First of all, apologies if these things are obvious but I got the car in pieces so I'm trying to put the puzzle back together and it's not always obvious to me!

First question; I have cleaned and inspected the AC unit that mounts on the firewall but I need to get a drain hose and figure out where it is routed inside the passenger side fender. Is there a special drain hose or should I just find something flexible with the correct inside diameter? Can someone tell me how this hose is routed inside the passenger fender? I couldn't find an obvious drain for it.

Second question; I am considering replacing the wires coming out of the middle of the firewall. Is there anything special about these wires and connectors (i.e. unique to Cadillac) or can I replace them with the same colour/gauge wire and new connectors? 

Many thanks in advance for your input and patience with my questions!


Views: 322

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

There is a short drain hose at the bottom of the evaporator.  It is a common Chevy part, so you should find it.  

The wires are common wires with the one exception of the coil resistor wire.  It is the length and gauge what is important to get the correct reduction in voltage. I have seen it before sold in a roll. Can't remember where though.

As Russ say the resistance wire is the special one. However if you plan to install a Pertronix Ignitor II or III you don't need the resistance wire and for Ignitor III the wire must be removed. Even if you plan on getting the car to factory specifications, consider at least using an electronic ignition. You can "hide" it so its not easily spotted. Its really worth it.

See Help for more information.

Direct links:

Pertronix Ignitor Ignition & Flamethrower I, II, and III Compar...

Pertronix Ignitor II and Flame Thrower II installation

Resistance wire removal or replacement

The website for Pertronix.

Also suggest that you split your questions. One question in one discussion is usually better. Sometimes one question can expand over 10 pages or more where people suggest and/or give advise. Two topics in the same thread makes it difficult to follow.

You can start as many discussions as you like. The more the merrier as it keeps the site interesting. The worst thing is when nobody is write anything for more than 24 hours. That's when our dear friend down south (not Florida, further away) wakes up and starts talking about invading the US....    ;-)

Your car looks very promising Chris. I would love to follow your rebuild in details and in pictures. Ask any and many questions. Jason & Russ are the gurus here, but some other guys pitch in as well.

Thank you Anders. Point taken!

I was going to do the small cap HEI conversion and some advanced curve work that's offered by a fellow named Dave:

Would you recommend this, or would it be better to go with the Petronix ignition system that you provided links to? I don't want to reinvent the wheel here.

I've built a couple of cars so far but I'm back to feeling like a newbie on this one!

Sorry can't help you on Daves system. If you trust him I don't see a problem.

Pertronix works and is used on a lot of our cars.

Based on your pictures so far, you are not a newbie. You will sort this easy.

Thanks Anders. The Petronix option would be a lot cheaper and if it's been done before, it sounds like a good way to go.

That MG looks like it would more fun and games than sex with a hooker

Yes, it's pretty absurd. You definitely need to have it pointed in the right direction before you stomp on the fun pedal.

you dont know my hookers!!!

I hope this photo lifts up ok. This is about 6 months after I sold it back in 94....

Nitrous 302 Windsor powered Datsun 1200.... OK, back to the main thread now.... :-)

Image result for v8 datsun 1200 burnout

Well, that's just plain awesome!


Source for the drain tube:

Old Air Products

1201 Forum Way

Fort Worth, TX 78140

Phone 817-531-2605

Part Number 21-5002 Drain Tube  $6.50

They have a web site also.

Hope this helps



  • Add Photos
  • View All


Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Lou Ramirez 11 hours ago. 9 Replies

To see all 1963/64 Cadillacs Listed on eBay in the USA…Continue

Tags: ebay

1963 Chateau deVille?

Started by thejollychimp in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Richard Otto 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Have any of you seen or heard of a "Chateau deVille" model? I searched the internet and only found two references to it (below). Sounds like it might have been a dealer installed package? I actually…Continue

Custom '64 Eldorado on Bitchin' Rides Last Night

Started by Ian Osborne in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion yesterday. 0 Replies

If anyone here is familiar with the show "Bitchin' Rides" they started work on a '64 Eldo on the episode that aired last night (12/5). I really like the show and they build some amazing custom…Continue

Blog Posts

still need a driveshaft

Posted by wayne weaver on November 26, 2019 at 11:53am 0 Comments

well thank you UPS for losing the driveshaft that Russ Austin shipped me. 

however i still need a rear driveshaft section for my 63. mine has a vibration due to the bushing inside of it. its a shame because the ball and sockets in the cardian joints are perfect but it has a woble on the balancing machine. so .  still need the rear section. anyone have a good one ? is there driveshaft alternatives to use ? i am really considering an LS swap and since im fighting the driveshaft search…


63 guidematic issues

Posted by maurice lapoiinte on November 24, 2019 at 3:10pm 0 Comments

 So my 63 guide matic headlamps stay on low beam all the time. I have so far bypassed the system and everything works normal. I have been thru the trouble shooting in the manual but this is where the confusion begins.on my car when the power relay is powered I have low beam and when its not powered I have highbeam, this appears to be opposite what the diagnosis says should be correct.The wiring is all original and no wires have been mixed up.has anyone ever unplugged the 2 wire connector…


Another advantage of the Pertronix III

Posted by Doug Scarrow on November 23, 2019 at 11:12am 1 Comment

   Having tried both the II and III I can say the multispark feature of the III offers a smoother idle . It is also easier to install .Does not require removal of the distributor

Stuck at two red (dash) lights!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on November 3, 2019 at 10:00pm 9 Comments

I hope someone can help solve these two electrical problems that appeared one after the other.

By way of background: The car, a '64 Eldorado has very limited use. It was at a restoration shop for 15 months until last January-  that supposedly did a bunch of wiring repairs including rebuilding the gas gauge that still hasn't worked properly, and the clock that hasn't worked, and re-soldering the broken wires in the drive door. All window and seat controls appear to be…



  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2019   Created by Jason Edge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service