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Old 04-30-2008, 12:14 PM   #11
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I thought I read that the reman enginess fixed all these problems. Is that correct?

Couldn't I also use the 4100 and swap out 4.5L parts to convert it to be a better engine? The 4.5 is just bored out more I believe.

No no no... The 4500 was an improvement over the 4100 as GM had way way too many issues with the 4100...

For a long time thats all we did was scout 4.5 replacements for the 4100... At the very least I'd use a 4500

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I wouldn't even touch a Caddy with the 4100 or 4.5... unless you plan on doing copious amounts of repairs to it that simply aren't worth it.

If you absolutely have to have a V8 Caddy... go with a 4.9, probably the most reliable out of the 4.xL series of those engines. I believe they have around 200hp.
The 4.5 is not that bad of a motor...

The 4.9 was a good motor... But neither the 4.5 or 4.9 could stand up to any overheating

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Old 04-30-2008, 02:19 PM   #13
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I wouldn't even touch a Caddy with the 4100 or 4.5... unless you plan on doing copious amounts of repairs to it that simply aren't worth it.

If you absolutely have to have a V8 Caddy... go with a 4.9, probably the most reliable out of the 4.xL series of those engines. I believe they have around 200hp.
The 4.5 is not that bad of a motor...

The 4.9 was a good motor... But neither the 4.5 or 4.9 could stand up to any overheating

Most engines today cant stand up to overheating like the old ones could.
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Ain't it the truth?

My Dad had a '78 Cordoba with the 360 4bbl, and he told me he ran that engine dry a few times, and it got SO hot that it actually seized up. He said he would simply wait a few minutes, add water, fire it back up, and move on until it happened again.

That was in '88, he sold the car in '92, and it STILL runs to this day, his friend in Cleveland owns it now. :o
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Ain't it the truth?

My Dad had a '78 Cordoba with the 360 4bbl, and he told me he ran that engine dry a few times, and it got SO hot that it actually seized up. He said he would simply wait a few minutes, add water, fire it back up, and move on until it happened again.

That was in '88, he sold the car in '92, and it STILL runs to this day, his friend in Cleveland owns it now. :o
Yep I had a 78 lebaron with the 318 engine and the oil pump blew while I was in Manhattan. I drove in 25 miles to long island and it was knocking like crazy!! next day had the pump replaced and started right up and ran like a champ.

I think the 318 was an un-killable engine not like todays engines.
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I think the 318 was an un-killable engine not like todays engines.
i have one of the last runs of the mopar small block in my jeep [1996 5.2 zj]. i drive thr truck hard, tow things i should not tow, so on so forth. runs and drives great with 142k on the clock and it is quite as can be.

i know several 318'* in fuel injected trim with 250k plus miles on them. my grandfather used to have dodge diplomats with the tbi 318'* back in the day running as cabs for a business he owned. some of those had close to 400k miles on them
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I just talked to the tech at the shop where the car is at and he said it needs a new distributor which is 300 bucks. I can probably pick up the car for 300 bucks.

So does it really matter what we say? You seem sold already
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Did I miss something here? a running caddy for $300 and you all are saying no?
Heck you'll make money more money than that selling the cat and scraping the rest...
I say go for it knowing that its not the best engine, drive it till its not worth fixing.
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If the 4.5 or the 4.9 was never ran monster hot it will be a good engine for a long time to come... For $300 I'd buy it

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