11th Dec 2014, 22:51
Thanks for that!!!
I checked out the links, and it's really great seeing old road test articles from back in the day when these cars were new.
These were the days when Cadillac was truly special, sharing very little with other GM makes besides for the X-Frame. The engine and tranny were strictly Cadillac. The body shapes, trim, interior components, seats, accessories; all unique to Cadillac.
Unlike today where platform sharing has only gotten worse as time progresses; the new Cadillacs IMO aren't real Cadillacs like these old ones are.
28th Dec 2014, 05:20
Glad to provide info!!!
Hey - do you know if there is truth to the rumor that the key to the high oil consumption of the 1963-1967 Cadillacs was the siamesed cylinder bores?
Just wondering :)
28th Dec 2014, 22:54
I believe so, there's really nothing anyone can do about it unless you like replacing piston rings. Not all 429's do it, it just depends on how each one came from the factory. I haven't noticed any oil burning after replacing the fuel pump so far because the fuel pump was dumping gas into the oil, thinning it out so bad that I wasn't getting an accurate reading. So this was my issue.
Well I fixed the idle and carb problem I was having. First and foremost, don't always TRUST SHOPS!! Research by getting yourself a shop manual. It'll be your best friend and your most reliable source as shops are trying to get you in and out as fast they can.
Supposedly this carb shop I went to, to have my car worked on, was one of the best around, so I took my car there. Well after getting the car back and driving it home, within a mile of driving, the car was hesitating badly, smelled like gas, and eventually stalled out. I was pissed to say the least, knowing I spent all this money, and the Caddy is not running right. I took it back thinking they would know what's wrong, and again, I was still having the same problems!!
I finally took it upon myself after being fed up with this place, I got a shop manual, and decided to remove the carb and inspect to see if they screwed something up. Sure enough, I found one of the main problems. The idiot mechanics put the stainless steel shim that is needed for the carb to idle correctly, on the intake manifold first with no gasket! This caused the carb to leak gas on the edges of the carb base, and it was hardly able to stay running because air was being sucked into it. The shim goes on top of the carb last, not on the bottom. So basically I put the gaskets, shim, and spacer plate in the correct order, which fixed the problem, plus the idiot mechanics installed the throttle linkage on backwards, thus causing the engine to idle very low and stall sometimes.
Anyways the Cad is running much better, and I hope to tackle more repair stuff in the coming year.
8th Apr 2017, 14:38
Four doors are much more common and cheaper to buy, but unfortunately also more boring. Even 50 years later.
10th Apr 2017, 12:21
The body lines don't flow well. They have very limited appeal beyond investment. Many parts don't interchange, so even as a donor vehicle it's limited in appeal. You can sink money into a major repair or even small things and never recoup it. If you are going to buy a classic vehicle, why not buy a car you can build and win a show once in a while. People said with mine long ago, if only it was a 2 door. Got tiring. Sure they are cheap. If you are bringing 4 people to a venue, it works just as well in a 2 door. You can sink a lot of money in an old car. Why not buy one with the potential of being many times what you paid over time? If you just want a cheap old car, they don't cost much to buy.
10th Apr 2017, 18:55
Maybe because not everybody is in it for an investment. But to have something cool to enjoy that turns heads and you don't see one every day. Ever think of that?
10th Apr 2017, 22:58
Original reviewer here. It's a 4 door and I love it. The coupes are cool too, but much more expensive. Certain years, I would prefer a 2 door, but in this case, the 63-64 Cads still look great in a 4 door hardtop.
11th Apr 2017, 10:30
I agree, but if you wait a bit longer and save, it's worth it. 2 doors will always have far more widespread appeal, You can improve safety with better braking vs drums. Electronic ignition and better starting. Add power steering to bring more driving enjoyment. Better suspension and tires. And if you tire of it someday or find an even better car of your dreams, you can recoup it all, if done wisely.
I don't believe in buying any old thing. Or just that it was cheap to buy and grab. You can leave it as is. But I usually restore. Start rechroming or do a repaint and see where you are. If I am going to use up my garage space, I want a car in there that's got tremendous potential. I am not afraid to work hours on a car, but not one that will not ever begin to cover the time.
Lastly, many 4 doors do not have parts support. I know a guy looking for over a year even online for used parts with difficulty. It's incomplete. If you have to wait a year or even longer to save up, it's worth it. The majority likes 2 doors. You can buy whatever you like, but really what was the motivation to seek out one? Do your rear passengers object so strongly? That's about the only reason I can see going that direction.
I like fixing up a car really nice. That takes money and time. Safety being the very first thing. Then better mechanical and starting. Then appearance and trim. When you sell, you don't get stuck again if done wisely. There's plenty to choose from. My dad used to say it only costs a bit more to go first class. I agree.