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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for the info, my next question would be, is the powertrain reliable, any history of over all reliability? I would really like to keep this car in original condition, but I am wondering, shall I be concerned about the A/C if I do the right thing, new compressors and the restore the whole system to original the right way? I love this car, I tried to sell it on ebay since I am moving out of the country (the job) but I decided to take it with me, I think its such a great car.
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Nice looking Cadillac. These cars were reasonably reliable- but you have to remember, despite how nice it looks on the outside, underneath the car is still 50 y/o. And if I understood your post, you've really not put any miles on it.

Unless you can drive it to have some idea of the overall condition and to work the inevitable bugs out of it, I'd have to recommend you take some nice photos to take with you and store it until you get back. If that's not possible, sell it. I wouldn't take it overseas, though- not w/o a thorough going over and many miles of driving, unless the cost of future repairs and maintenance/upkeep isn't an issue. The engine and AC is one thing, but things like the Hydromatic trans can be a very difficult fix- it's not that easy to get them worked on here let alone in another country.

As for the AC, I'd do some research to see what's available where you are going as far as refrigerant goes. If they have access to R-12, fine. If they're like here, go w/the R-134a. Taking pressurized containers of refrigerant with you may be a problem, airlines are funny that way.

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No reliability problems that i know of. Iused to work at a shop in the 60's and the Caddys were bulletproof...lots of 390's are in traditional hot rods and do very well.
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there is quite a bit of info on the WIKI here on HR , I have a 472 caddy running my sawmill.
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I have a 61 Series 62, it has the 390 in it. There are some intake upgrades but they are difficult to find and not cheap. I upgraded mine to an alternator and Pertronics ignition. It runs like a dream ,and has lots of power. I switched to dual exhaust and had to reroute my gas line due to vapor lock. I have had it completely apart so if you have any questions I can probally help. There are a few sites that deal with our cars, I want to upgrade the brakes next.
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Check out www.modifiedcadillac.org. Lots of helpful people over there and an enormous knowledge base.
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Good info

I will certainly try to contact you when I get back to California, excellent modifications ideas, next i will install all new A/C's compressors including all lines from a to z, just love my car and can't wait to show it.

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I have a 61 Series 62, it has the 390 in it. There are some intake upgrades but they are difficult to find and not cheap. I upgraded mine to an alternator and Pertronics ignition. It runs like a dream ,and has lots of power. I switched to dual exhaust and had to reroute my gas line due to vapor lock. I have had it completely apart so if you have any questions I can probally help. There are a few sites that deal with our cars, I want to upgrade the brakes next.
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I had one like that, original owner H. Hughes, original color was silver-blue.
Is this the same car?

The 390 with the Hydro does just fine. A limo of that vintage will smoke 'em.

I swapped a '59 limo to 400/700R4, and I'm not sure it was worth it. (I still have the 60k 390!)
I can tell you the 472/500s won't go without a lot of surgery. Forget that option, the oil pump is smack in the middle of the crossmember.

There was a factory-optional dual quad, but you probably won't net any advantage in such a heavy car. I would go with a modern cam grind though.
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way more cool than a SBC
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Car history

I tried to get the car history but I ran into so many boogies, something special about this car but I am not sure what is it, maybe if I find a similar one to check will help. would you happen to know where can I get the complete history of this car?

I've been talking to so many about the power train, they all seem to think that the 390 is just fine and strong enough, I much rather keep it original if possible.

Odd, I saw a 1960 that needs total restoration and I was thinking of buying it, I don't know why, it was a nightmare to finish this one but these cars are so awesome, not many restored around and plenty need restoration.

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I had one like that, original owner H. Hughes, original color was silver-blue.
Is this the same car?

The 390 with the Hydro does just fine. A limo of that vintage will smoke 'em.

I swapped a '59 limo to 400/700R4, and I'm not sure it was worth it. (I still have the 60k 390!)
I can tell you the 472/500s won't go without a lot of surgery. Forget that option, the oil pump is smack in the middle of the crossmember.

There was a factory-optional dual quad, but you probably won't net any advantage in such a heavy car. I would go with a modern cam grind though.
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I am happy to see some one doing a rod and NOT using a SBC. The Caddy motors are tough as nails.
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call those caddy parts guys and see if the eldorado oil pan will let a 472 fit in there.

i have been trying to sell my 472 for months for $500 and now $450 and cant give it away. they are all over, and just going to waste. would be a million times better than what you got now, unless your motor is in good shape, which is the only reason i would keep it.

after re reading your op, just keep it stock, w minor upgrades
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I'd LOVE to get your 472 but shipping to Memphis would be horrible

For your 390, Just pocket port the heads, match the runners and back cut the exhaust valves and shave some off the deck to raise comp a bit.
I've got Comp and Bullet cams here that can regrind a cam, but you should be able to find a place by you to spice it up a little..

I missed a couple caddy's here in the past 2 years or so and should've gotten them.

Oh, and if the tail shaft of the trans is the same as the 70's th400, then a Gear Vendors overdrive would help TOO!

Great car! E
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The 390 needs no help in the compression ratio department- it's already in the area of 10.5:1.
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Front Windshield

Hi everyone,

Any one can refer me to someone has new front windshield for a 1962 Cadillac? my windshield cracked for some odd reasons, I don't know what happened, I think the sun did it, I han no choice but park it in the drive way covered, the heat wave we've had in California might have done it.

anyhow, will appreciate a refferal.

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unless your trying to keep it original or something, you should try and get a late 60's/ early 70's, 472 or 500. Alot more power (dep. on year), and it should be a straight swap.
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