Time to go bk to MT.  Giving thevCDV one more xc attempt.  

Got going from MS this morning.  Car been running good for three months.  60 miles out from dallas.  Engine statred missing, particularly on a slow climb,   ive been running about 65 or its seemed as it got worse as it got hotter outside.  Its 93 at 4pm.  Temp has been at 188 90, oil pressure at 25. 26.  After 1st tank, 16.2 mpg.  

Well, it finally got to missing were i felt need to pull off.

So looking under hood.  No gas leak.   I checked carb nuts. Gave them a nudge.  I did notice under the pcv there was a little pubble od blark, carmelly stuff, bubblin.  I stuck something in ii, smelled like gunky oil, so i figured it was maybe coming from round the hoese, so i gave them a tightening down.

I had titened up, fuel ile other day, so its not leaking atvcarb. Fuel pump not leaking either.

My carb is set for abput 6000 feet, dalas is about 400.  Could i be experirnceing some sort of combo of vapor lok and  card setting defieciencey due to the heat and altitude?  If not, were would i need to go nxt for solution.

Im gonna sit a while, let it cool. And wsit out dallas 5 pm traffic to see if that helps. But any thoughts would be helpful.


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PVC valve seems reasonable enough although I have never had any issue with that part in my own past experience 

Worth a look


Apr 6 update

10 hours of driving, not one burp, fart, or cough from the engine.

Yesterday. I did tighten the clamps on the pcv valve but am worn out tonight to see if it was still spittin crud. Wi) ck in morn.   Car really ran flawlessly. When i needed power, i gassed it, it responded.  For giggles i pushed it up to 85 on the flat NM hiway,  no problem.

I really didnt do much yesterday to it other than press wires onto plugs to make sure of connection.

I kno last summer on my 73, i had a sputter like that and it was a bad 2 wires, fixed it amd it was fine.

I can only gues the fuel mixture of the equation and the excessive heat was cause of problem this time.  I dont think i got over 65 degrees at all today, andcwas getting closer to carb altitude setting, if thst makes a differece, but it ran good.

After the fitsrt trip home, and now bk to MT, the only thing i miss, and badly on this long drives is cruise control.  You really hv to pay attention to keep ypur spped up and down.  You can forget on an uphill your on the accelerator, top hill, and nxt thing you know, ypur whizzing along at 75.  You dont even feel it.   But watching that speedo to make sure of speed is draining.

Again, thanks for the help, anything changes will holler.  Going down to 21 here in raton tonight, so cool air headn upto casper wy tomoro

Hey Kim

The cars that fix themselves are the very  very best ones 

Glad you can now feel better about taking on the journey ahead of you 

These cars perform really well at the higher highway speed and  keep you con-fee  while doing it 


Kim its good to hear the rest of your trip was uneventful. You've mentioned the absence of cruise control is a pain and I felt the exact same way with my caddy. my resolution to this was to add a Rostra cruise control aftermarket unit. You install a signal generator between the transmission and the spedo cable along with a throttle control unit. it will speed up the car going up hill and slow it down on the opposite side going down. Some of the best money I spent on my car besides rebuilding the climate control and fuel injection. I bought all my pars off of eBay.

thanks Clovis, I will have to look into it.  

Todays trip offered up no addl problems after 9 more hours of driving.  One more day left of 8 hours and I am done!!  Will be so glad to have another trip behind me.

Well, we made it back to MT!   Hallelujah.  I like my car but 36 hours is just too much intimacy.  However, given diesel is 60 cents hight than premium, probly be driving the cdv quite a bit.   It was quite an adventure to drive thatvcar to MS, but then hv to get it back.  A final picture from same spot from were we took off 4.5 months ago, thanks for all the help along the way.


Glad all went well getting back to your other home 

Like the photo of the three of you 

Rest and Enjoy 

Great photo Kim!!!

Fantastic picture. Is that your pooch facing you in the picture?  Looks like you two are having a stare-off! This would make a great Newsletter Cover Shot for a feature story. Write up a story 500 to 1000 words and get me say 8 to 12 pictures and we will do a full cover feature.  I see you have rejoined the CLC and have added you back to the Chapter. As John Sebastian once sang "Welcome Back". 

The schnauzer (Picasso) is warning me not to put him in that car again.  He was as sick of it as i was.  I will try to put something together


Do not forget to include in your article that —-you are the very first person to find the solution to the rear main engine crank seal leaking oil —-after having a rms replacement seal installed in your 390 engine and having using different other seals that just leaked as most others have experienced to their regret after hours of repair work 

 The current 8,500 miles on your  390   rear main seal replacement without any sign of an oil leak is a serious major break thru for our 63-64 Cadillac community —as you are the  very first —to get that repair done correctly and deserve the credit for doing  just that 
Your determination to solve that seal problem by not stopping until you solved the problem ( every seal attempt took hours  of labor and parts to do )  will be very much a benefit —the entire Cadillac community —for many years to come 

I see this as  one of the major break throughs regarding an engine repair that has happened on this site in a very long time — ( since 2006 for me ) and you deserve the credit for that happening 

Take a Bow my friend !! - and very Glad you have found your way on to our site for what you have added to our  engine restoration  experience —-making our engine restoration better than they have been before — for the long haul  

Very glad to have worked with you for a number of years on this site for all you have contributed to the community 


Kim’s engine rebuild is a work in progress for our Cadillac  community as we watch his engine log on the miles and see how the rear engine seal continues doing its job  as that happens 

 Seal Longevity counts here 

So far - so very GOOD !! 




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