TheV-63 was similar to the 1922-23 Type 61, with the following exceptions:
One inch higher radiator.
Roof and rear quarter lines of closed cars softened.
Liberal use of non-functional landau bars (buggy bows).
Two-passenger Coupe has blind quarters.
More interior room.
Lower seating position in closed cars.
Ventilator door set flush in cowl.
38mm narrower windshield posts.
Full width, curved division windows.
Automatic, vacuum operated windshield cleaner.
Bowl shape replaced bell shape of headlight bodies.
Five passenger Sedan with Imperial division offered.
New seven passenger Sedan offered mid-year.
Front wheel brakes added.
Service brake pedal acts on rear external and front internal bands.
Emergency brake lever acts on rear internal bands.
Front axle/steering knuckle design changed to reversed Elliott type.
New tie-rod with adjustable ball and socket ends moved from front to rear of axle.
Two cross members added to frame.
3683mm wheelbase special chassis once more made available.
No significant changes
The engine is much the same as the Type 61 cars except for the new harmonized and inherently balanced two-plane crankshaft and the revisions dictated by this system.
Firing order changed to 1L-4R-4L-2L-3R-3L-2R-1R.
Flywheel weight reduced as a result of increased flywheel effect of compensators and larger (60mm dia.) crankshaft.
Sixteen cams on camshaft.
Rocker arms and plate redesigned.
Chain adjustment no longer needed – a result of 6.4mm wider chains and greater smoothness of engine.
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1924 Cadillac Phaeton
There were no serial numbers used on the Cadillac V-63.
Engine numbers were stamped on the crankcase just back of the right hand bank of cylinders, and on a plate on the dash.
Starting: 63-A-1. Ending: 63-H-1550.
4-dr. Landau Sedan
4-dr. Imperial Sedan
4-dr. Imp. Suburban
4-dr. Twn. Brougham
Note: All Cadillac V-8’s up to this time had been designated Type 51, Type 53, etc., through Type 61; with no -A, -B, etc. to designate the first or second year of a two year production run (57, 59, 61). For 1924-1925, the designation became V-63; not Type V-63, not Series V-63, just V-63. However, some Cadillac master parts books covering V-63 plus Type 59 and Type 61 do refer to Type 63. Further, these parts books refer to 63-A and 63-B in reference to early vs late or 1924 vs 1925 V-63 chassis as well as body differences.
Ninety degree V-8. L-Head. Cast iron blocks of four on Aluminum crankcase.
Bore and Stroke
79.4mm x 130.2mm
“over 80 horsepower”
Rockers with roller cam follower acting on mechanical lifters
float feed, auxiliary air control; manufactured by Cadillac under C. F. Johnson patents.
33 x 5
33 x 5
Selective sliding gear transmission. Case in unit with engine
3 Forward and 1 Reverse
Left drive, center control (right hand drive optional)
Multiple disc, dry plate clutch
Spiral bevel, full floating rear axle
Mechanical brakes on four wheels
Wood artillery wheels, demountable rims, 12 spoke
Optional Drive ratio
All nickel headlamps, radiator shell, and hubcaps
Five balloon tires on disc wheels
Six balloon tires on disc wheels, plus double carrier for spares
Five balloon tires on wire wheels
Six balloon tires on wire wheels, plus double carrier for spares