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lowcadillac

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    Tony Holden
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    Transport Manager

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  1. lowcadillac

    Aftermarket Temp Gauge

    I’d really like to fit a temperature gauge in my ‘70. What happens if I do away with my TCS senor and fit a temp sensor there? Or is it just more sensible to do away with the coolant light and fit my new sensor there instead. TCS sensor on the right side of the engine and temp light sensor on the left,is that correct?
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    Dragging front brakes

    The brake pipe is Kunifer tubing. The original coupling had been damaged by a previous person who had changed the hoses and rounded the nut off so had to get another pipe made up at my local car shop. The master looks the same as one called A-1 Cardone recommended for 70 on Rock auto site.
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    Dragging front brakes

    Here’s the master cylinder and the offending caliper. Actually got the car back together and brakes bled now as had the last outdoor show of the season this weekend. I’m going to run it for a while and see if the caliper eases up. If not Rock Auto seem to do some at a reasonable price so I may order a couple and see what happens. Water pump and sump gasket next 😬
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    Dragging front brakes

    Ok ok this is getting a pain in the rear now. I’ve had the calipers rebuilt,fitted new hoses,rebuilt the rear brakes for good measure,bled the brakes tonight and guess what...........it’s still the same!! Well there’s an improvement on the passenger side but the drivers side binds. If you push the piston back with a pry bar it seems to move back in freely enough. Cracking the brake lines doesn’t make much difference either. I'm in the process of trying to find someone over here in the UK who has a spare caliper that I can try to rule that out,then I guess it could be the master cylinder although my eye keeps being drawn to that distribution block on the frame. Is there any obvious difference in the master cylinders between drum drum and disc drum? It had a new one fitted before I bought it so possibly could be the wrong one. I’ll get there in the end but that’s part of the fun I guess.............🤔
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    Dragging front brakes

    Hi all,anyone know what size the brake lines are and what thread the line connectors to front caliper hoses are?
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    Dragging front brakes

    An update on my brake problem,I’ve decided to do an overhaul of the system so I’ve dropped the calipers off at a local shop to clean check and replace the piston seals. I’ve fitted new rear cylinders,just as well as one was weeping and replaced all the springs and shoes too. While putting the new shoes and springs etc back,which is a bit of a pain as everything kept falling off I noticed that on the passenger side the actuator doesn’t quite touch the star wheel but on the drivers side it does. Which is correct? Is the actuator supposed to maintain constant contact with the adjuster wheel or does it just touch when the brakes are applied? I don’t fully understand how it works. What stops it constantly adjusting up until the wheel stops turning completely? Both actuators move freely and everything is new so I can’t see what is wrong. The attached image shows the springs etc and although you can’t see it I’ve put the adjuster spring on the correct way round.
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    Dragging front brakes

    Checked the bearings but definitely no problem there. I’ve ordered a seal kit for the calipers and a couple of brake hoses. I’ll fit them, bleed the system with some nice clean fluid and see what happens. If that doesn’t work I’ll try the distribution block. Still love this car though,just got to be patient and as it’s approaching winter over here I’ve got plenty of time to sort it out. I’ll post my findings when I get to the bottom of the problem.
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    Dragging front brakes

    Well,I managed to check this out and have discovered that if disconnect the booster rod from the pedal inside the car there is no difference,front brakes still drag, disconnect the proportioning valve on the master cylinder,darn front brakes still drag. I then released the flexi hose union from the calliper itself on the passenger side and that brake freed off,tried the same on the drivers side and that brake still drags. So I’m thinking that I have 2 separate problems, passenger side partially blocked flexi hose even though it looks new,drivers side sticky calliper even though the piston retracts easy enough with a clamp. Has anyone had a distribution block cause problems? If it’s just a block that distributes the fluid to the right place under pressure I doubt it can fail. The brake line connections are really tight on it so haven’t disturbed that yet.
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    Dragging front brakes

    Thanks for the advice Thomas and Steve. I did consider a hose to caliper but both front brakes are dragging to an extent. I guess it could be a sticking master cylinder,this was fitted before I bought the car in the US so I haven’t got the old part to compare unfortunately. I’ll try cracking the lines between master and then valve and see what happens. So to get this right the metering valve is on a bracket attached to the booster and the proportioning valve is below the booster fixed to the frame and I don’t have a distribution block or is a proportioning valve and a distribution block the same thing? I’m hopefully off to the garage with my spanner’s later so I’ll let you know the results.
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    Dragging front brakes

    Hi everyone,haven’t posted anything for a while but I have a problem with my brakes and thought I’d ask for some advice. The front discs are getting ridiculousy hot and when jacking up the front the wheels won’t spin freely,barely a turn. I’ve fitted new pads and bushings and the calliper pistons seem to move freely. The previous owner has fitted a new master cylinder,brake booster and brake hoses. I’ve loosened the master cylinder from the brake booster and that’s not helped but there does seem to be pressure from somewhere as when I loosened the bleed screw on one of the calipers fluid escaped as if under pressure. I see OPGI offer a proportioning valve and also a distribution block but they tell me the latter is not required. I also see that JEGS offer a metering valve. Has anyone got any answers or suggestions as what to check or replace as I’m running out of ideas and thinking that I may just have to replace the whole lot $$$$$$
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    Anyone from the UK?

    Clearly not then
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    Anyone from the UK?

    Just out of interest is anyone else on here in the UK? Been to a few shows over here but not seen another First Generation Monte yet.
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    Top Fender Trim

    Great thanks for your help. Didn’t want to damage it as finding a replacement would be difficult I think
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    Top Fender Trim

    Hello it’s Tony from the UK again. Anyone know how the small chrome trims at the top rear of the front fenders come off? Do they just push on or are they fixed in some way? I’ve got to get my front wing painted due to some minor damage and don’t want to damage the trim while trying to remove it. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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    Voltage regulator

    Just noticed that if you turn the key backwards to the acc position the light comes on but quite dim.
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