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Old 05-03-2020, 10:12 PM
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Has anybody on the site had any experience in putting SBC engine in a early 50ís Cadillac?
As well as a newer trans.
I know they arenít just a drop in. I believe there are steering clearance issues.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:27 AM
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I do know in the Chevs you are supposed to move the steering box over an inch or two. That didn't happen on mine though, original steering column and gear box..... exhaust manifold has almost no clearance from the pitman arm but it works.

There is a 49 Cad sedanette that shows up at local show that has a SBC but it had the new column and u joint to steering box

EDIT: correction, I was curious and took another look, there are larger nuts used as spacers to bring the steering box out an inch.

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Old 05-04-2020, 09:10 AM
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I do know in the Chevs you are supposed to move the steering box over an inch or two. That didn't happen on mine though, original steering column and gear box..... exhaust manifold has almost no clearance from the pitman arm but it works.

There is a 49 Cad sedanette that shows up at local show that has a SBC but it had the new column and u joint to steering box

EDIT: correction, I was curious and took another look, there are larger nuts used as spacers to bring the steering box out an inch.
Thanks lazarat for the info.
Any chance of a picture or 2 of yours?
What year Caddy is it? Any drive train info would be great as well.
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:24 AM
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Sorry for confusion, I have a 53 Chevy. But!

The 50's Caddys had V8 engines..331, 5.4L

Therefore The issue might be more where the exhaust and motor mounts line up than location of steering.

As you can see in my pics the motor mounts, and how close the steering arm is to my futsy stock exhaust manifold, I didn't put this car together this is how I got it. Like I said above post, there are large nuts for spacers and longer bolts to move steering about an inch


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Old 05-04-2020, 11:31 AM
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Lol. Iím mostly always some what confused. 😳
Thanks for the pics anyways. Itís tight in there
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Old 05-04-2020, 02:45 PM
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Hey Torchie I found this on YouTube, the guy goes on about his lift but does put an SBC and 700r4 in a 56 caddy.
https://youtu.be/2wD5mraw7W4
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Thanks Dozer
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