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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 Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
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1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 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 Russ Austin 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 4 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…


Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 28 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…


Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 8 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…


Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 55 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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Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"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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Manuel Cerda commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"I purchased the choppin block kit, installed as well as disc brakes from ABS brakes in Orange, CA. I love the brakes but my suspension is swaying so much that its almost undrivable at high speeds. My two front airbags are sharing the same solenoid…"
Mack commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"What airbags did you use on the front ?"
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Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Micheal  The community thanks you for sharing your air suspension info that is not at all easy to find out about so sharing your research and application are greatly appreciated  This is the kind of post that will allow anyone on the fence…"
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Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"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
Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Micheal Forte Hey Micheal It took me more than a little while —-to be realizing  that this outstanding thread you posted is yours  I remember interacting with you on a number of prior posts on this site and and sites prior to this…"
Aug 9
Manuel Cerda commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Thank you for posting this article and sharing the details. Ive ordered the CB front control arm kit for my 64 Deville. I already had air bags but was tired of constantly changing the ball joints and control arm bushings. I read that the geometry of…"
Aug 9
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
Manuel Cerda commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"I was thrown off because the picture if the Choppin Block upper bag cup appears to be connected to the upper control arm. Im assuming its not because the air bag cup needs to go in the existing frame spring pocket. I placed my order directly from…"
Aug 2
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. "
Aug 1
Manuel Cerda commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Looking to install this kit on my 64.  Does the top control arm airbag mount eliminate the need for the bag to fit inside the frame spring pocket?  Im trying to understand how this kit will fit in."
Aug 1
Michael Forte replied to Tony and Ginny 429's discussion Jason
"Congratulations Jason!  That's a workhorse that has helped many fellow enthusiasts and worthy of an award for that alone."
Jul 1
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At 5:20pm on November 5, 2020, Jeff S said…
Hi. How were you able to do Willwood brakes?
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. 


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64 tranny mount

Started by Ron Perry in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 18 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi Guys Hoping someone could recommend a vender where I can purchase a transmission mount for my 64 Sedan De Ville.  Thanks!Continue

Jason's September 26, 2022 Ramble - Gone Like a '64 Cadillac

Started by Jason Edge in General Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 19 hours ago. 2 Replies

Well, parts car #58 is history. Rear end came out late yesterday (1st Picture below), it was delivered to the metal yard this morning (2nd picture) and for the first time since I bought my 2013…Continue

Was there Originally Carpet Inside 1964 Eldorado Center Console?

Started by C. Van Tune in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Bobby Brown yesterday. 6 Replies

Is there supposed to be carpet inside the '64 Eldo center console?There is carpet in mine, and it's a deeper pile than what's on the floor (which has probably been replaced.)Here's some pix of mine.…Continue

63 Lower Front Bumper Ends?

Started by Peter Greenway in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Peter Greenway yesterday. 3 Replies

I'm looking for 2 good condition lower front bumper ends for a 1963 car. Can anyone help please?Continue

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electric fuel pump question on 63

Posted by Kim K Kaiser on September 27, 2022 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

I suffered another vapor lock today,  and im bout ready to go to electric.  It can get really hot and dry out here in MT and it was only 88 yesterday when I stalled.   car ran flawless all day..  got into my town, did some slow and idle driving, and temp on gauge got to about 195.   To get to my house, I have to climb a pretty steep hill, and as has happened on other occasions, has stalled about half way up.   I checked the bowl, it was at the bottom.  The fuel pump was HOT!!!,,,I had it…


Trunk Open and Lock Mechanism is in Closed Position

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 13, 2022 at 7:14pm 7 Comments

While working on my trunk lock on 64 Cadillac, I mistakenly closed the locking mechanism while the trunk was open.  Is there an easy way to manually release the lock back to the open position?


Fuel Pump Failure

Posted by Jon Shields on August 6, 2022 at 6:48am 4 Comments


I'm located in Melbourne, Australia and my 64 sedan de ville is stuck in the garage due to failed mechanical fuel pump. The first after market mechanical fuel pump lasted a few years before it failed & left me stranded 5 hours from home. A hire car and tow got us home. On inspection, I noticed a valve not seated within the housing. I was optimistic, pressed it into place and assumed the pump was good to go. But alas, no. From what I can now determine, the diaphragm pushrod…


Renovation project 1964 Cadillac Deville convertible

Posted by Balachne on May 31, 2022 at 7:00am 3 Comments

Renovation project 1964 Cadillac Deville convertible



To achieve an excellent result of vehicle restoration, it is essential to  manage this task as one manages an industrial project.

To do this we will use a certain formalism of project management and therefore start by defining the need. It is from this that we will deduce the scope, then the time of execution of the…



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