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Name: Justin
Location: Richmond, VA - willing to deliver many places on east coast
Contact: email at justin dot loehlein at gmail
Price: $4k

Alright, the time has come to sell my Caprice. I bought it 8 years ago with a failing transmission and immediately built it into my ideal tow vehicle. I swapped in a T56 from a 1994 Camaro using the F2B adapter, put in 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 goes 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
Cloth Bonneville bucket seats
Camaro gauge cluster
Class III hitch with 4 way and 7 way plugs
Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller
Hurst shifter
Recently replaced heater core, radiator and all hoses
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).

This car isn't perfect by any means, but it is mostly rust-free, having spent its life in the south. I wasn't planning on selling the car, but I recently bought an open-top track day car, so I need to buy an enclosed trailer and I won't pull that with the Caprice.

Alright, below are a bunch of detailed pictures and a video. In case it's easier for folks to browse, here is a Flickr album that has all the photos.

Video of car accelerating

Exterior photos















 

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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 and are 2 shallow dents.






The tires are new - 10/32" tread




The engine bay is clean. Home plate is deleted.



Here are pics of some 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).








Here is a shot from a few years ago towing my crapcan endurance race car. Yes, it's a Miata with the roof off a Roadmaster welded on, painted tan, and some woodgrain applied. If anyone is interested in a package deal, let me know!

 

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Hi Justin,

I think I bought the white Roady Sedan from you several years ago.
It was a great race car!

When towing, do you mainly use 5th gear when cruising?

Nab
Charlotte Hall, MD
 

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Hi Justin,

I think I bought the white Roady Sedan from you several years ago.
It was a great race car!

When towing, do you mainly use 5th gear when cruising?

Nab
Charlotte Hall, MD
Yeah - what's up, Nabil. Hope all is well. Almost all of my towing is my open car trailer with small cars (~4500lbs total). At 65mph+, it'll cruise in 6th no problem. I'll mention that since I rebuilt the transmission 18 months ago, I don't think I've used the car to tow anything since I ended up buying a truck. I know I need to get an enclosed trailer at some point and I'm not pulling that with the wagon.
 

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Price drop to $4k. If anyone is interested in just the full 6 speed swap for $2500, drop me a line. I'm willing to pull everything out and ship it. Stuff included with the 6 speed swap:

- Transmission
- Transmission crossmember
- Clutch
- Flywheel
- Clutch hydraulics
- Pedals
- F2BKit adapter and brackets
- Hurst shifter
- shift boot

If I'm forgetting anything else to make the car run with the 6 speed, let me know and I'll include it.
 
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