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Author Topic: FS: 1994 Chevy Caprice wagon - 6 speed!  (Read 401 times)
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« on: August 16, 2017, 08:49:58 PM »

Name: Justin
Location: Powhatan
Contact: PM me or email at justin dot loehlein at gmail
Price: $5k obo

Alright, the time has come to sell my Caprice.  Many of you are familiar with the car - it has been my tow vehicle for 8 years.  I bought it with a failing transmission and immediately built it into my ideal tow vehicle.  I swapped in a manual trans from a 1994 Camaro, some 4.10 gears and a stiffer suspension.  It runs 14s in the 1/4 mile, gets 12-14mpg towing 5k lbs (is capable of over 20 empty), and handles well for a 4500lb car.  The close gearing in the 6 speed is great for towing and it'll cruise at 1800rpm doing 70mph, even while towing the trailer.  The car has 270k on it now, I've put 35k miles on it since I owned it and it runs super strong.  I have a spare, 80k mile motor that can go with it.  I was going to replace the motor when I first got it, but it dyno'd at 226whp and 311ft-lbs all stock (prior to exhaust), so I decided to let it be.  Here are the details.

Drivetrain
LT1 engine
Rebuilt T56 transmission
Aluminum driveshaft
Detroit Tru-Trac diff with 4.10 gears
Stan's Tri-Y headers
Stainless X-pipe and mufflers
High flow cats

Suspension
Completely rebuilt front-end steering and suspension with Moog parts
Bilstein shocks
Stiffer springs
AirLift bags in the rear
Crown Vic rear sway bar
17x8 wheels and BRAND NEW 255/50/17 Nitto NT450s
Will include stock wheels with snow tires (car is a beast in the snow)

Other
Bucket seats from a Bonneville
Camaro gauge cluster (has a tach)
Class III hitch with 4 way and 7 way plugs
Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller
Hurst shifter
Recently replaced heater core, radiator and all hoses
All new brake lines

I've got $13k in the car and it runs and drives great.  I use top quality replacement parts (e.g. all the hoses and radiator core are AC Delco, belt is Good Year, bearings are all Timken, etc).  Last year, I rebuilt the transmission with $1600 in parts - all new synchros and bearings plus billet synchro keys, steel 3-4 shift fork, bronze shifter pads, new mainshaft and 5-6 gear cluster.  It's got a new clutch in it, too (stage 3 pressure plate with organic clutch disc from ClutchNet).

However, I haven't put as much focus into how the car looks.  I removed all the exterior trim and much of the interior (carpet, headliner, plastic pillar trim).  I will include all of it, but the headliner needs to be replaced and it doesn't make sense to put anything else back in until that is done.  There are some broken clips on the driver's side door panel and the handle you grab onto is broken, making it fun to close.  The AC compressor has been removed.  The brake light on the dash is on - I'm pretty sure I forgot to reconnect the switch on the parking brake when I pulled the dash to do the heater core (there are no ABS codes).

Anyways, this is a great first tow vehicle (comfortable to sleep in, too).  I've mostly pulled my Miatas and Civic, but have had everything on the trailer from Corvettes and Mustangs to a Dodge pickup once.  I use a weight distributing hitch and it does just fine.  It's also just fun to beat up on kids who think their Civics are fast in a wood-paneled wagon.

Here are a few pics.  I'll post more detailed pics over the weekend.  I wasn't planning on selling the car, but I just bought another Cummins-powered truck, so it's gotta go.  The white Roadmaster in the pics is also for sale.  I'll start another post for that.









If anyone wants a package deal on the wagon, trailer, and matching LeMons Miata, just let me know.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2017, 08:39:30 AM by jloehlein » Logged

2000 Honda Insight - Daily Driver
1995 Honda Civic CX - Street Mod/HPDE beater
1994 Chevy Caprice wagon w/6 speed - tow vehicle
1991 Mazda Miata (plus parts cars) - LeMons racecar
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2017, 01:12:28 PM »

Alright, below are some pictures from today.  I also took a video of it accelerating.

Exterior photos


















Interior photos



















The driver's door panel is missing the armrest






Here are some detailed shots of the underside.  There is surface rust on the floorboards, but nothing serious.  The rockers are all clean.








The lower rear quarters have the most rust.  The bottom of the spare tire well has a couple of holes.  There are 2 shallow dents in the passenger quarter.






The tires are new - 10/32" tread




The engine bay is clean.




Here are pics of the spares.  The winter tires are 235/75/15s with 8/32" tread.  The headliner backer is in good shape, but needs new fabric.  I have all the interior and exterior trim, plus new carpet (not pictured).





« Last Edit: September 04, 2017, 08:38:31 AM by jloehlein » Logged

2000 Honda Insight - Daily Driver
1995 Honda Civic CX - Street Mod/HPDE beater
1994 Chevy Caprice wagon w/6 speed - tow vehicle
1991 Mazda Miata (plus parts cars) - LeMons racecar
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