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I just picked up a DGGM '95 Caprice with the 9C1 package and LT1. From what little I know, it was supposedly an unmarked New Jersey police car at one point. It's not hard to tell; it has the bright as hell dome light, a few random switches under the dash, and an extra antenna mount.

I bought the car off a buddy of mine, who had bought the car from his uncle last year. His uncle had it for 10 years and didn't drive it much, and sold it to my friend when he moved to Florida. I've had my eye on it ever since he got it, and eventually convinced him to sell it to me. It has around 130k miles (the digital speedo/odo doesn't work).

The car has SS wheels and grille, as well as springs. I have the SS spoiler that I'll be installing as soon as it warms up a little outside. It has power buckets out of a Bonneville, but no center console at the moment. Also has some kind of cheap air intake, but the rest of the car is stock. I have a Z28 cluster I'll put in it. The car needs a good cleaning inside and out, and it has a trailer hitch that needs to come off. Most of all, it needs a trans rebuild (no 3rd or 4th). That will be taken care of at some point in the next month.

Here's the only pic I have...



When the weather warms up I'll take a lot more pics. I don't really have big plans for the car, I just want to clean it up and daily drive it. The body is in good shape, a little rust on the underbody, and a small rust hole in the trunk. It's certainly not a show car, but it's in good condition. I've always liked these cars and I'm really excited to finally have one. I want to look at the option code tag in the trunk and find out a little more about it.
 

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This will be the 12th car I've owned, which some say is a lot since I'm only 28 years old lol. Here are a few of my old vehicles I no longer own, to give you an idea of my taste in cars...











Obviously I'm a big fan of 90's GM cars. :)
 

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Welcome to the B Body club!

DGGM 9C1's are nice cars. Grey or Tan interior?

You have great taste in cars :)

Hope you take the time to post progress pictures. The 9C1 will clean up nice.
 

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DGGM 9C1's are nice cars. Grey or Tan interior?

You have great taste in cars :)

Hope you take the time to post progress pictures. The 9C1 will clean up nice.
Thanks! It has a light gray interior with leather Bonneville seats front and back. It needs a thorough cleaning, especially the carpet. Lots of stains, likely coffee/cola. It'll be a tough job.

I'm going to try and fix the digital dash before putting the Z28 cluster in. I also need to replace a couple blown speakers, and the stock radio display doesn't light up unless the lights are on. Anyone know why that might happen?
 

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Thanks Don!

I was ready to drill into my trunk lid today so I could mount my SS spoiler that came along with the car. I took the spoiler out of the package, and it's an aftermarket knock-off (Wings West) which looks identical, minus the fact that there are no threads in which to mount it. Apparently it is designed to be held on with double sided tape.

It was already installed on the car once before, even painted to match, and it looks like it was taken off because the tape didn't hold. How can I mount this thing on my car and not worry about losing it? The car will be a year round daily driver so I'm not sure I trust double sided tape, and I don't think I want to use epoxy either.

Any ideas?
 

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You can't tell from pics, but the car desparately needs a wash and detail. I think it's been years since it's been washed...



If you look closely, you can see the rust behind the rear wheel. Ugh I really hate salt...



Driver's seat looks a little rough...



The fitment on the rear Bonneville seats leaves a lot to be desired...



Did you notice how awful the carpet looks?



A quick scrub with Folex carpet cleaner has it looking better already...



The engine bay needs a little work too...

 

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Moved into my new house Friday night. Got some snow early this morning...



Only a single car garage, sadly...



And the garage has nothing in it. No shelves or storage whatsoever (yet), just this small piece of paneling with various tool holders, left from the previous owner...



Luckily for me, there's a good 5+ feet behind the car for all my tools and other stuff.
 

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All that work? Did mine in 15 minutes, dried in the sun for 3 days. Wasn't hard work at all. Didn't look as good as new, but looked ok.
 

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K Gee "All that work into a carpet that can be replaced for $150? Just buy some new carpet down the road."


Spoken like a man who likely has not installed one of those $150 dollar replacement carpets. I have yet to find one that fits as nicely as the OEM. If a little elbow grease will save it...well worth the investment in my opinion.
 

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Yeah, I spent $5 on the bottle of Folex and less than 5 minutes scrubbing. Once it warms up enough to motivate me to finish, I'm sure I'll get it looking almost new
 

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K Gee "All that work into a carpet that can be replaced for $150? Just buy some new carpet down the road."


Spoken like a man who likely has not installed one of those $150 dollar replacement carpets. I have yet to find one that fits as nicely as the OEM. If a little elbow grease will save it...well worth the investment in my opinion.
I know of the fitment issues, I was under the impression the OP might want to start fresh, my bad.
 

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I forgot to mention that the car has Bilsteins on it. I still haven't gotten around to jacking it up and giving it a thorough inspection. I need to change the oil on it, and I know the sway bar end links need replaced. There's another noise I need to look into, kind of a low pitched metal squeak sound when weight is lifted from the rear of the car, like when someone gets out of the back. LCA's, bushings, or maybe even exhaust hangers I'm guessing. There's also an annoying exhaust leak that needs attention.

I did manage to install a Blazer center console, and fix the digital dash. Now that I'm settled into my new house maybe I can finally save up a few bucks to get the trans rebuilt soon.
 

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The exhaust leak is probably loose, broken or missing exhaust manifold bolts. Check both sides, on my 95 it was the passenger side rear. If you are lucky and they are not broken off, CAREFULLY try to remove the loose bolts. Go and get a matching grade 8 bolt and install with some anti-seize and a lock washer. If you are lucky and the manifold isn't cracked that should stop the leak.
 

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Had the trans rebuilt in June, and I've been driving it every day since. I decided to remove the side moldings because the "chrome" looked like hell...











This is my "temporary" center console...

 
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