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ANOTHER Caddy...

Which wheel/tire combo?  

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  1. 1. Which wheel/tire combo?

    • As is, machined-face Brougham wheels & blackwalls
      7
    • New whitewalls, with chromed Brougham wheels
      12
    • Impala SS wheels with Deville centercaps
      7


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caddycruiser    50

Couldn't help myself. After my dad so graciously bought the '93 Fleetwood Brougham for my brother and I to use as a "school car" ( :D:D:D ), I fell madly in love with that car and knew I would one day have one of my own.

Well, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a Medium Marblehead Metallic/Light Neutral '95 with 117k on it at a used car lot not far from our house via Autotrader (it was finals week...what else was I supposed to be looking at!?), and went to look at it. In a lot of aspects, it was even nicer than our primo '93, plus had all the best improvements they ever got (LT1 Vette engine, larger mirrors, etc.).

Took me a couple weeks to really think it over, but I eventually made them an offer of $4500 for it last Tuesday (they wanted $4995 cash) and they accepted. I was thrilled, because being a semi-expert on these cars, this one is easily worth a bare minimum of a little over $5k.

Here's a couple VERY cool pics (nice driveway, huh?):

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And the rest:

At the dealer

At home

Love it too pieces, but I only got to drive it a couple of times so far, since I didn't buy it until a few days before my Christmas break was over....so, for now, it is in the watchful hands of my brother at home.

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z28luvr01    170

Very nice ride. Don't worry about that LT1. My dad tore one down two weeks ago with 140K from a police cruiser, and the cylinder walls and rings looked like new.

Lots of look with it.

your new sig should read "Lots of white, and a little bit of medium marblehead metallic"

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caddycruiser    50

Thanks. I'm not worried at all about the LT1--all looks well, but I'll most likely be getting the trans fluid & filter changed when I get back home in March, along with flushing the power steering fluid.

This car DEFINATELY has a lot more balls than our '93 with the TBI 350--and I thought that car was quick as is. Actually, funny as it was, when I took my dad along so he could check it out and drive it, he was in a highway center turnaround and punched it when he pulled out, effectively sliding the back end a little and going "Holy sh*&! This car definately has a lot more power than mine--and the engine is still completely stock."

Tossing around wheel/tire ideas in my head, but I won't be changing anything with those until, at least, late summer. The blackwalls on it now look a little funny, but they're nearly new Michelin X-Ones that are great tires, so they can stay for a while. But, if I do get around to it, I either want to do a set of factory stock chrome Brougham wheels and new whitewalls or go "sporty" and do Impala SS wheels with newer Deville centercaps. Not sure yet.

Before that, I'll probably do an intake and a couple other minor things, but I won't be changing that much overall. So cool to have such a big luxury crusier with Cadillac style, but Vette power under the hood... :booyah:

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caddycruiser    50

Very nice ride. Don't worry about that LT1. My dad tore one down two weeks ago with 140K from a police cruiser, and the cylinder walls and rings looked like new.

Lots of look with it.

your new sig should read "Lots of white, and a little bit of medium marblehead metallic"

Oh, and as for the sig...I'm working on it, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do. :AH-HA_wink:

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XP715    6

That ride is dee-luxe! I'm jealous of the whole fleet, especially the Roadmaster since I'm a Buick man. But who cares; slap some whitewalls on the big bad Cad and get cruisin'!

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That's exactly like my old Fleetwood Brougham. Identical. I sold mine for a 2000 DeVille DTS and I actually miss the 95.. The DTS turns a lot more heads and has more power, but there's just something about driving such a big vehicle.. And believe it or not, the FWB turned heads as well.. It's got the softest ride you can get in a car today... I love it.. You got a great deal...

Edited by Sal Collaziano

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Stop hoarding all the B-bodys! Man I'd take any one of those three to relace my FWD STS that burns more oil than a 92 year old Furnace. The whilte Fleetwood in you fleet is stil my fave. but you can't go wrong wiht the other two.

P.S. Just one thing: that car needs and deserves white walls.

