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Re: early 1950s vintage Cadillac engine swap

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  • Lance
    There is no reason the 331 should be considered undependable. Just so you know, installing a Chevy engine would destroy the value of the car should you ever
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 19, 2006
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      There is no reason the 331 should be considered undependable.
      Just so you know, installing a Chevy engine would destroy the value of
      the car should you ever want to sell it.

      As far as the hydramatic goes, if you drive any automatic with
      a "liftfoot upshift", they virtually last forever. Hydramatics dropped
      the rev's a lot between the 2 - 3 upshift, so it is best to lift your
      foot a bit when it is ready to shift.

      If your current 331 is giving you a problem, it would probably be best
      to rebuild it,or, if it is not burning much oil, you may need only a
      valve job. Do a compression test on it to see how much variance you
      have in the cylinders. Low compression caused by leaky valves can
      make them hard starting.

      hottrod

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      Cadillac_Performance_Association@yahoogroups.com, "dmitchell2067"
      <dmitchell2067@...> wrote:
      >
      > Help.........
      >
      > I have a 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood with the original 331 CI V8 and
      > Hydramatic that needs to be updated for reliable daily use. Any
      > suggestions on a later model Cadillac engine/tranny that will fit
      > easily, or any info available for small block Chevy/TH350 swaps into
      > the early fifties cars?
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Dave
      >
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