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Correct strut rod bushings replacement

A quick question. Is there a difference in the bushing design from the 63-64 vs the 65 on up Cadillacs?

I am in need of some bushings and I've looked on RockAuto, and OPG, but I am confused because on the OPG website it list the bushings being the same for a 61 all the way up to a 76 Cadillac.

Caddy Daddy is insanely expensive and overpriced, so I am looking for alternatives.

Can I use the MOOG bushings part # K5184 for the 64?


Added by Chris on October 29, 2015 at 8:41pm — 5 Comments

I think my 64 has a 65 engine and trans combo in it? Help!

Hello everybody, well this has been an interesting journy. I am still trying to figure out why I am getting a vibration at the flywheel area, I suspected something was replaced so this lead me to look at the transmission ID # on the side of the trans, including the engine itself. I can't believe it took me this long to figure it out, but the ID # on the trans is AA-65, and the 429 engine has to be out of a 65 as the water pump lower hose outlet connector goes to the passenger side of the…


Added by Chris on August 13, 2015 at 8:33am — 32 Comments

Anyone have a spare flywheel cover for a 64 with a TH?

Exactly what the title says. Mine is missing, and I really don't like the flywheel being exposed as rocks and debris can damage it.


Added by Chris on July 24, 2015 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Oil pan has been cut and welded back together, Why?

For some reason I just barely noticed this last night while under the car. It looks like someone removed the oil pan once before, and decided to cut it. I see the weld marking going all around the pan. 

Why would anybody do this?

Added by Chris on July 24, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Blew the radiator after changing thermostat!

I am pretty bummed out right on what just happened earlier tonight. I'm not sure if it was human error on my part or maybe their was something wrong with the rad in the first place.

Ok so it's summer time, I typically service my cars during this time of year heavily because of the heat which tends to kill everything when it's hot as hell outside. I don't worry about any kind of freezing or cold related wear items, because I live in CA.

I replaced the Thermostat and…


Added by Chris on July 1, 2015 at 6:08am — 5 Comments

Is the 429 the same physical size as the 390?

I read up on how Cadillac just increased the bore and stroke in order to raise HP and Torque figures, but is the 429 a completely new and bigger engine than the 390 or is it the same size engine but with just larger internals?

Thanks much!

Added by Chris on May 7, 2015 at 6:04am — 29 Comments

Interior A and B Pillar trim

I was wondering if this trim is aluminum or stainless steel? I've been trying to polish them up to look more like chrome, but I think I am going to need a high speed buffer to accomplish that. The finish is very dull at the moment.

Why Cadillac didn't just use chrome instead as it's much more shiner is beyond me. 

Added by Chris on May 3, 2015 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

63 interior chrome door handles in a 64 Cad with vinyl straps handles?

Hey everyone, if theres one thing that erks me or just makes the 64 feel a tad cheaper inside are the vinyl pull straps.

Can you install a chrome metal one from a 63 and install it in a 64?

I really want to do this for my 64. I like the feeling of grabbing onto a solid piece of metal to close the door rather than the vinyl strap that can bend or even snap off over time. Plus the gleaming shine of chrome looks much better.

If so does anybody here have some for…


Added by Chris on April 22, 2015 at 5:58am — 2 Comments


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Correct rims and drums?

Started by Logan Robb in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

As I am collecting items for a brake overhaul, I’ve have come across many posts about the aftermarket drums not being of quality like the originals. I am fairly certain the drums I have are not…Continue

cooling problem solved

Started by greg in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 4 hours ago. 6 Replies

I have a 64 Fleetwood and in the summertime with the a/c cranking when I would be in traffic or going slow it would always run warm....close to the 3/4 mark sometimes.   I replaced the fan clutch…Continue

Powder Coated Rims

Started by Logan Robb in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion 18 hours ago. 0 Replies

I have a very reputable blasting and powder coating shop near me, come this winter, I am thinking of getting my wheels power coated in preparation for new tires in the spring. Is this a good idea? I…Continue

Dragging to one side

Started by Sammy in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 on Monday. 9 Replies

Hi there, after a lot of work on my brakes - new cylinder, hardware, shoes, hoses, going back to old drums, the car still drags to one side. Does this for years now, but I hoped to get rid of it…Continue

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Posted by ANGELO MARTINEZ on July 23, 2023 at 10:44pm 3 Comments

  Hope someone can help me to find the harmonic balancer bolt for my 1964 Cadilac Deville 429 engine

in advance, thank you for your help.

Clock ‘64 DeVille

Posted by Matt Vander Hooven on July 23, 2023 at 7:36pm 2 Comments

Is there still a member in the Detroit area that refurbishes clocks?

Matt VH

Spark Plug Heat Range

Posted by Patrick Westphal on July 7, 2023 at 10:00am 3 Comments

I found a diagram that illustrates the main factor in determining a spark plug heat range that I was trying to describe to you during the chapter get together.

Here it is:


The main factor is the length of the ceramic insulator from the middle of the spark plug to the tip (where the spark happens)  

The insulator…


Lower Front End Ball Joints

Posted by Logan Robb on May 11, 2023 at 9:04am 7 Comments

Good Morning all! 

I took the 64 into the shop to have some adjustments completed and in the process decided to have the lower ball joints replaced as was recommended the last time I had it in. I ordered the parts and came into the shop. They quoted me nearly $500 to replace those lower ball joints requiring nearly 4hrs of labor. Now this is a reputable shop and they know me by name here and they will continue to get my business. I am just questioning what on earth is…



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