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 18 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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Bob Willis commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Question how did you run air lines I put straight on front and 90* on rear did you drill on side or bag mount or out top . Just don’t see how 90* works . Also  I got ride height sensor’s like you . Where did you mount and how to…"
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"Got the eldorado V keys as well. Nice. Aren't those rare?"
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Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Hi Bob, I’m not running a front sway bar.  I haven’t really noticed that I need it, so I haven’t really thought about how to attach one.  The cbfab control arms don’t have mounting provisions to attach the sway bar…"
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Bob Willis commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"What about the front sway bar I’m going to this same kit thanks to you "
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Is this possible or total BS?

Started by Kim K Kaiser in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 11 minutes ago. 5 Replies

After changing tie rods, i tokk car into wheel n allignment shop. He said no problem.  He calls back about 45 minutes later and said they couldnt get between the tire and cowl, the guys head was too…Continue

Vacuum / Parking Brake / NSS Question

Started by Karl Schwarz in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Karl Schwarz 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

I bought a 1963 Series 62 Convertible in July.It makes a hissing sound when in neutral, and sometimes when in drive (when the shift is more to the left that the right. I assume this related to a NSS…Continue

Tail pipe black stuff!

Started by Lambert Ross in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Lambert Ross yesterday. 10 Replies

any ideas how to clear the ugly black stuff shooting out from my tailpipe? After a long layover, it really messes up the garage floor. I assume its carbon but am not sure how best to react to it.…Continue

Had the 64 convert out for a spin

Started by Tony and Ginny 429 in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion yesterday. 0 Replies

A two hour ride to my favorite restaurant on the water in Crystal River on the west coast  of central Florida —top down 77 degrees and 47 % humidity one outstanding day as will be the rest of the…Continue

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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…

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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…

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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…

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