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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 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.
  2. 51_Meadowbrook

    Exploring my Meadowbrook

  3. 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 Cool 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    Well, I started using the GL-1 in the transmission. It’s a SAE 90 that I got from tractor supply and it works great. The car doesn’t idle as low when in gear, and when it does it still doesn’t stumble. I can’t believe that for 4 years I have dealt with this and everyone kept telling me it’s fine the way it is and in reality a fluid change corrected the problem.
  7. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    I was reading another thread about transmission fluids. I don't know about them very much, but this was for a Ford and it said to be careful of GL-4 and GL-5 because it is not good for "yellow metals." Do I have to worry about this in these transmissions?
  8. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    The 75W says it’s for the 10W. Am I reading this right?
  9. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    Found this in the book
  10. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    The plugs have normal darkness. They are not wet or corroded. I’m assuming the semi automatic is the Gyro-Matic transmission. I do not have that so I would need the GL 1 fluid. What is the viscosity of that fluid? I’m trying to see how much thicker the fluid I put in is from what you recommend.
  11. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    If the parking brake is on and the car is in gear the parking brake holds it in place. If I adjust the idle speed to 500rpm, with the car in gear and parking brake on, it sends the car over 1000rpm when I push the clutch in. The accelerator pump, as far as I know, is adjustable in 3 settings, Winter Normal and Summer. Winter provides and longer stroke, conversely Summer gives a shorter stroke. The accelerator pump provides a nice stream. The car did the same thing with the first carburetor as it does with this stock carburetor so I’m thinking that isn’t the issue. The carburetor is rebuilt.
  12. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    I did exactly what they said in one of the other threads on this site. They said ISO 32 in both. At least that’s what I interpreted them to be saying. What am I supposed to put in that transmission if not ISO 32?
  13. 51_Meadowbrook

    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    I just don't get it. I've brought this topic up a couple times and haven't found something that works to fix this. In my '51 Dodge Meadowbrook, 3-speed Fluid Drive, if the car is left in gear and stopped the RPMs drop down too low and when I take off it stumbles. The only time that it doesn't drop too low is if I raise the idle stop screw way up, to where the RPMs are around 1000 when idling. I thought it was the fluids so I had changed them, TDH ISO 32 in both. I changed the carburetor from the Stromberg BXV-3 that was on it to the stock Strombrg BXVD-3. It still drops too much. I am inclined to keep working on the dashpot to see if that helps but the RPMs drop way down even when its in Neutral and then you put it in gear and remove the brake. What am I missing that I can try to work on? The car idles and drives beautifully, with the exception of the stumble/stall that it does when in gear without the clutch at take-off.
  14. 51_Meadowbrook

    1951 Meadowbrook Rebuild

    Every time something gets fixed another thing breaks, but that’s the “joy” they say. I had the wrong carburetor on the car since I bought it. So I got the right one and just rebuilt it. While I was testing it and revving the engine I saw the radiator hose collapse. So I finished testing the carburetor and turned the car off. That’s when I saw the steam coming from the engine bay. I looked and saw that I had blown out a freeze plug. So now I have to fix that before I can road test the car. I’ll clean the block out a little while the plug is out.
  15. 51_Meadowbrook

    1951 Meadowbrook Rebuild

    I have cleaned the draft tube and oil breather. It didn’t look dirty but I was surprised to see the stuff that came out of the mesh opening. In response to the post about the oil passages being clogged I got sea foam and put it in the oil as it suggested. So far I haven’t seen much in terms of oil consumption and it may be coincidence but the smoke seems to have lessened. 
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