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ocnblu    773

There's something rugged and serious about a big ol' Cadillac with blackwalls. I prefer them on this car, they make it look unstoppable, while you ride in a caccoon of luxury. Whitewalls are kinda fussy.

I get a similar vibe when I see a '62 Coupe DeVille with fat blackwalls (not low profile) with Torque Thrust rims. It brings tears to my eyes because it's sooo badass...

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caddycruiser    50

About the tires...

I know, kinda. I've always been the one to criticize other people's Roadmasters/Fleetwoods as ugly when they had blackwalls, but now that mine actually has them, it isn't so bad. Looks a LOT better in person, actually, partly because of the gray/pewter color of the car itself. And all shined up, paint, tires, etc., it looks even better. That, and they're such a fresh set of expensive Michelins, it's not like I HAVE to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Whitewalls would still look nicer with the true image of the car (like they do on our white '93), but if I do that, I'm also going to get a set of the same wheels but in CHROME. Or, I'll do larger Impala SS wheels with Deville center caps. Neither is in the budget right now, but like I said, maybe later in the summer.

Here's a quick comparison--let's have a vote, maybe.

My car, as I bought it:

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The SAME car, but with chrome stock wheels and whitewalls:

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And again, the SAME car, but with Impala SS wheels and Deville centercaps:

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Take your pick, and let me know what you think :AH-HA_wink:

Edited by caddycruiser

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caddycruiser    50

Just added a poll above...in addition to any comments (LOVE the hear them :AH-HA_wink: ), you can also vote.

Oh, and keep in mind--I'm 19, going on 20 soon, and in college--but won't have the car up here with me until next year, as a Junior.

Gotta say, though, it's SO cool to drive such an old-fart barge with whitewalls on it, yet still blow away people from red lights and literally never get noticed speeding on the highway (REALLY doesn't stand out at all).

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CaddyCruiser.. Gotta love that second picture with the chrome rims, eh? I found all those pictures when I was looking for mine as well.. The color you have (same as mine) really looks amazing when clean.. Take good care of it, okay? I may want it when you're done. :P

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caddycruiser    50

CaddyCruiser.. Gotta love that second picture with the chrome rims, eh? I found all those pictures when I was looking for mine as well.. The color you have (same as mine) really looks amazing when clean.. Take good care of it, okay? I may want it when you're done. :P

Haha, thanks. Yeah, I've had those "borrowed" pics around for quite a while too. Didn't you end up putting a set of the chromes on your car when you had it? What tires did you use?

I still really love the SS/Deville wheel combo too, just for an added bit of sport on this big boat, but don't like the fact that both the 17" wheels and tires would be quite a bit more expensive to buy than the 15's would.

Don't worry about the upkeep...EVERY car in the driveway is damned near immaculate, even though we don't have a garage, and this one will only be better because it's all mine :AH-HA_wink:

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GMTruckGuy74    228

I DO NOT like the blackwall look on this car.

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My personal choice, although I would also be happy keeping the stock rims and adding whitewall tires.

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A great look, but not my preference. I went to the Carlisle Fairgrounds "All-GM Nat's" two years ago and there was a guy with a Caddy just like this one (rims and all).... and to boot he added a 6-speed manual trans, custom made console, and bucket seats. A neat Caddy, but again not my preference.

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Btw, congrats on the purchase. This Caddy still remains my favorite today... and I love seeing them on the road still. There's a real nice dark blue or black one that drives all around where I live. He's an older guy, so maybe I should ask him to sell me it when he decides to retire it! :P

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caddycruiser    50

GMTruckGuy74...

You know why the last car looks so much like the one you saw? Because it IS that car!

It's interesting to see what other people say, especially when it comes to such a rare, oddball car like this. Right now I'm swaying a little more towards the chrome Brougham wheel w/ whitewall.

Actually, like you mentioned, the standard machined-face wheels with ww's would also look nice, and they really do on our white '93--but with the pewter/silver coloring of this car, I think they blend in just a bit too much. A factor the chrome ones would eliminate.

