So... I had this Rumbling sound....

Couldn't figure it out.  Thought it was my carrier bearing but it started sounding off when parked and idling. Invested $1.99 in a HF stethoscope and couldn't find NUTHIN.  Well, maybe its the Tranny.  Still didn't make sense (kinda like my gas gauge)

The other night I went for a ride with my wife and the rumble got REAL LOUD - REAL FAST.  Next was a bang and the sound of a 'part' clanging on the road - then steam and the smell of coolant.  Freak'n Great!

One of the blades on my 51 year old fan decided to detach and stab my aluminum radiator - a day ender for sure.  Got to ride in a roll back with 2 dudes I wouldn't normally hang out with.

Here's what it looked like

While I was pulling the Rad and fan I noticed that the 2 belt pulley had some wobble to it.  Could my water pump have caused this?  there is no leaking.  If I hand spin the fan flange it is kinda noisy / dry bearing sound and it has some play side-to-side play in it.  Could THAT be my rumble?

If I'm in this deep in it and I have to replace the water pump then I will ( like I need another problem on the OTHER end of the car - see posts about my haunted gas tank).  Don't need a new project this weekend

Just thought I'd share this with the collective - Happy 4th to all the 'Mericans here

Such a FUN hobby, huh?

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Comment by Anders on December 14, 2017 at 4:20am

Mike, I do not intend to change my brakes. I did a complete overhaul replacing all parts except the drums about a year ago and I think the brakes works great. If I put the foot down the wheels will lock right away and on a dry summer road that means the car will stop very fast. So don't really see the benefit of converting to disc brakes.

However, my cars are my hobbies. So I try to learn and see what is available and what to do or not. Might actually use this information to replace the rear drum brakes on my 30 year old Buick Estate Wagon. I will be using that car year round and could benefit from same type brakes in front and rear. It has disc in front from the factory.

I do know that this topic is frequently raised and a blog post with pictures and a good text will be fixated to the Help section as that will help others later on. Every time I do some repairs or maintenance I take pictures and sometimes I write a "blog" thingy trying to show what I did and if it worked. Basically trying to chip in to help build a library for future owners of our great cars. Other year Cadillacs has Authenticity Manuals but we have a living working system. A lot better than what most others have available.

If you press the name of a person you will be directed to his/hers page here. There you can find additional information.

To send a PM to someone you have to be friends first. The system is blocking random PM's from unknown persons/computers. So in order to send a PM you first have to become friends.

Comment by Ian Osborne on December 14, 2017 at 12:11am

I did the front disc conversion on my '63 a few years back using the '69 Caddy caliper brackets, rotors and calipers. In my mind it's the best way to go because you are using all GM parts but you will have to use 5/16 spacers  and longer lug studs if you want to use the stock wheels. 

I don't recall hearing of any conversion method that allowed you to use the stock wheels without spacers. I'm not crazy about using spacers but the tradeoff of front discs makes it worth it to me. The car actually starts to brake as soon  you put your foot on the pedal, not after a frustrating and sometimes nerve wracking delay

It seems to me that if you are using the GM rotors and calipers which work with the original spindles and '69 brackets there is no way of avoiding spacers because the position of the rotor and calipers is already determined and the caliper will interfere with the stock rim.

The only other way around this would be by using a different non interfering caliper and I don't recall ever hearing about such a solution.

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 13, 2017 at 9:27pm

The car—toon is of a 63 —due to the signal lights 


Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 13, 2017 at 8:39pm
Amazing story about the artist
His work is fine
It reminds me in a way of the very old school--- California Hot Rod artist that did all the very famous --RAT FINK --art back in the day

The way he presents the distorted car most of all
Great Cadillac stuff

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 13, 2017 at 8:23pm
I know there is a disc brake kit on this site that you can use with the stock rims as i read the thread in the past on here
It SB in the archives library on this site

Comment by Clay Jones on December 13, 2017 at 7:42pm

Guy that did the cartoon of the Caddy is  paralyzed, draws holding pens and markers in his mouth. I've had him do alll my stuff, he's will be a t shirt before summer! Illl check the scare bird kit out, like the alll GM parts approach. And I want stock wheels to fit.

Comment by Mike Foose on December 13, 2017 at 6:33pm

Anders, If memory serves me, I think you need to run 17" or bigger rims with those brakes.  It's been a while since I messed with it.  Send me a PM with your email and I'll share a link to a Google Drive Folder that has pics of the brakes and other stuff I did with the car - air bags, Plasti Dip, etc.  Are you planning to 'modernize' your car?

Like I said prior, I have since sold the car but will be happy to help you out - that's what this place is all about, right?

Where are you from?  I'm guessing not USA?

Comment by Anders on December 13, 2017 at 4:52pm

Mike, I had to look up the ScareBird kit. Looks smart. Would be great if you have some pictures of your install and maybe could post a separate thread on the conversion. I reckon Jason will fixate it in the Help section. This might actually be better than buying other kits as you can use standard parts. Biggest problem though are the rims.

ScareBird 1940-68 drum to disk conversion kits.

Comment by Anders on December 13, 2017 at 4:28pm

Tony, thanks but I found it out and presented the link to it. The new color scheme on this website do make it harder to see if a word is linked. If you press that link in red you see a good explanation. I do appreciate your input though.

To me weed or other types of dope will never be associated with something good. Even though I have invested 85k USD in a company that sells LED lights for weed production. Figured with all the changes in the States and even in Europe weed production and also food production will be the main thing from now on. So yeah in a way I am soon making money from weed...

Link to:  Heliospectra

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 13, 2017 at 2:55pm
An African american getto --slang - for something good ( like weed etc )


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