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 on: April 24, 2015, 11:53:41 AM 
Started by jimbean5006 - Last post by jimbean5006
Looking to get my 88 fox body project started. Iv seen the use of granatelli k members that need slight trimming. I believe I read some time ago that an aje fit without modification. If not is there a forum member that fabs cross members to get the engine bolted up. Thanks guys.

 on: March 05, 2015, 07:43:39 AM 
Started by rolnlow - Last post by ~JM~
Hi Ron,

CaddyCarlo adapted that set-up. As far as donor parts & their identification, I'm sorry but I can't help you. CaddyCarlo has kind of dropped off the map for a while & I haven't heard from him lately.

Please check your PM box.


 on: March 05, 2015, 04:19:57 AM 
Started by rolnlow - Last post by rolnlow
i was reading caddy carlos post on his serpentine set up and he said he used a ford balancer on the crank. did some searching but i cant find anything on making this work. did he make a new post or does someone know iif you have to modify the balancer or crank or what application the balancer was from?  Huh?

oh btw. im new here. my names is ron from independence mo. (near kansas city) just your average car nut that works in a toy box. (hot rod shop) so im by no means a newb to motors.

 on: March 04, 2015, 03:13:20 PM 
Started by eurotoys - Last post by eurotoys

 on: February 25, 2015, 07:38:40 AM 
Started by Cop Car Racer - Last post by ~JM~
Here is a posting on the various Cadillac Oil Pans & what they look like: http://caddy500.com/index.php?topic=611.msg10531#msg10531

I mis-communicated the info on the rear sump pan that I was describing. It comes from the 368c.i. powered Eldorado.

Good luck on your search

 on: February 23, 2015, 12:44:17 PM 
Started by Cop Car Racer - Last post by Cop Car Racer
The 1977-1979 cadillacs are usually cheaper than the 472-500 cars. I need a transmission for my 500 project so I was considering buying a complete 425 car to obtain a a working turbo 400 and driveshaft, radiator, etc. That would leave me with a 425. Not really sure what to put in into. Possibly a truck. I put a 440 Dodge in a 91 Dakota but it was a tight fit. Its on youtube under "440 Dakota" its the blue one. Thats a good tip on the rear sump oil pan. Most trucks I have built require a rear sump. My plan is to put the 500 into a Ford Crown Victoria expolice car. I really like those cars ever since I drove them as taxis. The caprices are also nice. I like the Vics because they have four wheel disc brakes, modern four link rear suspension, 03+ has rack and pinion steering. The 8.8 rear axle might be able to handle the torque. Vics have a huge engine compartment to accomodate the 4.6 sohc motor. However those motors lack torque. They make up for it in high rpm power, but I think a 500 would be a much better engine for the 4000lbs Ford. Having the distributor in front makes engine swaps easier. I'll keep you posted on results. Thanks for the reply.

 on: February 18, 2015, 06:56:01 AM 
Started by Cop Car Racer - Last post by ~JM~
I've never messed with the 425. I would think that you could use the small chamber 472/500 heads on a 425, but you may have problems with too narrow a bore & valve shrouding. The 425 is supposed to be about 100 lbs. lighter than the 472/500 due to a thinner block casting, more lightning holes in the block & a much lighter crankshaft.

Nothing wrong with building a 425. Supposedly they out-rev the bigger Cads. The 368c.i. Eldorado oil pan is a real nice rear-sump pan. You will need both the oil pan & oil pick-up.

What do you plan to drop the engine into?

I say try it out & please let us know of the results.

Good luck

 on: February 15, 2015, 09:55:35 AM 
Started by Cop Car Racer - Last post by Cop Car Racer
I now have a 1976 500 for my project. It seems that these projects always take longer than I planned. I have read that some people have put 425 heads on a 472-500 to raise the compression. I understand some say thats not a good idea. But I was wondering if the reverse is possible. Wouldnt early 472-500 heads give a small bump in compression on a 425 and flow better? I know you guys dont like the 425 and always say build the bigger engine. Is it possible? The 425s are cheap. Im a Dodge guy with alot of engine building experience with an eye toward the big caddys. The hot dodge setup is the 408. Its a 360(4" bore .030 oversize) with a 4" stroker crank. It seems that the 425 is all that and more stock 4.08x4.06. It seems to me it just needs compression, cam, and better heads, intake and exhaust. I am still working on the 500 drag race motor(got the cam, collecting parts) but I was considering a 425 as a street cruiser with maybe 375 hp and 480 torque. That would be 440 Dodge power numbers from a smaller engine. The big 440 torque beast only has a crank stroke of 3.75 in. Any input will help. Please dont say build a 472 or 500 because I already am

 on: January 27, 2015, 09:39:13 AM 
Started by Schurkey - Last post by ~JM~
Here is a picture of the Cadillac T'stat.

I seem to recall being able to pick up a Stant 180 degree T'stat from Napa. I wouldn't run the 195 T'stat.

You can use whatever T'stat you want as long as you plug that internal cooling port.

Good luck

 on: January 26, 2015, 07:35:12 PM 
Started by Schurkey - Last post by Schurkey
This is what Stant shows for interchange of the 195 degree 13459 thermostat with other manufacturers.  I'm leery of using an interchange guide as an application guide--but this is the best I've seen (so far).  (The link has more info than is presented here--check the various tabs.)

Match found for Robertshaw - 332-195:
Stant Part Info - 13459


Brand   Brand Part Number
ACDelco Aftermarket   131-12
Amgauge   332-195
Amgauge   345-195
Atlas   345
Atlas   644-315
Autotemp   11-195
Carol Automotive   19495
Carol Automotive   CG9495
CARQUEST   30049
Carter   26-1279
Crescent   39495
Delco Harrison   131-12
Delco Harrison   131-5
Delco Harrison   295P
Dole   DVN-24XH
Eaton Corp.   ET-6-195
Everco   1663
Fleetrite   ZAM-1269
Ford Motor Co.   C7RA 8575 R
Gates   33059
Gates Canada   33059
General Motors   1610427
General Motors   1618063
General Motors   3012795
General Motors   3030796
General Motors   3037917
Ideal Aftermarket   30049
John Deere   AR72852
Mopar   3-756
Motorcraft   RT-80
Motorcraft   RT-89
Murray Temp. Control   277059
NAPA   231
Purolator   TP-332XH
Rex   RX84-195
Robertshaw   302-195
Robertshaw   332-195
Robertshaw   402-195
Standard Thomson   231
Stant   13459
Stant (Carded)   35459
Stant (Small Card Retail)   29459
Sterling Stamco   4-X
Tridon Aftermarket   542395
Tru-Temp   653HT
Tru-Temp   656HT
Wahler   4004.91
Waltham   W226
Waltham   W231
Western Auto   7780026

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