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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by South_paw on October 29, 2018, 05:43:18 AM »
Lou, I loved that thread and I followed you to this forum. After ten years are there any jobs on the car that need redoing? Is there anything you would've done differently and any parts you used on it that have not lasted so well ? Phil

Great questions Phil. The exhaust was something that was redone. I shared that here a couple of years ago. And I just had to have the brake booster rebuilt again. Otherwise, so far so good.

What I would have done differently during the build is the use of personal protection equipment. My right ear still rings to this day because I needed to use the grinder in the rear wheel house for just a quick grind down of a small weld spot. It was a quick 30 second thing, so I didn't grab my ear protection.  What I didn't realize is that the noise of the grinder amplified in the wheel house. Permanent damage done. Live and learn but I sure do wish I could have that 30 seconds back.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by South_paw on October 29, 2018, 05:33:40 AM »
On the picture showing the engine compartment, I don't see the wiper motor. I can see it clearly on the picture when unrestored.  Did you replace it with an electric one or don't drive when it's raining?

I was focused on trying to find the right picture for a before and after look. I missed that the wiper was yet to be installed when this picture was taken. Here it is.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Swapping a 59 390 engine into a 55
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on October 29, 2018, 03:19:20 AM »
I'm not so sure about the ability to use the '55 transmission. A '56 would, but I doubt that the '55 flywheel will bolt on the '59 crankshaft.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on October 29, 2018, 03:16:16 AM »
On the picture showing the engine compartment, I don't see the wiper motor. I can see it clearly on the picture when unrestored.  Did you replace it with an electric one or don't drive when it's raining?
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Lou, I loved that thread and I followed you to this forum. After ten years are there any jobs on the car that need redoing? Is there anything you would've done differently and any parts you used on it that have not lasted so well ? Phil
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by Lexi on October 28, 2018, 11:02:08 PM »
I saw Lou's car at the Boston Grand National a few years back, and she is gorgeous. Thanks for saving her and for creating this site. You have enabled others to save their vintage Cadillacs for present as well as for future generations to enjoy. Cheers! Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by 56 Eldorado on October 28, 2018, 10:33:54 PM »
Its a beautiful car Lou!  And thanks for the Mid-Century Cadillacs forum.

Best regards,
Tom
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Swapping a 59 390 engine into a 55
« Last post by South_paw on October 28, 2018, 07:18:58 PM »
Yes Cadillac blocks from 55 to 61 are the same. The trans will bolt up. Figuring out the rest of the stuff will be fun. I guess you will have to use the 55 water pump and possibly the intake manifold to insure the TV rod is in just the right spot. 
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Swapping a 59 390 engine into a 55
« Last post by Aldixie on October 28, 2018, 05:10:48 PM »
Hi Guyís,
Iím back in the Cadillac scene again with a 55 Coupe Deville project. The original engine is seized solid. Iíve tried all the tricks to free it up but itís too far gone. A couple of months back I picked up a 390 engine from a 59. It turns over great by hand, itís a long block but missing all external accessories including the harmonic balancer.

My question is can I swap all of the components over from the seized engine and use the 55 transmission with it? The engine blocks look identical.

Thanks,

Alex
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Project Omaha is now Ten Years old.
« Last post by South_paw on October 28, 2018, 12:14:40 PM »
I remember looking the car over when she first came off the trailer. I was excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Started making a list of what works and what doesn't. Surprisingly all of the Eldo stuff was there. Whew!

Here are some before and afters...
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