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Brakes Went Out

My '64 Cadillac DeVille had been sitting for awhile while I was travelling this summer and when I came home it had some issues starting. After replacing the plugs and the ignition coil, it was running better than it had in a long time but the brakes were sticking. I noticed the brake pedal was traveling a little farther than usual when slowing down. Soon after I noticed a hissing noise coming from around the brake pedal. Then I lost the brakes pretty much completely. I couldn't find any…

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Added by Chris Codd on August 8, 2018 at 8:25am — 36 Comments

Modernized Stock Radio

I've been waiting a long time for somebody to make this so I'm really excited to share it. I've seen people run Aux to the original radio, but this goes way beyond that. You can keep the looks of the stock radio, but with modern amenities like Bluetooth, Aux, and outputs for Amps and Subs. I posted the website and Youtube link to a Cadillac radio below. …

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Added by Chris Codd on September 13, 2017 at 5:18pm — 7 Comments

Cowl cap

Does anybody know what the deal is with the caps under the cowl? I was cleaning out a mouse nest and found that the passenger side cap was cracked open. What are they there for? Does anybody have a replacement for sale?

Added by Chris Codd on December 1, 2016 at 12:21am — 8 Comments

NOS Hubcaps Bidding War

Is anybody else watching this auction? I don't think I've ever seen hubcaps go for prices like this, though I can't recall the last time I saw real, in box, NOS caps. Link below 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/lot-of-4-NEW-1963-1964-CADILLAC-DE-VILLE-FLEETWOOD-HUB-CAPS-HUBCAPS-63-64-/271960219040?hash=item3f52179da0&vxp=mtr

Added by Chris Codd on August 19, 2015 at 9:53pm — 3 Comments

Craigslist Find

1964 Eldo just popped up on craigslist here in Maryland. The price is pretty damn reasonable. The car looks like it could use a bit of a freshening up, but not bad for the price. Wish I had the money. Link here  > 1964 Eldorado

Added by Chris Codd on January 30, 2015 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Waking up an old trumpet horn

I just purchased a used trumpet horn at the Hershey swap meet. I was missing the trumpet horn, but had the two smaller horns. The two smaller horns both worked fine. I cleaned the bracket and bolted the trumpet horn down tight where one of the other horns was and hooked the power wire up to it. I heard a very weak honk and then just the click of the relay. The horn sounds like it has some corrosion shaking around inside of it. I'd hate to have to rebuild it. Any suggestions for reviving…

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Added by Chris Codd on October 9, 2014 at 8:26pm — 10 Comments

Convertible Cylinder Bracket Removal

Hi, I'm hoping some of the other members here can chime in on this if they have experience with this. My convertible top motor burned out and while I was replacing it, I noticed the driver's side top cylinder was leaking. I ordered a new one and removed the current one and the bracket that attaches to it would not come off. It is held on with two philips head screws. One side came off with ease. The other completely stuck even after multiple shots of WD-40.  Is one of the sides reverse…

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Added by Chris Codd on July 30, 2014 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

Cadillac Couple

Found this cool short film with a '64 Cadillac. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/51617845

Added by Chris Codd on January 24, 2014 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

Radiator Reservoir Tank

My radiator has no reservoir tank and I did not see anything about one in the shop manual. I'm sick of constantly refilling my radiator so if anybody has one for sale, I could really use one. 

Chris

Added by Chris Codd on December 27, 2013 at 6:52pm — 12 Comments

Sagging Door

My '64 deVille Convertible passenger side door is sagging to the point where it is almost impossible to shut. I attempted loosening the door with a jack under it, lifting the door and re-tightening, but had no success. Do I need to replace the door pins that go inside the hinge, and if so, where do I buy them? Any tips, or advice is much appreciated,

Chris

Added by Chris Codd on September 8, 2013 at 4:02pm — 5 Comments

Engine trouble

My daily driver '64 Cadillac deVille emitted some white smoke from the engine on start up today and stalled out. Now it will not idle and stalls when I take my foot off of the gas. All of the fluids seem fine, and I have not fiddled with the carburetor anytime recently. It appears that I have a leak from the passenger side valve cover as well. I'll be posting a link to a video as soon as it finishes uploading. Any ideas?

Added by Chris Codd on August 4, 2013 at 9:30pm — 22 Comments

Rear end broke loose?

I have some serious trouble with the rear end on my car. I was driving a short distance today when it seemed to just break loose. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road, and it swayed so far that it broke the drivers side skirt off. I tried to get a look under the car and the drive shaft is hanging down at a very strange angle. Anybody ever have any similar problems? The car is VERY rusty, so I'm not ruling anything out. 

