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Windshield wiper motor help

I pulled a wiper motor from a 62 Fleetwood today, and did a bench test. It didn't work, so I investigated.

As usual, it was the latch arm sticking from 50 year old grease.  A quick spray from a can of brake parts cleaner got the latch arm moving again.   The wiper motor works great now.

The 59-62 wiper motor fits the 75/CC 63-64.    The innards are the same for…

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Added by Russ Austin on June 11, 2016 at 3:51pm — 4 Comments

Seat belt retractor springs.

I just placed an order to have new front seatbelt retractor springs made.  They are for the 64, and will tighten up those sagging seat belts.  The original springs are reaching the end of their life cycle, as reports of them breaking are becoming more frequent.

Its going to take 3 weeks to have them made, so look for them in the near future.

Added by Russ Austin on December 21, 2015 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Contest!

Win a 2016 calendar and T-shirt from Caddy Shack.

Submit a Christmas themed high resolution pic of your 63 or 64 Cad.  The best Christmas themed pic will win a new 63/64 Cadillac 2016 calendar, and a Caddy Shack T-shirt, (xl and xxl only)

The winner will be in the 2017 calendar for the month of December.

Submit your pic here on this thread.

Added by Russ Austin on December 13, 2015 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments

Seasonal pics needed.

Hello Cad fans.  I'm in need of seasonal pics of your classic Cadillac.  With the fall leaves, or in the snowy domain of winter. 

These would be for the calendar.  Side shots should show the front or rear, and in full sun, or full shadow.

Be artistic too. 

Added by Russ Austin on November 26, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope all Cadillac fans have a great day with their friends and family. 

Best wishes from the Austin family.

Added by Russ Austin on November 26, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

64 seat belt retractor spring

I'm sending out a 64 front seat belt assembly to have the retractor spring reverse engineered.  The company specializes in this type of spring, so hopefully we will have new springs to replace the broken springs in the 64 seat belt retractor.

It should be about a week or 2 to get an answer on the production and cost.  Hoping to keep it under or at 25.00 per spring.   I need to order at least 50, so I will have plenty.

Added by Russ Austin on November 23, 2015 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Harmonic ballancer removal.

To remove the harmonic balancer.  Take the clamps off of the sway bar. The sway bar will lower out of the way, so the harmonic balancer will slide off.

Use a harmonic balancer puller/installer.  The 3 bolts that screw into the balancer can only go in as far as the threads.  The rubber to the balancer is behind the threads, and if you go further than the threads with the mount bolts, you will ruin the balancer.

Added by Russ Austin on November 15, 2015 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

63 shop manuual on ebay.

Great deal on a must have item.  A 63 shop manual at a great price.  This is not mine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/311470784395?item=311470784395&viewitem=&vxp=mtr

Added by Russ Austin on October 24, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

This didnt work.

I modified a oil fill breather cap, because I have excessive blow by on my 63 hearse. Oil was splattering in the engine compartment.

I gutted the cap and put lawn mower filter foam in.  The intent was to stop oil from exiting the cap, and let it drip back down the fill tube.

I got to driving the hearse this week, and oil was just loading up in the cap, until it…

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Added by Russ Austin on October 3, 2015 at 1:21pm — 12 Comments

56 bat wing air cleaner.

So I picked up an original bat wing Cad/Buick air cleaner, in hopes of putting it on the hearse.  Its too big, and hits the firewall/hood lip. Bummer. Hopefully I can get it to fit on my truck.

Added by Russ Austin on October 2, 2015 at 9:31pm — 5 Comments

63 shop manual on ebay

Good deal on an original 63 shop manual.  Its not mine, just passing it along.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131613547685?item=131613547685&viewitem=&vxp=mtr

Added by Russ Austin on September 27, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments

63 shop manual on ebay

Found this on ebay. Its a good deal for an original 63 shop manual.  Its not mine, just passing along info.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/381408902999?item=381408902999&viewitem=&vxp=mtr

Added by Russ Austin on September 20, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Water pump tolerances

Just got beck the water pump I send off to get repaired correctly.