Here's what I mean, looking at a pic of Sal's car when he first bought it (before the chromes):

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My goal is to keep it largely stock, with the exception of a few minor things like a K&N intake system and swapping in a Roadmaster climate control unit, since the Caddy one is awful. No real suspension or exhaust changes, as I like it the soft, soothing character it has now, combined with the roaring Vette power under the hood. Fun combo :AH-HA_wink:

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caddycruiser    50

Not that I haven't posted these a million times already, but thought I'd "refresh" a bit on each of the 3 B&D's in the driveway:

#1) '92 Roadmaster Limited sedan, White w/ Red leather, every single option available including Tow Package. Bought by my father in March '03 with 183k on it. Now has 193k and is going strong and looks great.

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#2) '93 Fleetwood Brougham, Cotillion White w/ Garnet Red leather (VERY rare), very "basic" optioned, with only the Brougham package being added. Bought by my father in July '03, after he sold his '69 Chevelle for it, with 88.5k on it. Now has 103k and looks great, with its main mission as the "spare" car in the driveway, used by my brother to get to school or my mom when her Suburban is in the shop.

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#3) '95 Fleetwood Brougham, Medium Marblehead Metallic w/ Lt. Neutral leather, only a couple options like the Brougham package, Security package (alarm & fuel door lock), and full-size spare. Just bought by me last week with 117k on it and in beautiful shape, even better than our '93.

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So, in essence, it all started with the Buick and has only grown since then... :D

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XP715    6

Whitewalls is the only way to fly with a ride like this; just make sure they're real whitewalls and not those cheesey-ass Vogue tires. I hate those things with a passion.

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caddycruiser    50

Whitewalls is the only way to fly with a ride like this; just make sure they're real whitewalls and not those cheesey-ass Vogue tires. I hate those things with a passion.

Yeah, I know. They're VERY expensive and, from what I've read, of horrible quality. A lot of people still use them though.

But I am sort of wondering what good choices I'll have. This past summer, we put a set of 70k warranty Kumho Touring 795 A/S whitewalls on the '93 and I really liked them...until I bought this '95 and noticed, #1) how much smaller they looked than my Michelins, even though they're the same size, and #2) how mine feels tighter on the road, which could be a lot of things, but is also partly the tires.

I'd get another set of Kumho's based on their price alone (the lowest) and their general quality, but I'm not so sure I want something undersized after driving on these great Michelins. Only other good choices, I think, right now are Yokohamas or Coopers.

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caddycruiser    50

Interesting breakdown so far:

17% to leave it as is

50% to put on a set of whitewalls (and also, maybe, chromed stockers)

33% to do a set of SS wheels

So, the general consensus is to go full stock with some WW's, but anyone else want to comment on why or why not to go with the SS wheel/Deville cap combo? Like I said, I like the look but not the extra cost, but still wonder what others here think of the looks of it?

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mute    0

dude i voted for the impy wheels and im stickin by it, it just looks amazing dude not exactly a standard caddy look but def a good power statement the stockers dont do anything to compliment the power

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Drop that $h! like it's hot on sum Twenny-Fo's!!!

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All joking aside some genuine wire wheels and white walls would be perfect!

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caddycruiser    50

Sixty8panther...HAHA, I was just waiting for a comment like that to come up! Wire wheels are pretty cool on these cars, but not exactly my taste, so I'll say no to that for now.

mute...that's actually the same kind of way I feel about that combo--not typical classic Caddy, but still looks OEM, in a really cool way. Plus they'd be a lot easier to clean than all the little openings in the Caddy wheels.

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caddycruiser    50

WOW...the voting is 45% for whitewalls and maybe chromes, but now tied equally at 27% between keeping it as is and doing SS wheels. Hmm...interesting so far B)

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VenSeattle    8

My personal choice, although I would also be happy keeping the stock rims and adding whitewall tires.

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What he said! Whitewall... or Whitewall and Chrome :)

The Impala SS rims make the Caddy look custom, but any GM person will know you're putting Chevrolet Rims on a Cadillac.... not classy IMO.

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