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Oil Leaks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Bahner Jun 5. 8 Replies

Hey guys, I'm having a local shop try and seal up some of the leaks on Ol Blue, '63 SDV. I've got a couple questions.Has anyone replaced the tranny shift shaft seal, are they available? Is it doable…Continue

63 6 way Seat switch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge May 17, 2020. 4 Replies

Hi all, I had my car in for some rust repair on pass side front fender and door. That part went ok except for the color match but my real issue is the seat switch. Are the 63 and 64 the only switches…Continue

Hot Car Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronnie Lay Sep 24, 2018. 5 Replies

Thought I would share a pic of our cars at a local car show last month. Since both cars are driver quality, I'm not much of a car show guy and the wife definitely isn't. But, I talked her into…Continue

Brake Light- 63 SDV

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Bahner May 23, 2018. 6 Replies

Hey all, both the brake lights on my SDV are not making good connection. Drivers side works but is held tight with a piece of plastic wedged by the bulb and I can't get the right one to light the…Continue

 

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Tom Bahner replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Thanks for all the info. I feel a little more confident in getting some decent results on this adventure. Tom B "
Jun 5
Russ Austin replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"The trans dip stick tube is an O ring recessed in the hole of the trans.  Taking the pan off and going through the bottom of the trans would be the best way. I did mine with the engine out and through the top.  Just use the black form a…"
Jun 4
Mark S Anderson replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Shifter seal is very straightforward and can be done on-car.Take off pan, disconnect linkage.  Inside transmission, just loosen a clamp and a set screw and the shaft slides out.The seals on the hydramatic are o rings, on turbo hydramatic there…"
Jun 4
Tom Bahner replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Thanks all. Not so concerned about valve covers and will pass along info on pan and rear main seal, contact cement, etc. Only questions left is on tranny. I assume the dip stick tube is just an O-ring. What supplier has the shift shaft seal? Is it…"
Jun 3
Jason Edge replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"I prefer the thick cork valve cover gaskets. I would never use one of those thin rubber valve cover gaskets. With a straight valve cover that has not been overtightened (they can be bent back with boards and a heavy hammer if they have), and the…"
Jun 2
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Giving anyone working on your Cadillac your copy of your cars year Service Manual  should  be a good Idea  —the details he needs are all located there  Enjoy "
Jun 2
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Do be sure to find Russ Austin’s post  on the rear main crankshaft seal —-that indicates he offset his rear main seal by one inch off the crankshafts rear main bearing joint which is the most successful attempt to get that seal to…"
Jun 2
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Tom Bahner's discussion Oil Leaks
"Tom  The stock valve cover gaskets were cork I do not know of any rubber myself  I read that you should soak cork in water before installing them and it does make sense they would get thicker and be more pliable and flexible which could…"
Jun 2
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Oil Leaks

Hey guys, I'm having a local shop try and seal up some of the leaks on Ol Blue, '63 SDV. I've got a couple questions.Has anyone replaced the tranny shift shaft seal, are they available? Is it doable without a total tear down?I already have the pan, rear main, valve cover gaskets. I've read all the  war stories about rear main, and various other problems. Anyone ever seen rubber valve cover gaskets? All I can find is cork rubber.Thanks for any info.Tom BSee More
Jun 2
Jason Edge replied to Tom Bahner's discussion 63 6 way Seat switch
"63 and 64 switches are different due to wiring different. If you hear motor turning and not movement in the tilt (or any directions), it is probably dried grease in the transmission housing preventing the actuators to slide down the shaft and engage…"
May 17, 2020
Tom Bahner replied to Tom Bahner's discussion 63 6 way Seat switch
"Thanks all. I've been in everything on this seat. Motors, rails, relay, switch, etc. I'll pull the switch out again and take a look at it. Even after cleaning and trying to tightening things up, I still had to push down on the toggle to…"
May 17, 2020
Jason Edge replied to Tom Bahner's discussion 63 6 way Seat switch
"The 40 amp circuit breaker used in the "Horn" fuse slot is found on cars with  either Power Window or Power Seats so the overheating issue could be on either circuit. I would pop it out and see if you have continuity. I'm…"
May 16, 2020
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Tom Bahner's discussion 63 6 way Seat switch
"Tom The grease in the motor gets hard over time and causes a problem Open the motor clean out the old grease and regrease ( lithium grease ) and it should come back to life in most cases and be fine Replacing the floppy switch you are looking for…"
May 16, 2020
Tom Bahner posted a discussion

63 6 way Seat switch

Hi all, I had my car in for some rust repair on pass side front fender and door. That part went ok except for the color match but my real issue is the seat switch. Are the 63 and 64 the only switches that will work?. Its always been flakey in its operation and the shop must have gotten crazy with it trying to move the seat. The toggle switch is flopping around and no longer functions. Also, when I got in to check the fuses this AM the 40 amp circuit breaker was hotter than h---. Do you think…See More
May 16, 2020
Tom Bahner replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion hypothetical
"I've had my '63 for 5 years now. Not afraid to drive it anywhere. Never been rebuilt to my knowledge, leaks a little oil here and there but everything works as it should. I did spend the first year getting it road worthy to my standards,…"
Jul 29, 2019
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May 11, 2019

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Sedan DeVille 4 window
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A Sad Day in Mudville

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:48am 15 Comments

Saturday was a bad day.

