Hello all. Ihave owned my Caprice for about three weeks and am totally blown away!! Besides some rather unfortunate recent events (more on that later) I am and forever will be a B-body owner!!
I have a '96 Caprice with the 5.7L LT1. it has 125k miles on it and it was from a sherrif's county in central Illinois.
I ran upon the idea of wanting a cop car while looking for a replacement for my '92 Tempo GLS (a great car in it's own rights) and thought it would be great to drive a cop cruiser. After doing a bit of research I discovered that I wanted to find one at a dealer as opposed to buying one at an auction. I also knew I wanted one that had been a sherrif cruiser instead of a squad, Lo and behold, I discover that one of my friend's dad owns a police equipment and vehicle resale shop about 40 miles away from where I live!!!
After arranging a trip out there, I took each and every squad he had on his lot for a test drive, and I mean a TEST DRIVE!!! I drove Crown Vic after Crown Vic and was slightly impressed with their peformance. Then came the lonley LT1, grinning at me from the corner of the lot. I took it out and unintentionally smoked the tires on the first turn, sending the car careening sideways down the road. To my surprise, having only once before driven a rear-whell drive car, the car calmed down after saying its rather friendly "HELLO!" and resumed on an arrowstraight path down the rural highway.
After cleaning the s**t out of my pants, I continued to test the car just as I had with the Crown Vics. After another five minutes or so, I had to pull over because I was laughing at how pitiful the CV was in comparison!!
After about two more weeks and a few more trips out to check on it, I finally had a check from a loan agency and picked it up 3 weeks ago for a cool $4866. This price included new tires, new brakes, new shocks, and all new fluids.
It comes with a spotlight on the driver side, rubberized floor, General XP-V4000 cop tires, black steel cop rims (with chrome centercaps and chrome rings), all heavy duty components and every service record since 3500 miles. The only thing that this thing is missing is a kleenex blox on the trunk for any body that happens to want to mess with me. Although there aren't a lot of "exotic" cars in my area, I have yet to find a car that I don't pull away from - granted - it's not a lamborghini, but I mean I've had Camaros see more of my tail lights than anything else.
Anyway, last week my car dies after I had done a doughnut in my work's parking lot, After 3 days of inspecting it, my auto instructors clued me into the Opti-crap.....I mean Opti-Spark ignition. Sure enough, it was the problem, and I will be installing a new distributor tomorrow A.M.
I will try and get pics of it up soon, but in the mean time, are there any siggestions out there as to what I should do to this beast. Now, keep in mind, I want to retain that "Is he a cop?" question-look from people as much as possible, while staying as legal as possible......damn laws.....