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Old 03-28-2015, 05:25 PM   #15
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Lots of good advice here, and I agree, it's probably stout enough to make it worth doing the necessary upgrades.

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Old 03-28-2015, 05:51 PM   #16
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The overhang isn't any more than some pickups. I'm sure it already has front disc brakes.


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Old 03-28-2015, 05:52 PM   #17
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Check the rear end ratio. If you are towing in the flat, it might be OK, but the ratio might be a little low for mountain climbing. It also might be a little soft on the suspension, so Airbags or Air shocks might be in order. My old Caddy was too soft. Self leveling feature did not work well for towing. An old state trooper car with stiff suspension might be more handleable on the curvy stuff.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:04 PM   #18
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Does the Caddy have a door pillar sticker? Seems like it would show the "as modified" capacities?
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:17 PM   #19
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A number of people have commented that it's likely to have front discs already, and that's true. Since I'm the one who originally brought up the brake upgrade, I'm talking about things like new flex lines (preferably braided), maybe drilled and/or slotted rotors with high-performance pads rather than the '70s-grade OEM stuff. If you get totally worked up about upgrading things there may be a rear-disc conversion but since it's not one of the muscle-car platforms that may be hard to come by.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:30 PM   #20
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It has 12" drums on the back, turbo 400 trans, and the 500ci engine puts out 190hp.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:53 PM   #21
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i remember those being built on a Suburban chassis. If so, it would pretty much have the towing capacity of a 1977 Suburban 15, 2wd. Front disc, rear drum, small gas tank for low speed around town driving.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:40 PM   #22
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That's a 1977. Downsized from 1976.

Slowmover, that was my first thought as well, especially given the taillight config. But I do believe it's a 76, based on the nose design. 74,75,76 had the same nose with slight variation in bumpers - basically a slightly stretched version of the 71,72,73 But you're correct about the 77 being downsized from the last of the big Caddies.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:32 AM   #23
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'76 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse Tow Vehicle?

Its a '77. Family owned those cars in those years. Dad used his '76 as his TV to pull his '75 Silver Streak from late 1975 to mid-1987. 194,000 miles at sale. Next owner towed with it past 240k.

Yours may have been built in 1976, but it is assuredly a 1977. And it is the V8-425 engine.

His Sedan De Ville featured the optional 3.21 rear axle. We added better shocks, MOOG Cargo Coils and ADDCO rear antiroll bar.

Usually saw 7-8 mpg in the 55-mph era.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:28 AM   #24
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He says it has the 500 commonly used in the Eldorado. I don't doubt that the hearse and armor prep package had the 500.
I drove a 91 armored caddie at the proving grounds built with the 502/502 crate motor. We built quite a few of those. Most went to the Middle East.
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If it has the 500 engine it was built in 1976.
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Not necessarily. These specialty packages use all sorts of non-regular production components.
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Popping the hood should tell you what engine it has. The 425 looks very different from the 500.
Not only that, there should be an emissions tag there with engine size and official model year listed. It should either be on the top of the radiator support or air cleaner housing.
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The 8th digit of the VIN will tell you too
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