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63 Headlight Knob Removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 11. 1 Reply

Is there a trick to remove the knob on the headlight switch?  So far, it has proven to be stuck and I don’t want to destroy the switch.  I have been pulling straight out.  Advice is appreciatedContinue

Tags: knob, switch, Headlight

New timing chain and gears...how much slack?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anders Jan 31. 11 Replies

How much play is there in a new set of 390 chain and gears?  See the attached video.  I know there is no tensioner but I'm concerned this may be too much play.  I'm most grateful for any feedback.Continue

How much play in 63 timing chain?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 23. 6 Replies

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…Continue

Harmonic balancer holes are too shallow for the 3 bolts of puller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 17. 3 Replies

Trying to pull 1963 390 harmonic balancer.  The holes needed for the 3 bolts on the puller can only thread in 1/4” which is not enough to run an impact wrench on it.  I ran a tap to clean the threads…Continue

 

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Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 1963 Series 62 Conv sitting for 27 years...covering all the bases??
"Seems like you are very committed.  Glad to hear you are saving her. The original paint is thin on mine and I have to be careful.  The bottom edge of the body panels on both sides has minor surface rust but still needs to be addressed so…"
Apr 6
FlaHP replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 1963 Series 62 Conv sitting for 27 years...covering all the bases??
"I bought a barn find a little over a year ago. It had sat for 10 years  it’s not near as nice as yours  I can’t believe how wet everything has been from leaks. I have rust through in the rockers, drip rails in the trunk, a…"
Apr 6
Russ Austin replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 63 Headlight Knob Removal
"There is a button on the bottom of the switch. Pull the knob out and then push the button in. Then pull the knob all the way out.  It could very well be stuck, so keep trying."
Mar 11
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63 Headlight Knob Removal

Is there a trick to remove the knob on the headlight switch?  So far, it has proven to be stuck and I don’t want to destroy the switch.  I have been pulling straight out.  Advice is appreciatedSee More
Mar 11
Russ Austin and Ben Roberts are now friends
Feb 17
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Thanks for the feedback.  It turns out it was just a few hundred dollars more for a disc break conversion.  I'm keeping all the original parts with the car for any future owner wanting all original."
Feb 11
Dave Schneider replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Karps Brakes in Upland, Ca did both of my cars. 909 985-0800"
Feb 11
Anders replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Your engine is always turning in one direction. As long as the camshaft and the crankshaft are correctly aligned then it wouldn't matter if there is a small slack on the "off side". If you have fitted the new sprockets and chain as…"
Jan 31
Mark S Anderson replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"There is no 'finger slack test; specification for a timing chain.  Yours looks normal, but you can't tell that way, so this is all speculation.If you want to be sure about timing chain slack, put the timing cover, harmonic balancer,…"
Jan 30
Jason Edge replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"I remember some slackness when I rebuilt mine with new parts way back but cannot remember just how much. I think you are good to go. You definitely do not want it tight as it would have constant tension and wear between the teeth and chain."
Jan 30
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks Ben, I guess its kinda of an optical illusion  the way that chain looks to me . My engine had 75,000 miles on it & owned by a little old lady . The  camshaft sprocket  coating ( plastic?) had only 1 crack in it  but…"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Engine is well documented at 83,000 original miles from the one owner.  Everything has been super clean which reveals it was well maintained while on the road.  The original gears were on it and they actually looked great with no cracking…"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks for reviewing.  Also, I did not see an oil slinger on this at disassembly.  Can you confirm that this model did not have an oil slinger?"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thank you for the feedback Russ"
Jan 30
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"These parts are made to specific tolerances —so if all parts are brand new the way they seat will be correct  The roller chain to gear fit looks right to me as does the slack in the chain  Do put it back together and enjoy the…"
Jan 30
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"  Doesn't look right to me ; why is the chain not sitting down all the way  across the top of the cam sprocket? If it did , this would give even more slack in the chain .. Gotta give it thumbs down. Heck , could your bearings be that…"
Jan 29

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Convertible Series 62
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1964 429 CARB SUGGESTION?

Started by Rob Bonello in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Rob Bonello 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Need to replace the carb on my 64 (429cu). Don't want to rebuild it and looking for suggestions on something quick and easy/bolt-on. What are you guys/gals using, besides stock rebuilds?…Continue

Tags: carburator, 429, carb, deville, coupe

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 13 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

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Mpg

Started by Joe DiIaconi in General Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 on Monday. 8 Replies

Hello all. I live in South Florida, yesterday I drove down to islandmorada in the Florida Keys and it took me a half a tank of gas to get there. It took me a quarter of a tank to get back.Any ideas…Continue

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63 Caddy Horn

Posted by Robert Alan Shannon on May 27, 2020 at 9:25am 10 Comments

 Just noticed a 1963  Caddy trumpet horn on Ebay. No part # given but some of his other items are 1963 specific, just throwin this out there, I have no connection to this listing .

Wiring connection help.

Posted by Jimmy Davis on May 24, 2020 at 9:15pm 2 Comments

Can someone help me figure where these connections go? I have a 64 60 special if it matters.…



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Wood grain finally done.

Posted by Jimmy Davis on May 20, 2020 at 4:57pm 3 Comments

After years of wanting to, I finally redid my wood dash paneling on my 64 60s. Not too hard to do either.…

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390 engine replacement needed

Posted by Jason on May 18, 2020 at 7:54pm 1 Comment

I’m looking for a 1963 Cadillac 390 engine that runs. 

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