Dana G Cooper's Blog (8)

Mosiac Cadillac emblem Table

Wanted to share a picture of a table my wife made for me to display with our 63 Coupe Deville. 

Added by Dana G Cooper on August 30, 2018 at 10:48pm — 11 Comments

A/C Issue / Stumped !

My 63 CDV factory A/C was trash so I replaced every part in the system and converted to R134 . I also installed a STV bypass kit which eliminated the STV all together and converted the system to a cycling system.  I vacumed and charged the system with 36oz of 134. The system is cycling as it should and the pressures are right at 250 high side, cycle off at 25lbs and cycle back on at about 35lbs. It is making plenty of water on the low side hoses and evaporator drain. There is very good air…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on July 23, 2018 at 6:29pm — 37 Comments

Radiator Bug Screen

                                               Odd subject, food for thought !!!

I own one 1963 Coupe Deville and two 1962 4dr Cadillacs. When I took delivery of these three Cadillacs through the years, I noticed they all had the old fashioned radiator bug screens like many vehicles had back in the day. Recently I began wondering why & when these bug screens went away. Then I thought back to the time I quit seeing these screens, ( Mid - late 1960's ). After thinking about what…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on December 17, 2017 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Jetaway Trans. Flywheel O-Ring

This is not a big issue but it may help someone. I am a retired mechanic of 40 plus years and I could not believe I almost missed this... My 63 CDV had a leak at the flywheel O-ring. In preparation for the repair I read many online stories about the O-ring missing completely when they removed the flywheel from the tourrus on the Jetaway transmission.

I removed the trans last week and pulled the flywheel off. Upon inspection I thought "wow, the O-ring is missing off my flywheel too ! "…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on October 23, 2017 at 10:04pm — 1 Comment

Quarter Window on Coupe Deville

I had the need to remove the rear inside quarter panels on my CDV today & I had to smile when I looked at all the window tracks it took to make the rear window roll up and down as it does, and then I thought about when the tracks were designed, ( prior to computers as we know them today ), and I wondered how many slide rule calculations it might have taken to make the window roll as it does. Sometimes I am amazed at what the engineers were able to do on these vehicles prior to computers…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on September 6, 2017 at 8:14pm — 3 Comments

Curious In Mounds

 I have read about the spare tire locations on the different models of the 63-64 's. As I removed my trunk mat on my CDV for the first time today I discovered something interesting. My spare has always been under the back shelf as I understand it should be on a Coupe Deville. When I removed my trunk mat I discovered the anchor for a J hook on the right side of the trunk had been cut out of the trunk floor pan. My mat had a square hole in the cardboard part of the trunk mat but the fabric had…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on August 31, 2017 at 8:28pm — 2 Comments

1963 CDV Lower Door Window Track

I wanted to let anyone who is interested know how I made a 63 convertible door lower window track fit my 2dr hardtop CDV. I apologize , I do not have a way to send pictures but I think I can explain it so everyone can understand. I was working on the right door. The new lower channel for the convertible was about an inch or so longer than my CDV channel.

When you lay the old channel assembly on top of the new channel assembly, the rear channel guide  (guide nearest the door latch )…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on August 14, 2017 at 9:53am — 3 Comments

Front Fenders

I recently got my "63" Deville on the road after 16 years of looking at it on Jack stands. I took it in for a quote on a complete paint job and body repairs with what I thought were a few minor dings and a couple of rust spots on the front fenders. After a low quote of $10,000.00 and a high quote of nearly $14,000.00 , I picked myself up off the body shop floor and headed home ! 

I am a retired auto and truck mechanic by trade but I realize now I should have considered a career in…

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Added by Dana G Cooper on May 31, 2017 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

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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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