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Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Martin May 19. 24 Replies

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…Continue

Frozen Odometer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 May 10. 5 Replies

Hi, everyone.  Getting ready for my next project and wanted a sounding board before I get started.  My speedometer works perfectly, but the mileage counting odometer hasn't worked since I owned car. …Continue

Clock Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 May 4. 14 Replies

Hi everybody, here's a weird one that has me stumped.  I recently switched clocks in my 63 for cosmetic reasons (neither works which is okay new one looks better).  The old one had both light and…Continue

1963 Fender Crown Trim Both - Sides

Started Apr 13 0 Replies

I have a set of these if anyone wants them.  3 or 4 noticeable dents/dings on each piece plus the usual fine scratches. If interested make an offer, thanks.  Email address is…Continue

 

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Lee Martin commented on Robert Pellow's photo
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1963 cadillac eldorado biarritz wreck

"If it has wood trim on the glove box and door panels, and stainless trim along the outer rockers, it's an Eldorado.  New sheet metal plus sanding/painting plus motor & trannie rebuild plus new interior and top = big bucks. …"
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Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Lee Martin's video
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1963 Cadillac Fender Spears

"Lee  May I suggest you send them to Jason Edge so that they will be used by someone who needs them in the  near future  At least they will find a good home on a 63 that way and a nice gesture for all he does for us  this…"
Jun 4
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If anyone can use these 63 fender trim pieces let me know, otherwise they're going into the recycling bin:

1963 Cadillac Fender Spears

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Jun 4
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"@Kurt - Thanks, so simple yet I would never have thought of that - will give it a try!"
May 19
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"Jason to the rescue and what a great gesture —if I do say so myself  Enjoy"
May 18
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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!!"
May 18
Jason Edge replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Kurt replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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 45 degrees. the slot will…"
May 18
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Kurt replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Jason Edge replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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. "
May 18
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"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…"
May 18
Lee Martin replied to Lee Martin's discussion Help! 1963 Shifter Bezel and Lens Removal Problem
"Success!  I was able to lower the column without touching the floor brace - glad because the rubber boot is on tight and didn't want to crack that or mess it up.  I got the lens out and am repainting the bezel.  THANK YOU for all…"
May 18

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
No
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No

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Leaky Freeze Plug

Posted on March 22, 2021 at 12:49pm 7 Comments

Just developed a significant leak coming from a freeze plug right over the starter.  Would this be considered a "cam plug" i.e. like Dorman 17616DS?  Our cars have multiple sizes of plugs on engine block and I want to get the right one.  Also, does anyone know how pricey this is for a shop to fix?  Thanks!

Rear Side Window Stainless Sill Removal

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 3:07pm 2 Comments

I'm looking to replace a piece of the stainless trim that sits on the outside of the car like a sill outside the rear passenger side window.  I can just barely see one screw at one end but does the door panel and/or window need to come out to access this?  If anyone has done this I'd like to learn what is involved.  Here's a photo of the piece I'm talking about:…

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For sale: 1963 Cadillac front center impact bar $100 + shipping

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

Offering this newly re-chromed 1963 Cadillac front center impact bar for sale, $100 plus whatever it costs to ship it from Detroit to your location.  

The unit fits perfect on driver's side but does not sit flush on passenger side.  I am told someone needs to take a wooden block and hammer and bang the passenger side lower corner in to make it fit right.  If you know how to do this stuff, this is the piece for you.

Email themidnighthour.tv@gmail.com with any questions.…

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1963 Carter Carb Mystery

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Last weekend, I was trying (vainly) to remove the blower motor cover in the engine compartment when I noticed something strange:  A black rubber hose, originating from a vacuum actuator on the passenger side of my Carter carb, that went nowhere.  The previous owner had carefully tucked the free end underneath another vacuum actuator attached to the blower motor cover.  There was a plastic nipple stuck in the free end of the hose, meaning the other end led to another hose.  I looked…

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At 12:48pm on June 23, 2014, Bryan Moore said…

Quite all right, Lee! Can't say as I blame you a bit as it's beautiful Caddy! Long may she be enjoyed in your hands, sir! :)

At 5:24pm on June 19, 2014, Jason Edge said…

Welcome to the 63/64 Cadillac Website.  

Be sure and check out all the links and pages and make yourself at home.  

Also check out and join the national Cadillac LaSalle Club and our Chapter. To Join the CLC click on https://www.cadillaclasalleclub.org/joinrenew

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 21 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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

429 lower compression ring

Started by Matti Roth in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Matti Roth on Friday. 3 Replies

I am installing new rings to my 64 429 and being first time there, I managed to break one ring. I wish not to buy the complete set. Are there single std size rings available? 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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