The wife and I was returning home from a local cruise when ol Blue started reving up going down the interstate. Yep, something gave out on the old tranny. The underside of the car is soaked with tranny fluid along with the rear of the car. It lost it fast, by the time I got to the exit, there was no movement. Pulled the dipstick, empty.

I thought maybe one of the rubber hoses in the cooling lines gave out but I can't see anything wrong with them.  Of…

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Road Trip

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 10:37am 8 Comments

Well, the wife and I…

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A Test

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 4:47pm 7 Comments

Well, we woke up to a beautiful, warm day for this time of year here in NE Ks. yesterday. The wife said it would be " a good day to test the Caddie".

This is  in prep for a little adventure we're planning to take the end of March first part of April. We're going to drive the Ks, Ok. and maybe Texas stretch of Route 66. What better way of doing it than in a '63 Sedan DeVille.

 I said what the h..., temp in the 40's-50's, sunshine, threw a few tools in the trunk and headed…

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63 SDV Rear Seat Belts

Posted on February 22, 2015 at 1:27pm 3 Comments

Well, the wife say we gotta have'em so I'm on the hunt for seat belts for the back seat of my SDV 4 window.

My question is, are the rears the same length as the front?. Near as I can tell, fronts are about 70+ inches or so.

I've been looking at after market, chrome latch belts that are pretty reasonable. Seat Belt Planet and Andoauto are a couple. Although not exact match to the fronts that are installed, they'll be fine for my driver. 

Haven't looked around at it yet to…

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At 7:43pm on December 19, 2013, 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.  

I saw that you want to join the Chapter. We are a free chapter with the only requirement to join being that you are a member of the Cadillac LaSalle Club. To join, simply send me an email to jasonedge@nc.rr.com with your CLC Membership #, name, address and list any 1963's and 1964 Cadillacs you own. I look forward to add you to our Chapter Roster.

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Roof trim

Started by Krystin Barany in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Krystin Barany 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

I’m going to be starting to tear down my 64’ DeVille before too long but one thing I never figured out was how the roof trim comes off. I understand the drip rails and how to take those off without…Continue

Factory AC clutch fan needed

Started by Chris Gill in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi folks,My clutch fan died so I desperately need a new one. Unfortunately it will take a week or more to order from the usual suppliers so I am hoping someone on here has a manufacturer name and…Continue

Replacement Rear Trailing Arms

Started by Dan McNarry in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Kim K Kaiser 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hello all,I haven't been on the forum for quite a while and do wish you all well. I would like to thank all of you who have purchased replacement rear trailing arms from me in the past. I realize…Continue

Over heating

Started by Kim K Kaiser in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 9 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi, been doing the break in still. At about 450 miles.I hve noticed that when i go out, temp gets to between 1/4 and 1/2 on the gauge.  If i sit any period of time or dnt keep moving, it creeps…Continue

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1963 series 62 convertible transmission issue

Posted by Matthew VanDeWater on June 22, 2021 at 3:03pm 1 Comment

Hello I've been restoring a 63 for way to many years. Down to almost done, but have issue with trans linkage, when column in park shift rod 2 inches short. everything original. been trying to find picture of manual rod hooked up from under car to see position of linkage. was wondering if anybody has access for pictures. I wanted to see if my manual linkage is bent  wrong out of the trans if somebody dropped the trans or something. Doesn't make sense why it doesn't work. Thanks for any input…

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New vehicle in the club

Posted by Patrick Westphal on June 17, 2021 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

I was successful in getting a vehicle from the New York contact I talked about at the last club meeting. I am still trying to figure out how to post a picture of the vehicle that is tied with this comment so if you see a random picture of a black convertible in a yard, that's me haha.  …

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Torque converter grab when idling in Drive

Posted by Cliff Johnston on June 14, 2021 at 8:47pm 2 Comments

Hi Everyone, been quite a while since i have been on here.

I have had an issue with the idle on my 64 Coupe Deville ever since i have had it.

With the Idle set high enough that it is smooth, but still a nice idle, the RPM seems only slightly too high for the stall of the Torque Converter. And therefore it tends to sit there and grab and lunge a bit. So until now, i have been putting the car in Neutral at the lights to stop this happening.

I've had the car dyno tuned and…

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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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