Michael Forte
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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Series 62 Convertible, Aspen White
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Jun 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm wrapping up my interior restoration (slight custom) and the last part I need for the doors are the vent window handles.  The ones I have are pitted so I need new ones and I'd like…Continue

Glove box script mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All,Does anyone know where to get the barrel nuts (or whatever the original method is) to mount the glove box script?  I assume that's what holds it in place.  My car had a stick-on script when I…Continue

63 Convertible Top Switch and Escutcheon Needed

Started Mar 5, 2017 0 Replies

Looking for one with no pits on the escutcheon.Continue

63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 7, 2018. 2 Replies

Wanted: interior rub guard for a convertible.  Attaches to the rear-most edge of the quarter trim panel.  It's a small stainless piece with one screw attaching it.  See photo.  Need the right (pass)…Continue

 

Michael Forte's Page

Welcome to my page!  I got my first Cadillac in 2015 - an Aspen White '63 Series 62 Convertible.  I'm here to learn from others and share what I've learned with my car, hoping to maintain the interest in these great American classics.

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Seat belt restoration

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am 4 Comments

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 15 Comments

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 8 Comments

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 55 Comments

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Congrats!   Glad you were able to solve it!  Enjoy it!"
Aug 14, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I have mine on the outlet tube as close to the evaporator case as possible, basically next to to other capillary tube.  It’s under the sticky tape stuff you see in the picture below. "
Aug 1, 2018
Michael Forte liked Joe DiIaconi's discussion Just got my triple chrome 64 Cadiilac Couple Deville rear bumper center section
Jul 26, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Dana, just to understand this...you said below that the evaporator outlet is frosting but the evaporator body wasn't cold.  Both the inlet and outlet should be very cold and if so, I can't imagine why the body would not be unless it…"
Jul 25, 2018
Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana You are responding to a thread from 2017 Just a heads up Good info is always welcome here Enjoy"
Jul 25, 2018
Dana G Cooper commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Mike, if you are on here right now, how did you attach the expansion valve capillary and cycle switch capallary to the evap outlet and at what position. thanks"
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I installed the Old Air STV kit when I converted to 134a and it functions perfectly in the hottest weather.   It eliminates the function of the STV and instead uses the temperature controlled relay to regulate the refrigerant flow by cycling…"
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"There's a nice diagnostic chart in the shop manual, and the temperature/pressure chart is in there as well.   You should also check to see that the water control valve is off and not sending hot water to your heater core.  That would…"
Jul 24, 2018
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Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion Rear axle leak. Got into it today with pictures for comment
"Mack, just wanted to say thanks for providing the detailed info on the parts.  Much appreciated!"
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Chrome on door panels.

Started by paul k in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Kevin Campbell 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

I want to restore chrome pieces that are attached  to interior door panels.The problem I have is to remove red light lenses .I think it is impossible because the are riveted if I will send to…Continue

clock problem

Started by paul k in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 7 hours ago. 9 Replies

I would like to ask how to disconnect front clock knob ?Thank youPaulContinue

1963 caddy 2 door hardtop for sale

Started by paul in For Sale. Last reply by paul 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

Just car body and frame. No engine or trans, have front and back seats

Dark cadillac blue engine code anybody

Started by Haris dizdarevic in General Discussion. Last reply by Christopher Codd 15 hours ago. 5 Replies

After a long thought of what color I should paint my cadillac I've finally decided I'd like to paint it the same color as the bill hirsch cadillac dark blue like the engine paint I'm wondering what…Continue

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64 Recirc/Fresh Air Door Actuator replaced; FROM THE INSIDE.

Posted by Norman Silverman on February 4, 2019 at 11:21pm 8 Comments

I am happy to report that I have successfully replaced the Fresh Air/Recirc door actuator that is located on the blower box-and have done so without having to remove the blower box. I did it by taking out the glove box and attacking it from the back.  It took several days, LOTS of patience and some band-aids, but it is done. THE most difficult part -BY FAR- is to remove and then replace the screw that sits on the actuator arm, connecting it to the fresh…

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Flashers

Posted by Mike Petrey on January 13, 2019 at 12:25pm 7 Comments

Where do the flashers go in my 64 Deville Convert.  I'm thinking that's why both turn signals stopped working.

Source for Motor mounts and Trans mounts 1964 SDV

Posted by Norman Silverman on January 9, 2019 at 4:23pm 4 Comments

Hi.

Where is the best place to purchase good quality motor mounts/trans mounts for my 1964 SDV? I see that Rock Auto has them for $8 and change, and others for $24 and change. Big difference. Is there a better place to buy them from?

Thanks

Norm

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