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#9 of 26 Re: Quietest Interiors? [oldbearcat]
Nov 22, 2011 (10:52 am)
Tighten down your tappets on that old 216. Intake = .006 Exhaust = .013.
#10 of 26 I might be biased...
Nov 22, 2011 (1:11 pm)
...but I can't complain about the quiet ride both my 1989 Cadillac Brougham and 2007 Cadillac DTS Performance deliver! Back in the day I had a 1975 Cadillac Sedan DeVille that was so quiet you could hardly hear the engine running. A co-worker asked, "Is it running?"
#11 of 26 Re: I might be biased... [lemko]
Nov 22, 2011 (1:37 pm)
When I was a kid, my dad knew a guy with a 78 or so Fleetwood (light yellow on light yellow) which amazed me with its plush silent ride. I only rode in it a couple times, but I remember it vividly. It was really memorable in those colors, too.
#12 of 26 Re: I might be biased... [fintail]
Nov 22, 2011 (6:30 pm)
You ever have one of those cars that was so quiet you forgot it was on and tried to start an already running car? Now THERE'S a sound you don't forget!
#13 of 26 Re: I might be biased... [fezo]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 22, 2011 (6:34 pm)
I test drove a Sienna back in '98 and tried to crank it. It was running.
#14 of 26 Re: I might be biased... [lemko]
Nov 22, 2011 (7:30 pm)
Up until about 50 mph, my '02 Explorer is quieter and smoother than any of the Lexus RX models I have been in. Speeds above that, it goes the other way.
MY '11 Explorer is really quiet, although you can hear the tires when driving on concrete or the engine if you put some upper revs in it.
#15 of 26 Re: I might be biased... [explorerx4]
Nov 22, 2011 (7:41 pm)
It's interesting that at the moment my Solara convertible is quieter than my wife's Camry. Basically same car same year. A little of that is that Solara is a 6cyl while the Camry is a 4. The biggest part is what explorer's post mentions - tires. Hers needs new ones which may enter into it.
Of course mine has half the miles on it as well...
#16 of 26 Re: Quietest Interiors? [euphonium]
Nov 23, 2011 (11:13 pm)
Yeah, that would probably help some. Biggest problem is the old babbitt pounder is turning a 4:11 rear end. About 55 - 60 MPH is all she's got, and, the 216 doesn't have pressurized rod bearings, she's got oil dippers on her rod caps.
#17 of 26 Re: Quietest Interiors? [oldbearcat]
Nov 24, 2011 (5:40 am)
I don't really understand the technical nuances that you describe regarding your 216, but it's my understanding that the '53 Stovebolt on Powerglide equipped Chevys, and all '54 Stovebolts eliminated the deficiencies you described. Those later engines were supposed to be excellent, would you agree? Also, it's my impression that at least until the Stovebolt eliminated the old babbit bearings, Plymouth's flathead six was the best engine among the "low-priced 3." How do you feel the Chevy, Ford and Plymouth engines of that era compared?
Do you have an opinion regarding Ford's OHV I-6, introduced in '52 model cars? I understand that engine could outperform the optional flathead V8. For '54 Ford replaced the flathead V8 with a new OHV V8.