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Just Got Myself a New Car 96 Caprice

Just purchased this car last week. First Caprice I have ever driven or owned, and I love it.
It has 178k miles runs real nice and your questions suggestions or comments are appreciated.

Any advice as to good mods to start with ? Also, I'm in Miami Fl, anyone know someone who works well on these cars at a good price ???
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot to mention, it has the lt1 motor
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Welcome, nice looking car. 178K is just broken in for a Civi car. Don't be in too much of a rush to modify it, drive it for awhile and make sure everything is OK. Read all the stickys on this forum for a lot of good basic info. Start with any needed maintenance to be sure it is running at top shape. Typical first mods on a civi would involve upgrades to heavy duty 9C1 or Impala SS features to improve performance, such as suspension, brakes, gear ratio, cooling, wheels/tires etc. From there it all depends on what you want and how thick your wallet is. Good luck.

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Welcome to our forum. I encourage you to find/download Qalo'SS handbook either from this forum,or from the grail-ss.com site. Plenty of information,and tips will be found there.

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Thanks,

I was a bit reluctant to buy it at first because it had 178k miles, but once I drove it, I was totally impressed by the power and how nice it glided down the road .... so I bought it

The car runs so nice, I hope it runs at least a couple of years before any Major work .....

I did an oil change, new AC Delco platinum plugs, and I am having the AC checked at this time because its blowing hot air. I would have changed the air filter, but I am going to buy a cold air intake kit on ebay for it. They have some generic cold airs for like $65, anyone have experience with them ??
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Thanks,

I was a bit reluctant to buy it at first because it had 178k miles, but once I drove it, I was totally impressed by the power and how nice it glided down the road .... so I bought it

The car runs so nice, I hope it runs at least a couple of years before any Major work .....

I did an oil change, new AC Delco platinum plugs, and I am having the AC checked at this time because its blowing hot air. I would have changed the air filter, but I am going to buy a cold air intake kit on ebay for it. They have some generic cold airs for like $65, anyone have experience with them ??
Welcome and nice find. Looks to be a pretty Clean Caprice. In addition to the Handbook, check these as well for some ideas.....

http://www.goldsswagon.com/Impala%20...20Archives.htm

http://www.goldsswagon.com/Impala%20...ons%20List.htm

The Stickies in each section of the Forum are also good places to find info on your new Baby.

Without knowing the real history of the car or how it was maintained, I would be looking at replacing all the vital fluids/filters of things like Cooling System, Trans, Rearend, etc. With that mileage a good inspection of the Suspension/Steering would also be in order. Mileage is nothing to me on these cars as long as the body is solid.

I have the K&N FIPK which is around $200 but is a nice kit and has a box that isolates the filter from the Engine bay heat. Plenty of kits out there too like you mentioned and Stickies and links posted should give you more than enough info. Also become familair with the SEARCH function here too. Tons of info here and most questions have already been asked/answered many times.

What are your intersts in modding....Performance,Appearance, Suspension, All of the above? Word of warning....once you start, you may not stop. Ive been at it for years and keep finding stuff I want to do and have it down for some repairs/mods now. Once the bug hits you, it will hit you hard. But these cars are fun, easy to work on and not many on the roads today. They are also comfortable on long trips and almost always get Thumbs up from other drivers. Many here have cars (some Daily Drivers) with over 200-300K. MIne is approaching nearly 200K, but that is body only as I have upgraded so many Drivetrain pieces, I've lost track.

Anyway, nice find, welcome to the insanity and enjoy you ride for many years to come.

EDIT - On your AC not working. If its out of Freon and nothing is real obvious. Be sure to check the metal line near the Upper Control Arm on the Passenger side. Pretty common issue on these cars as it slowly rubs a hole through it and causes a leak. Just something to be aware of if you decide to do this yourself or have it serviced, you may want to mention it to them.

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Thanks,

Im glad you guys like it. I had a lot of fun looking through this site at all the super nice cars you all have, and now after three months of looking for one,I am so glad I picked up one of these cars ....

My plans with it at the moment are to do some simple mods, because its running real nice already. So I am going to put a cold air in it next .. I plan to keep the exterior mostly as it is, will probably put 5 or 6 coats of wax on it in the next 6 weeks .. I am looking for a nice set of SS 96 wheels, so I will throw those on there, when I find them at a decent price and get some nice tires .... and head to the track to see what its running the 1/4 mile in .....

Anyone in South Florida know a good mechanic down here ??
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