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Seat belt restoration

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Added by Michael Forte on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Added by Michael Forte on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm — 15 Comments

Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Added by Michael Forte on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Converting to R134a on my '63

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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Added by Michael Forte on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm — 55 Comments

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

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This week-end, on the road in a 64 Cadillac.

Started by Kevin Campbell in General Discussion. Last reply by Kevin Campbell 21 hours ago. 20 Replies

Now we live out in the sticks on our acreage, we have to find new places to see and do...Going to attend this tomorrow, and its only 30 minutes up the road, should be a good way to pass some…Continue

Hood hinge help!

Started by Chris miller in General Discussion. Last reply by Chris McBride yesterday. 8 Replies

im trying to align my hood with fenders and everything else. I can get the fenders to line up nicely but the rear corners of the hood pop up. If I push them down it’s fine. What is the stinkin trick…Continue

dual 4 barrel carb

Started by Kim K Kaiser in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge yesterday. 6 Replies

I was watching one of the car rebuild shows the other day and they kept talking bout putting 2 carburetors in the thing,,,and were would you put another carburetor...,,what would be the purpose,,…Continue

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Original 64 Color sanded and buffed out

Posted by Norman Silverman on November 10, 2018 at 9:05pm 4 Comments

I finally got the car back from the body shop, where they color sanded and polished it out. I am literally blown away by the result! Now, it looks great from 2 feet but if you look REALLY CLOSE you can see that the paint is not as glossy as it should be, but Sothe end result is much better than what I started with. The interior is still original.

Norm

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1906 Cadillac Factory Catalog + Cadillac Engineering Explained-in their own words!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on November 1, 2018 at 12:30am 4 Comments

Fascinating reading.

Cadillac Catalog from 1906 describing single and four cylinder models in detail as well as Cadillac's history and manufacturing methodology in their own words. 

(I came across this in this GM Archives library pdf while researching a 1906 Cadillac for sale in NJ.)…

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Transmission mounts

Posted by steve white on October 31, 2018 at 6:06pm 3 Comments

Hi all im trying to find out about the transmission side rubber mounts on a turbo hydramatic in a 1964 cadillac coupe deville what are they called and where could i get some i am based in australia

Dustless blaster

Posted by Kurt on October 30, 2018 at 12:23am 1 Comment

Here's something cool I stumbled across on Youtube. Pretty cool. It's like a power washer with sand.

https://youtu.be/YQ7CFGIP4uk

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