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Old 09-16-2012, 11:12 PM   #21
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Driving them is what it's all about. But expect to take some flak for your engine choice.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:36 PM   #22
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nice find
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:58 PM   #23
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4dr hardtop,sweet ride.good luck with your build
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:41 AM   #24
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:16 AM   #25
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My brother just finished having the 365 cad. rebuilt in his 56, machine shop, parts and labor, $5300.00 If you have the money for the caddy engine by all means build it , but if not there is nothing wrong with a small or big block chevy. Or really blow them away with a big Ford!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:24 AM   #26
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That Caddy is sweet. Put the chev in but don't get rid of the Cad engine. Hang on to it and buy parts for it a little at a time. Then one day drop it back in with an overdrive and the world will be a better place. Have fun with your new ride. Good choice.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:32 AM   #27
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That's a sweet car...stick with your plan so you can drive it, and keep the install as clean as possible so you hev the option of putting the cad driveline back one day...
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 AM   #28
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Great cars ( i have one too)! I think that replacing the engine/trans is a goog idea for fuel economy! But you do not need to do the discbrake conversion, even for a big boat the original brakes are really good ( maybe put in a dual mastercylinder!)

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #29
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[QUOTE=40StudeDude;8168723]Four door hardtops are semi-rare...and that one should weigh in at about 4600 plus

Need torque, a 383 or 400 would be up to the task .
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:29 AM   #30
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Of course it's better than a Shoebox. Don't give up on finding another Caddy motor for it. 472, 500, 425, or 368 would be good choices.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #31
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great choice. i have a 56 caddy 4 door hardtop with a 350 in it. If you have any questions PM me. It is not that bad but there are some things that i have learned along the way.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:39 AM   #32
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Cool car. I have a 472 or a 500 Caddy motor with its trans that I am going to sell. It was running when it was pulled out but I don't know the overall condition of it. Message me if you would be interested, I will cut you a deal on it because I don't need it around.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:48 AM   #33
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I can tell you first hand that a SBC is not the drop in you hope it is.

The caddy engine sits way down in the frame and tucked up tight against the firewall. The upper control arms and their mounts intrude much further than on modern cars.

The caddy has all of it's front accessories mounted up high to allow it to sit low and clear the control arms. The exhaust manifolds are also designed to clear the control arms.

The trick is that if the engine is not low enough you WILL get nasty driveline vibration.

In my opintion a 472/500 actually fits better than an SBC.

If your three top goals are reasonable cost, reliability and good MPG I would put a 3800 V6 out of a 2000 ish Camaro/Firebird.

I decided to rebuild my 365 about 10 years ago for my current 57 Coupe DeVille. I am never afraid to open the hood.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:46 PM   #34
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If your three top goals are reasonable cost, reliability and good MPG I would put a 3800 V6 out of a 2000 ish Camaro/Firebird.

Yikes! I don't think mileage would be that great since it would be working awful hard to pull that weight around. Not to mention barely having enough torque to get out of its own way.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #35
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Wise idea to go with a SBC. If you were to ever break down running the old caddy engine.... good luck finding what ya need in the nearest Auto-zone/O'Reilly
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #36
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Cool car, keep all the caddy motor stuff though. Maybe over time you can re-build it and install it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:42 PM   #37
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Everybody puts a SBC in their car (I myself was gonna) and theres a reason for that. Like some people have already said, keep the basket case Caddy motor and piece it together as time goes on.

It looks wicked by the way, I'd keep it original paint myself as well. Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #38
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cool Caddy i bet that paint will look real nice after you work on it and polish it up, keep the post coming
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #39
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Nice car!... The sbc will be fine. I would put quiet mufflers on it and just never open the hood in front of any Cadillac people.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:36 PM   #40
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Where in Michigan, I may have to take that old Caddy mill of your hands....
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