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Old 09-07-2002, 09:00 AM   #1
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My partner and I recently found a '52 Cruiser that had been stored in a barn for some years. It is in mostly original condition, with the exception of the refrigerator and a missing shade for the gas lamp. It has some water damage and a few dents, but with a few repairs can be used as is. Of course, we want to restore it to its former glory! We haven't come across any other Cruisers, and would like to find other Cruiser owners for advice and resources. We have learned that the Cruiser was a pre-cursor of the Overlander, made in CA 1950-52 and then also in OH beginning in 1953. Ours is 24' and weighs about 3200#. We're currently looking at towing options and are considering a Buick Roadmaster/ Cadillac Fleetwood in the tradition the old V-8 tow cars. We'd love to meet other cruiser owners, so introduce yourself!
Doug & Ken (aka "Cruiser")
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Old 09-07-2002, 10:46 AM   #2
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Looks GREAT!

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Old 09-07-2002, 11:04 AM   #3
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If you are talking about a 50's or 60's model, I would reconsider. 3200# is quite a bit of weight, the drive train and brakes would be marginal. It was done then, but driving habits are much different now. Many of the parts on these vehicles are getting very rare (along with mechanics to work on them), and you will be stressing them to their limit. There was a lot of routine maintenance- carbs, point type distributors, etc. to keep them running.

How about an old truck body on a newer chassis? I have been considering doing this for a cruiser, you have the old look, but the dependability of a newer vehicle. Visibility is also much better than with a car.

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John,
Thanks for the reply. Actually, we've been looking at 1994-96 Roadmaster/ Fleetwood, not the older models. These were the last of the big V-8 RWD road cars - a throw back to the early years, but with the safety features of a newer car. With a towing package, they're rated to 5000#. On paper this seems okay, but we don't know what performance will be like in real towing conditions. Your point about visibility is a good one.
Great idea about an old body on a new chassis!
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