Fleet Meadow

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  1. Fleet Meadow

    Autronic Eye

  2. Fleet Meadow

    Autronic Eye

    Well I think I did pretty good this weekend. I was hustled I to helping empty a hoarders house so they could sell it and I was told that my payment was to take whatever I wanted. So an old clock, a lamp with a broken wire, and a box with a little duct tape on it was mine at the end of the day. The box said Guide Autronic Eye. In my ‘52 Cadillac Shop Manual there is a section talking about that but my car doesn’t have it. When I got home I opened the box, figuring I would see a broken unit. But to my delight I found a brand new unit that was never installed. I’m not sure if I’m going to actually install it in my car but the feature is pretty cool. Based on my very quick research, the serial number starts with 153 which means it went in a ‘53 Chevrolet. I’m not very familiar with the electrical history of Chevy but I know in ‘53 Cadillac went to 12V. I don’t know if all of GM did that or not and I’m not sure if it matters for this technology.
  3. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    I jacked up the front end and took the driver’s tire off and checked the clearance through the slot in the drum. The secondary shoe was too close to the drum for the feeler gauge to fit between. On the primary shoe, the top of the shoe was too close to the drum for the feeler gauge to fit in between but the bottom of the shoe was loose so it fit in with no problem. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the lock nut on the anchor pin to move so I couldn’t adjust it just yet.
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    Brake leak location

    I just read an interesting article on www.1949cadillac.com. It talks about major adjustment of the ‘49s. It has the same type of brake system. I didn’t know there was a slot in the drum to put the feeler gauge. So the next time I get the car out I will check that adjustment and see if it is out of adjustment and then continue on with the minor adjustment again.
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    Brake leak location

    My bleeders have a threaded flat surface at the end of them where the nipple should be. I’ve never seen it on a cylinder before. I attempted to use some “normal” bleeders on the cylinders but they were too big for the holes.
  6. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    I’ll check the free play again and make sure that is right. Upon looking at the manual again I’m thinking the locking anchor needs to be adjusted. That would explain the double pump to get enough fluid to apply the shoes. Any tips on how to do this the most effectively? I know it’s all straight forward but sometimes they have fun car tricks that make it easier and faster.
  7. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    I adjusted the shoes according to the shop manual. It says to tighten the star wheel until the wheels can not be turned. Then back off star wheel fourteen (14) notches.
  8. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    How I did what? The bleeding? After I rebuilt the master cylinder I reconnected it. Instead of drawing the air from the line being open at the master cylinder through the entire system I vacuum bled the front left cylinder. Once fluid came out I went to the rear right, rear left, front right, and finally front left. If I get a firm pedal and back my foot off until just before the pedal is in resting position, wait for a couple seconds, then apply the brake I still have a firm pedal when I push it down. But if I fully remove my foot from the pedal I lose it and have to pump it twice again.
  9. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    When I push the pedal down the first time i feel slight resistance as if the brake shoes are being pushed out but not enough for the stroke of the pedal. I then release the pedal to the top of the stroke and push it down again. The pedal stops about 3/4 of the way down and is firm. If I release it and push it down again it holds firm at about 1/2 of the stroke. The pedal does not seem to slowly fall to the floor when holding in place.
  10. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    I decided the other week to take out the wife and a friend of mine on a nice rainy night to show them how cool the car is. We are driving all over and then I take off and the car stumbles and stalls. I stop and it starts back up. At the end of the road it does it again. The next road it stalls and won’t start again. So in the rain we pushed the car to a parking lot. I opened the hood and looked in the fuel bowl and it’s empty. So even though my gauge was reading full it was empty. I had been playing with the sending unit because it was reading a quarter of a tank when it was empty. After i got gas it started right up and I went home. Upon further investigation I discovered that the sending unit had lost ground. In the parking lot I put 5 gallons in the tank. I then drove the 4-5 miles home. When I applied ground it showed empty. I put another 5 gallons and it went up to just above the empty line. I have no idea where it will show when it is full but at least I will know I have at least 5 gallons of gas when the tank is at empty.
  11. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    I have now bled the brakes. The master cylinder was bled as a just in case situation. The shoes had already been adjusted prior to bleeding. I get pedal pressure but I have to pump it once first. So it goes to the floor and then the second pump I have pedal pressure. I feel pressure in the pedal when it goes down to the floor as if it is in fact moving the shoes but they are too far for 1 stroke to apply them. I see nothing dripping or leaking and the brakes hold after I pump them twice.
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    Brake leak location

    I decided to remove the hydrovac brake booster out of the car and opened it. The air side of the diaphragm had what smelled and looked like brake fluid soaked saw dust. I’m assuming that that is where I was sucking in air. I took the master cylinder off. Yes it had been bench bled before but since it was out again I rebuilt it and bench bled it again. It seems to be working great. When I took it off and cleaned it I looked in the bore and it was perfectly smooth. When I get it back in I will then bleed the cylinders. But for that I have to wait for someone to help me. These cylinders have interesting bleeding nipples. They don’t have the nipple for you to attach a line. They have a threaded section for you to screw in a nipple it seems. I’ve never seen that before so I am going to have to do the pedal pressing method.
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    Brake leak location

    According to the book you tighten the star wheel until the wheel can’t turn then back it of 14 notches. 14 seems like an awful high number but that’s how it is adjusted. The thought crossed my mind that maybe it was supposed to read as 4 notches but I did it how the book reads.
  14. Fleet Meadow

    Brake leak location

    I'm trying to get brakes in my '52 Cadillac and having a leak somewhere. There is no physical leak but I need to pump the brakes for about 5-10 seconds to get brakes. Then if I release the pedal I have to do it all over again. The master cylinder and wheel cylinders have been rebuilt. This system has a hydro-vac brake booster. When bleeding the system I used a vacuum bleeder connected to the first-in-line bleeder screw and I bled it for about 5 minutes. I got a tiny bit of fluid at the very beginning of the vacuum tube but that was it. Then it was all air. However the master cylinder never dropped its fluid level. What am I looking at as a problem here? Do I need to rebuild the master cylinder again or is this a symptom of a booster failure? I have never had the system working yet to know the competence of the booster.
  15. Fleet Meadow

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    Is that a normal thing or an adjustment thing?