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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 12:58 PM
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hi gang, fabs here...well i took a little drive out to look at some used cars and spotted a used '96 caprice LT1....i don't know how much they are asking, but in terms of condition, there is a little work to be done (some dents, chips, holes to patch up, the sterring wheel is broken i think..there's soem duct tape on one side...)the thing i noticed was that around the inner wheel wells in the front the metal has started to break in little pieces here and there, as well, underneith, there was a little puddle on the ground and saw that the oil pan was a little wet with oil i imagine.
Are these big perpairs? are the wheel wells replacable and/or costly? for the oil, if it's just the gasket, is that a big job to do or can a novice mec. like myself do it?
In terms of a price i figure they're shooting around 5000.00 cdn..if thats the case i'll try bringing it down to about 4,400..(for the paint and work). please let me know whatcha guys think..thanks
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 02:27 PM
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with those problems, I'd pass
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 02:45 PM
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Red face

I'd second that. Unless you are exagerrating,
I'd look for one in a bit better condition.
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 07:09 PM
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To my point of view now, try to buy one that Wayyyyy south from montreal. rust kills

No matter how good it is, there's always something to fix/upgrade on a 9C1 ..

post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 08:07 PM
Jim Moulton
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fabs: how many Kilometers on that '96 ?
Look closely at the duct tape, the wheel may not be broken, just marked or chipped ?
The metal in the wheel wells is breaking off Fabs?
You mean it is so rusted that pieces are breaking off , or has it been hit ?
The oil may be dripping down from above onto the pan ?
Any kind of warranty on this , or just until they see the tail lights drive off the lot ?
I know you have been looking for a reasonably priced LT1 Fabs, but make sure that you don't have to start rebuliding this '96 from the ground up.....
Do you have anyone that could take a look at this one for you ?
That might give you a trusted 2nd opinion anyway...
Good Luck with the ongoing search, I know you will find one soon !
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 09:22 PM
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hi Jim..thanks for the reply everyone.... well for the wheel wells, when looking just above the tires in the front, there are holes that have formed and if you pry just a little at it, it just crumbles(can wheel wells be ordered, and are they costly??)..i don't think it has been due to rust, (more rocks than anything.. the car belonged to the Kanawake(mohawk) peace keepers(lots of dirt- country roads)..i'm not familiar to there up-keep on their cars but i think that these cars have been assigned to each officer, meaning that when that cop goes home at the end of the shift they drive that car home and it stays with them. For the Oil, i think it's the oil gasket that is going, and it has started to leak, i can check it out better.. as for the body, the car will need a new paint job ( has a few dents, hole on the roof where the lights went... i'll call up just for fun to see how much they are asking..if the price is pretty low, then it might be worth the while, if not i'll just pass...ciao for now
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 10:39 PM
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fabs, another place to look for the oil leak source is the filter adapter between the filter and engine block, and also the cooling lines. If this car is truly what you're describing, then I'd pass. There is a guy in New York who specializes in 9C1 caprices and I think he only buys and sells LT1 cars. It might be worth the ride over the border for you to get a car, and he is a very honest guy, I almost bought a car from him, but I found my new baby right down the street from my house in the same condition as the one I wanted to buy from him. The prices on his site aren't set in stone either. Check out his website for his current inventory http://www.keymotorsusa.com/current.html I really think you should pass on this one you've found and try out this guy I listed. The car you're describing doesn't sound like its worth the trouble or cost of fixing.
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