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63 Headlight Knob Removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 11, 2020. 1 Reply

Is there a trick to remove the knob on the headlight switch?  So far, it has proven to be stuck and I don’t want to destroy the switch.  I have been pulling straight out.  Advice is appreciatedContinue

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New timing chain and gears...how much slack?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anders Jan 31, 2020. 11 Replies

How much play is there in a new set of 390 chain and gears?  See the attached video.  I know there is no tensioner but I'm concerned this may be too much play.  I'm most grateful for any feedback.Continue

How much play in 63 timing chain?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 23, 2020. 6 Replies

I will be installing a new chain and gears because I'm in this deep and all the forums here strongly recommend doing so.  It appears the coating is intact and I don't have to worry about that debris…Continue

Harmonic balancer holes are too shallow for the 3 bolts of puller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 17, 2020. 3 Replies

Trying to pull 1963 390 harmonic balancer.  The holes needed for the 3 bolts on the puller can only thread in 1/4” which is not enough to run an impact wrench on it.  I ran a tap to clean the threads…Continue

 

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Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 1963 Series 62 Conv sitting for 27 years...covering all the bases??
"Seems like you are very committed.  Glad to hear you are saving her. The original paint is thin on mine and I have to be careful.  The bottom edge of the body panels on both sides has minor surface rust but still needs to be addressed so…"
Apr 6, 2020
FlaHP replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 1963 Series 62 Conv sitting for 27 years...covering all the bases??
"I bought a barn find a little over a year ago. It had sat for 10 years  it’s not near as nice as yours  I can’t believe how wet everything has been from leaks. I have rust through in the rockers, drip rails in the trunk, a…"
Apr 6, 2020
Russ Austin replied to Ben Roberts's discussion 63 Headlight Knob Removal
"There is a button on the bottom of the switch. Pull the knob out and then push the button in. Then pull the knob all the way out.  It could very well be stuck, so keep trying."
Mar 11, 2020
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63 Headlight Knob Removal

Is there a trick to remove the knob on the headlight switch?  So far, it has proven to be stuck and I don’t want to destroy the switch.  I have been pulling straight out.  Advice is appreciatedSee More
Mar 11, 2020
Russ Austin and Ben Roberts are now friends
Feb 17, 2020
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Thanks for the feedback.  It turns out it was just a few hundred dollars more for a disc break conversion.  I'm keeping all the original parts with the car for any future owner wanting all original."
Feb 11, 2020
Dave Schneider replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Karps Brakes in Upland, Ca did both of my cars. 909 985-0800"
Feb 11, 2020
Anders replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Your engine is always turning in one direction. As long as the camshaft and the crankshaft are correctly aligned then it wouldn't matter if there is a small slack on the "off side". If you have fitted the new sprockets and chain as…"
Jan 31, 2020
Mark S Anderson replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"There is no 'finger slack test; specification for a timing chain.  Yours looks normal, but you can't tell that way, so this is all speculation.If you want to be sure about timing chain slack, put the timing cover, harmonic balancer,…"
Jan 30, 2020
Jason Edge replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"I remember some slackness when I rebuilt mine with new parts way back but cannot remember just how much. I think you are good to go. You definitely do not want it tight as it would have constant tension and wear between the teeth and chain."
Jan 30, 2020
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks Ben, I guess its kinda of an optical illusion  the way that chain looks to me . My engine had 75,000 miles on it & owned by a little old lady . The  camshaft sprocket  coating ( plastic?) had only 1 crack in it  but…"
Jan 30, 2020
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Engine is well documented at 83,000 original miles from the one owner.  Everything has been super clean which reveals it was well maintained while on the road.  The original gears were on it and they actually looked great with no cracking…"
Jan 30, 2020
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks for reviewing.  Also, I did not see an oil slinger on this at disassembly.  Can you confirm that this model did not have an oil slinger?"
Jan 30, 2020
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thank you for the feedback Russ"
Jan 30, 2020
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"These parts are made to specific tolerances —so if all parts are brand new the way they seat will be correct  The roller chain to gear fit looks right to me as does the slack in the chain  Do put it back together and enjoy the…"
Jan 30, 2020
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"  Doesn't look right to me ; why is the chain not sitting down all the way  across the top of the cam sprocket? If it did , this would give even more slack in the chain .. Gotta give it thumbs down. Heck , could your bearings be that…"
Jan 29, 2020

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63 rear main seal

Started by Luther in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello all , just spent better part of the weekend installing a new rear main seal and pan set on my 63 390 , all though it slowed the leak down considerably , l still have a drip , l used a Felpro…Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge yesterday. 0 Replies

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

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Valve stem seals for 429?

Started by Matti Roth in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Matti Roth on Friday. 7 Replies

Hello!I am rebuilding 429 for 64 DeVille and got Felpro head gasket kit including valve stem seals. Is it recommended to install those even though they are not originally used? O-rings will be…Continue

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Can you help? Driveshaft Question....

Posted by Chris on May 30, 2021 at 8:55am 1 Comment

Hello!

Newbie to the group here - we have already found tons of invaluable information on the board, so thanks! We are restoring a 1963 Series 62 Convertible. We are wondering if anyone knows of a source to buy the propellor yoke flange (that bolts to the pinion flange) for the driveshaft? One of our ears partially broke off. Not sure if we can buy just the yoke flange as an aftermarket part, or if it has to be rebuilt by a welder/fab guy? Maybe a salvage yard for a source? Again, any…

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Thank you Kurt re: VIN location

Posted by Robert Pellow on April 19, 2021 at 1:07pm 0 Comments

I just wanted to say a thank you to Kurt for steering me to the tech tips page on V.I.N. locations.  Excellent information.  Thanks a bundle.

Robert Pellow

V.I.N. where?

Posted by Robert Pellow on April 18, 2021 at 1:41pm 6 Comments

Where can I find the V.I.N. on a 63 convertible?  The usual space at the base of the interior windshield on the driver's side has been decimated by weather.

63 Trunk detail

Posted by Bob Pontius on April 8, 2021 at 3:07pm 6 Comments

Jason, I liked the detail and information you have provided. I would like to do mine similar to yours. Can you help? Do you have trunk material? OPGI is sending the trunk product for my 63 Fleetwood. But it does cover the entire trunk as yours was done. If you do not have can you give me a reference? Thanks!! Bob

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