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"Lady in Destressss"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kimlaqua, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. kimlaqua
    Joined: Oct 3, 2012
    Posts: 3

    from Australia

    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":confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
  2. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,896

    black 62
    from arkansas

    to start a car you need spark, compression, and fuel----wet ignition ?
  3. The engine may be perfectly fine. You need to determine that first.
  4. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 31,480


    ^^^ Yep
    Trouble shoot before overhaul. pretty hard to toast an old 390 cad.
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  5. I would add some water to the radiator and look for leaks first,,trouble shoot all the previous suggestions also. HRP
  6. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 9,982

    from CT

    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.
  7. servi53
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 338


    may have just blown a head gasket, check the easy stuff first
  8. scharleyride
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 804


    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.
  9. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,703


    This guy is right.
    Put water in it,
    notice that water is coming out of the top hose.
    Replace the top hose,
    go riding
    Joined: Sep 10, 2012
    Posts: 25


    I agree check all your fluids first. Thats a pretty solid motor.
  11. Snarl
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,640


    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.
  12. What is your location ? Some one closer to you may be able to help you easier.

  13. " tryed to start her again, she turned over but nothing "
  14. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,703


    Probably water in the distributor cap. Use Water Displacement 40 (WD40) inside the cap. Spray liberally
  15. Onemansjunk
    Joined: Nov 30, 2008
    Posts: 120

    from Modesto,CA

    X2x2x2x2x here here
  16. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,214

    Rusty O'Toole

    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.
  17. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,612

    from Michigan

    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.
  18. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,376

    from nor cal

    Good idea^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ using a hair dryer to dry out the distributor cap.
  19. TheEngineer
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 239

    from New Mexico

    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?
  20. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 7,935

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    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.

  21. nohotrod
    Joined: Oct 31, 2011
    Posts: 4


    run a compression test first thing. You may have warped the valves.
  22. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,484


    Air fuel spark. Air fuel spark. All together now...

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