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Guys,

I am looking to build a Cadillac custom cruiser. I have an opportunity to purchase a 1968 Coupe Deville or a 1952 Coupe. Which one should I build. The 1968 is at a shop, it currently runs but has low oil pressure. The 1952 has been sitting for 18 years but has had the interior redone and hasn't been started since it was parked. both bodies are about in the same condition. I can't make up my mind I like them both but unfortunately can't buy them both. My goal is to have a nice smooth handling car that I can throw and airbag suspension on and drive where ever I want to.

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I would have to look at the running gear of both cars along with the condition of any trim. If all things are equal, my preference would be for the '52 keeping in mind, "an oldie is a goody". If you want an air bag system on it - either would be a candidate. Regardless, it sounds like an engine or minimum, an overhaul would be needed along with a transmission update, tho I believe that the '52 has a tried and proven Hydramatic. The '52, I believe, has a 6 Volt wiring system where the '68 has a 12 Volt. The 6 V system would need an upgrade to 12V for most any new accessories. There are some later versions with a 472 or 500 CI engine (or consider a BB Chebbie for less expensive and more readily available parts) then add an OD transmission - and either would be a great cruiser (the '52, my recollection, is a smoother body car - but that's only my opinion) :evil: .

Handling - the front end steering on either will need help - this was a luxo car for fat cats with sloppy handling.

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What ever way you decide, why not keep a journal here so we can all follow your progress. With both completely stock - it leaves you wide open for your choices, rather then redo someone else's possible less the optimum decisions to be redone to your liking.

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I would prefer the older one...the 52. My Aunt bought a 52 Caddy brand new and I drove it a lot during the 60's It was a good riding , good driving car.
 

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Sounds like you're faced with more than a pure 52 vs. 68 dilemma. The question is more: how much time and money do you have? Everyone seems to agree that the 52 is the nicer one when done, but you describe it as needing far more work than the newer caddy.

I'd say that since you like them both equally as far as body style, go for the 68 unless you're looking more for a challenge then a complete car anytime soon.
 

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I remember back in the 60's the serious rodders in my neck of the woods wanted those 52 Cadilliac V-8's they were building them and putting them in brand new Ford pick-ups.
 

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If they are in the same condition then the '52 beyond a doubt.
Here's a '51 Cruiser and "WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE" about those body lines?
 

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If they are in the same condition then the '52 beyond a doubt.
Here's a '51 Cruiser and "WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE" about those body lines?

That's exactly what I would envision - they were sweeeeeeet.

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Wow! That 51 is nice. Do you know the person that owns it? I would love to ask him/her some questions.
 

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Both Cars are completely stock with Stock running gear.
x2... there are some cadillac performance shops, and a few mild parts wouldn't hurt. the 472-500 is a torque monster. :thumbup:
 

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kgard said:
Wow! That 51 is nice. Do you know the person that owns it? I would love to ask him/her some questions.
I got it from a Hot Rod Hotline website - - let me get the link and I'll PM it to you - - -there's probably a phone number because it's for sale - - - L8tr, wr
 
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