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Technical **'61 Cadillac 390 Engine Build for my '34 Ford Coupe**

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Sutton Speed, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Sutton Speed
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    Just wanted to share a few photos of the '61 Cadillac 390 I've been working on. The motor will eventually end up in my '34 Ford 5-window coupe I'm hoping to get started on shortly. L&R Engines in Santa Fe Springs, CA did all of the machine work and balancing. Isky cam, lifters and pushrods, custom JE Pistons using the stock crank and rods. ARP rod and main bolts, Sanderson headers and (3) Stromberg BIG 97's up top making 750 CFM... Pretty excited to get this thing together!

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  2. Jalopy Joker
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    Wow - what trans going behind it?
     
  3. lumpy 63
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    Totally jealous.....
     
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  5. Sutton Speed
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    Tremec TKO 5 speed and a Winters steel bell banjo.
     
  6. 3banjos
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    I was thinking, if it performs as good as it looks lookout. Then scrolled down and saw the coupe.
    Awesome. Nice stance.
     
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  7. DOCTOR SATAN
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    Very nice five window and cad mill......
     
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  8. BadgeZ28
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    Nice. It will be a freeway flyer with that power plant.
     
  9. brady1929
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  10. duncan
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    That is a beautiful, engine and car
     
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  11. s55mercury66
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    Nice! I love chromed stock valve covers.
     
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  12. ls1yj
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    Sutton Speed,
    Great looking engine, and coupe, also!
    On the Isky 270 cam spec page, it lists the lift ratio, using the 1.5 ratio, from the earlier engines... did it turn out alright using the 1.62 ratio from the '61 mill?
     
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  13. Sutton Speed
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    My favorite part as well!

    No issue.
     
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  15. Atwater Mike
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    What brand adapter for the transmission, please? Years ago (1965) I had a '61 Cad and needed to adapt a '37 LaSalle box to it. Adapters for 390 Cads were not readily available...Flywheels worse.

    Great combo there, perfect '34 and excellent Cad mill, also love the chrome valve covers...
    No doubt about what it is!
     
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  16. Sutton Speed
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    http://www.wilcap.com/cad.html
     
  17. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Big timer stuff here. Outstanding.
     
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  18. Moriarity
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    wonderful.... I think the Offy 3x2 intake for a caddy is probably one of the most beautiful manifolds ever made.....
     
  19. flamedabone
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    That little engine looks fantastic!!!

    Nice work on everything so far.

    -Abone.
     
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  20. Dangerousdan
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  21. ibflyin
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    (Drool, drool...) Absolutely beautiful and all kinds of awesome - motor AND coupe!!! Subscribed-keep posting progress info and pics, please!
     
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  22. Awesome build and you nailed it with the intake, valve covers etc....what compression did you end up with the flat tops ?
     
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  23. loudbang
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    Great looking engine and should make a great addition to the coupe. :)
     
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  24. 31hotrodguy
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    Beautiful engine! Definitely inspiring! I can’t wait to see it in the ‘34!


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  25. c322348
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    L&R is great to work with! Can't wait to hear how your engine runs.
     
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  26. 421-6Speed
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    Sweet...
     
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  27. Rustygt
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    Yes Yes and Yes !!!! sano mill and the heap aint bad neither
     
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  29. ROBERT JAM
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    Nice - really nice
     
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  30. theHIGHLANDER
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    That's gonna knot up your pucker string immediately! Torque begins at idle and doesn't know when to quit, and that's when they're stock...(!)
     
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