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Rodney J. Williams
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The Cadillac Engine

November 23, 2019 · in Automotive · · 5 ≡

The engine was easy to build. I added spark plug's and their ignition wires, including a coil wire. I included an engine and transmission oil dip sticks.

The wooden pallet represents the kind of "skid" that they put engine's on for shipment to the assembly line. I had bought a package of wooden sticks long ago. Some were 6" long x 1" wide and " thick while others were 1/2" wide x 6" long x 1/32" thick. Sometime's these wooden items were called "lollypop" sticks. I had the " diameter flexible wire in stock, so I used it to tie down the transmission section of the engine. I made a section of wood to drop the engine into so it would not move left or right during any shifting movement. Everything worked out just fine and it never moved out of the cradle to any contest, nor back home. I used different colors of paint. That's it! RJW

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  1. These big Cadillac engines were ahead of the times when they came out... I'm fairly certain this one would have been a 390 cubic inch displacement. Years ago I was an automotive machinist, and I have rebuilt several of these real life 1 to 1 scale versions...

    I like yours... You did a fine job on it as you always do. The wooden pallet is a very nice touch.


  2. In my 1st car post, I added a photo of me with my 1951 Caddy. I recall it had a 125 horse power engine in it. Bought a 1958 4 door Caddy in 1959, but I don't recall how big the engine was.

    I'm getting ready to post another "PINK" car as I had some more pink paint left over from painting the Caddy and two airplanes. RJW

  3. Great detailing Rodney! Thanks for sharing, great cars indeed.

  4. Nice build! Reminds me of replacement V8's (Chevys) we used to get shipped to work back in the day. None were as pretty as this though.

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