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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

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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. 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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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…"
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"Mack, just wanted to say thanks for providing the detailed info on the parts.  Much appreciated!"
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Started by Kim K Kaiser in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Kim K Kaiser 2 hours ago. 54 Replies

Ok,  short refresher,  last dec i relpaced starter w rebuilt from usa parts.  and even then,  after short runs where i got up to temp, if i shutvcar off, and then tried to start, it would drag…Continue

'63 CDV Restomod on Iron Resurrection on Velocity Channel

Started by Ian Osborne in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

I just watched an episode of a show called Iron Resurrection on Velocity Channel. They did a restomod on a pretty clean survivor '63 CDV for a customer. They did an LS3 swap, air ride, complete…Continue

1963 Ignition Bezel

Started by Lee Martin in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

Looking for a good ignition lock nut bezel for 1963!  This is the chrome piece that holds the ignition housing in place and protects painted dash from key scratches.  Opening must be more than 15/16"…Continue

Floor Pans

Started by Tommy Nicolosi in Restoration Discussion 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

Are the floors on 1961-1964 the same???Continue

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HVAC Vacuum Valve Clip-need the one for the Power Control side

Posted by Norman Silverman on September 17, 2018 at 8:15pm 6 Comments

Hi.

Update:

I removed both 7 nipple vacuum valves and called my buddy who owns a machine shop. Tomorrow we'll re-surface the valve faces and then I'll reinstall them. HOWEVER, the one that comes out easily and comes apart with no rivet is on the Power module side. It installs on one side with a small bolt, and on the other it is held on by a clip, WHICH IS MISSING ON MY CAR. I am going to assume it is the same clip that is used on the Control Module side. Anybody got one? Happy…

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7 vacuum valve-need a good one or someone to recondition mine

Posted by Norman Silverman on September 15, 2018 at 5:44pm 12 Comments

So, I've put my 7 vacuum valve from the control head side to the test, and it failed. I looked at the instructions for re-conditioning it and unless I am missing something, the instructions are missing something (about how to take off the clip that provides the tension that holds the two pieces together). 

In any case, I can't do this particular repair so I am looking for a new valve (not likely), or a good re-conditioned one, or someone who has done this before and would do mine for…

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Mosiac Cadillac emblem Table

Posted by Dana G Cooper on August 30, 2018 at 10:48pm 11 Comments

Wanted to share a picture of a table my wife made for me to display with our 63 Coupe Deville. 

Inside door handle thread size

Posted by Michael Jarnagin on August 23, 2018 at 4:31pm 1 Comment

Anyone know the thread size on the inside door handle bolts mine are missing any info much appreciated 

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