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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Purchased a 81 Caprice, good deal or bad?

I just bought a 81 Chevy Caprice, for $800. With no motor or tranny, body is good shape(No Dents/Rust) interior is in decent shape minus the dash cracking and driver seat torn a little bit, headliner looks fairly new, flowmasters was installed, 15" American Racing wheels on it, hoodscoop and some more little items. Was that a good deal or bad? I was just stuck on hooking up my first big body Chevy Caprice, that I wasn't really thinking. And its not much that I have to do to it. I was thinking about just throwing a good 350 back in it, with a 350 tranny. Eventually I want to try and install a LT1 in it. Let me know what you guys think.
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If you were looking for a driver, then I'd say it would have been worth spending a few grand to get a nice, complete car; however, if you're planning on changing motor and tranny anyway, then that's not a gross price for a good body and mechanical bits from which to start. Those hoodscoops HAVE to go, though .


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Oh they will, its useless.

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Nothing screams "Pep Boys" quite like plastic, add-on hoodscoops .


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^^^^ @ at the pep boys comment Completely agree.

Did you check out the previous body work really closely to be sure it's not full of bondo?



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Loved my '82. Great for dealing with cabbies in manhattan

This one looks like it's gotten the low rider treatment. There may be more parts in there then you think. Hydraulics maybe?

Yeah, scoops gotta go..
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I wouldn't say it was a good deal as I bought a 81 Caprice Coupe Landau for $800 and it was complete, running and in decent/good shape for such an old car.

But too late now. As long as you're happy. I drove the wheels off the car, and sold it for what I had into the car+paint...parted out hydros, wheels and system.

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I wouldn't say it was a good deal as I bought a 81 Caprice Coupe Landau for $800 and it was complete, running and in decent/good shape for such an old car.

That's a VERY good deal! Up here in Canada (at least my area), $800 will barely get you a running ANYTHING


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Yeah that is a good deal, but its hard to find caprice for a good price. But I'm going to take the hit, and still make this car worth a while. What's a good site for finding good parts beside jegs and summit racing

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