Fleet Meadow

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  1. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    So I did some research today and found out it smokes at acceleration as well so I’m leaning towards the rings. I know I was asked but forgot to answer, my oil pressure is correct for the speed, essentially it’s 35 at 35, etc. I did some highway driving and some rapid accelerations. Overall it was a fun day of driving.
  2. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    A month later and sadly haven’t gotten the car back. He got very busy. But he feels very confident that he found the problem. The 3-2 detent plug was reversed and there was a spring missing on the side. He took the leaking freeze plug out before testing the car so he has been waiting for the right freeze plug to come in. This week it rained pretty hard Monday and Tuesday. Since the windows are hydraulic, and I haven’t gotten to getting that working, he can’t take it out when it’s raining. Monday I will go back up and see what he has done this week. In the mean time I got the back clock that I had taken out working. It’s running a little fast but that’s alright for the time being.
  3. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    It has 48k on it. I got it 4 years ago at 43k. Last time it had been on the road was 1973. The rear of the engine does have a lot of oil on it. Actually it’s more on the transmission after the draft tube. Because it’s covered in oil i get small puddles under the car. Small as in 1.5-2” puddles overnight. They show up in full size after about 2-3 hours of sitting. I have been using 15W-40 in it. When I have 10W-30 and SAE 30 in it it lost the same amount of oil. On normal driving it does not smoke. After 50mph I see random puffs of smoke. At 65 it is a good amount of smoke coming out. Then it puffs at deceleration.
  4. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    Well JV, if it comes down to replacing the main seals I’ll travel the 15 minutes and come see you. You’ll be able to do it faster than I would.
  5. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    So now that the weather is getting cooler I think it’s time to fix the smoking issue my ‘51 Meadowbrook has. Has 48k miles. I got it 4 years ago with 43k on it. It hadn’t been on the road since 1973. It uses about a quart every 100-150 miles, depending upon if I go about 40mph. I can use a quart if I go 55-65 for about 15 minutes. At those speeds I get a faint smoke out of the tail pipe. During deceleration I get it too. I was going to replace the seals but i can’t find any and don’t see them in the book. Does this engine not have seals? I have been told it’s the oil ring on the pistons. I have been told it’s the valve guides. Is there a way to definitively know prior to taking off the head? My dry compression test was around 95 across the board. I didn’t do a wet compression test, mainly because I’m new to a lot of this and didn’t know I was supposed to do it.
  6. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    So now that the weather is getting cooler I think it’s time to fix the smoking issue the car has. It uses about a quart every 50-100 miles, depending upon if I go about 40mph. I can use a quart if I go 55-65 for about 10 minutes. At those speeds I get a faint smoke out of the tail pipe. During deceleration I get it too. I was going to replace the seals but i can’t find any and don’t see them in the book. Does this engine not have seals? I have been told it’s the oil ring on the pistons. I have been told it’s the valve guides. Is there a way to definitively know prior to taking off the head? My dry compression test was around 90 across the board. I didn’t do a wet compression test, mainly because I’m new to a lot of this and didn’t know I was supposed to do it.
  7. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    It was a nice Meadowbrook day. I took it to the post office and around town. I had replaced the fuel line going from the fuel pump to the carburetor and that has seemed to keep the fuel in the bowl from getting so hot. It was hot and humid but the engine temperature didn’t raise very much. It stayed below the Summee Warm line.
  8. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    So I finally got to talk to the mechanic that is working on the car. He said it’s up on the lift and they have the valve body out of it. Looking at it, nothing is jumping out at him but he thinks he will have it straightened out sometime near the end of the week. I asked him to do an oil change while he has it and he said he is going to use Amsoil synthetic 10W-30 because of it zinc content.
  9. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    I’m getting ansty waiting for the car to come back. I hated seeing it leave on a stretcher to go to the hospital but I have taken the valve body of that transmission apart 5 times and freed everything up and cleaned it and it still keeps sticking. I hate waiting for updates too, especially since they have none to give. I don’t have a heated garage so I only have about 2 and a half months of warm weather and I know I need to drive the car when I get it back to make sure it stays working. Once the snow starts I’m done until about March when it starts to go away. I still have to work on the brakes. They work after you pump them for about 3 minutes. I think the brake booster has a leak in it because I see no wet spots on any lines or tires. I also have to figure out how to get the window hydraulic pump out from under the fender well because it won’t spin. Then I have to replace the metal lines going to the doors for the windows. I also have about 15 light bulbs to replace. This car has 2 on the dashboard, 1 on the roof, 2 behind the rear passenger, and 1 under each rear door, not to mention the gauges and clocks bulbs. There are pin holes and some larger holes in the rear doors that I have to repair as well.
  10. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    I have always liked Cadillac based on what the ownership of one of their cars meant. They were status cars showing you had “made it.” I don’t know how much of the story is true but the guy I bought the car from had bought it in the early ‘90s from the son of a Vietnam immigrant. The father had the belief that when he came over he wanted to be as “American” as he could be. That meant buying a house, having children, and owning a Cadillac. So the first car he bought as this one. He named his children, I believe he said 5, after presidents. The guy that the person I bought this car from was named Lincoln. Like I said, I don’t know how much of that story is true but I liked it.
  11. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    And now the humid days are here and for the first time since I bought the car I’m experiencing vapor lock. It’s happened twice this week so I slit the old heater hose and slid it over the fuel line going from the pump to the carburetor. The hose was awful hot when I got home from my 10 minute drive so I’m thinking that should help, assuming the hose will withstand the heat and not break down
  12. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    Based on my knowledge, I have no knowledge. The guy that I got the car from did not say what happened to the engine, except that it was taken apart due to an excessive oil leak. What I don’t understand is why both of my 75s have a 5360 engine number on it. Did the 5275 have a bad engine that needed to be replaced a year later? Unfortunately I had to send the car off to a mechanic. I don’t do that with the old cars because normally I can learn as I go and get it fixed. But this transmission has gotten the best of me. Sadly, it’s been 3 weeks to the day and I have no information on the progress. The woman at the desk has nothing to tell me so I’m in the dark.
  13. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    I agree, so far I’ve replaced two including the one that we are looking through in the picture. The car has never run so cool for as long as I’ve had it. One more clean then I’m going to flush it and put coolant in it.
  14. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    I’m just north of you JV on the Mass border. I pulled the plug out as well as took the thermostat out to flush it and looked inside. I was pretty surprised at how well it worked. The metal seems pretty clean.
  15. Fleet Meadow

    Summer of Exploration

    JV, if I tried to get my car to Newport it would take 2 days. That’s actually what I’m working towards. I want to take it down along Ocean Drive. That plug that started leaking earlier today started spraying out like a faucet on a quick 5 minute drive tonight. I got it home before the temp rose past the Summer Warm line. I will have to fix it tomorrow so I can drive it around on my birthday. Yesterday I was driving by a car show and while stopped at the res light I heard them yelling over to me. They asked what year it was. They thought ‘52. I’d like to take the old girl to a car show but I don’t know how you get in them.