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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #150 on: December 05, 2007, 09:04:36 am »
The wife is going out of town this weekend so I will have a lot of time to mess with it.
I am giving the engine one last shot but, I am pretty sure that I am doing the swap in the next month or so.
We are putting in a smallblock in my brothers Glassic (Yes, my father AND my brother now have one) and once the garage is clear, we will tow my Caddy to the Garage and do the drop.
My plans are to unlock the rear brakes this week (so I can at least push the car around if needed) and yank the engine next week so I can prep and paint the engine compartment.
Once it goes to my fathers garage, my uncle is going to do the welding needed to get the 472 in place (not much welding is needed).
From there, it will be towed back to my house and I will need to order the new driveshaft to fit.
I also need to put in 6 volt stepdowns for my 6 volt gauges.
I am really hoping to make the billetproof show in March http://www.billetproof.com/upcoming_shows/florida/show.htm
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #151 on: December 10, 2007, 07:14:43 am »
OK.. I got the brakes unlocked. The pass rear brake was actually rusted to the drum. That took a 6 pound sledge hammer to get that one loose but, at least I have the car rolling now.
My father finally convinced me to put in a smallblock. it will be cheaper and after putting the smallblock in my brothers car, it is actually pretty easy.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #152 on: December 10, 2007, 10:27:11 am »
Small block? Aw jeez. At least make it a 383 instead of an everybody-and-their-brother 5.7L.


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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #153 on: December 10, 2007, 10:46:26 am »
So, you're going to replace the engine?  And I had a solution for the water leak too.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #154 on: December 10, 2007, 01:41:44 pm »
Small block? Aw jeez. At least make it a 383 instead of an everybody-and-their-brother 5.7L.
It might end up with a Pontiac 400 out of a GTO unless I can find a good, free LS1 with an automatic mated to it....
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #155 on: December 10, 2007, 05:39:53 pm »
Well, if anyone ever has a coolant leak problem that seems too expensive to repair, there is a solution we use at work.  Of course, it is with the customer's approval.

Sodium silicate, AKA, liquid glass. Seals any coolant leak when properly done.  We have cars that are running around two years later with that crap in it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_silicate
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #156 on: January 08, 2008, 07:09:26 am »
Any progress in the last month?

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #157 on: January 08, 2008, 09:04:07 am »
Well, if anyone ever has a coolant leak problem that seems too expensive to repair, there is a solution we use at work.  Of course, it is with the customer's approval.

Sodium silicate, AKA, liquid glass. Seals any coolant leak when properly done.  We have cars that are running around two years later with that crap in it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_silicate

Just be careful with this stuff.  If you overuse it, it can clog your radiator.  It happened to me.

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #158 on: January 08, 2008, 10:33:26 am »
Hello guys..
Not much progress.
I yanked all the interior due to the fact that all of the door seals are gone and the seats were starting to get ruined.
With the carpet out, I cleaned and primed the floor.
We have been screwing with my brothers model A so I have not had a chance to yank the engine yet but hopefully in the next few weeks it will come out.
Once it is out, I will paint the engine bay.
Once the engine is back in, the car will get painted.
After paint, the interior goes back in.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #159 on: January 16, 2008, 10:49:15 am »
Just a quick update.
I tried to get her started again but still no luck and now it appears that the fuel pump is not pumping at all (sigh).
Anyway, I am gonna hook up a 12V battery to it this weekend and see what happens...
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #160 on: January 16, 2008, 11:27:02 am »
Just a quick update.
I tried to get her started again but still no luck and now it appears that the fuel pump is not pumping at all (sigh).
Anyway, I am gonna hook up a 12V battery to it this weekend and see what happens...
Isn't that going to fry something if you up the voltage?  A couple of 6 volts in parallel would increase the amps but not the voltage.

btw...I glad that you're still working on it.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #161 on: January 16, 2008, 12:04:35 pm »
Just a quick update.
I tried to get her started again but still no luck and now it appears that the fuel pump is not pumping at all (sigh).
Anyway, I am gonna hook up a 12V battery to it this weekend and see what happens...

I would be concerned about cooking gauges and wiring and the like. 

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #162 on: January 16, 2008, 12:30:09 pm »
My research has told me that the 12 volts will not do anything negetive to the ignition system.
I will need to disconnect my gauges beforehand in order to not toast them and, if the car actually starts under 12 volts, then I will need to look into replacing my starter with a 12 volt starter, getting a single wire altinator, replacing all bulbs and getting step down for my gauges and clock.
I want to see if she actually get running before dumping any more money into it first.


Isn't that going to fry something if you up the voltage?  A couple of 6 volts in parallel would increase the amps but not the voltage.

btw...I glad that you're still working on it.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #163 on: January 16, 2008, 05:37:49 pm »
Just be careful with this stuff.  If you overuse it, it can clog your radiator.  It happened to me.

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I've (we) have used it six or seven time.  Follow the proper procedures and you shouldn't have a problem.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #164 on: March 16, 2008, 03:03:51 am »
Man, that's not horribly bad overall.  It'll look gorgeous when you're done though!

i would agree on that, I remember how my Caddy look before that Seville brake booster broke off. I'll try to upload some photos of my 1995 Cadillac Seville as soon as possible.

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #165 on: June 06, 2008, 09:41:17 am »
Any progress to report?

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #166 on: October 19, 2008, 02:48:11 pm »
Any updates?

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #167 on: June 13, 2009, 09:55:58 pm »
So southdiver and this project are dead, right? He hasn't been online in almost a year...


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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #168 on: June 21, 2011, 08:09:27 pm »
So southdiver and this project are dead, right? He hasn't been online in almost a year...

Maybe, but you never know which jackass is going to turn up next right of the blue and for no reason whatsoever.
We should get into the sympathy business.  There is a killing to be made.

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #169 on: June 21, 2011, 08:37:52 pm »
Maybe, but you never know which jackass is going to turn up next right of the blue and for no reason whatsoever.

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #170 on: January 14, 2013, 07:38:26 pm »
I'm pretty sure this is a dead thread.


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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #171 on: April 09, 2013, 12:25:44 am »
Maybe, but you never know which jackass is going to turn up next right of the blue and for no reason whatsoever.

Seriously.
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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #172 on: April 09, 2013, 01:03:22 am »
Well, hello there.
We should get into the sympathy business.  There is a killing to be made.

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Re: 1949 Cadillac Restoration project
« Reply #173 on: April 09, 2013, 10:51:57 am »