars

Colin
By Colin Wood
Sep 14, 2023 | Cadillac, Eldorado, Live Thread, Cadillac Eldorado

Photography Credit: J.A. Ackley

What’s the one car that kick-started your love of cars? For GRM Senior Editor J.A. Ackley, it was a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible his mother bought new. You can read the story here.

As is so often the case, other things came up and the Cadillac sat.

Now, however, J.A. has decided it’s time to get the Eldorado back on the road with some help from GRM Director of Marketing and Events Tom Suddard.

Follow this thread to keep up as we make this Cadillac Eldorado road-worthy once more.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/14/23 11:47 a.m.

Not many people get to enjoy the car that inspired their love of cars, I'm glad you are able to enjoy yours, J.A.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/14/23 11:48 a.m.

I arrived last night and scoped out the car with JA. I've got two days here in NY, so our goal is simple: Make as much progress as possible towards turning the Cadillac back into a running, driving car. It's been sitting untouched since 2011, when it was briefly driven after being parked in the 90s. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/14/23 11:50 a.m.

First step? Clear enough hedge to get the car out. 

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/14/23 12:09 p.m.

Awesome!

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/14/23 12:47 p.m.

Tires hold air. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/14/23 12:53 p.m.

Tried to roll it out. Something locked up in the left rear. Dragged it a bit. Still locked. Parts store run. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/14/23 12:55 p.m.

Meanwhile, let's plug in a new battery. The good news, things light up, engine turns over. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/14/23 12:57 p.m.

dude, your mom was a pimp!

i'm so ready to follow along.  good luck!

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
9/14/23 1:06 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:

Tried to roll it out. Something locked up in the left rear. Dragged it a bit. Still locked. Parts store run. 

What kind of light is that? I need that for climbing under cars.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/14/23 1:08 p.m.

Its like one of the Late Brake Show Barnfind episodes, good stuff.

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