Michael Forte
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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Series 62 Convertible, Aspen White
Cadillac LaSalle Club Membership Number? (Must be a member to Join Chapter & Website)
Yes, #29951
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Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by 3ft7bqmb7dryo Jun 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm wrapping up my interior restoration (slight custom) and the last part I need for the doors are the vent window handles.  The ones I have are pitted so I need new ones and I'd like…Continue

Glove box script mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by 3ft7bqmb7dryo Mar 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All,Does anyone know where to get the barrel nuts (or whatever the original method is) to mount the glove box script?  I assume that's what holds it in place.  My car had a stick-on script when I…Continue

63 Convertible Top Switch and Escutcheon Needed

Started Mar 5, 2017 0 Replies

Looking for one with no pits on the escutcheon.Continue

63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge Aug 30, 2021. 6 Replies

Wanted: interior rub guard for a convertible.  Attaches to the rear-most edge of the quarter trim panel.  It's a small stainless piece with one screw attaching it.  See photo.  Need the right (pass)…Continue

 

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Welcome to my page!  I got my first Cadillac in 2015 - an Aspen White '63 Series 62 Convertible.  I'm here to learn from others and share what I've learned with my car, hoping to maintain the interest in these great American classics.

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Seat belt restoration

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am 2 Comments

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 13 Comments

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 5 Comments

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 19 Comments

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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"Just found this article.  Wish this was available in 2018 when I did mine...How To Install A Sniper EFI Fuel Pump Module Kit Into A Shallow Fuel Tank - Holley Motor Life"
Jul 30, 2023
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"Hi Charles, I have the Holley Sniper in my car and I'm using an in-tank pump.  I used the Holley in-tank module part number 12-130, but that is for tanks 7" deep at a minimum, so I had to modify the way it drops in.  I also…"
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"Hi Mack, Dominator D2500 in front, D2600 in rear. Manuel, my car has no sway issues at all, even without the sway bar.  Even at 70MPH freeway speeds it handles well.  If your two front bags are sharing the same air, I suspect that's…"
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"Thanks so much Tony for the kind words about the article and my car.  It's definitely the nicest car I've owned.  And while plenty of cars came and went over the years, this one is a keeper! Happy motoring!"
Aug 24, 2022
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Manuel, that piece that looks like an upper bag cup is just a bag spacer.  It fits up into the spring pocket but some of the bag still goes into the pocket as well, so unfortunately some trimming will be needed.  The CB kit is really nice…"
Aug 2, 2022
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Hi Manuel, the upper mount doesn’t eliminate the need to clearance the factory spring pocket. You’ll still have to cut some away.  Good luck with yours!  It’s a fun mod that looks and drives great. "
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"Mine are covered in undercoat and road grime.  Who knew the could look so good?! Nice detail!"
May 15, 2022
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"Congrats on the find!"
Aug 30, 2021
Michael Forte replied to Michael Forte's discussion 63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard
"It really was a happy moment.  I can now say that my interior restoration is 100% complete!.  Done!  Now, on to restoring the engine compartment...."
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At 2:54pm on January 15, 2020, Christian Peterson said…

That answers both my questions, Because I was going to ask you your wheel size and back spacing next!  Guess Ill ask 2 more wheel / tire questions and that should be it......seeing as you bought the car with the rims....do you feel there would be room/clearance to possibly put a 22 x 9 or 22 x10. Just curious if you felt there would be room? Also for reference on your 22X8.5's what tire size are you currently running? I was looking at possibly 22X9's with 255 35 22 tires?  Your help and your input is greatly appreciated! 

At 8:29am on January 9, 2020, Christian Peterson said…

Hey Mike, I just had a couple questions for you about the chopping block arms, and if there were any modifications you had to do to fit 22s on the car. Thanks for your time. 

Christian

At 8:02am on October 18, 2015, 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. 

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Be sure and check out all the links and pages and make yourself at home.  The Help Page at www.help.6364cadillac.com will have links to many useful articles and information about our Cadillacs. 

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1964 Floor braces rot

Started by Todd Fox in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Todd Fox 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Has anybody in here found a good supplier of replacement floor braces for the 64 convertibles. Continue

Tags: support, brace, Floor

Nice 1963 to 1967 Cylinder Head Water Outlet Pipe Assembly - $150

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

I just pulled a very good Cadillac Cylinder Head Water Outlet Pipe for cars with AC with the extended arm for compressor. That came off a running parts and is a nice piece. Included is a new 180…Continue

40A CB in fuse box

Started by Larry Rees in General Discussion yesterday. 0 Replies

Don’t know if this is common knowledge or easy to find but was able to order a 40A Circuit breaker to fit in the fuse box from Crimp Supply inc or on Amazon from the same company source. Just thought…Continue

Trivia #29 - What Movie Is this?

Started by Jason Edge in Trivia. Last reply by Jason Edge on Monday. 12 Replies

It has been a while since we did some trivia and I was watching a movie last night and saw this 1964 Coupe de Ville that briefly makes an appearance.   The Trivia Question is: What Movie Is this?…Continue

Blog Posts

Loud air moving sound within carb with cleaner removed

Posted by Dave Fehrle on March 23, 2024 at 3:23pm 8 Comments

While checking my Carter carb with engine running, I took the air cleaner off and there was a very loud hissing sound of air. I placed a piece of paper over the carb and it didn’t move up or down, is this normal?

Vintage Air AC

Posted by Chase on March 21, 2024 at 5:55am 0 Comments

Hey everyone, has anybody done a Vintage Air AC/Heat setup in their car? I want to bypass the old vacuum setup and go with a Vintage Air Gen 2 model. Before I get started, does anyone have any experience with this? (Which model to go with, do’s and dont’s, etc.) It looks pretty involved. Any and all info/pics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

accumulator dryer

Posted by CHRIS CARLSON on December 6, 2023 at 10:54am 0 Comments

Who rebuilds original AC  accumulator dryers for 1964 Cadillac? I have been on Classic auto air in Tampa FL wait list for over a year ,  There is one on Old air products web site that looks very similar to the original # 21-4214A but states it fits 1962 Gm cars, The one recommended for a 1964 Cadillac is half the length 21-4215A    What  is everyone using ? I would prefer to be as original as possible. Thanks

'63 Eldorado trumpet horn + 2 standard horns restoration

Posted by Les Eastling on November 15, 2023 at 10:34am 1 Comment

My son, unbeknownst to me, had all three of the horns on our 1963 Eldorado completely restored. We had recently added the Eldorado trumpet horn to the two standard horns and the sound was not very good... we had heard good ones so we knew something was not right... but there was not much we could do to get better sound from the 3 horns. 

There is a restoration service called The Horn Works who my son…

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