Fleet Meadow

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  1. 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.
  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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fleet Meadow

    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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    Well, for everyone that thinks I’m somehow intentionally screwing around by changing the original post, let me clarify it so you know exactly what I have added. Let me start by stating that it was edited 3 times, not 6. Originally I stated i had compression at 90 psi. But then I found the paperwork and I had between 92 and 96 so I changed it to say 95. Originally I did not have mileage included in the post so I stated that I put 5k miles on the car, got it at 43k and it has 48k. Other than that it is the same as the original post. I also changed it within the first day just after Rusty asked how many miles on it. He was the first to ask and the thread was new enough that I felt it would not create a huge issue that would cause a thread bashing and a like of that thread bashing. I’m apologize that I’m not a professional writer and sometimes I don’t have everything just right when I write it. I will work much harder next time. For all of you that have been calm about this post and actually offered insight I truly do appreciate it and it’s helping me, a young man that is trying to take care of a car that he cares about.
  13. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    Yes it seemed like a put a quart in then I drove and looked at the dip stick and it was a quart low. That’s how it started.
  14. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    Today and tomorrow will be raining pretty hard so I can’t play with it too much but I’m going to take it out on the highway a little and see if it gets better. I do tend to drive back roads instead of the highway because I don’t like the higher rpm of the engine working the 3 speed transmission.
  15. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    The oil consumption has started this year. Before that it was fine, a quart once in a while. There is a lot of mess behind the bottom of the breather tube. And I get smoke out of that tube, both tubes actually.
  16. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    I’ve gone 5k miles on back roads and highways. That’s not enough?
  17. Fleet Meadow

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    I wasn’t ruling out the rings. In fact I am believing that is what the issue is. When it comes to ring size, how do I determine the right ones? I don’t believe the engine has ever been rebuilt. I’m pretty new to rebuilding an engine so ordering parts is where I lack experience.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.