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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1954 Caddy ride not that smooth
« Last post by Clewisiii on April 18, 2018, 02:48:56 PM »
No real way to know. The math for spring rate is called the K rate. And the same hieght spring can have different spring rates.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1954 Caddy ride not that smooth
« Last post by 62caddyguy on April 18, 2018, 02:45:24 PM »
The springs seem to be ok. Car stance is fine. Really do not know much about the shocks were on the car when I bought them. I may need to replace. Car has 75,000 milke on it and I believe it to be original.  I had the engine rebuilt last year along with the Hydromatic rebuilt also. How do yu know if springs are bad?
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1954 Caddy ride not that smooth
« Last post by Clewisiii on April 18, 2018, 12:59:19 PM »
What is the condition of your shocks and springs.

Modern gas charged shocks will ride a little stiffer then original hydrolic shocks. Gas charged have a small spring rate they add where hydrolic do not.

If you have replacement springs you must ensure they used the correct spring rates to make your spring. If you bought them from an off the shelf company they often sell the “heavy duty” stiffer springs as replacements

I prefer coil spring specialties for replacement springs. They will help find the correct spring for your model and options. Often cars with AC had a different spring then cars without.

It is near impossible to find correct hydrolic shocks.

I am told bias are prone to wander. But I have not heard about stuff ride.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / 1954 Caddy ride not that smooth
« Last post by 62caddyguy on April 18, 2018, 12:18:09 PM »
Hello guys. I have a nice 1954 Cadillac coupe de ville and I love the car. However i do not like the ride I get with it. Seems to be rough not smooth. Running Coker reproduction
820 x15 firestone gum dipped tires. These are bias. I have no vibrations and the car runs straight. Have some tire where as these are over 8 year old tires. Will radials work better and are there radials that look like bias.  Maybe shocks would help? Any help would be appreciated on this. Also may change tire to 800 x 15.
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General Discussions / Re: Longevity
« Last post by russ austin on April 18, 2018, 06:57:03 AM »
I have an original water pump for 25.00 if anyone wants it. Needs to be rebuilt.
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General Discussions / Re: Sorry if this has been addressed already...
« Last post by Hotrodln on April 17, 2018, 08:16:03 PM »
how is the smell with the windows down? you may not have an exhaust leak at all, you may have a hole in the trunk. all cars seem to have a high pressure zone behind them while driving- you may have normal exhaust smell, but it's coming in from in back of the car. My 2009 Vette smells inside when i step on it and the windows are down. when they are UP I don't get the smell. i know it's got to be the holes that the shop made thru the trunk  to install the roll cage. I haven't fixed it yet!. now for the 62, it only smells when i'm at a traffic light with the windows  down. it's from the valve covers. driving it never smells.
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General Discussions / Re: Longevity
« Last post by Hotrodln on April 17, 2018, 08:01:47 PM »
I'd hoard a complete engine rebuild kit- pistons 20 over, crank 10 under. new water pump, belts. set of shocks, weatherstripping...who knows if any of this stuff will still be available in 50 years.
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lol. I got the palm part right.  ;D ;D
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General Discussions / What is it.
« Last post by Clewisiii on April 17, 2018, 04:04:45 PM »
I think this came out of a 62 Fleetwood rear driver door. I don’t remember anything like it in my 61.
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General Discussions / Re: Longevity
« Last post by 6262 on April 17, 2018, 01:26:27 PM »
Great topic, Carl!

I have considered this often. But I think there is nothing to worry. The advance of technology will make small scale manufacturing much easier. I expect better reproduction parts in a wider variety for the future, not less. For example, this forum and the internet in general are a huge help already. I look with horror at the fact how difficult it was to maintain an old American car in the 1980s over here in Europe.

I think vehicles with human drivers will be banned within forty years or so but this is another thing that does not worry me. Why? Well, a hundred year ago the horse was phased out as a means of transportation. You could not ride to work anymore. The city of Berlin banned horse-driven cabs in the 1920s, for example.
But the horse (as a hobby) did not disappear although many expected it. Quite the opposite. It is a huge industry today. In 2061 you will load your car on your autonomously driving trailer to an event where it is allowed to cruise on a fenced off road courses. It will be a huge spectacle in a scenic area that generates cash for the local municipality.

Maybe they will ban the production of vehicles that run with gas some day. But they would only do that if there is another reliable technology ready for the mass market. I doubt this will affect vintage vehicles. Simply due to their small numbers (at that time) and their strong political lobby (already present). Here in Europe even today vintage vehicles can enter cities which ban some newer cars (30 years and younger) from entering. There are tax and inspections exemptions. I have absolutely nothing to complain politically (concerning the vintage car hobby) although the left hates and fights motor cars - but not vintage vehicles.

I would only hoard original parts. These will get scarce eventually.


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