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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2015, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Chevrolet Caprice '84 - Some Opinion Needed

Hello Everybody,

As New to the Site I want to introduce myself.
My name is Tomasz, I am from Poland. Recently I have been looking around for some Chevrolet Caprice and have found one in the end.

This is Caprice 1984 freshly imported from the States.

Cause on Saturday I am going to see and inspect it at the place, need some help.
Could you point out some weak Caprices' places - I mean possible places of RUST etc.

What else should be checked to confirm good shape of the car - engine, transmission etc.

The Link:

http://otomoto.pl/chevrolet-caprice-...C36001830.html

Thank you

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 10:04 AM
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Tires , belts , hoses & other rubber parts . Plastic parts .

The usual items with the engine , differential & transmission .

Paint and exterior trim / moldings .

I live in a mostly dry climate , not too much winter salt & far away from the ocean . So , for local cars , rust is not usually a big problem .

Where was it imported from ?

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Tires , belts , hoses & other rubber parts . Plastic parts .

The usual items with the engine , differential & transmission .

Paint and exterior trim / moldings .

I live in a mostly dry climate , not too much winter salt & far away from the ocean . So , for local cars , rust is not usually a big problem .

Where was it imported from ?

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Hello WyrTwister

We have already met each other on the Chevycaprice forum. I was asking about a carb which this car uses.

The reg. plates are from New Jersey. I am going to inspect it, at the place, on Saturday.

This car is powered by L69 engine with 190 HP, what is more, it is a former Police car, so it seems a bit rare.

The owner, importer says that it runs very nice, but I am afraid about the engine and transmission shape - it is quite old, and the mileage is hard to establish.

I will know more on Saturday.

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Welcome!

High mileage police use and N.E. coast winter salt would NOT be my first preferences picking a car to operate across the ocean. But, I guess if it still has all the police markings and you are aimed at restoring it for shows then fine.

For past public service vehicles I would add prior bodywork and suspension components to Wyr's list.

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New Jersey ? I would be concerned with road salt / rust .

Engine , while idling , remove the PCV valve or valves . See how much smoke / blow by comes out of the engine . Repeat with some one opening up the throttle .

Inspect the condition of all the fluids , especially the transmission fluid .

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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It does not have the police marks, it was undercover, operational - I guess.

Have a look at this.

http://otomoto.pl/chevrolet-caprice-...C36001830.html

It looks quite good, at first glanCe. Your tips make me to be careful.

ps.
What about removing, while idling, the oil dipstick. Does it show anything as for the engine condition ?

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With the PCV system in place & functioning , it pulls outside air through the engine cavities / spaces and into the intake manifold . There it ( the outside air ) and the fumes / blow by ( picked up along the way ) are burned inside the engine .

If you just remove the oil dip stick , I think there would be a good chance air would be drawn in , instead of blow by coming out ?

With the PCV valve or valves removed , any blow by would escape through those openings . You can also remove the oil filler cap to allow blow by to excape .

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Pictures can be deceiving , but they look OK .

Be sure to look underneath the car for the rust you are concerned about .

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-11-2015, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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@WyrTwister.
Thank you very much !

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you are aimed at restoring it for shows then fine.
There is something in it. My intension is not to operate the car daily.

Regards

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