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. 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 53 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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"Mack, just wanted to say thanks for providing the detailed info on the parts.  Much appreciated!"
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Michael Forte commented on dan mcnatty's blog post seat belts
"The correct way is to install them through a hole in the rear center of the seat.  See the pics in the help section starting here: http://6364cadillac.ning.com/photo/illustration1?context=album&albumId=6543066:Album:9817 There’s a…"
Mar 18
Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion stranded,,!!!
"Great looking car there Kim!  Hopefully that loose cap was the culprit and you can get back to enjoying your car.   Don’t hesitate to post on the forums.  Lots of knowledge to be exchanged here."
Mar 16
Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion stranded,,!!!
"A few carb rebuild tips I can think of are: read the instructions, a few times!  Remember that the kit applies to several models of similar carburetors, so there are more parts in the kit then you will need to rebuild yours. if you’re not…"
Mar 15
Michael Forte replied to Mark Borer's discussion She's Almost Done!
"Really enjoying following this build Mark.  Great quality work!  Please keep the pics coming!"
Mar 15
Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion stranded,,!!!
"I got one for my Rochester 4GC from Mike’s Carburetor Parts in Chehalis, WA.  PN #625.  $47.90 plus shipping.  I was happy with it. If you call them with the number on your tag, they’ll get you the correct kit for your…"
Mar 14
Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion Rear axle leak. Got into it today with pictures for comment
"Mack, please share the part numbers.  It'll help us all.  BTW,  I assume those are disc brake brackets on the flange.  What set up are you running?"
Mar 11

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Alternator upgrade for bagged 1964 Deville

Started by Boardie101 in General Discussion. Last reply by Boardie101 9 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hey everyone, hope all is well and thanks in advance for the breadth of knowledge/info. this site provides...I recently installed an air bag suspension kit to my 1964 Deville and needless to say the…Continue

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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Blog Posts

Wire OR Sabre wheels ...

Posted by Mack on July 19, 2018 at 11:15pm 0 Comments

Hi there

i was just wondering how many of you out there has wire or Sabre/turbine wheels on.

youre more than welcome to post some pictures becuase I am debating on getting wire wheels...or Sabre wheels :)

Trumpet horn

Posted by Robert Alan Shannon on July 19, 2018 at 11:21am 1 Comment

 Just noticed a nice looking trumpet horn on ebay ; price seems fair. I am not connected to this item in any way, just thought someone here might like it.

Need correct Muffler for 64 DeVille

Posted by Norman Silverman on June 18, 2018 at 7:57pm 13 Comments

Hello all.

I need to replace the muffler on my 64 and the local shop does not have the correct one.

After looking on the web site's help section, I still don't see a recommended part/manufacturer or suggestion. 

What is the best solution to purchase for a stock, single system with 2 1/2 inch pipes, center in, offset out? 

Thanks.

Norm

64 Power Seat Transmission cleaning-it did the trick

Posted by Norman Silverman on June 16, 2018 at 5:36pm 4 Comments

Hello All.

I thought I'd post a little encouragement for those that might have an inoperative 6 way power seat in their car. The fix is relatively easy, and VERY cheap.

I just purchased an original (not re-painted, nor reupholstered) 64 Sedan De Ville 4 window. When I purchased it the front seat was adjusted forward and tilted down in front; two of the worst positions for me, so I had no choice but to attempt to repair it. 

Pushing the switch in each direction brought…

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