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 Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

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. 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

 

Michael Forte's Page

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…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 18 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 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…

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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 Martin McKercher's blog post 1963 & 1965 Distributor
"Hi Martin, I commented on your FB post about this - didn’t realize you were a member here.  I’m collecting parts to do some experimenting.  Will keep you posted."
Nov 20
Jason Edge replied to Michael Forte's discussion 63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard
"Congrats on the find!"
Aug 30
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...."
Aug 30
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Michael Forte's discussion 63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard
"Micheal Not often do I see two small pieces of shinny metal make someone so happy  But I do understand your joy  Enjoy "
Aug 23
Michael Forte liked Jason Edge's discussion I Whipped Out My Horn and Waxed It Today!
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Michael Forte replied to Michael Forte's discussion 63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard
"These are either extremely rare or I just don't know where to look.  But....After more than 5 years of looking I finally found a set from a 1963 Pontiac P8 on ebay and scooped them up."
Aug 22
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Michael Forte left a comment for Jeff S
"Hi Jeff, Wilwood doesn't have a kit for the 63/64 so I designed a set of brackets that adapt one of their C10 kits.  It was a LOT of work but the final brackets are billet aluminum and black powder coated and look exactly like something…"
Nov 6, 2020
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"Hi. How were you able to do Willwood brakes?"
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Christian Peterson left a comment for Michael Forte
"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…"
Jan 15, 2020
Michael Forte left a comment for Christian Peterson
"Hey Christian, sorry for the delay.  My car had 22's on it when I bought it and it still had the stock suspension, so no mods were necessary at all.  The wheels are 22x8.5 with a 5.5" back spacing.  Lug pattern is 5 on…"
Jan 13, 2020

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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. 

Christian

At 8:02am on October 18, 2015, Jason Edge said…

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- Click Here for more information on joining the CLC. 
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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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Classic Cadillac Parts For Sale - Misc Items

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 4 hours ago. 287 Replies

I have posted a few Misc items over on my Classic Cadillac Parts Facebook page at…Continue

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Door edge guards for 63 convertible

Started by Louie Hernandez in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Rudolph Kutey 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

Looking for a good set for a 2dr Eldo. Thanks!Louie -   louzer21@gmail.comContinue

Crankshaft for sale.

Started by Russ Austin in General Discussion yesterday. 0 Replies

A cleaned and polished crankshaft for a 64 429 with the Hydra Matic transmission.A machine shop did the work and is guaranteed.Crank is 300.00  plus shipping.   email me at  russ@thecadishack.com Continue

64 429 engine block for sale

Started by Russ Austin in General Discussion yesterday. 0 Replies

I have a machined 64 429 engine block for sale.  A machine shop cleaned, bored and inspected the block.  Cylinders are bored to 30 over stock. Guaranteed good.  500.00  plus shipping. email me at …Continue

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1963 & 1965 Distributor

Posted by Martin McKercher on November 9, 2021 at 8:34pm 5 Comments

Hi all
I am looking to have an aftermarket distributor made for these year models.
I have fitted a Holley Sniper to my 63' 390 & want the Sniper to control the timing.

This is in the very early stages so I am looking to see if it is viable.
I understand the purists might see this as sacrilgious but the Sniper has made my car soo much better for me.
I am asking to see if there is any interest?

1964 Eldorado for Sale

Posted by Richard Stanley on October 29, 2021 at 1:41pm 0 Comments

After 26 years as second owner, I have decided to sell my 1964 Eldorado.  Feel free to call me anytime to discuss.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1764798240358992/

Best,

Richard Stanley

213 300-4567

What is the color of this 63 Eldorado - aquamarine or green?

Posted by SK on October 24, 2021 at 2:33pm 2 Comments

Hi, 

I really like the color combination of this 63 Eldorado (sold long time ago by Volocars).

The ad states aqua exterior and green interior but unfortunately there is no pic on the cowl tag.   

Is the exterior color ’Frost aquamarine’ and interior ’Beryl’?

Or is the exterior green, ’Frost green’ and interior ’Emerald’?

-Samu…

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Rochester throttle body gasket

Posted by Phil on September 29, 2021 at 8:18am 5 Comments

Hello,  would anybody be able to tell me if I’m using the correct gasket on my Rochester throttle body? It doesn’t  look right to me.  I’m not sure if the carb actually ran with this gasket because I got it used with no history.  Any help would be appreciated …

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