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Looking for 63 Convertible / Coupe rear side trim

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,…


Added by Gene McIlroy on January 24, 2020 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Frame Markings

Just got my frame back from powder coating so thought I would post photos of the front and rear frame markings.…


Added by Gene McIlroy on August 12, 2019 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Upper A Arm Rubber Bumpers

I have found a very good replacement part for the Upper A Arm Bumpers.  The top part is identical to the originals the bottom can be used as is or after a few minutes with a belt sander can be ground to the V shape as the originals were.  The replacement bumpers are for a 2001 to 2005 S10 Sanoma or Blazer.  Part number is on the box in the photos.  First photo is the box next to the box is the S10 part and an original.  Next photo shows my sanded down part next to an original.…


Added by Gene McIlroy on August 12, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

RC-15 Radiator Cap

Attaching photo of a NOS AC RC-15 radiator Cap.  Hope this helps.

Added by Gene McIlroy on February 12, 2016 at 12:34am — 4 Comments

Front top ball joint replacement

Starting to tear down my front end to replace all suspension parts.  First problem encountered is removing the top ball joints,  "spherical joints".  Page 4-1 of shop manual says "The upper suspension arms and spherical joints are interchangeable, left and right, previous to being welded into an assembly.  Figure 4-35 0n page 4-23 shows picture of the upper arm without the ball joint.

QUESTION: do you have to grind off the welds to replace the upper ball joints?  or how do you replace…


Added by Gene McIlroy on May 15, 2015 at 12:35am — 11 Comments

Side View Mirrors

Has anyone tried to separate a side view mirror to be restored?  I acquired a right hand mirror and am attempting to dismantle it for re-plating.  Figuring that the mirror was bolted to the post and would just unscrew, NOT!.  I took an extra driver side mirror I had that was in bad shape, ground off the rivet holding the plate that  serves as a spring that keeps the mirror tight.  I found only a round head holding the mirror to the post.  So far any attempt to remove the holder (I am…


Added by Gene McIlroy on September 11, 2014 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Seat Belts

Talking about seat belts, there is a pair of dark blue1963 dated Hamill seat belts listed on ebay buy it now for $110.00.  These are marked RCF-50-R12-63.  These have the 64 crest but 63 date. Don't know how the date code works but look to be in fair shape with some rust on the metal.

Listed as Rare 1963 Cadillac dark blue seat belts with retractors

Added by Gene McIlroy on April 6, 2014 at 2:57pm — 2 Comments

Carbuerator Restoration

I just received my Carter carb back from Scott Smith, Harm's Automotive.  He is located in the part supplers on this site.  This thing is beautiful it is NOT rebuilt it is RESTORED.  I could not be happier it looks brand new the only thing that does not look new is the vacuum module.  I wish I had taken photos of this carb before it was sent to him.  It looked like a piece of junk as it came off…


Added by Gene McIlroy on January 18, 2014 at 9:28pm — 14 Comments

Chrome Plating

There has been a lot of questions about chrome plating lately so thought I would add to it.  In September 2013 I had both front and rear bumpers plus some other parts plated at Superior Chrome Plating in Houston, Texas.  They did a beautiful job and would recommend them.  This was all for a 63 Series 63 Convertible.

Rear Bumper center $400.00

Rear tail light housing R/H $150.00

Rear Tail Light housing L/H $150.00

Front Lower Bumper center $350.00



Added by Gene McIlroy on January 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments


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Started by Rob Bonello in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Rob Bonello 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

Need to replace the carb on my 64 (429cu). Don't want to rebuild it and looking for suggestions on something quick and easy/bolt-on. What are you guys/gals using, besides stock rebuilds?…Continue

Tags: carburator, 429, carb, deville, coupe

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 13 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

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Started by Joe DiIaconi in General Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 on Monday. 8 Replies

Hello all. I live in South Florida, yesterday I drove down to islandmorada in the Florida Keys and it took me a half a tank of gas to get there. It took me a quarter of a tank to get back.Any ideas…Continue

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63 Caddy Horn

Posted by Robert Alan Shannon on May 27, 2020 at 9:25am 10 Comments

 Just noticed a 1963  Caddy trumpet horn on Ebay. No part # given but some of his other items are 1963 specific, just throwin this out there, I have no connection to this listing .

Wiring connection help.

Posted by Jimmy Davis on May 24, 2020 at 9:15pm 2 Comments

Can someone help me figure where these connections go? I have a 64 60 special if it matters.…


Wood grain finally done.

Posted by Jimmy Davis on May 20, 2020 at 4:57pm 3 Comments

After years of wanting to, I finally redid my wood dash paneling on my 64 60s. Not too hard to do either.…


390 engine replacement needed

Posted by Jason on May 18, 2020 at 7:54pm 1 Comment

I’m looking for a 1963 Cadillac 390 engine that runs. 


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