Originally posted by bartonmd:
....Background: I'm out of college, married, and 25 years old...
Some advice --- watch out for the following combination: a slinky negligee and a puppy.
... LOADED, 40k mile '91 Caprice Classic that doesn't say it anywhere, but the VIN comes up as an LTZ and the RPO tag as it as having the F41 (typed as F40 on the sticker, but I think that's a typo) suspension.
IIRC the LTZ has a specific SPID code all to itself, like Z09. In GM SPID-speak it's listed as a "model conversion." I think BiSScayne has a post or two listing it, as he owns one.
I rode in one several years ago. It had 7B3 suspension, along with V-rated tires on the alloy Caprice wheels. 30mm front and 26mm rear swaybars, certified speedo too I think. It also had 3.23 (GU5) and the only engine available, the 5.0 v8 LO3. The 3.23 made it perkier but only at launch.
... It came with about every option, except I wish it had come with the 8-1/2" rear axle instead of the 7-1/2" 2.56:1 axle...
Check that again... because the 3.23 was used on the larger rear end if memory serves, What is the axle code shown on the SPID ?
It's got the regular 305 and 4L60.
305 was the only engine for a non-police Caprice in 1991, even on the LTZ. The only trannys used in 91-93 Bcars were 700R4 (SPID code MD8 MX0), which was renamed the 4L60.
.... Anyway, I have a couple questions...
1. How much can this car tow? ...
Hard to say. The towing package cars/wagons got extra coolers for the trans & engine oil. Dunno if you got those. That means you couldn't tow the same load at the same speed and have the same thermal-margin. IOW heavy tow load, sustained highway driving, and hot weather could be a problem... unless you retrofit the parts.
The engine and trans are certainly up to the task if cooled properly.
2. Even with the F41 suspension, the rear goes down several inches when I stand on the hitch, ....
Air bags, or air shocks, on the rear would help. Wagon or copcar springs would too. Either have been done before. Lots of choices there.