Meadowfleet

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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

    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

    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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    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?
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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.
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    Oil light comes on after warmed up

    The book says 20 weight. I thought it was light too but the manufacturer of the engine says it, not the be that guy that only does things without thinking just because the book says it. It’s a 331 V8. Everything was replaced when the engine was rebuilt. It idles and drives great. I don’t get oil consumption. Is there a way to test that oil pressure switch?
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    Inspired by Keiser

    I’ve heard of houses having pocket doors but this really amazed me. Were Kaiser and Darrin separate companies at one point?
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    Bonding moments

    I have always been interested in people’s life stories. I used to listen to my grandmother tell all sorts of stories. One that sticks in my head is about her childhood. Growing up in the depression her family, like most, did not have much money. Her father worked in the train yard cleaning the tank cars. He used to scoop up some of the gas and use it in his car so he didn’t have to buy gas during the depression. She died many years before I bought my first car, my Meadowbrook when I was 26. I would love to know the stories she would have now riding in it with me. Today I took my father out for a ride in it. He is not one to talk about his past, mainly because he would like to forget it. But we were driving around the block and he started talking about remembering when he was a kid in those cars and the chrome pieces on the dashboard that hid the radio and I could almost see a smile in his eyes. People think cars are just means of transportation but they can bring back so many memories in people.
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    Bonding moments

    I brought my Meadowbrook over to my parents house, like I said at the beginning of this thread, and I was talking to my mother while my father was doing some sanding to help me with my door. In the back yard there has been a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 since before I was born. My father used to haul rocks and stuff with it. It was this God awful faded yellow with the white grill and bumpers. He never really worked on it so it just sat there. My mother said that recently he has started working on it. I guess watching the progress I’m making on my cars has inspired him. I remember when I was a kid, maybe 8 years old, riding with him to get a loaf of rocks and we turned this sharp corner at the fire station and halfway through it his door swung open. Without missing a beat he held onto the wheel as he kept turning, leaned halfway out of the truck and closed the door. Every time I turn that corner I think of that time.
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    Rebuilding 1951 Dodge

    I took some time and flushed the engine through the hole. I know it didn’t completely clean it but at least it cleaned it a little more than it was. And I found a channel in the block that was blocked so I’m excited about the idea of it running cooler.