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#76 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [parm]
Feb 09, 2011 (5:33 pm)
I think my biggest concern would be how that car sounds, with that 454. Cadillac V-8's always had a nice, muscular, understated sound to them that I always found appealing. Even the choked-down 500's of the 70's still had a nice sound to them.
I'm impressed with what a good job they did restoring that Caddy to still make it look fairly original. But, if the second you turn the key it sounds like a Chevelle SS, then it's lost me.
#77 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [parm]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 09, 2011 (6:04 pm)
Here again, it depends on which car you 'mod'. Some of them could actually be worth more modded than original. I think the Cadillac would be neck and neck either way.
Sometimes, keeping certain old cars stock is the last thing you want to do with them. Some of them really suck to drive.
The '55 Caddy is a nice-driving car "as is", certainly, but has both handling and safety limitations. I'd certainly leave a nice one alone but if it was shabby, i'd definitely make it a pro-tourer if I'm going to put that much time and money into a car. I want to drive it with full confidence.
#78 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [andre1969]
Feb 10, 2011 (6:46 am)
How does a DeSoto V-8 sound? I'm trying to recall what the 500 sounded like as I had a 1975 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. From what I remember, it was extremely quiet at idle. A coworker asked me if the car was even running it was so silent.
#79 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [lemko]
Feb 10, 2011 (7:05 am)
Sad thing is, I'm trying to remember how my '57 DeSoto sounds! The last time I started it was in 2006, and the exhaust system had been shot for awhile, so it sounded a lot more loud and powerful than it really was! And that reminds me, I haven't heard from the mechanic who has the car, in awhile. I'd better stop over there...for all I know, he might've sold the thing out from under me!
As for those Cadillacs, they had a sound to them that, if this make sense, was deep and powerful, but quiet at the same time.
#80 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [andre1969]
Feb 10, 2011 (12:53 pm)
While I would expect a 454 to have a somewhat different tone, the sound coming from the tailpipe is determined by the type and quality of the exhaust system - primarily the muffler(s), right? Please correct me if I'm wrong (my kids do all the time! ). I would think you can make a fire-breathing torque monster motor purr like a baby kitten if you go with a top-quality muffler. Obviously, you'd be depriving yourself of some of the power said engine could make, but that's not the subject.
#81 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [parm]
Feb 10, 2011 (12:56 pm)
Two other things that'll make a difference will be tube headers (obviously) and the type of air cleaner housing. Caddy's would have a pretty quiet intake roar, I'd guess, while a high-performance air cleaner setup on a 454 would let quite a lot more out. That one looked to have a Caddy-type air cleaner, didn't it?
#82 of 82 Re: Here's a '55 Coupe Deville [texases]
Feb 10, 2011 (1:28 pm)
Yes, the air cleaner is the stock design. It's just chromed which wasn't stock.
I'm guessing if I took this car (or any car for that matter) to my local Midas dealer and told them I wanted this car to be whisper quiet, they could do it.