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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 04-12-2014, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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96 Caprice 9C1 - The Best Beater

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I just got a new (to me) 96 9C1 to use as a second car. I had a 95 ex- Texas DPS car that I bought fresh out of service in 1999 and I liked it so much I went through a 95 Roadmaster Wagon, 95 Impala SS, and even had a 96 Cadillac Brougham (Father-in-law's car). They all had the LT-1 drivetrain and were great cars but the last one was gone by 2004.

My wife and I are both retired and tried living with one car, a large crossover SUV, but that did not work too well. I have a couple of hobby cars but I didn't want to use them as daily drivers and definitely didn't want to pay what they wanted for a newer car. When this 96 popped up it was the perfect compromise so I jumped on it.

This car was also just out of service from Santa Clara County in California and has just under 95,000 miles. Its an unmarked version with carpet, cloth seats, no spots, wheelcovers, and no holes except for a plugged one in the trunklid. Its got the LT-1 and full 9C1 package, posi, base radio, power mirrors, rear defogger, and not much else. Best part, its DGGM, my favorite Impala color, with a grey interior.

It came off the truck yesterday and looked exactly as represented. A quick checkover showed everything working except the hood release! I pulled off the release lever, luckily the only problem was the cable had slipped out of its bracket. I'll be checking it over more closely and will report what I find.
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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 04-13-2014, 12:55 AM
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looks in good shape and very clean, nice find!

my new toy-1995 dcm stock 1995 9c1
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Nice Find

Looks really nice man! good score,

Looks like a new water pump so usually means you got a new opti spark too.. at least most people switch them out when doing the water pump


Hard to find a good clean one like that now days, I've had a clean 9C1 and miss it as much as the two Impala SS's I had.. love the column shift and digital dash on the 95SS and the 9C1's.

Good luck with "her"
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Looks really nice man! good score,

Looks like a new water pump so usually means you got a new opti spark too.. at least most people switch them out when doing the water pump


Hard to find a good clean one like that now days, I've had a clean 9C1 and miss it as much as the two Impala SS's I had.. love the column shift and digital dash on the 95SS and the 9C1's.

Good luck with "her"
Thanks. The opti and plug wires are not as clean as the water pump so not sure. I was very surprised to find this car, it seemed like they were all gone or used up. I almost wonder if some county guy latched on to this car and kept it away from the hard duty. I know before they stopped making them a lot of cities bought extra cars and stored them since the cops loved them so much compared to the Crown Vics...

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I spent most of the day yesterday checking this car out. Jacked it up, pulled the wheels and spent a lot of time looking, and I'm very pleased. First I have to say how much I love any car from California. The only rust anywhere on this car is some very light surface rust on the unpainted rear axle and sway bar. No dents or scrapes on the undercarriage so it wasn't used for curb jumping. Here's the highlights:
  • New front brake rotors and pads, good remaining pad depth in back.
  • Steering linkage is tight, all suspension bushings look good.
  • Shocks look original with no leaks.
  • Minor leaks at oil cooler lines, no surprise, OK for now.
  • New fuel filter, air filter, one O2 sensor, clean oil and coolant.
  • The exhaust system is all original and looks great.
  • front air dam center section missing, sides in place.
  • Tires are 225/70R15 RSA's with about 50% tread.
  • All original paint in good shape except bumper covers are faded.
  • All the windows work without falling off the track!
I filled it with gas and took it for a ride, all the good memories came back. It runs strong, idles smooth, tracks and brakes straight and handles like it should. The only issue is some high speed shake in the steering which I assume to be out of balance tires.

On Monday I will get it inspected and licensed then it will be well used.
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Looks like a good B-Body Don! Just enough maint needed to keep you busy

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Looks nice Don, sounds like you did get lucky.. I'm over here in Mesquite and I bet you looked all over our part of town first but you see the junk for sale around here and if its half a good car they want outrageous prices in the DFW area.

Those good ones don't come around often, enjoy it!

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I spent most of the day yesterday checking this car out. Jacked it up, pulled the wheels and spent a lot of time looking, and I'm very pleased. First I have to say how much I love any car from California. The only rust anywhere on this car is some very light surface rust on the unpainted rear axle and sway bar. No dents or scrapes on the undercarriage so it wasn't used for curb jumping. Here's the highlights:

  • New front brake rotors and pads, good remaining pad depth in back.
  • Steering linkage is tight, all suspension bushings look good.
  • Shocks look original with no leaks.
  • Minor leaks at oil cooler lines, no surprise, OK for now.
  • New fuel filter, air filter, one O2 sensor, clean oil and coolant.
  • The exhaust system is all original and looks great.
  • front air dam center section missing, sides in place.
  • Tires are 225/70R15 RSA's with about 50% tread.
  • All original paint in good shape except bumper covers are faded.
  • All the windows work without falling off the track!
I filled it with gas and took it for a ride, all the good memories came back. It runs strong, idles smooth, tracks and brakes straight and handles like it should. The only issue is some high speed shake in the steering which I assume to be out of balance tires.

On Monday I will get it inspected and licensed then it will be well used.
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I'm jealous of those cars on the Left side of the country. Would be tough to find a 20 YO driver that clean on the East Coast. Can't get over how clean it is underneath.

Congrats, very nice score. It's at very nice car just the was it is. Are you planning on keeping her stock or some kind of conversion?? I started with a Black Civi Caprice with Gray Cloth interior. I see a very similar change over to a DGGM Impala/Caprice SS if you wanted.

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I'm jealous of those cars on the Left side of the country. Would be tough to find a 20 YO driver that clean on the East Coast. Can't get over how clean it is underneath.

Congrats, very nice score. It's at very nice car just the was it is. Are you planning on keeping her stock or some kind of conversion?? I started with a Black Civi Caprice with Gray Cloth interior. I see a very similar change over to a DGGM Impala/Caprice SS if you wanted.
Thanks. No conversion planned although I may do a few things. I do still have a set of SS wheels that will wind up on the car at some point and we'll see what else comes up. It will stay mechanically stock.

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Thanks. No conversion planned although I may do a few things. I do still have a set of SS wheels that will wind up on the car at some point and we'll see what else comes up. It will stay mechanically stock.
A set of SS wheels would dress it up nice while still staying stock. Wouldn't take much to complete the external SS appearance if you wanted. Did mine over the course of years and when SS parts (used and new) were more easily had.

But some DGGM wheel well moldings, door handles, a grill and some blacked out chrome on tail lights, rockers and belt line trim removal and you got a good start.
Whatever you decide to do to the car, you got yourself a nice looking ride there....enjoy!

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