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Old 06-03-2015, 04:39 PM
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http://classiccars.com/listings/view...-georgia-30122

84 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

I think it's a cool looking car that can ride the family in some style for certain occasions.

Any knocks on the car, engine??

Not that exact car just using it as an example.
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:51 PM
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Where are you going to be driving?
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Not enough money for that car. You'd be well advised to go have a look at it yourself.
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I have an '85, I've posted it before in the Caddy threads. It's immaculate and nearly showroom condition.

I would be leery of the 100k mileage on that one. The last years ('84, '85) of those Eldos had decent motors (4.1 liter V-8). They had worked most the issues out of them by then. One of the biggest issues was the fuel injection. Very hard to get replacement parts for that these days, was a throttle body style of injector, but I believe they used it across the GM line - the Tornado, the Riveria and the Eldo in those years. .

Price is a little out of whack, but not unreasonable, because it's a convertible. I paid more for mine and it's a stainless steel hardtop, but then again, mine only has 19k original miles on it and I'm the 2nd owner. Still drives like it's new.

They are very nice rides and the last of the big (long wheel base) coupes. Caddy downsized after that. They are going up in market value right now and there are some really nice ones on the market. Take a look at the ones for Sale on Hemmings, generally the best of the best.

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I was only using that advert as an example of the car, not looking to get into that one. Just the model and style in general I like.

I'm looking for a convertible that is easy to fix, and easy to get parts for that won't break the bank. This seems to fit the bill for me. Not sure I'll pull the trigger on it, but I think it would be nice.
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I have a friend who got something similar for weekend cruising. After a while he got rid of it as it just wasn't as much fun as he thought it would be...

What are you planning on doing with it?

I'd go for a mid 70's convertible vs that era. All the emissions crap was starting to show up, the carburetors were becoming tuned right on the edge of lean for emissions and they run poorly if things go slightly off.
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I have a friend who got something similar for weekend cruising. After a while he got rid of it as it just wasn't as much fun as he thought it would be...

What are you planning on doing with it?

I'd go for a mid 70's convertible vs that era. All the emissions crap was starting to show up, the carburetors were becoming tuned right on the edge of lean for emissions and they run poorly if things go slightly off.
Sunday drives and it's FI.
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Sunday drives and it's FI.

The injection system on those cars is big$$$ to repair.


"I think it's a cool looking car that can ride the family in some style for certain occasions."

What occasions are you referencing? Pimp conventions?

all I can think of when I see those 80 era caddies is - "Pimpin aint easy"
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You can find 50's to mid 70's sedans at a decent price. Collector car prices came down a bit from a few years ago. I'd be looking at 60's Continentals or something like that. If that's the car you want, it's one thing, but you can get alot for $14k.

http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/cto/5052722216.html
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I had an 81 coupe de ville with a 6 cylinder engine that self destructed a little over $100K. Stick with the 8's
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
The injection system on those cars is big$$$ to repair.


"I think it's a cool looking car that can ride the family in some style for certain occasions."

What occasions are you referencing? Pimp conventions?

all I can think of when I see those 80 era caddies is - "Pimpin aint easy"
Just Sunday drives at the shore or in the country with the family. On days above 80 it's too hot for top down riding IMO.

If I were pimping I'd be looking more towards a mid 70's Eldorado, those were boats and the 70's were the hey days of pimping.
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Not a classic just old
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What occasions are you referencing? Pimp conventions?

all I can think of when I see those 80 era caddies is - "Pimpin aint easy"
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post


Just don't cruse Dealey Plaza in that.............
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Maybe look at the 2 last years of the
Allante. North Star engine and Pinninfarina design.
Much better choice.
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To be honest thats one of the ugliest convertible cads ever made. If your driving it in the country where no one will see then go for it. If your driving in the city wear a hat and dark glasses.

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Originally Posted by gofastsandman View Post
Maybe look at the 2 last years of the
Allante. North Star engine and Pinninfarina design.
Much better choice.
Tiny Caddy for a family. You and the wife? Cool, but not really big enough for a family and gear for a Sunday picnic or day at the beach. Still, the Allantes were a nice ride for their day.
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That is a very cool (and clean) looking Cadillac however unless youre going for the Big Enus Burdette look you should consider other options from that decade.

Maybe a Cimmaron or even a K-Car convertible.
When I think of style, quality and plain old American bad-ass these are the first two classics that come to mind.
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I like the 1964 Buick Electra convertable and you could get a nice on for that amount of money. Any Buick with the Wild cat engine will hold value.http://www.vaultcars.com/wp-content/...5-1024x681.jpg
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