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Michael, this insulation was installed upside down. That is the backing tearing off & hanging down. You will have to remove it all, clean the mounting surface and install new insulation with the fabric side glued to the hood. Some cars (like my 76 Seville) have the fabric side down but it is attached with clips, not glue.


Thanks for the post.  Do you know where I can get the insulation and proper adhesive?


If you Google "1964 Cadillac hood insulation" several suppliers pop up. I bought mine so long ago, I don't remember where I got it. You will also find several discussions online as to which side goes down. I remember researching that before installing mine. Actually on the original insulation, neither side had a fabric backing. I used contact cement to attach mine.The fabric backing offers a more uniform surface for the glue to adhere to.

I’ll look it up today.

I have a cruise event tonight.  Do you think it will be a problem to duct tape the insulation up until I get the new insulation?   I’m concerned about the current falling insulation getting caught up in the belts, and removing it my result in excessive heat on the hood metal and damage the new paint.  Thoughts?

You can duct tape it in the meantime. I understand your concern about your new paint. Personally I drove my car for years with no hood insulation, even after I got my car painted and the heat was not excessive enough to damage the paint. I think the insulation is mainly for sound deadening as I've seen many cars with no hood insulation from the factory. The diesel Cadillacs from the 80's had extra hood insulation to muffle that clattering Olds diesel (a sound which I actually like : ) 

No problem at all regarding the paint with the hood sound insulation removed

I have no hood insulation for many years —-  all good 

Understand your concern with the brand new paint job - but you will be just fine 


Do enjoy your cruise event

You should be a big hit with that fine ride 


I would remove any hanging hood insulation until you have the chance to replace it as not sure how well the duct tape will stay bonded with the engine heat

You will be fine with it off 

Just my 2 cents 



Thank you for all your advice.  I ended up simply pulling off the insulation that was hanging down and went to the cruise. Had a great time!

Ordered new insulation from Caddy Daddy And will install it when it arrives.

Problem solved!


Today I removed the hanging hood insulation, cleaned the contact surfaces, and installed the new insulation.  Looks pretty good.  Thanks again for the all the advice.  By the way, I don’t know why the photo keeps turning. ;-)



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