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caddycarlo
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« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2008, 08:08:17 AM »

wow all brased

a blow by blow photo

and he made his own bellmouth

even if you do not need to build his intake it is cool to see how he did it .........


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Monzallac425
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« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2008, 08:43:49 PM »

 Looky here at this beauty........... http://phoenix.craigslist.org/pts/595528596.html

Doug in AZ Cool
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« Reply #32 on: March 10, 2008, 05:00:49 PM »

c322348,

  Here are a few more links that I thought you might find interesting. Grin

1953 Cheetah
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2005/01/01/hmn_feature10.html

Allard J2X
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2004/09/01/hmn_feature4.html

1949-1954 Allard J2 and J2X
http://www.hemmings.com/hmn/stories/2006/09/01/hmn_feature12.html

The Muntz Jet
http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2006/12/01/hmn_feature12.html

Standard of the World 331-cu.in. OHV V-8
http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2007/05/01/hmn_feature18.html

The 1949 Cadillac V-8
http://www.hemmings.com/hmn/stories/2006/12/01/hmn_feature29.html

1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special
http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2005/11/01/hmn_feature15.html

Carter 4-barrel carburetors
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2004/11/01/hmn_feature8.html

Mistaken Engines, Backfiring Carburetors and a Slip-and-Slide Hydra-Matic
http://www.hemmings.com/hmn/stories/2007/01/01/hmn_feature30.html
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PS. You don't have enough cam. Grin

...Summit has a kit for $99.... Shocked
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« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2008, 05:54:18 PM »

I forgot about the old "Cadillac Ready Reckoner" site.

Looks like it shows bore x stroke dimensions, compression ratings, HP output, etc.

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~wehawtin/CRRindex.htm
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c322348
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« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2008, 10:10:17 PM »

Great stuff JM! Thanks. That ought to keep me busy for a while...

That Cheetah is like the open wheeled cousin of my car. Same engine and trans, same chassis, etc.

I just bought an engine, already overhauled, so I'll get some shots with my period manifolds and carbs mocked up when it arrives.
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« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2008, 08:27:53 AM »

....I just bought an engine, already overhauled, so I'll get some shots with my period manifolds and carbs mocked up when it arrives.

Good to hear. Glad I could be of some help. I'm looking forward to seeing those pics & hearing more about your very unique car.  Cool

Thanks
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Monzallac425
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« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2008, 09:56:51 PM »

Brandon, you get your motor yet? Its been a month since your last post. Doug in AZ Cool
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c322348
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« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2008, 10:55:51 AM »

Brandon, you get your motor yet? Its been a month since your last post. Doug in AZ Cool

Oops! Been busy and forgot...   Wink





Anyone know what this pad is for in front of the valley cover?









Here it is with the vintage 1953 Caddy valve covers:



I'll probably end up chroming the steel valve covers and stock valley pan. The aluminum valley pan doesn't have a provision for the breather setup that was used on the car.

I've got it all wrapped up now to protect it. Still need to figure out what I'm going to do to adapt to a manual trans.
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« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2008, 11:44:25 AM »

Hey Brandon,

That's a good looking engine!

I know very little about that generation of Cadillac engines. Very interesting to see some of the design similarities & also where it differs from the '68-'76+ engines.

Thanks for the pics & keep them coming. I enjoy following the progress on your very unique car.
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« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2008, 11:45:43 AM »

Anyone know what this pad is for in front of the valley cover?


Isn't that where the oil fill /breather goes?

Cannot find a 59-63 picture, but..




Ask Fins/CF on the modified site to get you a picture to be sure.
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c322348
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« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2008, 10:25:23 PM »

That makes sense. I guess the oil enters into the timing chain area when you add it. There is also another breather shown on your diagram over the valley cover which my car originally had as well that dumps onto the street. Seems odd that there are two breathers- maybe one is always breathing in and the other is always breathing out!?
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« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2008, 03:28:17 AM »

    The tube to the road is called a "road draft tube". Notice the angle cut ? This creates a slight vacuum at speed, and the oil fill tube is the air intake. This predated PCV valves. The crankcase was vented to the outside. No pressure could build up in the case, and the motor could not draw oil into the combustion chamber, except past really bad rings. Not too good for the environment, and roads and cars had an oil slick. On roads, it was down the center of the lane.
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« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2008, 07:30:12 PM »

I still run dads 1949 caddy coupe deville but it has a 500cuin in it now.
back in the 60's dad had put 59 heads on the 49 block and it worked fine.
what had to be done to make it run was you had to use the 59 push rods and rocker setup.
that engine ran for a long time like that.
after that a complete 59 engine was put in with a isky roller and a 57 caddy 2X4 manifold.
that engine would go to 7000 rpm like it was nothing.
never had problems reving the engine that high.
the cad ran high 13's back in the early 60's
i think we were running 327 chevy valves in the 390 engine.
ran the 4 speed hydro with a 538 gear.
the caddy just liked to run fast.


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c322348
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« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2008, 08:58:19 PM »

Bill, I really love stories like that! I think folks now forget how well some of these old motors ran.
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« Reply #44 on: April 23, 2008, 08:36:44 PM »

on the 331 i took out of my 49, that was were the feul pump bolted up.
ciao,
mario
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