I'll try to keep this short.
After 2 years of fighting the notion, I have very reluctantly decided that I will attempt to sell my 1994 Caprice 9C1 that I have owned since 2001. The usual reasons like most red blooded car guys when they come to terms that life changes over time and so the priorities must change with it.
I will spare posting all of the photos and all of the information on this car to save on space but if interested please PM me. I am most active on this forum so I wanted to try here first before moving to the B Body forums and later ebay.
In summary, this is a native Texas car built in Arlington, TX and began life as a Texas Highway Patrol car until the year 2000. It still has the DPS asset number in the door jamb. I don't know who the second owner was but they painted the car pearl white and halfway attempted an Impala SS clone with some terrible after market wheels. I bought the car one year later in 2001 at a car dealership in San Antonio with 105,000 miles on it. It was super clean and had an immaculate interior. One hole only in the roof. Texas DPS as a rule does not install spotlights on their vehicles. Engine is an LT1 with the GU4 3.08 open diff. I found out quickly why the car was traded in so quickly after it left DPS. Within days of buying it, the trans lost 3-4 gear. The dealership paid for the rebuild. After 7 rebuilds by two different shops in 9 months and some fierce letter writing, a brand new GM service replacement transmission assembly 4L60E SRTA was installed in 2002 (117,000) at a cost that was split 50/50 by me and the dealer. This trans has been in the car ever since and has performed flawlessly and still does to this day.
Fast forward to 2011 (211,000) the car had served me well as a daily driver for the past 10 years minus the shady transmission rebuilders. I always thought I would keep this car indefinitely and started the process of restoring it. I started buying up NOS GM parts by the droves back in 2009 as many were getting discontinued. New steering wheel, new lights, trim, wheels, rubber, all of the police specific 9C1 upgraded parts and too many more to list here. In 2011 I removed the original LT1 engine that was still running like a top by the way but leaking oil out of every possible place but the valve covers. I purchased a "stock replacement" LT1 engine from Golen Engines on the east coast, they are know for their specialty in the LTX and LSX worlds. This engine has the aluminum GM heads and slightly more aggressive cam than the B Body. I installed it and reused no parts from the old engine at all except the intake manifold. New opti, new accessories, new exhaust manifolds, new injectors. You get the point, everything down to the green silicone 9C1 hoses to the oil cooler, oil cooler lines, orings, to the smallest vacuum line was replaced with new GM parts. This engine was tuned on a local dyno with 250 RWHP and 315 FT/LBS to the wheels. Tuner figures 20 percent loss through the drive line for approx. 315 HP 393 FT/LBS crank.
Some highlights of the good
-6 year old upgraded LT1 engine with 27,000 miles of use with all new OEM parts (Runs great, runs strong, no leaks)
-perfectly functioning trans with 120,000 miles serviced by me with Mobil 1 ATF every 30,000 (Shifts perfectly, no leaks)
-Rear diff serviced regularly with Mobil 1 75w90 and both axles and seals replaced last year with new rear brakes, rotors and caliper brackets and hardware. (no leaks)
-Suspension upgraded with GM parts to the larger 5/8" lower ball joints
-Recent front end alignment
-Goodyear RSA P235/70VR15 tires with 70 percent tread left
-Power Windows and locks
-Brand new cat back exhaust system
-Clean interior, arm rests are not broken (they were all replaced in 2004)
-New carpet in 2005
-GM AM FM CD player installed in 2010 that was reconditioned and MP3 input jack installed
-Has trunk kit made by Scott Williams with 10" provisions for subs
-All windows work and are not off track
-AC blows cold
-Upgraded Racetronix fuel pump and wiring
-Plethora of new and used GM parts including hard to find items like the steering wheel, the 9C1 air dams that direct air to the front rotors
-Countless other parts replaced in the restoration process
-Paint is terrible (Car was garage kept from 2004-2011 and 2013 to present - Most damage occurred 2011-2012 when the car was outside while I built my shop. Clear is coming off hood, roof and trunk.
-Trunk leaks water during hard rainstorms if left outside
-A/C compressor has small front seal leak, has to be recharged every 2-3 years ever since the engine was replaced.
-HVAC system works normal except will not direct air to floor when put on heat setting. (Heat does work and core was replaced when engine was)
-Front and rear suspension overhauled 10 years ago around 150,000. Still drives great but would benefit from fresh parts and shocks)
-Volt meter reads way high for some reason
I drove the car this past summer to New Mexico and back. on vacation. I would get in this car and trust it to drive anywhere as it sits right now.
I realize the car has a lot of sentimental value to me and no one else but I don't need to get rid of it, I just think I should as I don't drive it as much anymore and now that I have the 2014 Caprice I see myself using it even less. I'm going to start by asking $9500 obo for the car and my entire inventory of B Body parts. If I don't get any bites after a while, I will most likely sell the car separate from the parts. Ill probably get more for the parts selling them individually but that will take time and I think I would benefit from decluttering my life a little. Please PM me if interested or if you know someone else that may be. I can send a lot more photos and a complete list of the new and used parts I have. Thanks for reading.
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