Thank you so much for adding me Jason, and for running this website, without it I never would have bought this car.
This is my first car, and I'm honestly pretty clueless about working on it, so please forgive my ignorance, and apologies in advance if I'm asking the wrong questions in the wrong places.
I've only got the budget to work on it myself but I saved up some money to quit my job and spend all my time fully restoring the car back to its former glory.
I've got a long list of parts I need, so I'm sure some of you will hear from me soon.
I've been lurking on the site for years now, but I've got the shop manual and just bought all the tools I can, studying the manual daily, it's just a little confusing.
But it's nice to meet you all, it's been great reading about your knowledge. Never thought I would have a car like this, it's a top 10 dream car for me.
Hi Marc, and welcome to the forum!
Have you owned a classic car before? Especially an American car from the '60s?
Telling us that will help us understand your level of knowledge, and we can respond to your questions with the right amount of information. Basic to intermediate to very advanced.
1960s Cadillacs are actually pretty simple (except for the original air bag suspensions and automatic Climate Control A/C.) Fortunately, the 1963s don't have either, and the '64s only have the Climate Control, which is actually a very sophisticated and advanced design, and worked great when the cars were fairly new...but with age (and a bunch of vacuum lines and servo motors to go bad) it can be a trial-and-error process to fix.
The guys and gals on this forum are the absolute best source of Cadillac knowledge for 1963-64 models, and that extends to other years too.
As I wrote at the beginning, these are actually pretty simple and straightforward cars to work on. The fuel and electrical systems are regular General Motors parts (mostly) and easy to troubleshoot.
The Turbo 400 transmission that debuted in '64 Cadillacs is the same that was fitted to big-engined GM cars and pickup trucks for over 25 years. Tons of parts available.
It's the specialty equipment (unique to Cadillac) that present the most challenges to locate, if you need to replace something. That's where this forum (and its advertising sponsors) will be of huge help.
You're on the right start with buying and reading through all of the service manuals you can find. Depending on if your car has A/C, cruise control, Twilight Sentinel, etc., there's a lot of special things to learn about.
We're glad you bought your classic Caddy, and were here to help.
C. Van Tune
I've never owned any car before, but I've been driving since I was a kid (mostly small European cars). I know a lot of cars, but nothing about them.
I started working full time on it, though it got badly damaged being left out in the rain for two years when I was working overseas (couldn't get a garage), then a storm destroyed the makeshift garage I build last year.
Now it's safe and protected, learnt how to change all the tires, replace the battery with an Ultima, new starter, just changed the oil, cleaned up the generator, put in new spark plugs, and topped up the transmittion fluid, got it running again but having some issue with the carb, I think it's just dirty and needs a clean, currently working on that and getting all the rust off everything, that's about the extent of my knowledge so far.
The AC seems super complex, and I've got a few bits missing, hoping to identify then buy the parts on here, but I think I'll have to take it to a professional to get that fully sorted.
I'm blown away buy the knowledge and info on here, it's one of the main reasons I picked up the car. Compared to other cars I like the engine looked a bit more simple, and easier to work on, like you said access to GM parts makes life a lot easier.
Thanks for the welcome, and all the info, it's greatly appreciated.
Please post some photos. We always enjoy seeing Cadillacs.
Where did you find your '64? In America, or in Europe?
From 2003-2009, I owned a '64 Sedan DeVille, four window, similar to yours. It was a 14,000 mile original car, with even the original tires on it. I bought it from the family of its original lady owner, and they gave me a photo of the lady to keep in the car's glove compartment. She loved the car.
Every old car has a story. It's fun to try and figure out the chain of ownership. Where was it bought new, who owned it, and if there are any old photos of it anywhere? Fun detective work.