I will be installing a new chain and gears because I'm in this deep and all the forums here strongly recommend doing so.  It appears the coating is intact and I don't have to worry about that debris in my pan clogging the oil pickup.  When I install the new chain and gears should I expect very little play?  What is reasonable compared to the play I show in the video of the original set?

Also, it appears my cover is good with very minor scoring.  Am I missing something?

Views: 88


Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

If your in that far just put the new parts in  and the chain stretch is no issue at that point as it will be correct 

I think you should consider removing the top gear with the  Teflon coating and replacing it with a new gear that is available ( just metal ) 

The Teflon will break off the old gear in the future so avoid having That happen 

There are marks on the crank and cam that must line up for them to be in the correct position for the gears and chain to be installed in the correct location 


Thanks for the feedback.  New parts it is.

There will be some play, but not as much as what you have now. Having some play is normal. and unless you are running a chain tensioner, there will be some play.

There is no chain tensioner in our cars.

Russ, Thank you for the feedback

Ben, Good that the Teflon coating is intact, that will save you some additional worry of looking for it clogging the oil pickup screen. It is also great that you have a nice front cover. (These are becoming quite rare!) While the cover is off it would be a good time to clean. I often take to our local machine shop and let them drop it in their cleaning vat, and bead blast.  If you clean like that remove the pump gear and pressure relief valve & spring assembly. When reassembly make sure the valve slides smoothly back and forth, especially if you have the cover bead blasted as you will usually have some media left in the channel. It is good to put some lube or oil of your choice back in the valve cylinder. Also check the flatness of the front and rear cover where they mate to engine and water pump. Also check they oil pump cavity cover for and wear. With the cover off, it is a good time to have it planned smooth. Use just one thin gasket going back and don't load up on gasket sealant... the gasket should be all you need.  Removing, cleaning and installing these covers is not rocket science, just make sure you take your time and don't over torque bolts. The five small 1/4" bolts that go directly into the front cover are known for breaking off, so go easy with them and observer the 5 ft/lb torque. When reassembly anything like this of course you want to remove any debris from the thread holes and chase them with a taps to make sure your torque is applied between the mating surfaces correctly. Just all common sense stuff, really. 

The fact that your Teflon cam gear is  original stock and still in good condition indicates to me you may have a low mileage engine or one that has been very well cared for 

Good news 




  • Add Photos
  • View All


Input appreciated on a transmission issue

Started by Tosh Dickenson in General Discussion. Last reply by Tosh Dickenson 20 minutes ago. 6 Replies

Finally a sunny day to drive the Caddy into work!Alas when I set off down the road, I realized she wasn't shifting from first to any higher range.  I just drove it on Saturday and it was shifting…Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 48 minutes ago. 5 Replies

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

Tags: ebay

Convertible Top Cylinder Removal

Started by Brian Wiseman in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Brian Wiseman 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Just wanted to check before removing my 1964 convertible top cylinders.  I have the instructions from the 1964 shop manual.  I have identified, in Red #s, the bolts in the procedure with the images. …Continue

Bucket seats

Started by Gregory Lewis Freeman in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Gregory Lewis Freeman 6 hours ago. 3 Replies

I'm looking fo a set of 63 64 eldo or devilleBuckets with console and door seat controllersGreg 2133059550.Continue

Blog Posts

Looking for 63 Convertible / Coupe rear side trim

Posted by Gene McIlroy on January 24, 2020 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Want to find a good straight dent free rear side trim for my 1963 Convertible.  I have both sides but they do not match.  Wanting to get them to match.  I am attaching a photo of the two trim sided that I have really wanting the squared off trim if I can get it.  Let's see what you have,…


Road Trip

Posted by Ray Schick on January 21, 2020 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

Got a little cabin fever this morning,decided to take a road trip to Hickory Corners Michigan, The Gilmore Museum. It’s about 2 1/2 hours from my home . Place is awesome,I was really impressed.



1964 429 Aluminum Front Cover For Sale!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on January 12, 2020 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

  • I wound up with an extra front cover for my '64 and offering it for sale.

Purchased from a knowledgable part supplier with thorough hands-on knowledge of 63-64 Cadillac engines, who checked the part before sending it to me. The oil pump driven gearSee S bore and the pressure relief piston bore are both .002 over and within the .005…


Looking for the Rochester Choke Tube ...

Posted by Mack on January 10, 2020 at 1:14am 3 Comments


Looking to buy the choke tube for my Rochester... anybody have one for Sale???


  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2020   Created by Jason Edge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service