William R Conte
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Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge May 6. 27 Replies

My newly rebuilt engine got hot immediately on first run. Did this 3 out of 3 tries, blew hose off first two times. It fails compression test badly.My question it this... Can the head gasket go on…Continue

429 and TH400 rebuilder in central NJ?

Started May 1, 2018 0 Replies

Hey gang --- I'm stripping the A/C system out of my 64 Coupe deVille for rehab. I also need to repair a rust hole in the pass fender lower area. Since I am doing all of this work, I am considering…Continue

Wiper switch refurbish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin May 29, 2020. 7 Replies

Last time I tried to use the wipers they wouldn't turn on. Finally, they did. Then I couldn't turn them back off. I had to unplug the wiper motor. The switch action does not feel as tight and…Continue

 

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William R Conte and Kim K Kaiser are now friends
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William R Conte liked Jason Edge's discussion A Before & After Example
Jun 22
William R Conte replied to Daniel Grande's discussion 63 coupedebille fuel pump issues
"Something is really off here, because that is the correct pump. Check the photo of my engine with this pump installed..."
Jun 22
William R Conte replied to mark zimmerman's discussion Oil leaking out of oil cap breather
"You have too much pressure in the crankcase. Check that the vent tube attachment on the valley cover is not obstructed, and that your pcv valve is good, and that you have good vacuum to the pcv hose coming from the valley cover. Do yourself a favor…"
Jun 22
William R Conte replied to Daniel Grande's discussion Update on fuel pump
"1477857 is the casting number for a 63 390 block, so you definitely have the right engine. The 64 429 is basically the same engine with slightly larger bore/stroke. External accessories are the same. I used a Carter M3993 pump on my 429, and it fit…"
Jun 22
William R Conte replied to Daniel Grande's discussion 63 coupedebille fuel pump issues
"I bought the Carter M3993 pump for my 64 429. The 63 390 takes the same pump. It fit and works perfectly. I got mine from Rockauto. They have it in stock."
Jun 22
Jason Edge replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"I know that is a big relief! You expect the worse and when it turns out not to be so bad you will enjoy the results that much better. In other words you appreciate a good running engine when you get past a scare like that. Get that water pump in…"
May 6
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"Let the rings seat by putting a few thousand  miles  on the engine and compression should show improvement  Keep an eye on the oil level as it will be higher usage than normal now  The stock rings on our engines take more time to…"
May 6
William R Conte replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"I ran the car this evening, and it ran very well, at 186 degrees at the T'Stat housing. Temp gauge read normal, about 1/3 of the way up or so. Same as it did in the past. This time I repainted the radiator support and fan shroud, and put them…"
May 6
William R Conte replied to MIKE's discussion 63/64 Clock repair
"Corvette Clocks by Roger is another vendor. Roger did the clock for my 64. I kept mine original."
May 6
William R Conte replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"I noticed that too, and thought it strange. I bought Fel Pro gaskets from RockAuto, the last pair they had. They matched up hole wise with what came out. I expect to be re installing the radiator support today, and possibly the fan shroud too. I…"
May 2
Kim K Kaiser replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"I brought this up in my rebuild in Feb.  i also ordered another gasket, and it was different than the first one!!  same supplier!!!i "made a note of that Holes in heads, gaskets, and block are not a 100% one for one match""
May 2
Jason Edge replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"That's great news. Glad it wasn't any thing major.. just a pain in the you know what to disassemble and reassemble."
Apr 30
William R Conte replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"I see that I did not mention that I also had ended up with a low compression issue on several cylinders. Three of them were below 100, 1 was 89, 2 was 91, and 8 was 97. I put the heads back on yesterday with the best Fel Pro gaskets I could get. I…"
Apr 30
William R Conte replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"Holes in heads, gaskets, and block are not a 100% one for one match. Strange, but I guess that's how they are. I just got all of my gaskets, thermostat, and oil filters here yesterday afternoon. I also painted the radiator support, so I will be…"
Apr 28
Mark S Anderson replied to William R Conte's discussion Head Gasket on 429 - If it were put on upside down, what would happen?
"can you post a pic of the head gasket?  something had to go wrong here, not just the gasket, and not just an air bubble would make the engine lose compression that fast.are the dowel pins missing?  is there some foreign debris stuck…"
Apr 25

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
Yes, 1964 Coupe deVille
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
30121
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

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At 6:11pm on February 16, 2018, Jason Edge said…

Hi Bill,
Welcome to the 63/64 Cadillac Website.
 


It is great to have another 1963/64 Chapter member joining us on the Website.  Make yourself at home!

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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Dash Grille - Adhesive?

Started by Chris McBride in General Discussion. Last reply by Chris Codd 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

This dash grille likes to vacation from the dashboard.  Is it properly secured with an adhesive and, if so, what adhesive?  If so, what type?  If not, how is it secured?Thank you.…Continue

Wiper Blades for a '63?

Started by Karl Schwarz in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 17 hours ago. 3 Replies

Is there anything special about the wiper blades I should use on my '63 Series 62 convertible? I have the original arms with the original blade brackets. I got Anco N-18R blades that should fit. I…Continue

Resistance wire removal or replacement

Started by Anders in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 20 hours ago. 38 Replies

Resistance wire removal or replacement.If installing an electronic ignition system the resistance wire most likely has to be removed or bypassed. There are several ways to do this and the solution…Continue

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Alternators

Started by Thomas Yarri in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 yesterday. 13 Replies

Has anyone had a bad alternator cause a weird misfire at idle, almost like the car is not sparking properly? I’ve upgraded to pertronix, replaced coil, plugs, plug wires and cap. Carburetor replaced…Continue

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Rumble Sound at 55-60 mph

Posted by Ray Schick on September 20, 2021 at 10:45pm 6 Comments

64 Coupe DeVille , while driving at 55-60 mph I have a oscillating rumble sound . Steering wheel does not shake or vibrate . Transmission mount looks good .Tires were replaced 2 years ago balanced and rebalanced recently. Axel bearings were just replaced, rear differential assembly was just replaced with a Posi track ,pinion bearings good. Fresh gear lube. Driveshaft checked and balanced the other day ,new center bearing installed and new bearing carrier assembly too. Trying to figure this…

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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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