Added by Chris Codd on June 4, 2013 at 9:21pm — 3 Comments

Leather Upholstery Price

I have an all leather front bench seat in my '64 DeVille that I am about to redo. That includes replacing the foam and repainting the side moldings on the sides of the seats. I want to keep it original and use real leather. I was quoted $1500 just to do the seat, but that seems a bit high. What is a reasonable price to pay for this job? Thanks,

Chris

Added by Chris Codd on April 22, 2013 at 9:14pm — 3 Comments

Original Floor Mats

All the reproduction floor mats that I've looked at have white emblems, but the ones that were in my car have colored emblems to match the interior. Can anyone post a picture of the correct style *(original)* floormats or give me your feedback on the new reproductions. My drivers side floor mat is missing, so I'm considering purchasing the repros. 

Chris

Added by Chris Codd on April 1, 2013 at 8:48pm — 1 Comment

Trim Clips

Where can I find replacement clips for these? A few snapped taking them off the car. Do they reproduce something similar?

Added by Chris Codd on February 10, 2013 at 3:03pm — 3 Comments

64 Grill Disassembly

Can anybody give me some tips for disassembling the upper grill on a 64 deVille? I don't want to force anything and risk breaking it. I have the upper assembly removed from the car. The pieces look like they lock into place. 

Added by Chris Codd on January 13, 2013 at 7:37pm — 8 Comments

Frigidaire A/C Compressor

My compressor seized up today. Made some great smoke on the highway. Do they reproduce these. I'm looking for something original, or at least close to it. 

Added by Chris Codd on December 6, 2012 at 11:00pm — 25 Comments

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Custom '64 Eldorado on Bitchin' Rides Last Night

Started by Ian Osborne in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Cees de Bunje 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

If anyone here is familiar with the show "Bitchin' Rides" they started work on a '64 Eldo on the episode that aired last night (12/5). I really like the show and they build some amazing custom…Continue

Trivia Question 16 - Standard Item You could Delete for Reduced Cost?

Started by Jason Edge in Trivia. Last reply by Kevin Campbell 6 hours ago. 17 Replies

OK. Here's a new trivia. There is at least one main standard (non-option) item that one could "delete" on a new 1963 or 1964 Cadillac for a reduced cost.  What is it?  For extra cigars, what is the…Continue

1963/64 Cadillac Chapter December 2019 Newsletter Posted

Started by Jason Edge in Newsletters yesterday. 0 Replies

I have just completed and posted the December 2019, 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Newsletter to our…Continue

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge yesterday. 1 Reply

To see all 1963/64 Cadillacs Listed on eBay in the USA…Continue

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still need a driveshaft

Posted by wayne weaver on November 26, 2019 at 11:53am 2 Comments

well thank you UPS for losing the driveshaft that Russ Austin shipped me. 

however i still need a rear driveshaft section for my 63. mine has a vibration due to the bushing inside of it. its a shame because the ball and sockets in the cardian joints are perfect but it has a woble on the balancing machine. so .  still need the rear section. anyone have a good one ? is there driveshaft alternatives to use ? i am really considering an LS swap and since im fighting the driveshaft search…

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63 guidematic issues

Posted by maurice lapoiinte on November 24, 2019 at 3:10pm 0 Comments

 So my 63 guide matic headlamps stay on low beam all the time. I have so far bypassed the system and everything works normal. I have been thru the trouble shooting in the manual but this is where the confusion begins.on my car when the power relay is powered I have low beam and when its not powered I have highbeam, this appears to be opposite what the diagnosis says should be correct.The wiring is all original and no wires have been mixed up.has anyone ever unplugged the 2 wire connector…

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Another advantage of the Pertronix III

Posted by Doug Scarrow on November 23, 2019 at 11:12am 1 Comment

   Having tried both the II and III I can say the multispark feature of the III offers a smoother idle . It is also easier to install .Does not require removal of the distributor

Stuck at two red (dash) lights!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on November 3, 2019 at 10:00pm 9 Comments

I hope someone can help solve these two electrical problems that appeared one after the other.

By way of background: The car, a '64 Eldorado has very limited use. It was at a restoration shop for 15 months until last January-  that supposedly did a bunch of wiring repairs including rebuilding the gas gauge that still hasn't worked properly, and the clock that hasn't worked, and re-soldering the broken wires in the drive door. All window and seat controls appear to be…

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