Hydraulic installation time is finally upon our project car, and in this issue we look at the suspension of our custom Cadillac which has been affectionately named “HellDorado.” When we started building it, we planned ahead by incorporating the CCE coil over cups, cylinder and coil combination for the custom frame. We also cut out the frame, so it would be an easy install when it was time to juice the ride.

After talking to the pros at Cool Cars of Kentucky, they recommended using their “Chrome Cyclone Pump,” which sports another unique design and uses a standard thickness block with three ports machined into it. There is a 3/8-pressure port on top and two on the sides for the oil returns, which helps to prevent foaming. This configuration also allows you to plumb your set-up in several different ways. For good looks and performance, this pump comes standard with chrome tanks, a billet backing plate and a chrome competition motor with a bearing end cap. Most importantly, the cyclone comes with genuine Marzocchi pump heads.

Follow along, and check out how we installed the CCE setup and Optima Batteries combo into our project Cadillac.

<strong>1</strong>. A Cadiilac to become CCE equipped.<strong>2</strong>. We started off with the CCE Cyclone whammy pump setup.<strong>3</strong>. The whammy tank needed to be put together so it could be mocked up.<strong>4</strong>. Once the blocks and tank were assembled, the fittings were mocked up.<strong>5</strong>. We opted to upgrade our pumps with these NOS vintage Adel valves that are also known as <strong>6</strong>. We wanted to keep the setup looking detailed but simple, so straight tubing was bent to give that look that we were trying to accomplish.<strong>7</strong>. The El Dorado trunk was ready to be cut out and outfitted with hydraulics.<strong>8</strong>. We placed all of our equipment in a mock up to get a better idea of how everything was going to be placed.<strong>9</strong>. The hydraulics and batteries needed to stay off the floorboards of the car, so we measured out the frame to drill out the floorboards.<strong>10</strong>. We started off by using a 12-inch 1/4-inch drill bit to drill the frame and floorboards.<strong>11</strong>. Using the 1/4-inch pilot hole, we drilled out the floorboard from the top down.<strong>12</strong>. We wanted to modify the tank so we welded a big fill neck onto it.<strong>13</strong>. After a few hours of work, the CCE whammy tank was ready to be installed.<strong>14</strong>. The hydraulic rack is the foundation and will host everything needed to operate the hydraulics.<strong>15</strong>. We mocked up the whole setup before final assembly.<strong>16</strong>. We used Eastwood coatings to protect the vehicle.<strong>17</strong>. With the rack painted and dry we started assembling the vital parts of the hydraulic system.<strong>18</strong>. Before we did the final assembly, we used some Eastwood paint to clean up the trunk of the Eldo.<strong>19</strong>. The hydraulic rack that we built using IMS metal was equipped with CFR's Optima Battery trays.<strong>20</strong>. We made a few cables for the batteries and the current that they will produce.<strong>21</strong>. We mocked up all the cables and wiring out side of the car to avoid us from working on the inside of the car.<strong>22</strong>. With everything finished, we began our official install.<strong>23</strong>. Here is a view of the setup coming together as we were ready for the fresh Optima Batteries to be installed.<strong>24</strong>. Gabriel installed the batteries and wired them up.<strong>25</strong>. The CCE hydraulic pump was dropped in.<strong>26</strong>. This pump was ready to have the hoses connected.<strong>27</strong>. The hoses were run through the frame.<strong>28</strong>. Once the hoses were run, we connected them to bulk head fittings. These fittings will allow us to hardline our way to the hydraulic pump.<strong>29</strong>. We wanted to keep as much room as possible so simple lines were flared and bent.<strong>30</strong>. We used Lucas Oil's 10W-40 traditional oil mix for the fluid being used.<strong>31</strong>. This CCE Hydraulic installation was finished, and now the setup is ready to do it's job.