It sure looks 100% better than the "new" pump I purchased at Orielly's. 

Orielly's pump bearing was not fully seated. The impeller was not fully pressed onto the shaft, and the…

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Added by Russ Austin on September 19, 2015 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

Water pump tolerances

Just got back the water pump I send off to get repaired correctly.

It sure looks 100% better than the "new" pump I purchased at Orielly's. 

Orielly's pump bearing was not fully seated. The impeller was not fully pressed onto the shaft, and the…

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Added by Russ Austin on September 19, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

2016 Cadillac calendar for sale

Check out the pic.. 

New 2016 Cadillac calendars, featuring the 63 and 64 Cadillac's.  Folks from this web group have their cars in here. Real cars by real people. No trailer queens here.

Calendars are 15.00 each, with 6.50 shipping to anywhere in the states.  I do ship world wide, and you would need to contact me to get a shipping quote.

They…

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Added by Russ Austin on September 16, 2015 at 11:41am — 4 Comments

Edelbrock micro switch for the Th400 transmissions.

Just found this on the Year One web site. 29.99

If you put an edelbrock carb on your 64, with a Th400 trans, you need the kick down switch to kit the passing gear.

I found this on the Year One web site.  PN. ED72280

Added by Russ Austin on September 4, 2015 at 10:51am — 8 Comments

Engine porn.

Had the Carter carb rebuilt by a local carb shop. The piece was sonic cleaned and flow tested.

I actually had a 63 carb on my shelf that wouldn't idle. Took that one into the shop, and removed the 64 Carter I had on the 63 hearse.  Runs great now. Just have to road test…

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Added by Russ Austin on August 16, 2015 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

info on water pump rebuild

I remember reading somewhere on rebuilding the water pump. but now I cant find the info. 

Anyone know where its at?

Added by Russ Austin on August 14, 2015 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment

Reconditioned front engine timing cover for sale

I have a 63 timing chain cover reconditioned to fit the larger 64 oil pump gears. The gear shaft hole has had a new bushing installed, and the oil pump plate has been decked flat and inspected.

New 64 oil pump gears and oil pressure relief spring and plunger are already in the cover.

The tolerances are set to a new front engine cover, per the 64 cad shop manual.  The oil pump is brand new, with no wear. Its perfect.

at 490.00 plus exchange of your old cover, its not…

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Added by Russ Austin on August 14, 2015 at 7:31pm — 3 Comments

Fuse clips and Fuel and temp gauge clips

I have sourced new fuse box clips, and the clips for the electrical connector to the dash gauges (fuel and temp)  

The fuse box takes 2 types of clips, and I have only sourced one so far.  In a pinch, you could cut off the wire crimp and drill a hole for the brass rivet.  I have not sourced the brass rivet yet, but its next on the list.

You can see the…

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Added by Russ Austin on August 10, 2015 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 18 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

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You Know You Are Into Some Serious Car Doctor When You Have to Get the Ice Out!

Started by Jason Edge in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 yesterday. 17 Replies

You know you are into some serious car doctoring when you have to get the ice packs out. More to come on my 64 Coupe de Ville resuscitation in the next 1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Newsletter!  Mades…Continue

Unknown part, maybe the last one?

Started by Matti Roth in Restoration Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge yesterday. 1 Reply

Hithanks to great help from chapter members I am getting my 64 Deville ready, slowly but surely.There is only one part still unclear, or actually three bolts and nuts. They are clearly different from…Continue

Leaky Windshield

Started by Tom Bahner in General Discussion. Last reply by Tom Bahner yesterday. 4 Replies

Hey all, has anyone had their windshield removed and resealed successfully. I'm pretty skittish about having someone mess with my perfectly good glass knowing that these cars are a little different…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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