Fleet Meadow

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    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.
  2. 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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    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.
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    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.
  5. So as I continue my Summer of Exploration on my ’51 Meadowbrook I’m discovering just how much maintenance is lost during long term storage. When I got the car 4 years ago it hadn’t run since 1973. The brakes were gone, the carburetor was tired. The speedometer didn’t work. All the normal stuff you would expect. Since it was my first classic car I learned a lot along the way, including how to replace valves and pumps. This summer I took on my transmission and fluid drive fluids. Before the summer is over I’m taking on the differential gasket and pinion seal. The car has forever fought me on overheating so this year I decided to take the advise of some forum members and put wood bleach in it. The thread is somewhere on here. It seemed to clean it out great, for about 2 months. I had a leaking freeze plug that decided to fly out in the yard when I wasworking on the radiator hose that kept collapsing. So I replaced that with a rubber one and it stopped the leaks on that side of the engine. I read up on Evaporust Thermocure. I put it in earlier this week and drove it around. The fluid turned black, which is the indication that it has reached its life in terms of cleaning the rust out. So I drained it and put more in. Drove it an hour and a half and it’s black again. At $30 a fluid change I’m not happy about constantly replacing it but im thrilled about it cleaning it out so much. Except, with every cleaning you find an issue. Another freeze plug has started leaking. I expected this because it has a lot of rust in it, but why can’t it be an easy to access one? The engine has never run so cool for as long as I have owned it. The needle sits just over the Winter Cool line on the gauge and only raises up a little after a couple miles when on the highway going 65 then goes right back down when I slow down.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    Rebuilding 1951 Dodge

    So my compression has finally gotten too bad and I think it’s time to rebuild the engine in my ‘51 Meadowbrook. The cylinders are between 89 and 94. I’m using a lot of oil too. So how in depth does this rebuild have to be? Can I just replace the rings and the gaskets and call it a day? Everything runs very well and I see no metal in the oil changes. The oil pressure stays in the correct pressure. These engines seem to be tanks, you can’t stop them.
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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

    My ‘52 Cadillac doesn’t shift. It has the 4 speed dual range Hydra-Matic in it. The car hasn’t run since 1976 and I got it running for a couple miles and now it won’t shift out of first. I’ve heard many suggestions as to different technical things that it might be. I’ve checked the governor, I’ve checked the control body. It still doesn’t work. There is a place that I am going to send it soon but I just found that Seafoam makes a product (the name of this thread) that is supposed to clean varnished fluid in the passages and fix shifting problems. I figure it is my last ditch effort before I send it out for them to either fix it or rebuild it. Has anyone used this product?
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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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    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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    Were my seats reupholstered?

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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

    My oil light comes on in my '52 Cadillac when the engine has warmed up. Its more than likely the original oil sensor. The light is off when the car is first started. When the engine warms the light turns on at idle and below 15mph. I am using 5W-20 in the engine. The book says to use 20 weight. The oil pump was rebuilt when the engine was rebuilt, about 50-100 miles ago. Does it sound like a faulty/failing oil sensor or is this an actual situation that others have dealt with?
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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

    Are “heavy oils” diesel oil? What is the difference?