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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, 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…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 23 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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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
Michael Forte and Charles avalos are now friends
Jun 30
Michael Forte replied to Jason Edge's discussion A Little Bit More Cad Bling to Dino Today
"Mine are covered in undercoat and road grime.  Who knew the could look so good?! Nice detail!"
May 15
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, 2021
Jason Edge replied to Michael Forte's discussion 63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard
"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...."
Aug 30, 2021
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, 2021
Michael Forte liked Jason Edge's discussion I Whipped Out My Horn and Waxed It Today!
Aug 22, 2021
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, 2021
jeremy walter liked Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
Mar 18, 2021

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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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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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64 Coupe deVille convertible

Started by Fab in For Sale. Last reply by Fab 52 minutes ago. 6 Replies

Great condition, car is a driver, not a show car, but can be one with not much more work. Laundry list of items that have been updated, refreshed, rebuilt, etc. Reach out for details, too much to…Continue

Question about the 1963 Hydramatic Oil-Filter

Started by Stefan in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 2 hours ago. 12 Replies

Hello everyone,Has anyone of you ever opened the transmission filter and can tell me whether there is filter fabric in there or a metal screen, that can be washed out? The number on the transmission…Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

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Head casting numbers

Started by Shep2 in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi,  My LH cylinder head is cracked.  Casting number is 1473449.  I noticed in the part number book it lists two casting numbers.  Does anyone know if that means 1473449 and 1468025 are…Continue

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Fuel Pump Failure

Posted by Jon Shields on August 6, 2022 at 6:48am 3 Comments

Hello,

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…

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Renovation project 1964 Cadillac Deville convertible

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

Renovation project 1964 Cadillac Deville convertible

 

Introduction

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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I was working on my HVAC system this winter and during the process of taking the dash pad off these two parts fell out. Does anyone know what they are and where they go?

Posted by Patrick Westphal on April 12, 2022 at 1:35pm 1 Comment

I was working on my HVAC system this winter and during the process of taking the dash pad off these two parts fell out. Does anyone know what they are and where they go?

1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Convertible Speedometer Bulbs

Posted by Russell L Parr on April 1, 2022 at 9:15pm 6 Comments

I need to replace the bulbs for the speedometer cluster in my instrument panel..

Before I open up the dash, I want to have the necessary bulbs on hand.

Can someone help me determine what bulbs I need, the number of bulbs I need,  and where to purchase them?

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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