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Air Conditioning/Heater issue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Meloan Oct 13, 2017. 10 Replies

Hey guys, need some professional/expert advice.  This morning when I started my 1963 Cadillac and turned the heat on, all it would do is blow out cool air from the lower (floor) vent. If I switched…Continue

Air Conditioning/Heater issue

Started Oct 11, 2017 0 Replies

Hey guys, need some professional/expert advice.  This morning when I started my 1963 Cadillac and turned the heat on, all it would do is blow out cool air from the lower (floor) vent. If I switched…Continue

Air Conditioning/Heater issue

Started Oct 11, 2017 0 Replies

Hey guys, need some professional/expert advice.  This morning when I started my 1963 Cadillac and turned the heat on, all it would do is blow out cool air from the lower (floor) vent. If I switched…Continue

Speedometer to Transmission connection

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 Aug 8, 2017. 8 Replies

I currently have my '63 in getting some seals/gaskets replaced that dried out as a result of the car not being driven enough. (I really need to get it out more).  The mechanic mentioned that there is…Continue


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1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

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At 2:09am on January 7, 2013, Doug Meloan said…

Russell,  Sorry I am just now getting back to you but I have been out of the loop for the past several months. My mom became ill and passed away the week before Christimas.

Thank you for the nice comments on my 63'.  I have owned the car for over 20 years and have done some work to it about every year since then.  I did have it repainted back in 1993? by a local body shop.  I don't remember what type of paint they used, but I remember him commenting that they had to paint the car in sections as the paint would start to dry to fast.  It still looks great nearly 20 years later.  The interior I had redone about the same time by a local auto upholsterer.  We were able to obtain original fabric from SMS auto fabrics.  He did a fantastic job in replicating the exact original design down to the correct stitching and piping.  The only thing I changed was I used vinyl instead of leather for the white part as I did not want it to yellow like the original did, and also it was less expensive at the time and I was on a tight budget.  It still looks brand new also.  The engine I had rebuilt in 2005 and detailed the engine bay at the time.  Satin black is correct for this area and not gloss black.  I bought the correct Cadillac blue engine paint for the areas where it would be blue. Fortunately since the car was all original when I purchased it, I was able to know what areas were painted what color, etc... I had the chrome bumpers re-chromed when I had the car painted, and this year had the door window switch chrome plates re-chromed as they were slightly pitted. They came out looking like new.  I want to have the steering wheel redone next as it has some cracking.  I got an estimate to do it correctly and looking at about a grand for that so it is temporarily on the back burner. 

Regarding the garage. I have a very understanding wife, but I usually keep one of the old Cadillacs at a self storage unit and one at home so that she can put her car (2012 SRX) in the garage.  I switch the 63' and 71' our depending on which one I am driving or puttering around with.  The 71' is a real cream puff and all original with only 36,000 miles on it so it is in showroom like condition. Have fun with you car, it is nice looking and they are real eye turners. I will never be able to part with the 63'  as it is now a part of the family.    Doug

At 11:48am on September 3, 2012, Russell DeBarros said…
Hello Doug, I really like your 63. If you have a minute, I am hoping that you can answer a couple of questions for me.
1. Did you do the restoration on this car or did you buy it this way? If the answer is no, then most the remaining questions may understandably be difficult for you to answer.
2. What paint was used to paint the black parts under the hood. I see so many cars painted with gloss black, when clearly the original look seems to be more like a satin, or semigloss.
3. We're the seats re-upholstered? If so where did you find the cloth? My 63 has the same interior as yours and the cloth on the doors looks really good but the seats have a few tears along the seams. I really want to maintain the original appearance and so , I am stuck for the moment with my seats the way they are.

Thanks for the great pictures. And oh yes love the garage as well. If you are married, perhaps you can tell me how you get your wife to park outside so that you can have two classic car garage spaces.

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Schizophrenic headlights

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 12:16am 9 Comments

Recently my headlights have been flickering from high beam to low beam in rapid succession, but only periodically.  Also sometimes when I try to turn on brights they won't come on, and then suddenly they may come on and then flick back off, or may stay on.  Autronic Eye is turned off but need some thoughts on what may be causing this.  Bad floor switch?  Short in system?  Doesnt seem to act up until I try to turn on brights, then it is anyone guess what will happen.

AC Delco Spark Plugs

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:43pm 7 Comments

Needing to know factory correct spark plug for 1963 Cadillac.  I assume it is either the AC-44 or AC-45 spark plug with the green rings but can someone let me know if this is correct and if so which one?  Thanks, Doug

Issue with one back up light

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 9:19pm 7 Comments

Seems like my 63' is going to test my patience this month. I get one problem solved and another shows up.  Recently I noticed I was not getting any back up lights to come on. With good advice from several of you on this blog forum figured out it was the NSS. Replaced NSS and that seemed to solve the problem, except only one back up light comes on.  Checked the wiring, cleaned the connections, all other lights working correctly, have power to light green wire that connects to back up bulb …


No back up lights

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 12:43am 4 Comments

My back up lights have recently quit working.  I thought perhaps the NSS was the issue so I took it off and inspected it and don't see any broken parts.  I jumpered the pink/black stripe wire to the light green wire to see if they would come on and still no back up lights. (yes, I turned key to on position) Bulbs are fine, fuse is fine.  Any thoughts where to check next?  Thanks, Doug



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1964 turbo trans

Started by JOHN V SCHILLACI in General Discussion 40 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Hello, Does anyone know if the spacer between the engine and turbo trans year specific? If not what years fit which.Continue

differential seal

Started by Al zink in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Can anyone provide me with a good source for a differential seal for my 63 cadillacThanksContinue


Started by Mark Bartlett in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Mark Bartlett 7 hours ago. 26 Replies

Hi I am new to this Discussion  I currently purchasing a 64 Deville convertible and It has bias ply tires that are 15 year old  they have L-78-15 tires and would like to put on radials . Question …Continue

The amazing Th-400 trans still going strong in 2023 in drag racing circles

Started by Tony and Ginny 429 in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

I just read an article about a drag race engine producing 2500 plus  HP using a TH-400 trans behind it Sure the trans was modified some to handle that kind of power but was still a big ( good )…Continue

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Lower Front End Ball Joints

Posted by Logan Robb on May 11, 2023 at 9:04am 7 Comments

Good Morning all! 

I took the 64 into the shop to have some adjustments completed and in the process decided to have the lower ball joints replaced as was recommended the last time I had it in. I ordered the parts and came into the shop. They quoted me nearly $500 to replace those lower ball joints requiring nearly 4hrs of labor. Now this is a reputable shop and they know me by name here and they will continue to get my business. I am just questioning what on earth is…


1964 power steering sector rebuild

Posted by CHRIS CARLSON on March 20, 2023 at 11:32pm 3 Comments

 I'm having my steering sector rebuilt, and considering changing it from 20-1 ratio 4.2 turns lock to lock to 3.5 turns lock to lock @ 16-1 ratio, If i change from a 3 1/4" box to a 3" box i could have a 14-1 Ratio steering response would be faster, shorter distance to turn the wheel to get a response,   has anyone done this? and how do you like it? thank you

1964 Daville dashboard clock

Posted by Willem Bol on March 13, 2023 at 11:33am 2 Comments


Can somebody help me finding a dashboard clock  for my 1964 Cadillac DeVille Convertible?

Thank you in advance,

Willem Bol

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Does anyone know where I can get the bushings for AC compressor mount on the 429?

Posted by Robert Schles on February 21, 2023 at 11:45am 2 Comments

I've looked at the usual rubber sources but couldn't find any. 


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