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Head came off now will not idle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin on Monday. 20 Replies

Hi Alljust had the valve stem seals done on the 429 with the passenger side head coming off due to a broken bolt.That is all done and back together.  Now one problem leads to another.  The engine…Continue

VALVE STEM SEALS - WHICH ONES!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 Oct 10, 2016. 5 Replies

Just going to get my valve stems seals (only) done (at this stage) but I am confusedas to what I need to buy - check the link from Rock…Continue

 

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Russ Austin replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Yup, the carb was modifies to not idle with the shim missing.  Good find."
Monday
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Clovis  good to see you are around makes me all warm and fuzzy to know you are close by  LOL!! enjoy "
Sunday
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Russ nice job - you nailed that idle problem  enjoy"
Sunday
Ricky Tee replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Thanks Russ. I’ve neglected to reinstall the shim when I put the manifold and carb back on, probably explains why the idle is very up and down."
Sunday
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"I have never used the sealant — with no issues to note  enjoy "
Sunday
Russ Austin replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"The sealant should be applied to the surface that mates up to the carb, but I out it on both sides."
Sunday
Ricky Tee replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Quick question, should there be gasket cement (sealant) on both sides of the shim?"
Sunday
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"John Thank you ! Enjoy"
Oct 30, 2017
john chalk replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Ha Ha Good One!!!!"
Oct 30, 2017
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"I do have a surprisingly good track record with trouble shooting problems with our cars having owned mine for 53 years and being on our cars websites since 2006 more often than one time daily I have a passion for the subject as so many others here…"
Oct 30, 2017
Kevin Campbell replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Oh geez, it looks like Tony was correct..... we'll never hear the end of it now. :-) LOL"
Oct 30, 2017
Clovis replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Great to hear John. If your vacuum advance is original to the car I'd test it with a small cheap vacuum pump. It shouldn't leak down at all. My car ran fine but the vacuum advance was no longer working and was leaking. It ran even better…"
Oct 30, 2017
john chalk replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"OK went back to timing - put in more advance from where it has just been set.  That is the problem solved.. It seems to have more advance than recommended but I remember reading in another post that using more advance in these engines as they…"
Oct 30, 2017
john chalk replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"thanks all to start lots to think about.  Tony the car is running Petronix 3. Before the head came off and on (left only)  of course there were no issues -- car idled perfectly. I will get back on it today or when I get time and…"
Oct 29, 2017
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"John Check the point setting and the timing setting once more to be sure it is correct Check the timing once more after tightening down the dist ( setting can move when tightening down ) Many mechanics overlook the basic tune up specs when doing…"
Oct 29, 2017
Russ Austin replied to john chalk's discussion Head came off now will not idle
"Did you put the metal shim back under the Carter carb? It will not idle with it removed.  Was any sealant used between the metal shim and the base of the carb? There is a choke idle adjustment screw, but not an idle adjustment screw. The idle…"
Oct 29, 2017

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1964 Coupe Deville
1957 Fleetwood
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
yes
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
no

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Heat Riser help

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 3:44am 5 Comments

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hi all..

need help with my heat riser.. this is in my 57 Fleetwood ... pic attached. it is stuck but can someone tell me if it is open or closed. where should it be for normal hot running?

Rochester Carby problem

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 6:48am 12 Comments

OK so my Rochester is on the 57 Fleetwood not the 64 but I know I can get some feedback here on the problem... Carby went off the car and went for a refurb. Engine would not idle and the idle screw would do nothing. There was no bakelite spacer which I believe feeds the air to the mixture screw but now have installed that.  Carby back from refurb on it goes and same deal.. The idle screw does nothing and the engine blows lots of black smoke at idle (too rich I assume).. Any ideas what is…

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Rocker Cover Restraightening

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:12pm 3 Comments

I saw a post here recently on how to restraighten the rocker covers which can flex under the rocker cover bolts.  I have an oil leak at the back of the passenger rocker cover so assume I need to investigate with rocker covers off.  Jason you mentioned how to straighten out the rocker covers. Can you revise that please?

Ballast resistor and petronic ignitor 3

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 8:21pm 7 Comments

hi all -- ignitor 3 is in and r unning OK. but theres a glitch.

ballast voltage to relay - switches 14 volts back to coil (flamethrower 2) then to ignitor 3 - all OK and running. switch off ignition switch and engine keeps running!  there is 4 volts of residual voltage in the circuit. what I would like to do is bypass the ballast resistor and see  if that fixes as I currently run the coil off the ballasted voltage (12.8volts) but would prefer to feed the flamethrower coil the full 14…

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At 9:25pm on August 24, 2012, Jason Edge said…

Hi John,

Welcome to the New 63/64 Cadillac Site.

Jason.

At 6:25pm on March 26, 2014, steve white said…

Hey John thanks for the tip will try and catch up with you there.

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

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1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Spotlighted in the May Self-Starter

Started by Jason Edge in Chapter Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 3 hours ago. 8 Replies

The 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter is spotlighted on pages 12-16 in the May issue of Cadillac & LaSalle Club Self-Starter magazine.  If you have a membership level that provides online access to the…Continue

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She's Almost Done!

Started by Mark Borer in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Mark Borer 11 hours ago. 36 Replies

Hey guysThe convertible finally has some color on it!!Hoping I have it back sometime early next weekThen the long process of putting it back togetherHope you like the picsMarkContinue

More on my headliner

Started by Joe DiIaconi in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Headliners installed, looking good my interior guy could not cover my sun visors. He said he could do it but it wouldn't look good. So he directed me to a guy specialist who's going to paint them for…Continue

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Oil Stick lenght

Posted by Florentin loic on April 4, 2018 at 5:46am 2 Comments

Hi every one,

After a long time rebuilding my 63 convertible, i finaly get on the road.

A question if anyone can help me. Can somebody tell me the lenght of the motor oil stick.

the cap was probably broken and welded by the old owner. but i m not sure it's in the right place

i put the right amount of oil in motor, but for the weekly maintenance i would like to do two mark "full and add oil"

So i need the lenght from de cap to the two mark

Thanks a…

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For sale: 1963 Cadillac front center impact bar $100 + shipping

Posted by Lee Martin on April 3, 2018 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

Offering this newly re-chromed 1963 Cadillac front center impact bar for sale, $100 plus whatever it costs to ship it from Detroit to your location.  

The unit fits perfect on driver's side but does not sit flush on passenger side.  I am told someone needs to take a wooden block and hammer and bang the passenger side lower corner in to make it fit right.  If you know how to do this stuff, this is the piece for you.

Email themidnighthour.tv@gmail.com with any questions.…

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429 Cadillac Rod Bolts

Posted by Dave Fundaburg on March 22, 2018 at 8:19pm 1 Comment

Does anybody know of a source for new rod bolts for the 429 or are we stuck with what we have any information would be appreciated. Thanks

seat belts

Posted by dan mcnatty on March 17, 2018 at 4:35pm 3 Comments

I am installing front seat belts in 63 coupe the holes were already in floor but I do not know how to route inner belts it appears they go through seat in middle?did not find how to remove center armrest on seat  are openings there or do you cut into seat? any help or pictures would be great dan

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