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#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.