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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Original 365 engine vs. 350 swap out
« Last post by Pete 57 CDV on April 19, 2019, 02:39:34 PM »
Okay, I have my flame suit on for the purists that would never consider a swap out.
 I recently acquired a 57 Coupe Deville that has been sitting for about a decade. It has the original (numbers matching) engine and trans but I haven't had a chance to check out the engine yet. I haven't seen if it is seized or has compression, the PO told me not to trust the engine or the Transmission.
I have a 350 SBC I built for another project that I had to abandon, and a 700r4 transmission, both have zero miles. Since the car is already nosed, decked and shaved I won't be restoring to original but rather restro-modding with the idea that I will be actually driving her daily in good weather.

Since, I'm not interested in originality per se, are the reasons to consider rebuilding the original engine and transmission? The SBC 350 is at around 350 HP, I am concerned because the 700r4 was for 4.11 gears and I'm pretty sure I have 3.06 in the pumpkin.
Please advise.
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Introductions / Re: Welcome Pete 57 CDV to Mid Century Cadillacs
« Last post by Pete 57 CDV on April 19, 2019, 02:25:54 PM »
The ride home. It's been about 15 years since she's been on the road.
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Introductions / Re: Welcome Pete 57 CDV to Mid Century Cadillacs
« Last post by Pete 57 CDV on April 19, 2019, 02:24:37 PM »
Previous pic of the chrome, the 4 sabre wheels and 2 sabre spares I got with the car. Here's my baby in my garage.
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Introductions / Re: Welcome Pete 57 CDV to Mid Century Cadillacs
« Last post by Pete 57 CDV on April 19, 2019, 02:23:04 PM »
Thanks South-Paw! Jazzed to be here. I recently purchased my first vintage Caddie. The previous owner said it ran when it was parked, Don't they all say that? lol. It has the original 365 motor and Hydra-matic Trans. It's already been nosed, decked and shaved. I already have some questions so I am eager to post. Here's some pics (assuming I post them correctly). Though it is a 57 it has the factory air ride system and all of the components with a warning that the front right leaks. Since I haven't checked the motor yet, I can't run it to see if they inflate. I have most of the trim except the rear glass corners (looking for those) and interior is done. Already loving this project.
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Introductions / Welcome Pete 57 CDV to Mid Century Cadillacs
« Last post by South_paw on April 19, 2019, 12:51:33 PM »
Welcome to our forum Pete 57 CDV. Tell us a little bit about your Cadillac, share a pic or story  8)
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OK, I like that "no sill rule"! I have two names to share: the reproduced body panels were from Frank Nicodemus; it seems that I'm not alone to avoid him! The other one is Denis Akerman (known under Akerman old Cadillac parts). To be honest, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, I searched for a jung guy a '62 trunk lid in the Cadillac forum. He wrote that he had one and sent many pictures. I told my story to that guy and he decided to order the lid. It was effectively in a good shape. At the time I was searching my doors, there were no digital camera.
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I used Kanter's front end rebuild kit and my car drives beautifully, the parts were great.
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General Discussions / A Little "Lipstick" for Carmen
« Last post by 62 Coupe on April 18, 2019, 09:21:04 PM »
I just picked my car up from the pin striper this afternoon. I wanted something subtle that you don't notice from 20 feet away. Bear in mind that my car is anything but stock so I asked him to do what he felt was right but not to go too wild. I think it came out pretty good. Now I have to go around and fix up all the stone chips!

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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Lexi on April 18, 2019, 06:52:34 PM »
I had great service from Fusick, McVey's, Cadillac Parts Ltd, Chips Caddys, Frank Puma, Corvette Ben, Faded Fins, Coker Tire, Hirsch Paints, French Lake Auto Parts, Napa, Crescent Oil, Rare Parts Inc., Princess Auto, to name a few. Actually a little depressing to revisit the cost of all this, but these guys were very good to deal with. That said, I think some of Fusick's Cadillac decals are incorrect, but they were a great bunch to deal with and I look forward to dealing with them again. The shop still maintains that the Rare Parts Inc lower pivot pins for my '56 don't fit as well as the originals. Their other products seem to be appropriate, though road testing is required to properly asses and my car has experienced a lot of down time of late. Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by South_paw on April 18, 2019, 05:45:59 PM »
Indeed, no silly rules here. Feel free to share.
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