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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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1996 Classic vs 9c1 body differences ?

Are there any external differences, apart from wheels, between a 96 classic & a 96 9c1 ?

I want to go for the 9c1 look but keen to get it right
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 08:19 PM
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The Caprice and 9C1 bodies are identical. The only difference you might find is the spotlights on the 9C1. The 9C1 has minimal trim as well, so they look really plain.

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Different springs and shocks, green silicone hoses, rear disc brakes, exterior trim varies but not necessarily "plain", not all 9c1's have spotlights, yellow buttons on the dash or rubber floors, dog dish hubcaps, nor are they all LT1's. It should be noted that 9c1's are also Caprice Classics so the comparison is actually between civilian and 9c1 Caprices.

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Standard Caprice have the Impala width rears w/o disc brakes. Caprice 9C1's have the narrower rears w/ disc brakes.

9C1's have more body bushings than the standard Caprice.

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Thanks for all the info guys. For now, its just the outside body that I want to get to look right.
Asume 9c1's didnt have the Caprice Classic badging ?
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Thanks for all the info guys. For now, its just the outside body that I want to get to look right.
Asume 9c1's didnt have the Caprice Classic badging ?
All three of the 9C1s that I have purchased had the Caprice Classic Badges unused in the glove box. The different departments had not applied them.



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B81 All Body Side Molding Delete
Body Side Moldings are deleted from front fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels (moldings are NOT shipped loose in the vehicle).

6J6 Rear Panel Lights
Two 4-inch red single-faced lights mounted behind rear seat back to be viewed through rear window. These lights function as auxiliary turn signals, stop lamps, and vehicle hazard flashers.

You asked about the exterior. There are several others that apply to the trunk and the interior, that can still be discerned from outside.

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Chrome trim removal and debadging. N97 rims. Narrower rear axle. Spring stance/height.

Those are the main exterior "noticeables". The ride height/stance is really one of the most observeable differences. Most hate it though and drop them w/ a new spring/shock combo. This, imho, totally obscures the difference between a true 9C1 setup and a bastard. The rear (optional) bilstien shock for the 9C1 spring was particular to that spring height. If you want it to look authentic, it has to retain the "curb hopper" clearance. If you want it to ride and perhaps even look better, choosing a different spring/shock combo is required. A quandary for purists...
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Thanks guys. I'll post pics of what I'm doing soon.
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