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Stuck at two red (dash) lights!

I hope someone can help solve these two electrical problems that appeared one after the other.

By way of background: The car, a '64 Eldorado has very limited use. It was at a restoration shop for 15 months until last January-  that supposedly did a bunch of wiring repairs including rebuilding the gas gauge that still hasn't worked properly, and the clock that hasn't worked, and re-soldering the broken wires in the drive door. All window and seat controls appear to be…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on November 3, 2019 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Cadillac Returns to its Roots Under New Leadership

Cadillac’s new boss says they should stop trying to build BMWs and go back to building Cadillacs again.

What do you think? 

https://carbuzz.com/news/cadillac-finally-admits-what-everyone-knew-for-years

Added by Jeff Kinzler on May 1, 2019 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

On the Road Again (Just before the big snow today)

Added by Jeff Kinzler on February 12, 2019 at 11:54am — 18 Comments

Cadillac Dealer Promo Film -1962

https://youtu.be/cn_dcm_B_MM

This explains some of Cadillac's history and reputation for quality in a way that is historically…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on October 20, 2018 at 4:00am — 10 Comments

Congratulations to Jason Edge!

On publication of his article in the SELF STARTER on the 1963-64 Cadillac Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club. 

Well done. 

Regards,

Jeff Kinzler

Added by Jeff Kinzler on May 2, 2018 at 8:14pm — 11 Comments

Could The Exhaust Heat Riser Be Installed Backwards & Causing Running Problems?

Is it possible that the rebuild shop put the heat riser valve in backwards, causing excess back pressure in the manifold, causing the engine to skip and cut out and then stall when it is fully warmed up and under load? Also to run very hot- in terms of heating up the car like it never did before, and to be sluggish?

One thing I noticed when the car came back from the shop was that I no longer heard the "tick-tick" sound that the heat riser made when the car was running. The…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on July 6, 2016 at 2:38am — 13 Comments

NEED A 1964 MUFFLER

DOES ANYONE HAVE A SPECIFICATION OR MANUFACTURER NUMBER FOR A CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MUFFLER THAT WILL FIT A 1964 ELDORADO?

IT SEEMS TO BE A UNIVERSAL PART FROM  WHAT I SEE  AVAILABLE ON LINE, BUT THE SELLERS ASK YOU FOR THE LENGTH, INLET AND OUTLET SIZE, OFFSET, ETC. STATING THAT THE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT VEHICLE SPECIFIC. 

ALSO IS THERE A SOURCE FOR THE RUBBER INSERTS FOR THE EXHAUST HANGER/BRACKETS?

THANKS,

JEFF KINZLER

Added by Jeff Kinzler on June 29, 2016 at 2:06pm — 7 Comments

Cadillac Chiel Announces Separation From GM in 2017

Well, well, well, it looks like the new Cadillac leadership has realized that in order to return the brand to its former glory, it has to separate itself from GM and once again become an independent company as it once was.

Historically Cadillac was always a separate company, from its 1902 inception, through joining GM in 1908 until its undoing in the mid 1980's under Roger Smith, GM's CEO, when the Cadillac plant was closed down and production was consolidated with Buick and…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on August 13, 2015 at 2:05am — No Comments

Neat Idea For A Cadillac Ashtray

I saw this in an ebay ad for a 1960 Eldorado Resto-Mod. The car was bone stock except for a modern engine, custom radio and this, a video screen that might be hooked up to a back-up camera something I would love to have on my car.

Seems like a great place to put a video screen that could be hidden when not in use.…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on August 9, 2015 at 2:43am — 4 Comments

Help Me Figure This Out- Massive Oil Consumption After Partial Rebuild

Okay - so we checked for heavy leaks with engine running on lift- nothing. Bill said if it were dripping a quart an hour there would have to be oil all over the bottom of the car, but it was clean and dry.

We had rebuilt the motor as follows- rebuilt heads sourced from Jason's machine shop; plus

new cam, lifters, timing chain and sprockets, all new…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on July 24, 2015 at 12:22am — No Comments

Heavy Oil Consumption After Partial Rebuild-Mysterious But Not Marvelous

Okay - so we checked for heavy leaks with engine running on lift- nothing. Bill said if it were dripping a quart an hour there would have to be oil all over the bottom of the car, but it was clean and dry.

We had rebuilt the motor as follows- rebuilt heads sourced from Jason's machine shop; plus

new cam, lifters, timing chain and sprockets, all new…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on July 24, 2015 at 12:00am — 38 Comments

PORTA WALLS- HAS ANYONE TRIED THESE?

I remember seeing these Porta Wall white wall inserts when I was a kid in the 1960's - installed when mom got slightly used set black-wall snow tires. LOL.

They seem like an economical solution compared to the cost of "collector car" white wall tires that seem to be double or triple what they should cost!…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on July 19, 2015 at 3:26pm — 8 Comments

Convertible Body Drains- Need Some Help

Hello,

 Does anybody have information or a picture of the correct location of the rocker panel drains for a convertible body?

My rockers (between the door and the rear wheel) were repaired by welding inner and outer patches, and I am reluctant to use the car until I can re-drill new drain holes, in case we get caught in the rain.

Any information would be very much appreciated.

