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Grandpas Old Caprice work thread

this thread is basically going to be a log of the little changes i made to my car... it's in this sub forum because i didn't feel like its worthy of the complete car build section.

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first got the car...
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first i ordered a grill from ebay... didnt come close to lining up


they refunded my money so i bought an impala grille. painted it black






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next came the installation. extremely simple







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then i bought some rim adapters so my old 22s would fit...



getting ready for 22s





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22s were put on. after riding them for a few days they were shaking pretty bad so i just decided to take em off and go for 24s







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picked up some 24s. they each have 10 inserts that i have yet to paint and put on the rims. soon though







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next was to tackle the monte carlo steering wheel swap (which i hadnt heard of till i saw bat96chevy's video on youtube, big inspiration and thanks for the help)

getting ready (this tool + steering wheel puller makes life easier)






diving in





then after playing with the clock wheel and getting the wires down the column i finally got it





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next was getting speakers and speaker pods. painted the speaker pods with SEM and had to cut the door panel up a little and install some phoenix gold comps. paint looks like a closer match in person, pics makes it seem more off than it actually is









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then it was the stereo...

bought a stereo install kit from wal-mart along with a factory harness adapter. installed my old alpine head unit... then realized it didn't support steering wheel control for the monte carlo steering wheel swap...



then i browsed some car audio classifieds and found a pioneer head unit that does... bought the head unit, axxess steering wheel control adapter, and a relay to do a parking brake bypass so i can play video while driving (was easier than hooking it up properly)








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then i decided i was going to add a center console... spent a day at three different junk yards building a complete blaze console. took it home, pressure washed it, disassembled, painted, reassembled and realized i didn't like the way it would sit in there... at least im only out a days worth of work and $13.50 that i paid for the console






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