Would like some feedback regarding what you have found to be the safest spot to put your jackstands on a 1963 coupe. I have not gone under the car yet and am definitely feeling the fear of being crushed beneath this thing... I tried recently setting them up with the jack stands under the control arms and the car shifted and almost tipped over the stand. Would also like any feedback on back up safety methods. I bought some cinder blocks that I'm planning on putting beneath the car along with the jack stands and the jack as a third safety option. 

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 Mark

Now that a serious good tip 

Enjoy 

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Successfully popped the engine & transmission out this weekend. Thanks to you all for the advice. Next step rebuilding the engine...

Congrats on the engine and transmission pull ... and with the Big Boy - The Hydramatic to really make your cherry picker grunt a bit more!

Going through the degreasing/ cleaning process now knocking off 60 years of gunk... next step painting and re gasketing before finally being able to drop it into the fleetwood.

Any advice on best practices for the painting / re gasketing process?

The more time you spend prepping the engine & parts for paint the better it will turn out. When I rebuilt my engine in 2012, I took 3 months and individually cleaned, prepped, primed and painted each engine part. You don't  have to go to that extreme to have a nice looking engine, but if you want say a valve cover to look like new you are going to have to pull sand and/or bead blast, smooth out and roughness.  Personally, I like to use engine primer then 2 coats of the Bill Hirsch Cadillac Blue, I also like the Rustoleum paints for black, etc, but I guess everyone has their favorites.

As for painting the engine, there are two schools of thought: you can paint the engine pieces individually and the block & heads separately and then assemble (which is what I did), or you can prep all the parts, assemble engine, then paint engine as an assembly (which is what they did from the factory).  This of course would only apply to the Cadillac Blue parts.

If you want to keep the engine parts the original color check out this Help Page article:  Engine Paint Colors 

You can check out my Engine Painting tips check out this Help Page article: Engine Painting Tips

For inspiration you might check out my Engine Rebuild thread by Clicking Here.
NOTE: There a re several photo albums with my rebuild.  The 2nd album dives into prepping the parts and painting. 

great thanks I'll check the links.

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