Below is  a picture of the rusted area on the drivers side rocker panel before repair,…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on May 23, 2015 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

The Original Cadillac Engine Lubrication System

To put things in perspective, or to see how Cadillac engineering progressed from 1903 to 1963, take a look at this 1908 single cylinder Cadillac for sale on ebay. The engine was a low speed single cylinder, but massively large for its type with a huge flywheel.

Known as the "Little Hercules," lubrication was accomplished by a drip oiler.  Throttle control was by variable lift intake valve- a very advanced concept now employed by BMW.  

You can see one of the copper oil tubes…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on May 15, 2015 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

THE MOTHER OF ALL CADILLACS- SEEN AT THE GM Centennial EXHIBIT AACA HERSHEY 2008

Supposedly one of the 1903 prototypes shown at the NY Automobile Show in 1902. Only identified by the Cadillac scrip on the step plate. (See below.)…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on May 10, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Fuel Filter Paper Element?

Does anyone know of a source for replacement fuel filter elements for air conditioned cars?

Added by Jeff Kinzler on April 29, 2015 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

Intake and Exhaust Manifold Flanges

I came across a source that makes steel intake and exhaust manifold flanges.

Has anyone made a custom manifold for hot rod type multi-carb set up?

http://www.hellsgatehotrods.com/flanges/intake-flanges/cadillac-331-429-intake-flange/

    

Added by Jeff Kinzler on April 28, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

CHECK OUT THE LAKE PIPES ON THIS CUSTOM '63-

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Custom '63 Recently Spotted For Sale or Trade on Craigs List In Kingsport Tennessee

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/4994184360.html

Added by Jeff Kinzler on April 25, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My Engine Is Just Not Running Right, Darn It!

 I am frustrated enough to scream - the engine on my '64 Eldo ran much smoother and better before we pulled it to do a partial rebuild.  The work included new heads, new tappets, camshaft, timing gears and chain, oil pump, cleaning and reconditioning all internal passages and rocker shafts, replace all manifolds (all were cracked) with good pieces, replace broken bell adapter, all new seals and gaskets, reseal transmission, etc.

Before this I had it tuned and running like a top with a…

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Added by Jeff Kinzler on April 19, 2015 at 12:20am — 4 Comments

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Trivia Question 17 - Item You COULD NOT Delete Because of Cars Heater

Started by Jason Edge in Trivia. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 6 hours ago. 6 Replies

OK. We had so much fun with the last Trivia regarding the car's heater, I thought we should post another heater related question.  So here goes:What item does the spec manual go out of its way to…Continue

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Good Sources for Parts?

Started by Bob Ricks in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

New member here so be patient with me.  New owner of what I would consider a rat-rod 63 caddy.  Previous owner painted everything flat black, in an obvious attempt in covering up body deficiencies. …Continue

Trivia Question 16 - Standard Item You could Delete for Reduced Cost?

Started by Jason Edge in Trivia. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 18 hours ago. 21 Replies

OK. Here's a new trivia. There is at least one main standard (non-option) item that one could "delete" on a new 1963 or 1964 Cadillac for a reduced cost.  What is it?  For extra cigars, what is the…Continue

Custom '64 Eldorado on Bitchin' Rides Last Night

Started by Ian Osborne in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Cees de Bunje yesterday. 1 Reply

If anyone here is familiar with the show "Bitchin' Rides" they started work on a '64 Eldo on the episode that aired last night (12/5). I really like the show and they build some amazing custom…Continue

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still need a driveshaft

Posted by wayne weaver on November 26, 2019 at 11:53am 2 Comments

well thank you UPS for losing the driveshaft that Russ Austin shipped me. 

however i still need a rear driveshaft section for my 63. mine has a vibration due to the bushing inside of it. its a shame because the ball and sockets in the cardian joints are perfect but it has a woble on the balancing machine. so .  still need the rear section. anyone have a good one ? is there driveshaft alternatives to use ? i am really considering an LS swap and since im fighting the driveshaft search…

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63 guidematic issues

Posted by maurice lapoiinte on November 24, 2019 at 3:10pm 0 Comments

 So my 63 guide matic headlamps stay on low beam all the time. I have so far bypassed the system and everything works normal. I have been thru the trouble shooting in the manual but this is where the confusion begins.on my car when the power relay is powered I have low beam and when its not powered I have highbeam, this appears to be opposite what the diagnosis says should be correct.The wiring is all original and no wires have been mixed up.has anyone ever unplugged the 2 wire connector…

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Another advantage of the Pertronix III

Posted by Doug Scarrow on November 23, 2019 at 11:12am 1 Comment

   Having tried both the II and III I can say the multispark feature of the III offers a smoother idle . It is also easier to install .Does not require removal of the distributor

Stuck at two red (dash) lights!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on November 3, 2019 at 10:00pm 9 Comments

I hope someone can help solve these two electrical problems that appeared one after the other.

By way of background: The car, a '64 Eldorado has very limited use. It was at a restoration shop for 15 months until last January-  that supposedly did a bunch of wiring repairs including rebuilding the gas gauge that still hasn't worked properly, and the clock that hasn't worked, and re-soldering the broken wires in the drive door. All window and seat controls appear to be…

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