Last post by Technician! - August 15, 2022, 05:45:38 PM
Thank you all. Mine is a 4 door, with a fixed front seat. When I stick my hand down between the back rest and seat cushion, there is no opening between them. Anyone have experience in removing the seat back from the frame? Earlier models had a removable seat cushion, but mine is all one piece. I am, however, familiar with the geometry required for installation once I am able to pass the belt through to the floor.
I just can't seem to find a consistent answer for this so hoping someone can help!?!
1. Was the original negative battery cable a braided strap or a black cable? Where does it attach to from the terminal? The current cable I have is about a 3' braided strap bolted halfway on the frame rail and the end bolted to the starter. Any negative cable I see for sale seems to be a one foot long black cable...? Authenticity manual on p III-8 says "The battery cables were black", hmm.
2. Was the original positive cable cloth braided?
3. Anywhere you know that I can find correct battery cable replacements? Mine are pretty rough, taped, cloth falling off the positive, etc. as you can see.
Thank you so much anyone for your wisdom and knowledge!! PS - I just inherited this 1950 Caddy from my 93 yr. old uncle. He had owned it since 1962 and it needs some tlc, cleaning, etc. But I'm loving it!
Last post by fishnjim - August 15, 2022, 03:59:10 PM
I suspect since they aren't the same as your originals, that they are the wrong ones. I looked them up on Steele Rubber and there's don't show any end pieces. fyi: aka, beltline weatherstrip They "seal" the outer glass to the door w/ and W/o chrome trim models/
I have had 22 Cadillacs between 49 and 62, including several 1954 models. Here are my thoughts:
54 is an excellent year mechanically. The engine is smooth, not terribly prone to vapor lock (compared to some later years that produce more power), and very reliable (mechanically). The Achilles heel of the engine is the original ignition system and the fuel system. 95% of "engine" problems will actually be fuel or ignition.
The 54 4-speed Hydramatic transmission is extremely reliable. If it works well now, it will probably work well for many years to come. Many. Leaks are common, but can be fixed. Shifting from 1-2 and from 3-4 are fairly smooth when the transmission is properly adjusted. The shift from 2-3 is noticeably harsher than modern transmissions and does not indicate any problem with the transmission -- that is just how they work.
Wiring is 12v and the wires are covered with polymer (plastic), not cloth. Very reliable wiring and few 54s will ever need to have the wiring harness replaced. Electric motors in the windows work smoothly and reliably. Battery is a size 3E, which has a low cold cranking amp rating and they can be killed if the engine is hard to start. Battery is a pain in the neck to change due to its weight and location.
54 sedan has a quiet body with few rattles or noises.
Brakes are very good when redone to factory standards as described in the Shop Manual. Unfortunately, many mechanics redo the brakes without ever reading the Shop Manual, resulting in less than optimal braking performance.