My '64 convertible is an excellent example and drives beautifully, EXCEPT that it bounces on bumps, especially, say, a speed bump where it will go up and down 3 times and jiggle before settling. I replaced the shocks, and surprised that it made no difference. I have read through the "suspension" help area and it tells what to do but not how to diagnose. I assume I need new springs and have no idea when mine might have ever been replaced, as I've had the car two years. Shall I assume this will fix my problem, and is there anything special to know before I order something? i see Caddydaddy has them for $300 or so per pair. I would think many aftermarket springs could work, wonder if these are special?
If you do not have one of the best super cloud 9 rides you have ever had in a car ( or any Cadillac) or you cannot drive with one finger at any speed ——your suspension could use some work
That is what our years Cadillacs have to offer there owners
I can only vouch for my 64 Cadillac convertible or my 62 convert two of my very favorite Cadillacs that I still enjoy owning from the day I bought and owned my 62 show stopper at 24 years while attending collage
My 64 is a one family owned car that has been enjoyed for what it is from day one and maintain constantly thru out it’s entire existence for the great ride and fun it is to use the car
The stock suspension in the ride of our year is like no other and and I have owned a number of 60’s and 70’s CDV’s and converts — so that is my own personal experience
For that reason I would encourage anyone restoring our year cars to bring the stock suspension back to life if that is the route you choose to go to suit you own needs regarding your restoration
The prize at the end of that restoration journey is a special one in my opinion
I hope my experience regarding the subject will inspire the current owners on this site to invest in them as these years are the height of excellence for the quality of engineering and materials being used and Cadillac being on the top of there game in the luxury car world in these years
“It rides like a Cadillac “ — applies here big time !!
My 64 still is a crazy fun vehicle to be in till this day as the fun has never ended for me owning this wonderful toy ( the way I choose to use it in my retirement )
Tony, you were some guy in college if you had a Cadillac convertible. And I did OK at University of Arizona in a '69 Jaguar XKE that I bought for $2500 from Diana Ross's husband, but the Cadillac had more style.
So I am going to do exactly what you say next Monday, have the entire suspension inspected and it will get whatever it needs, springs and all other parts. The car has cost me very little in 2-3 years of joyous driving and a few parades. Every time I park it somewhere, almost always with the top down, I find a crowd around it, posing for pictures. So I will fix the ride quality.
The right car sure can help out where the ladies are concerned
Great when I was single but has remained a constant source of much fun my wife and I enjoy for 45 years together
You see —“ we both have the car gene in our families “ - as she has often said
The XKE is funny because I personally was crazy about the XKE as my Dad had 3 XK 120’s in the 50’s so we were into enjoying Brigs Cunningham with his D Jaguar race team when he was at the local race circuits in the NY ‘s surrounding Areas. ( Hampton Speedway and Limerock speedway )
The jag’s were some of the faster sport cars around in the 50’s
My Dad bought me my first new car and my current 64 convertible at the same moment and he would not spring for the XKE ( my first choice ) as it was twice the price of the 1963 Chevy Super Sport 409 425 4 speed that I did wind up with breaking and holding the Islip Speedway track record for 4 years in Super Stock
You can understand the kind of —-car guy my dad had to be —to buy me a car like that and I was 21 years old then
Seems that drag racing was in the air and music with the mussel car coming out of the factories then
Dad was very performance minded when it came to his sport cars his Cadillac collection airplane and motorcycle