When life hands you lemons, you make it into a Cadillac. Well, that might not be the actual expression, but that’s exactly what 30-year-old Cory Kanzenbach from West Bend, Wisconsin did. Growing up, his father owned and drove Cadillacs exclusively, and the younger Kanzenbach took notice. Currently the owner of a family Tool and Die shop in Wisconsin, Cory actually began acquiring his knowledge of tools and fabrication at a young age. At eighteen, the budding car enthusiast purchased his first Cadillac, and hasn’t looked back since. Now on his fourth Caddy, Cory wanted to do something different and flex his creativity. A friend of his was selling an ’87 Chevy Caprice that wasn’t in the greatest shape. He saw this as an opportunity to take the standard Caprice and turn it into the monster of all Caprice builds; a Caprice “Cadillac Edition!”
Like a surgeon, Cory reinforced the frame, adding 1/4-inch steel and wrapping the stress points to give it more stability. The next step the Caprice received was a suspension modification. With the help of Dan Vice in Racine, Wisconsin, Dan added a two-pump, four-dump CCE hydraulic set-up that features powder-coated hard-lines. Once the Caprice was fully laid out, Cory began his transformation. He searched for a donor car and found a ’90 Cadillac Brougham and began the difficult task of interchanging parts. The entire stock Caprice interior was gutted and substituted with a fully-functional 90’s Cadillac digital dash. The seats were also replaced with the luxurious Caddy leather pillow-tops. Cadillac Deville door panels were used to fit the Caprice for extra detail, and the armrests in the back were shortened by 3-inches to fit into the Caprice, making the conversion complete.
The Chevy was then brought into the paint booth, where Bazil Hafez sprayed PPG black over the entire body. Karen Beck from Campbellsport, Wisconsin, added her custom touch with leafing and pinstripping. To suit his audio needs, Cory installed a Pioneer head unit that uses JL Audio components, and two 10-inch subwoofers, which are hidden in the back wall of the rear seats. To round out the Chevy, a set of OG Wire 13-inch black powder-coated wheels were outfitted onto the Caprice.
As a member of Good Times CC. in Wisconsin, Cory knows that the quality of the automobiles each member of the club owns has to constantly be at an extremely high level. With his creativity and passion for his brand, Cory has achieved a quality that stands out on the road, and at every event. “I think I took Caddying-out a Caprice to the next level.” Cory tells us. As the very first triple-black Caprice/Cadillac, he has certainly set the new standard for conversions.
’87 Chevrolet Caprice
Owner: Cory Kanzenbach
Vehicle: 1987 Chevy Caprice
City/State: West Bend, Wisconson
Club: Good Times Car Club
Engine: Stock V6 painted to match and fully detailed with chrome.
Body/Paint: Coated with PPG Black by Cory and Bazil Hafez. White leafing and pinstripe done by Karen Beck of KB Lettering in Campbellsport, Wisconsin.
Interior: Complete conversion to a 90’s Cadillac. A fully-functional digital dash was added along with black leather pillow-top seats. The door panels were replaced with Cadillac Deville panels. The rear armrests were shortened three inches to fit.
Sound System: A Pioneer P4100 is at the helm of four JL Audio midrange components. Two 10-inch Kenwood subwoofers were built into the rear wall behind the seats and powered by one Kenwood 200 watt amplifier.
Set Up: A two-pump, four-dump powder-coated hard-line CCE hydraulic setup was installed using 8-inch cylinders in the front and 10-inch cylinders in the rear. Six Interstate group 31 batteries are run to the dash-mounted six-switch panel. The setup was installed by Dan Vice in Racine, Wisconsin.
Wheels: 13-inch black powder-coated OG Wire wheels
Tires: 155/80-R13 Douglas rubber