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63 Headlight Knob Removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 11. 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. 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. 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. 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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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
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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
Russ Austin and Ben Roberts are now friends
Feb 17
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thank you for the feedback Russ"
Jan 30
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
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
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Looks good to me  Enjoy "
Jan 29
Russ Austin replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"That looks good to me."
Jan 29

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Convertible Series 62
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At 2:19pm on December 25, 2019, Jason Edge said…

Welcome to the 63/64 Cadillac Website.

This site is hosted by the CLC (Cadillac LaSalle Club) 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter. Joining the website is free to everyone, however, you must be a CLC member to join the Chapter. 

- Click on www.join.6364cadillac.com for more information on joining the 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter and the Cadillac LaSalle Club.

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1964 Cadillac Deville - TH400 kickdown switch

Started by Louis in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Charles Fares 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello,I am searching for a  TH400 transmission kickdown switch (the one near the carburetor). A new one or in good condition.I already asked Fatsco and US Parts Supply but they don’t have this…Continue

New Gallery

Started by Tony and Ginny 429 in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

I am truly fascinated by the  wonderful  inspiring stories behind owning these 63-64 CLASSIC ANTIQUE CADILLACSThey have set the website ON FIRE !!Jason Mr Webmaster your talents regarding the subject…Continue

64 429 Thermostat Housing

Started by Jason A in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does anyone know where to find a thermostat housing for a 64 429?  Are any cars interchangeable?  Chevy 350 looks identical, but a lil bigger.Thanks,JasonContinue

New photo gallery

Started by Tony and Ginny 429 in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 16 hours ago. 8 Replies

Having trouble posting my picture in the new gallery but managed to get the text right The computer WIZ - I am NOT ! Stay safe my friends Continue

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How to sensibly deal with the Corona Virus

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on March 14, 2020 at 5:02pm 6 Comments

https://theamericanscholar.org/covid-19-a-primer/

I found this very helpful, written by a knowledgeable authority in public health. 

Remember, Viruses are not spread by Cadillacs so get out and drive!


Safe & Healthy travels. 

Jeff Kinzler

1963 Eldorado convertible boot

Posted by Les Eastling on February 27, 2020 at 10:33am 1 Comment

I need a used convertible boot for a 63 Cadillac convertible - condition or color is not an issue since it will be used as a pattern for making a new one. One from either a 62 series convertible or an Eldorado would work. I know I am searching for hen's teeth here... but you never know unless you ask!

Looking for 63 Convertible / Coupe rear side trim

Posted by Gene McIlroy on January 24, 2020 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Want to find a good straight dent free rear side trim for my 1963 Convertible.  I have both sides but they do not match.  Wanting to get them to match.  I am attaching a photo of the two trim sided that I have really wanting the squared off trim if I can get it.  Let's see what you have,…

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