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  1. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Body Wiring

    Any idea where I can find the wiring diagram for the body of a 1952 Cadillac Series 75? In the shop manual it has the diagram for the wiring that all of the ‘52s have in common and the underseat heaters the Series 75 I am trying to find the wiring that hooks the hydro-lecture system into the car. I see the diagram for how the pump, switches and cylinders are hooked together but it doesn’t show the hookup of power into the switches. I also have to trace the wires for the dome light and door lights. The switch only gets power when the rear doors are closed. When the doors are open the power to the rear window switches and door lights do not have power going to them. Same goes for the seat switch. Unfortunately for me, Cadillac ran most of these wires through metal channels and under the headliner and since that is in very good shape I’m not ripping it apart to see what wires are hiding up there. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. 
  2. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Body Wiring

    Any idea where I can find the wiring diagram for the body of a 1952 Cadillac Series 75? In the shop manual it has the diagram for the wiring that all of the ‘52s have in common and the underseat heaters the Series 75 I am trying to find the wiring that hooks the hydro-lecture system into the car. I see the diagram for how the pump, switches and cylinders are hooked together but it doesn’t show the hookup of power into the switches. I also have to trace the wires for the dome light and door lights. The switch only gets power when the rear doors are closed. When the doors are open the power to the rear window switches and door lights do not have power going to them. Same goes for the seat switch. Unfortunately for me, Cadillac ran most of these wires through metal channels and under the headliner and since that is in very good shape I’m not ripping it apart to see what wires are hiding up there. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    Well I wanted to include some videos but it won’t let me do it. I got the wipers working today. I used an old trick of putting brake fluid into the wiper motor and moving it back and forth to lubricate and soften the rubber inside. They say ATF is better but I didn’t have any. I got the rear defroster motor and underwear heater working but not the two motors under the rear seat. I also added some fluid to the window motor which GM creatively named MOTOVATOR and bench tested it. The fluid shot out of the open line I had attached. It appears to be ready to go back in, except one of the rubber mounts is broken. I’m going to try to get one from the parts car I have. My intention was to get some lights working but I have no power going to the rear half of the cabin. The book wiring diagram says it shows for all Cadillacs but must only show stuff that all of the cars share so I will have to either try to trace wires or find a diagram that shows the schematics.
  4. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    We do but they are very limited around me. The radio is pretty far down on my things to fix. When I’m comfortable enough with the car I’ll take it 30 minutes to a radio station I know of. Last night I took out the window pump and freed it. It spins with power connected to it but the lines are all gone because of the brake fluid they used in them so I will have to replace them. It’s getting cold and my garage doesn’t have heat so working time is limited.
  5. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    I got the radio to turn on. It buzzes from the vibrator then about 5 seconds later I hear static through the front and rear speaker. It gets louder as you turn up the volume so I’m taking that as a good sign. Now I just need to find a station for it to lock onto. I’m not certain the antenna is attached. I haven’t gone under the dashboard to look that much but I know that there are 2 vacuum tubes coming off of the radio that are not attached.
  6. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    The Cadillac is finally home! No overheating, no stalling. Now that it shifts I can see that I need to adjust the carburetor a little more. The shifting needs some fine tuning too. It shifts first to second alright but holds second while it’s revving a little too long before clunking into third. Then you have to let up on the gas for it to shift into fourth. That’s just a linkage adjustment so I’m not overly worried. But it made it the 17 miles home with no problems at all. Next thing on the agenda is to figure out why I keep losing brake pressure. It’s not leaking anywhere and we bled them for at least half an hour. Then it’s on to the window pump, lines, and switches. Then the heating assemblies.
  7. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    Watching the gauges and fear of stalling at stops. But I’m looking forward to getting it back. Once I get it back I’m going to focus on getting the lines remade for the window cylinders so they can go up.
  8. Fleet Meadow

    Seafoam Hydra Trans Tune

    I got a call today that the Cadillac is shifting through all 4 gears and is ready to be picked up. Luckily for me, Hurricane Michael is going to dump 4 days of rain on us. With a car that has no way to raise the windows it means the car is likely to be stuck at the mechanic’s until Monday or Tuesday. I will then attempt to drive it home the 20 minutes. I’ve never taken it for a ride that long. My only fear is overheating. I didn’t really get much of a chance to test things out for very long before I sent it out to get the transmission fixed. As for the transmission, the valve body was the problem. After he fixed what he thought was the problem, which was the reversed piston and missing spring, it still didn’t work. He new someone with a properly functioning valve body and put it on. It immediately shifted 1-4. Then he adjusted the T.V. Rod and road tested it several times.
  9. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    I got a call today that the Cadillac is shifting through all 4 gears and is ready to be picked up. Luckily for me, Hurricane Michael is going to dump 4 days of rain on us. With a car that has no way to raise the windows it means the car is likely to be stuck at the mechanic’s until Monday or Tuesday. I will then attempt to drive it home the 20 minutes. I’ve never taken it for a ride that long. My only fear is overheating. I didn’t really get much of a chance to test things out for very long before I sent it out to get the transmission fixed. As for the transmission, the valve body was the problem. After he fixed what he thought was the problem, which was the reversed piston and missing spring, it still didn’t work. He knew someone with a properly functioning valve body and put it on. It immediately shifted 1-4. Then he adjusted the T.V. Rod and road tested it several times. And after all this be kept to the original price he quoted me at.
  10. My ‘52 Cadillac came with fog lights in the grill. I think they look perfect and are very functional. I think on the right car additional lights on the grille or bumper can look very nice. I wanted to added 5” white fog lights to the bumper of my Meadowbrook. But if I did I’d have to remove the factory bumper guards.
  11. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    The point I got out of that story is that previous owners can change or alter a lot of stuff and still call it original, which can indicate unrebuilt to some new buyers. When I bought this car I had never been under the hood of a car that old, hadn’t even heard of a Meadowbrook before I bought it. So by not knowing much about the car I didn’t know what I was looking for specifically when I was getting it running for the first time. Now when I open the engine I will have a better knowledge of what I am looking at. The one thing that makes me weary about rebuilding the car is all of the measurements.
  12. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    What I don’t understand is why both engines would have gone bad early enough in the cars’ lives to get a 1953 engine. One car was put out of service in 1976 and the other was out of service in 1968
  13. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    It doesn’t say the full engine number. I put in the first post that the engine block’s number starts with 5360 instead of 5275. I think it’s strange though because my parts car has the same beginning numbers even though it is also a 52 Series 75