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About 51_Meadowbrook

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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  • Location
    Rhode Island
  • Interests
    Learning about how cars work so I can fix them back to the way they were when new.
  • My Project Cars
    1951 Dodge Meadowbrook
    1952 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75


  • Location
    Rhode Island
  • Interests
    Car Restoration

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  1. I had been enjoying my ‘51 Meadowbrook and took off from a red light. First gear was fine, second gear started making some rattling, then third gear was rattling so bad I thought I was going to lose my driveshaft. I got it home and checked and the driveshaft is fine. The u-joints seem solid. There is some play in the rear end. I topped off the differential and left the house and it started rattling bad in second too. After about a month of not driving it I took it out tonight around the block. Second gear sounded quieter but still rattling and third gear was rattling. I can’t seem to figure ou
  2. That’s the problem, when I jump the terminals I get spark at the plugs. If I just turn the key to START the starter spins but no spark. I can have it soon all day by turning the key and get nowhere. But if I run a wire from the IGN to ST terminal it fires up immediately.
  3. I have had quite a tough time with my '51 Meadowbrook over this past year. The latest of issues started with a faulty ignition switch; it would shut off if you hit a bump and would have to jiggle the key to get it to gain continuity again. It's a strange one that has three terminals, listed as ST, ACC, AM, and a central wire that is fixed to it under a metal sheathing that goes through the firewall and attaches to the horn relay. The switch I bought was from a '50 Coronet and has four terminals, listed ST, ACC, IGN, BATT. I'm not sure what the AM standards for but it had one wire attached to
  4. Being unable to make the lights any brighter than they were, which probably was right for the car, I converted them to LED. I picked a bulb that was about the same brightness for both dim and bright filaments. The LED is very distinct on the bright light. You can tell I’m hitting the brake and when the directional is on. And the bonus is that it barely draws on the battery. Since I bought the taillights I bought the front directionals and the flasher. They work beautifully now.
  5. This may not be the right spot for this post but here goes. It’s time for me to replace the tires on my cars and the old debate pops up. Which tire size should I get? My ‘51 Dodge Meadowbrook originally had 7.10-15 bias tires on it. The guy I bought it from out 225/75/15 on it. So when I changed them I put them on too. As I’m looking at different conversion charts they are saying 215/75/15 or 225/70/15. Being a little green on tires I’m not sure exactly what makes one tire better or worse than the other. I understand the fundamentals of the tire sizes but not necessarily the functional differe
  6. John I don’t know if this help but they have a FAQ section on their website.
  7. Vacuum leaks are a monster. They can cause erratic issues. I may be way off but I would think that if the vacuum is bouncing all over it would be pulling the distributor really strong and letting it go back to idle position and bounce back and forth between.
  8. They looked pretty great. With the destroyed crankshaft from the spun bearing I am going to use the crankshaft from the parts car engine. But I need to understand these cylinders and what I should get them to measure like so I don’t waste my time with rebuilding the engine and still have low compression and oil consumption.
  9. Thanks for responding. Prior to me having knowledge of clearances and measurements I had rebuilt the engine, well more just assembled it, with standard rings and pistons. I had low compression and oil consumption, blue smoke in the drivers side exhaust. A little history of the engine, it was removed in 1976 due to high oil consumption. When I got it, it was in the trunk and all of the parts were scattered so I cleaned it, bought a rebuild kit with standard rings and bearings. It ran pretty well for about 500 miles, with the exception of oil loss and overheating. I had low compression but the e
  10. I know this isn’t exactly in the scope of Mopar forums but the knowledge I learn with this will help me when i rebuild my ‘51 Dodge Meadowbrook. Using a dial bore gauge I got my measurements for the ‘52 Cadillac. I set it to be within factory standard specs and this is what I came up with. I can see out or round and I can see taper from the measurements. Is that all it was that caused my low compression and oil consumption? I’m assuming I need to bore these to .010 over now. Knowledge me up on this because this part is new to me. T - Top (about an inch down) M
  11. My ‘51 Dodge Meadowbrook has very dim rear turn signals when the tail lights are on. They are almost unrecognizable. Were these directionals dim from the factory or were they clear and recognizable like today’s turn signals? When the taillights are not on you can see the turn signal clearly but when the taillights are on the turn signal doesn’t make a bright enough light for the signal to be obvious. Unless you are really focusing on it it doesn’t even look like it is on. I know that some people are suggesting LEDs and I’m not sure which to go with since this is a positive ground system. Any s
  12. John, I know we are off my question already of the temp gauge being at hot but it’s my first time back on here. I understand that engines heat up as they sit. I have the same engine and same car and when my car shuts off it goes up only a slight bit. It does not go to the HOT point. The engine is not suppose to be at an overheat point when it shuts off. That would mean any time you shut the car off and turn it back on it is overheating and that’s not good for the engine. My needle is a little before the dot on the temperature gauge when it is at normal operating temperature of 180 degrees. Th
  13. John, why is the temp gauge pegged after shut off?
  14. Must be a Meadowbrook thing, John.
  15. John you use a 180 thermostat, do you use that year round? Do I remember you saying something about waterless coolant?
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