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51_Meadowbrook

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About 51_Meadowbrook

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  • My Project Cars
    1951 Dodge Meadowbrook
    1952 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75

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    Rhode Island
  • Interests
    Car Restoration

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  1. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    I did some research and it does in fact smoke at acceleration as well. I did some rapid acceleration and highway driving for long periods of time. Overall it was a fun day of driving around.
  2. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    That’s what a mechanic in town said. I was describing it and he told a story about his rambler that was similar to what you said. But if you describe this situation everyone seems to jump to valve guides. I can’t say for certain it doesn’t smoke when I accelerate. I am generally looking forward at that time. I get about 17mpg at the current time. It gets a random skip too so I wouldn’t be surprised if it uncovers some more things the deeper I get on it. I’m waiting for my Cadillac to get back from the doctors for it’s transmission before I take the Meadowbrook apart. I hate the idea of not having a fun old car to drive around in.
  3. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    Worden, did your car run smoothly? It idles, with a slight skip randomly, but never stalls. Takes off and drives down the road very nicely. If I didn’t look back I wouldn’t know I had a problem.
  4. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    A retired mechanic around town was listening to my explanation of things and said he was pretty positive it was the rings. The engine has 48k on it. I got it 4 years ago sigh 43k on it and it had sat since 1973. I believe what he said but every time I tried to look this up it always said the valve seals. So a quick search for those and I didn’t find anything. I’m pretty new to engine rebuilding so I need a quick education on ring sizes. Where do I find the measurement sizes that I need? Are they in the book or is it based on measuring the piston? Are the .010, .020, etc numbers the actual numbers I’d see on the tool? For example, 4.010?
  5. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    So now that the weather is getting cooler I think it’s time to fix the smoking issue my ‘51 Meadowbrook has. It uses about a quart every 100-150 miles, depending upon if I go about 40mph. I can use a quart if I go 55-65 for about 15 minutes. At those speeds I get a faint smoke out of the tail pipe. During deceleration I get it too. I was going to replace the seals but i can’t find any and don’t see them in the book. Does this engine not have seals? I have been told it’s the oil ring on the pistons. I have been told it’s the valve guides. Is there a way to definitively know prior to taking off the head? My dry compression test was around 95 across the board. I didn’t do a wet compression test, mainly because I’m new to a lot of this and didn’t know I was supposed to do it.
  6. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    So now that the weather is getting cooler I think it’s time to fix the smoking issue the car has. The engine has 48k. It uses about a quart every 50-100 miles, depending upon if I go about 40mph. I can use a quart if I go 55-65 for about 10 minutes. At those speeds I get a faint smoke out of the tail pipe. During deceleration I get it too. I was going to replace the seals but i can’t find any and don’t see them in the book. Does this engine not have seals? I have been told it’s the oil ring on the pistons. I have been told it’s the valve guides. Is there a way to definitively know prior to taking off the head? My dry compression test was around 90 across the board. I didn’t do a wet compression test, mainly because I’m new to a lot of this and didn’t know I was supposed to do it.
  7. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    It was a wonderful Meadowbrook day. Took it off to the bank after replacing the fuel line from the fuel pump to the carburetor. The one I had put on was too short so I had it too close to the exhaust. That definitely helped cool the fuel in the bowl. It was pretty hot and humid so the gauge did get up to what I would guess was around 170 but never reached the Summer Warm line. Now I need to work on getting my idle speed screw to stop loosening on me and I’ll be in good shape.
  8. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    This topic got awful radiator based. In my case there is nothing wrong with my radiator. The thermocure has worked beautifully. I ran it for a couple of days with just water to flush it a little and have put another bottle in just to see if it will clean up even more. Based on the descriptions of the temperature gauge in the book it hasn’t gone up to Summer Warm. It is staying a little above Winter Warm, which according to the thermo gun is about 170 degrees.
  9. 51_Meadowbrook

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I noticed that your antenna is on the drivers side. Mine is on the passenger side. Is one the US version and the other the Canadian version?
  10. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    And now the humid days are here and for the first time since I bought the car I’m experiencing vapor lock. It’s happened twice this week so I slit the old heater hose and slid it over the fuel line going from the pump to the carburetor. The hose was awful hot when I got home from my 10 minute drive so I’m thinking that should help, assuming the hose will withstand the heat and not break down
  11. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    I drive this car about 4-5 times a week. I like stock cars. I find them to be classy. I don’t know how far I plan to take it but I want to paint it and reupholster it and make it like it was when it was a young pup. People say that the younger generations don’t like these cars but teenagers and younger adults stop and look at it drive by and give thumbs up. Little by little I’m fixing things as I learn how to. I have replaced the water pump. Everyone is stuck on the radiator but that is not the heat issue I think I have. There are pounds of rust in the engine block. I have to get that out. The radiator temp cools about 20 degrees from top to bottom. A big issue of mine is the block was dry for decades and I have just flushed it from time to time. Now I’m trying to get that rust out and it’s showing the standard wear points, like plugs. Btw, I’m sorry about the highlighted words. I don’t know why it is creating links but I’m not a fan of it automatically doing that.
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    Exploring my Meadowbrook

  13. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

    So as I continue my Summer of Exploration on my ’51 Meadowbrook I’m discovering just how much maintenance is lost during long term storage. When I got the car 4 years ago it hadn’t run since 1973. The brakes were gone, the carburetor was tired. The speedometer didn’t work. All the normal stuff you would expect. Since it was my first classic car I learned a lot along the way, including how to replace valves and pumps. This summer I took on my transmission and fluid drive fluids. Before the summer is over I’m taking on the differential gasket and pinion seal. The car has forever fought me on overheating so this year I decided to take the advise of some forum members and put wood bleach in it. The thread is somewhere on here. It seemed to clean it out great, for about 2 months. I had a leaking freeze plug that decided to fly out in the yard when I was working on the radiator hose that kept collapsing. So I replaced that with a rubber one and it stopped the leaks on that side of the engine. I read up on Evaporust Thermocure. I put it in earlier this week and drove it around. The fluid turned black, which is the indication that it has reached its life in terms of cleaning the rust out. So I drained it and put more in. Drove it an hour and a half and it’s black again. At $30 a fluid change I’m not happy about constantly replacing it but im thrilled about it cleaning it out so much. Except, with every cleaning you find an issue. Another freeze plug has started leaking. I expected this because it has a lot of rust in it, but why can’t it be an easy to access one? The engine has never run so cool for as long as I have owned it. The needle sits just over the Winter Warm line on the gauge and only raises up a little after a couple miles when on the highway going 65 then goes right back down when I slow down.
  14. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    Well, its not just oil. Its the transmission fluid. I'm not a scientist and can't say I have this right, but viscosity affects the friction between the gears. As the old fluid lost viscosity as it heated the friction got worse causing the engine to fight the transmission to turn it. The stumble was only at initial acceleration so its kind of like running into a car to push it, the initial contact causes you to temporarily stumble before the car starts moving. Even if that isn't the case with this transmission I like that explanation. And if that isn't what caused it to start working right after 4 years I don't know what it is. The only thing I did was change the fluid from the ISO 32 to the GL-1 and then took it for a drive. The only time it has stumbled was today after I got the distributor wet and then went driving and we had flash floods. Tonight I took it back out and it worked great again.
  15. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    My idle was already smooth. I chose the wrong term when I said idle. I was referring to when it is in gear and stopped. But it does seem to have fixed the take off stumble. I knew it wasn’t an accelerator pump issue because both the original carburetor and the replacement stock carburetor I put on recently both had been rebuilt and were working properly.
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