Spent the day taking dash and instrument cluster apart so I could remove the shift indicator bezel and lens (to replace).  Got the three retaining screws out and thought I was home free - but the bezel and lens won't budge.  Feels like they're still bolted in.  Trying to be gentle while handling yet still apply enough pressure, the piece really won't come out.  There's an odd looking piece of rectangular metal lined up with a rectangular hole in the bezel.  Please tell me this is not screwed in from other side somehow....if it is I have no idea how I could ever remove it.  What am I doing wrong????  Any advice appreciated and thanks.

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See Lee 

I did say you would get the info you need to get the repair done 

Glad you did  not give up on the repair 

Thank GOD for Jason with pictures arrows and his passion for our Cadillacs to get us thru the difficult details always 

Bet you feel better about the fix Now you got it done 

So take the darn thing off eBay already !

Gotta Love this site and the guys that live here daily 

Enjoy 

Yes Lee, glad you persevered. We've all started projects on these cars that we wish we hadn't when things aren't going smoothly. For me that only makes victory sweeter. Now every time you look at your shift needle through that clear lens and fresh bezel you will feel a real sense of a pride and accomplishment.

Yes you are right Kurt.  I painted the needle and adjusted it today - since I bought the car it's been black (not white) and bent so you never knew what gear you were in.  Now it's bright white and spot on.  Will look SO much better  :-)

Glad it worked out and good to know only upper brace/bracket needs to be loosened. You could have probably loosened that lower brace without damaging that rubber boot, but still good to know. 

One last question - I'm looking at disconnecting the heat/AC unit from bezel.  The manual talks about removing the connections from inside and taking out two screws holding it to the instrument panel.  But the manual doesn't say anything about the two levers that stick out through the bezel for driver to use.  They are flared at the tip and keep the unit from being pulled out.  Is there a special technique or process for this?  As long as everything is taken apart, I figure I may as well go all the way, lol...thanks!

There is a pic in the Help section of the AC control. From what I can see, to remove the lens/bezel my guess is that pop the clips (red arrows), with both levers in the middle (Off position) pull lens out sightly and rotate 90 degrees. the slot will now easily slide over the ends of the levers. Just a guess but that's what it looks like to me. You won't be able to do that without removing the AC control from the car though.

@Kurt - Thanks, so simple yet I would never have thought of that - will give it a try!

Turns out I'm screwed after all - the new lens doesn't fit.  They must have had different versions, maybe one for tilt and one for non tilt? Pic below shows old on left and new on right. Absolutely won't go in, so... ALL THAT WORK FOR NOTHING.

I have plenty of either type. The short tab one on left in your picture for tilt column or the longer tabl on right in your picture for non-tilt. I would do an even swap if you want to send me your nice non-tilt lens and you cover shipping ($8). I can also sell  you one outright for $20 + $8 s/h.

You won't believe this but I just finished putting the old one back and the steering wheel on when I saw your post!  This is awesome, I just sent you mine and am sending you the tracking number by email.  Thanks!!

Jason to the rescue and what a great gesture —if I do say so myself 

Enjoy

Lee 
See how this works

You have now become our ——63 CDV gearshift inspection glass replacement Expert —and we will be calling on you in the future for this info ( my godfather reference —LOL !) 

Actually all posts on this site go into the library on this site for future reference to help others with the same repair 

Enjoy 

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