Meadowfleet

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  1. Meadowfleet

    331 V8 engine swaps

    I’m not sure if this engine was specific for Cadillac or if it was in other cars. I threw this topic out in the Cadillac section but I doubt I’ll get much attention there. Anyways, I have 2 ‘52 Cadillac Series 75s. 1 is a parts car and the other is in pretty decent shape, as it is shown in the restoration projects section of this site. I’m not overly knowledged on the history of GMs engines but 1 thing stood out when looking at both of the engines. Instead of saying 5275XXX like the book says they should, they both say 5360XXX. Based on those numbers that means both engines came from ‘53 Series 60s. Correct me if I’m wrong on that. 1 car came from Washington state and the other from Pennsylvania. Was there something wrong with the ‘52 331s that would cause them to both be replaced with an engine from the next year? Was this a common practice in cars?
  2. Meadowfleet

    Cadillac 331 engines

    I have 2 ‘52 Cadillac Series 75s. 1 is a parts car and the other is in pretty decent shape, as it is shown in the restoration projects section of this site. I’m not overly knowledged on the history of GMs engines but 1 thing stood out when looking at both of the engines. Instead of saying 5275XXX like the book says they should, they both say 5360XXX. Based on those numbers that means both engines came from ‘53 Series 60s. Correct me if I’m wrong on that. 1 car came from Washington state and the other from Pennsylvania. Was there something wrong with the ‘52 331s that would cause them to both be replaced with an engine from the next year? Was this a common practice in cars?
  3. Meadowfleet

    Hydra-Matic won’t shift

    Are you planning to race it?
  4. Meadowfleet

    Hydra-Matic won’t shift

    I agree with you about the transmission. Everyone said that the 2-3 is rough but this one is pretty great. It doesn’t snap my head or anything. And the downshift to 1 when stopping is almost nonexistent feeling.
  5. Meadowfleet

    Hydra-Matic won’t shift

    Before I sent the car out it had seafoam trans tune in it. But as he was working on it he replaced some of the fluid so it’s probably not really in there. It got pretty cold and the windows don’t go up so I have to wait until March or April and then I’ll take it out more often and see if it gets better as it gets used. Then I will try to put some stuff in it. I’ve let the car warm up but it still did it. I am thinking I’ll start the car then put it in gear and keep it in place for a minute or so and then take off and see if the converter has filled up so it shifts.
  6. Meadowfleet

    Hydra-Matic won’t shift

    I forgot that I had this thread open ended. In July I sent the car to a mechanic that deals with these cars. Instead of rebuilding it he took the time to look inside and figure it out. Unfortunately even after fixing a couple pistons that were backwards it didn’t shift. He called a friend of his who had a rebuilt control valve body and swapped it out. It then shifted 1-4. I got it back in October but the windows don’t work so it has been parked since November until it warms up. The only problem I have is that when the car first starts and you drive it, for the first 1/2 mile it won’t shift past 2nd. Then once it shifts to 3 it has no problem shifting correctly for the rest of the drive. I believe the fluid is draining out of the torque converter.
  7. Meadowfleet

    How do I fix this?

    Curti, what is the title of that thread?
  8. Meadowfleet

    1952 Cadillac Series 75

    Aha! I found the leak in the tube. I decided in the my last warm day before the snow to tackle the window problem. I tried to move the front seat forward to get access behind it but it didn’t move. So I removed the cylinder/spring mechanism from the seat and tried to move it but it didn’t let me see behind it. So that’s when the bolts came off and the seat was removed from the floor. But Cadillac put this cute little piece of fabric from the back of the seat to the partition behind it so i couldn’t move it away from the area I was working. I ended up taking off the top trim on the partition and removing the nails holding the fabric on. Then it was time to take what someone else on this forum called a “fender” which covered the space between the partition and the back of the seat. I lowered a window to see exactly where it leaks and it’s about an inch from the bend. I’m not sure why they bent it to run towards the middle of the car to bend back to the same place it would have been if it had stated straight. I had to notch out the wood to get to the coupling. I haven’t decided if I want to go further with the disassembly and try to find the rest of the pipes and replace them or just replace this one and be able to use the car with it’s windows working. The other pipe goes up into the wood and then into the B pillar before turning and going into the rear door. While I was in there I cleaned the 50 year old mess that the mice made and out popped the mummied mouse in the picture.
  9. Meadowfleet

    How do I fix this?

    I agree with you that replacement is easier but I want to know how to develop the skills to repair things so I can not only feel the pride of accomplishment for fixing the thing but also so I can pass that knowledge down through the generations. Being 32 years old I’m trying to have a greater appreciation for how things were done to make a car before my father and mother were even born.
  10. Meadowfleet

    How do I fix this?

    So once it is off of the body how do I repair the breaks in the metal?
  11. Meadowfleet

    Hubcap and Emblem Paint

    This badge is how I wanted to get the hubcaps to look. If you run your nail over the badge you can feel where the paint or whatever it is has been placed. The hubcap is curved so I’m not sure I can do anything that melts or flows because it would flow out of the sections. I had painted one of them with model paint but something dripped on it and it removed the paint in that area. I use this car a lot more than standard classic car drivers seem to drive. I drive in the rain and I’m driving it right now in the winter so the car gets a little more “abuse,” if you will, than cars driven only when there are 3 or less clouds in the sky.
  12. Meadowfleet

    How do I fix this?

    What type of metal is this? I imagine it has been chrome plated. It’s the hubcap off of my ‘51 Meadowbrook and got damaged before I bought the car. Unfortunately it got split in several places where it got damaged. How do I fix the splits in the metal?
  13. Meadowfleet

    Hubcap and Emblem Paint

    How did they do it from the factory? Was it the cloisonné method?
  14. Meadowfleet

    Hubcap and Emblem Paint

    That’s the one I was thinking of. It seems like the one-shot enamel is getting the most positive feedback
  15. Meadowfleet

    Hubcap and Emblem Paint

    I’ve decided I want to paint the hubcaps and emblems on my Dodge and I can’t remember what it’s called to do what I want to do. I remember seeing a video a while back about a guy that pours an amount of paint to fill the spaces. When it dries it’s almost like glass. I know I’m not explaining this right but I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s similar to the picture below. It’s kind of like a stained glass poured onto the medal.