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Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Murphy Jan 11. 8 Replies

My windows are slow up and down but all worked until the driver's window got stuck down. The lights dim when you hit the switch, indicating electronics should be OK, so I bought a new motor(maybe…Continue

Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille

Started this discussion. Last reply by Preston Bealle Sep 15, 2019. 7 Replies

I converted my '64 to front disc brakes. I have the drums and shoes and parts that the car came with. Anyone can have them if you want them, just pay shipping, which won't be cheap since they are…Continue

Driver's power window won't lift--buy a new motor?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Preston Bealle Jun 27, 2019. 5 Replies

The window's been fine as long as I've owned the car so I don't think it has an issue with the track. When you push the button to lift it, the lights dim, indicating to me that the wiring is OK…Continue

THE SAGA ENDS! My Carter carb is finally replaced properly with Edelbrock 1406

Started this discussion. Last reply by Preston Bealle Aug 13, 2018. 7 Replies

I hope this is useful to others, it's a complex story. I was having starting issues and hesitation issues with my fuel flow in the '64 Deville and posted here. Various folks gave me excellent info on…Continue

 

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Jim Murphy replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"I've had trouble with my electric windows also. Turns out I had a broken wire in the bundle of wires that pass from the door frame into the drivers door. Lots of flex at that point and 50+ year old wire."
Jan 11
Preston Bealle replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"Thanks for the detail! I like to work on the car, but it doesn't sound fun to access all four motors, dismantling quite a bit of the interior. I pretty much drive it 9 months a year with the windows and top down but I will do as much of this as…"
Jan 7
Mark S Anderson replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"The plastic wire shell doesn't carry current, it only separates the brass terminals inside which squeeze the pins of the switch, so replacing the plastic will do absolutely nothing except cosmetically.  You need to fix the actual…"
Jan 7
Frank Murch replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"There are several on ebay at the moment.  These are expensive ($100 on up).  They can be taken apart, but the assembly is swaged or crimped together and getting this firmly back in place caused me problems.  "
Jan 7
Russ Austin replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"I have a new reproduction base  85.00 plus shipping.  Just email me at  russ85747@hotmail.com"
Jan 6
Ian Osborne replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"Although the listing says not a match for your Caddy, I believe it will work. The seller specializes in Buick parts and might have only listed the Buicks that it fits. Check the photos of the switches in the listing. They look similar, if not…"
Jan 6
Preston Bealle replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"Excellent suggestions, thank you. The listing for this part indicates NOT compatible with '64 Cadillac but it does look sort of close and could possibly be rigged to work in the absence of a perfect replacement. One the armrest is sealed up it…"
Jan 6
Ian Osborne replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.
"Preston, Check this part: https://www.ebay.com/itm/63-64-65-66-Buick-Riviera-Power-Window-Switch-Connector-Master-4-Way-Wire-Plug/232467798532 Although it's listed as Buick, I believe it will work for your car. Many parts were used across…"
Jan 6
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Driver's window won't go up. Bought new motor but mechanic says replace the hinky switch panel, and I can't find one to buy.

My windows are slow up and down but all worked until the driver's window got stuck down. The lights dim when you hit the switch, indicating electronics should be OK, so I bought a new motor(maybe Chinese, I'm not sure). When my trusted mechanic went in, he said the black plastic rectangle underneath the driver door armrest/switch panel was cracked and the connections were questionable. He wants to replace this before taking the door apart, which is a bit of an ordeal. I cannot find this item at…See More
Jan 6
Preston Bealle replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"I have the original booster because I swapped out my car to a disc brake kit, which I love. The booster worked just fine when I removed it. You're welcome to it free for ship cost but it won't be rebuilt, just a functioning original. I…"
Jan 6
Preston Bealle replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille
"And this one for under $500 without the new booster also listed. But these are brakes, you can't mess around, I'd get the new booster and have the right pressure and be safe. However, I'm not a brake expert. I've done everything…"
Sep 15, 2019
Preston Bealle replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille
Sep 15, 2019
Anders replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille
"http://www.classicperform.com/Store2/Brakes/6162CBK-13.htm Is this the kit? 1134 USD now, 745 USD was a lot lower."
Sep 15, 2019
Preston Bealle replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille
"Yes, you make some good points here. The stock drums should be adequate to stop the car. However, two things. In my case, the brakes locked up twice at a stop sign and screeched. I could either redo the brakes as is for a few hundred dollars, or for…"
Sep 14, 2019
James Elkins left a comment for Preston Bealle
"That's something I want to do. I checked with Summit but they were not sure if their kit would work with the wire wheels. I'm going to do more research and see what I can find."
Sep 12, 2019
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Preston Bealle's discussion Free front brake drums and shoes for '64 DeVille
"My Car was bought new off the showroom floor in 64 and extremely well maintained always over the years for the —-sheer LOVE of the machine  In all the years I have owned my 64 convertible  I have not once had to question weather the…"
Sep 11, 2019

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Doing disc brake conversion and I need to change out the rims--what to get?

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:55pm 22 Comments

I'm having a mechanic change to '64 Deville convertible to disc brakes. He used the spacers that came with the kit but one side takes 2 spacers and the other 3, and there is a slight disconnect from the center hub from being so far out. It appears the best solution would not be further tinkering with spacers but a deeper 15" rim made for disc brakes. Does anyone know what rims might work that will allow the existing Cadillac hub caps to fit?  

I have read everything I can find on disc…

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At 12:07am on September 12, 2019, James Elkins said…

That's something I want to do. I checked with Summit but they were not sure if their kit would work with the wire wheels. I'm going to do more research and see what I can find.

At 9:07pm on September 11, 2019, James Elkins said…

I really like it. Where did you get the front disc brake conversion from and what wheels are you running?

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Polyurethane Replacement Trailing Arm Bushings

Started by Dan McNarry in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Ron Westwood 2 minutes ago. 31 Replies

Is there an interest in a polyurethane bushing that could replace the stock rear bushings without the need to change trailing arms? Just wondering.Continue

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New Car Gallery Page Created - Post a Picture of your 1963/64 Cadllac

Started by Jason Edge in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 47 minutes ago. 5 Replies

Hello 63/64 Cadillac Website Members,Hope you are all staying safe amid the Coronavirus shutdown and wanted to share something new & fun on the 63/64 Cadllac Website at…Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

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

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How to sensibly deal with the Corona Virus

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on March 14, 2020 at 5:02pm 6 Comments

https://theamericanscholar.org/covid-19-a-primer/

I found this very helpful, written by a knowledgeable authority in public health. 

Remember, Viruses are not spread by Cadillacs so get out and drive!


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1963 Eldorado convertible boot

Posted by Les Eastling on February 27, 2020 at 10:33am 1 Comment

I need a used convertible boot for a 63 Cadillac convertible - condition or color is not an issue since it will be used as a pattern for making a new one. One from either a 62 series convertible or an Eldorado would work. I know I am searching for hen's teeth here... but you never know unless you ask!

Looking for 63 Convertible / Coupe rear side trim

Posted by Gene McIlroy on January 24, 2020 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Want to find a good straight dent free rear side trim for my 1963 Convertible.  I have both sides but they do not match.  Wanting to get them to match.  I am attaching a photo of the two trim sided that I have really wanting the squared off trim if I can get it.  Let's see what you have,…

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