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Head came off now will not idle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Apr 15, 2018. 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."
Apr 15, 2018
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 "
Apr 15, 2018
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"
Apr 15, 2018
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."
Apr 15, 2018
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 "
Apr 15, 2018
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."
Apr 15, 2018
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?"
Apr 14, 2018
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 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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Hi John,

Welcome to the New 63/64 Cadillac Site.

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Freeze Plug Replacement

Started by thejollychimp in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

It looks like one of the freeze plugs disintegrated on the block of my '63 390 project car. Does anyone know the correct replacement would be?Continue

1964 Carter AFB

Started by Dave Bird in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Clovis 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

Looking for a built or suitable for rebuild Carter carburetor for my 1964 Fleetwood 60 429 THM w/AC. It would be a plus if it had the solenoid for the THM transmission in working shape. The previous…Continue

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Steering Column Bearings and parts

Started by Dominic Salemi in General Discussion 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

Has any one replaced steering column bearings on a non-tilt 1964 steering column? Do you know where to get any parts for it?ThanksDominicContinue

1963 caddy 2 door hardtop for sale

Started by paul in For Sale. Last reply by Tim Bobeck 14 hours ago. 6 Replies

Just car body and frame. No engine or trans, have front and back seats

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64 Recirc/Fresh Air Door Actuator replaced; FROM THE INSIDE.

Posted by Norman Silverman on February 4, 2019 at 11:21pm 8 Comments

I am happy to report that I have successfully replaced the Fresh Air/Recirc door actuator that is located on the blower box-and have done so without having to remove the blower box. I did it by taking out the glove box and attacking it from the back.  It took several days, LOTS of patience and some band-aids, but it is done. THE most difficult part -BY FAR- is to remove and then replace the screw that sits on the actuator arm, connecting it to the fresh…

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Flashers

Posted by Mike Petrey on January 13, 2019 at 12:25pm 7 Comments

Where do the flashers go in my 64 Deville Convert.  I'm thinking that's why both turn signals stopped working.

Source for Motor mounts and Trans mounts 1964 SDV

Posted by Norman Silverman on January 9, 2019 at 4:23pm 4 Comments

Hi.

Where is the best place to purchase good quality motor mounts/trans mounts for my 1964 SDV? I see that Rock Auto has them for $8 and change, and others for $24 and change. Big difference. Is there a better place to buy them from?

Thanks

Norm

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