: Offroading in my 87



outsider
07-21-13, 02:27 PM
The wife and I took the 87 out to a local farm today to do some berry picking. I went all the way through the farm without bottoming out or getting stuck. I've also taken it up to the wife's father's woodlot a few times which is a path he made with his tractor. The car does great on these off roading trips. He even has a hard time getting his truck up there sometimes but the caddy does it no problem.

Just wanted to share that with you guys. These old caddies are known for being unstoppable and I can vouch for that.

turbojimmy
07-21-13, 04:14 PM
I can say that the limo does poorly in that regard. I've been to a couple places where you park in a field with peaks and valleys. Limo doesn't straddle things very well. Which is why I'm saving my pennies for an airbag system. It's my goal to have at least the rear installed this year.

lacville78
07-21-13, 04:33 PM
I remember beating the hell out of an 88 Caprice off-road, I imagine the Caddy would be similar. It is pretty impressive. Although, they will get stuck in mud or sand very easily.

turbojimmy
07-21-13, 06:48 PM
I took my dad's '71 Chrysler green-on-green Newport offroading several times when I was a teen. He'd always complain about the streaks the bushes and saplings left down the side of the car, but he never knew how they got there. That stupid thing would go anywhere. It had a posi and a 360 V8. He was always complaining that I kept breaking motor mounts - he accused me of doing "neutral drops". I never did such a thing - it had enough torque to tear the mounts out on its own. Or maybe it was the weight of the 12 people I would jam into it occasionally. I'm hoping my son will be much better behaved when he comes of age, but I doubt it. Genetics.

jamespowers
07-21-13, 07:13 PM
I took my dad's '71 Chrysler green-on-green Newport offroading several times when I was a teen. He'd always complain about the streaks the bushes and saplings left down the side of the car, but he never knew how they got there. That stupid thing would go anywhere. It had a posi and a 360 V8. He was always complaining that I kept breaking motor mounts - he accused me of doing "neutral drops". I never did such a thing - it had enough torque to tear the mounts out on its own. Or maybe it was the weight of the 12 people I would jam into it occasionally. I'm hoping my son will be much better behaved when he comes of age, but I doubt it. Genetics.I doubt he is going to be doing many burnouts in the limo. :p

turbojimmy
07-21-13, 10:04 PM
I doubt he is going to be doing many burnouts in the limo. :p

It will light them up, but in peg-leg fashion. Right-wheel peel, but it will do it for as long as you want it to. You just have to get it going with a bit of a brake stand.

Seville fan
07-22-13, 02:00 PM
Great post I was thinking the same thing a few months back when I had my '86 on some broken up country roads. It was much nicer than other vehicles I've had on there. Not as bouncy as something more firmly sprung like a truck. The long wheelbase and plenty of suspension travel smoothed out the ride and the chassis and body structure were solid.

Cadillacboy
07-22-13, 04:02 PM
I used to have a proper Cadillac for that job ,now I do same with my remote 1/16 Escalade EXT lol
Seriously, where I hit the ground in my MB , I can easily drive w/o scraping the bottom of our Fleetwood