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Old 10-04-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default "Lady in Destressss"

HI everyone, new 2 this site, but seeking advice, i have a 1960 cadillac coupe devile, she over heatered a few weeks back, like u c in the movies, steam everywhere under the hood. took her home and waited a day then tryed to start her again, she turned over but nothing, i think i stuffed the engine, still thinkin what to do?. might have to rebuild or exchange/swap,
this is where i need the advice, if i was to swap what is a good size engine
for my 1960 cadillac. "lady in destresssss"
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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to start a car you need spark, compression, and fuel----wet ignition ?
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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The engine may be perfectly fine. You need to determine that first.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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to start a car you need spark, compression, and fuel----wet ignition ?

^^^ Yep
Trouble shoot before overhaul. pretty hard to toast an old 390 cad.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #5
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I would add some water to the radiator and look for leaks first,,trouble shoot all the previous suggestions also. HRP
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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Get a compression test first.

I find it hard to think that a boil-over would ruin the rings.

Even if it needed rings, I would not swap a different type of motor in it, as it is too much work, and will cost a lot for all the mods to make it work.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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may have just blown a head gasket, check the easy stuff first
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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start off by checking the coolant level then check the oil, make sure it is oil and not a milky looking mess. then find some one who can help with the no start. just because it over heated does not mean you have killed the motor. Don't want to start guessing as what is wrong but could be simple and then it's back to riding. Good luck and keep us up on what you find.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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I would add some water to the radiator and look for leaks first,,trouble shoot all the previous suggestions also. HRP
This guy is right.
Put water in it,
notice that water is coming out of the top hose.
Replace the top hose,
go riding
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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I agree check all your fluids first. Thats a pretty solid motor.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #11
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After you have checked the oil to see if it has coolant in it, and you have topped off the coolant level and fixed any hoses, etc... then,

when you steam up the engine compartment, you often will get coolant residue all over the electrical connections and inside the distributor cap. It won't like that, so make sure you check over and clean everything and then check for spark. You should also do a compression test to make sure you didn't pop a head gasket.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #12
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What is your location ? Some one closer to you may be able to help you easier.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #13
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This guy is right.
Put water in it,
notice that water is coming out of the top hose.
Replace the top hose,
go riding

" tryed to start her again, she turned over but nothing "
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:42 PM   #14
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" tryed to start her again, she turned over but nothing "
Probably water in the distributor cap. Use Water Displacement 40 (WD40) inside the cap. Spray liberally
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:50 PM   #15
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Probably water in the distributor cap. Use Water Displacement 40 (WD40) inside the cap. Spray liberally
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:59 PM   #16
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60 Cadillac had a very durable motor, about 10 times better than the ones they make today.

Unlikely you did any permanent damage if you shut off the engine at the first sign of trouble. If you held your foot to the floor until it clanked to a halt, that is different.

Some very sound suggestions here. You may want to have a good mechanic look it over as well. 9 chances out of 10 he can have you back on the road, good as new, in a few hours.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:59 PM   #17
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Remove the distributor cap...leave the plug wires in place. Dab out the inside of the cap with toilet paper. Then use a hair dryer to finish drying. Replace the cap. It'll probably start. Happy happy. Shut off the engine. Now find the coolant leak and fix it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:12 PM   #18
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Good idea^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ using a hair dryer to dry out the distributor cap.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #19
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How does it crank? Maybe the battery got wet and shorted out. It might have enough juice to turn over slow but not fast enough to start? Did the air filter get wet?
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:54 PM   #20
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Default Re: "Lady in Destressss"

Rather than spending a whole lot of money swapping something else in there, spend a hundred or so and let a qualified mechanic diagnose it first. Sure will be a lot cheaper and easier. You might have something very simple wrong, which a good mechanic can find, and you are thinking the worst.

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