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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 01:52 PM
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hey, been a long time since i posted here but i'm still lookin for a car. Not too worried about the 9C1 package anymore...but the 5.7L would be nice [img]smile.gif[/img]

anyway, i found a 94 caprice classic that has had one owner and just broke 100,000 miles. mileage would be alot less but in the past couple weeks she's had to haul her brother to the doctor due to an accident in another vehicle.

It's only the L99, 4.3L engine and i was wondering if it's really worth searching out the LT1. At most i'll have about 700-800 pounds of equipment in the back seat and trunk...that's why i wanted the larger engine and all so i could have more power to haul stuff. But i've also heard that the L99 isn't too bad of an engine either.

Are there any minor upgrades i can do fairly cheap to increase the HP on this engine (without stressing the transmission too much...i'm sure the weight will do that alone lol)? Also, at this mileage are there any specific parts i should be sure to inspect closely?

Thanks ahead of time!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 02:47 PM
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The combination of your being a member of this forum plus you think the 350 would be 'nice,' I'd say it would be a mistake to settle for the L99. You used the words power and increase in your post also, which indicate to me that the LT1 is the way to go for you. Be patient and keep looking; the right car will come...
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 03:05 PM
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Anything you can do to an LT1 can be done to the L99. It will just have less effect, because there "ain't no replacement for displacement."

I say find an LT1. Should not cost much more in any way(up front, insurance, gas...), and will be a more enjoyable vehicle all around.
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 11:33 PM
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yeah...i've actually been looking since october and have only found two caprices with the LT1 engine in it. my car has 223,300 miles on it and is NOT enjoying life at the moment lol. I think my time to find a vehicle is running low and if this car is in as good a condition as she said it was (the owner, guess you all figured that out already tho hehe) it may be a mistake to pass on it.

I really have no experience with large cars like this, i've driven my 89 corolla for the past 5 years exclusively. Anything i get will have more power lol [img]smile.gif[/img]

all i need to know is if that engine will be able to haul that equipment. I will prob only be able to fit 3 of the 15's with the airspace i want to give them. Each sub weighs 40 pounds. two amps per sub (2400W RMS to each speaker...prob more for world finals this fall, but that will only be for the few days of finals and then the extra amps/batts removed), with each amp weighing about 15-20 pounds. One battery per amp (figure 45-50 pounds per batt)...and the wall in the back seat will prob take about 3 sheets of so of 3/4" MDF so i'm guessing around 200 pounds or so.

all that adds up to about 700 pounds of weight. daily driving i will remove half the batts so that'll put me around 600 pounds daily.

i've had to change the CV joints on my car 4-5 times in the past 4 years due to the strain on them from my past installs. So...front wheel drive is not an option ehhehe. if this engine can haul that around daily without too much trouble (i can beef up the suspension if it's too much in that respect) i'll take it. just wanted your input on whether it could haul it and what kind of problems i may expect with 100,000 miles on it (was her grandfathers car i think...single owner)
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2003, 08:08 AM
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Well, if worst comes to worst, just really push the fact that the car does not have an LT1, maybe you'll save enough to pay for an engine swap. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Personally, I knew what I wanted, found someone on the internet with the right car at the right price, flew to Denver, and drove my baby home, 1200 miles. Best trip I ever made...
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2003, 06:26 PM
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hehe...that would be cool [img]smile.gif[/img] but...plane tickets are out of the question lol.

i don't see how people can travel across multiple states to get a car they've never seen. I realize that the sale isn't final til you give em the money, but that seems like a big risk to me hehe. NOt saying anything wrong with it...just a bit larger risk than i would be willing to take and/or afford.

i'll keep an eye out...never know [img]smile.gif[/img] new classifieds tomorrow
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