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  1. Meadowbrook Fleetwood

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    After some research and a tip from another forum I found out that the ISO 32 has the right viscosity at cold but is too low when warm. So based on recommendations I put a GL-1, in this case SAE 90, in the transmission. The fluid drive was not touched. And now the car doesn’t idle as low when in gear and when it does it still doesn’t stumble. It’s amazing how putting in a slightly incorrect fluid can cause so many problems.
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    1952 Cadillac Series 75

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    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    This is when I picked it up for the first time. Every bolt in the engine was taken off and put in the oil pan. Surprise!
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    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    According to the book dimensions its just under 20 feet, but i thought i measured about 21 feet.
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    1952 Cadillac Series 75

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    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    This is my 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75. I traveled 575 miles to get it. It was taken off the road somewhere around 1975 due to an “excessive oil leak.” The engine was removed, the heads were rebuilt. That’s as far as the engine was rebuilt. It sat outside of the car uncovered. I found a couple rebuilt stickers in the car. The brakes were rebuilt, they still have the Made in USA stamping on the pads. The sticker is dated 1976. The regulator was rebuilt. As for that there was nothing else rebuilt from what I saw. The transmission and engine came outside of the car. I’m not sure it’s the same engine as the number starts 5360, which should indicate a 1953 Series 60 engine, but my 1952 parts car has the same beginning numbers. I have rebuilt the engine by myself looking at the shop manual and hoping for the best, and believe it or not it runs very well. I have put about 100 miles on the engine so far. Unfortunately the transmission won’t shift past 2nd so it is at the shop as we speak. I generally don’t like to let mechanics touch my classic cars but this is out of my league. The seats have a professional seatcover on top of them which is hiding perfect broadcloth seats. I am at the very beginning stages of working on the car so the brakes have to be pumped every time you get in it and the lights need to be replaced. The windows don’t work due to the broken hydraulic lines and the pump doesn’t work yet. When you move the switches you do hear clicks at the doors so that’s a plus. I’m hoping to get the car back in about a week so I can actually take it out on it’s first real test drive. I bought it in December 2016.
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    Rebuilding 1951 Dodge

    I added sea foam to the oil about a week ago and cleaned off the engine when the freeze plug broke free. The leakage has seemed to stop, or at least slow way down. I had seen on a Dodge forum that I posted on that a guy had a similar problem with oil leakage. He said that there was an oil delivery port that was clogged and creating pressure. Once he cleaned it the leakage stopped. That’s what prompted me to try the sea foam. So far it seems to be better. I added a quart of oil because I was almost at the add line. Now I’ll see how long it takes for me to lose that quart.
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    Seafoam Hydra Trans Tune

    My problem is not hard shifting. I wish it was because I would be confident in the fact that it was shifting. The issue is that I had to replace the valve body in the transmission and it doesn’t shift now. I’ve cleaned it but I think debris is stuck in the block of the transmission. It has gotten better in the fact that it now shifts 1-2 every time. But 2-3 is a different valve and I don’t know if it is going to ever shift. The constant revvingis overheating my engine so I’m weary about continuing to run it like it is. I don’t want to damage my engine. The heatwave has finally broken so I am going to try it again tomorrow. I’m hoping that with the fluid sitting for a couple days it has eaten through the blockage, assuming it is a blockage. Before the second day of testing I adjusted the bands also.
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    Seafoam Hydra Trans Tune

    So the weather wasn't great the past week, be it raining or super heat so I didn't ride around. Hydro-lectric windows make it so all the windows are down, can't drive around in the rain. i had added a second bottle of Sea Foam to see if that would help increase the cleaning power before I finished the first day of testing. The second day proved no better, with the exception that it shifted to second every time without problem. I can not get it into third gear though.
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    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    I just don't get it. I've brought this topic up a couple times and haven't found something that works to fix this. In my '51 Dodge Meadowbrook, 3-speed Fluid Drive, if the car is left in gear and stopped the RPMs drop down too low and when I take off it stumbles. The only time that it doesn't drop too low is if I raise the idle stop screw way up, to where the RPMs are around 1000 when idling. I thought it was the fluids so I had changed them, TDH ISO 32 in both. I changed the carburetor from the Stromberg BXV-3 that was on it to the stock Strombrg BXVD-3. It still drops too much. I am inclined to keep working on the dashpot to see if that helps but the RPMs drop way down even when its in Neutral and then you put it in gear and remove the brake. What am I missing that I can try to work on? The car idles and drives beautifully, with the exception of the stumble/stall that it does when in gear without the clutch at take-off.
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    Were my seats reupholstered?

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    Were my seats reupholstered?

    I bought my ‘52 Cadillac 75 a year ago. It was last on the road in the mid ‘70s. The guy rebuilding it had done random stuff to it but the guy I bought it from, that bought it from that guy, didn’t know what was done. As the seat tears I found what looks like another seat underneath. Did the rebuilding guy not like the original seat and had it reupholstered?
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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

    Are “heavy oils” diesel oil? What is the difference?
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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

    That answer is easy, I have brought it to the rebuilder. I brought it back to myself and said hey my light comes one. And my response to myself was, hmm let me look into this. When the idle was very low and the light was on I heard lifter noise. When it’s idling at normal idle I don’t hear it. I’ll try a thicker oil, such as a 10-30 and see what it does. I’ve asked many times if the weights are the same now as they were then and some people say yes, some people say no. So out of this I’m getting that we don’t think it’s a sender issue, it’s more of an oil viscosity issue.