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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2003, 09:27 PM
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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.....
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2003, 10:10 PM
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Hey, congrats on your purchase! My buying experience was much like yours... whoaa! as I gave it a bit too much gas around a corner in the wet. After that I was sold. If you haven't thought of it yet, these cars look great lowered. If you want to research any topics, that search bar in the upper right is a wealth of info. Also with any other big parts purchases, call "Dal" as he gives everyone the "best" prices.

Jeff
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2003, 01:33 PM
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SWEEET! another member! i love 9c1's so much i want a second one. well to keep people wondering leave your chrome grille, dont' black out any lights, take off any side moulding, leave the spotlite and keep ur steele rims. hell check my sig. i added an SS grille cuz i killed a deer you can do the home made intake with an exhuast tip (my way) or PVC pipe. that mod is easy and no one knows. u can also git rid of the air pump at the same time. SS springs are a good hieght. it'll still look like a cop car. carry a donut box in the back window you can get an exhuast system but then people will know once u blast by them. good job on your purchase. oh yeah if you want a stiffer ride go for the 80's 9c1 police shocks. alot stiffer and a WS6 front sway bar from an old camaro. these are all cheap things. don't forget the buick brace across the back end too. lots of other stuff. look up Cheap mods on the search. has a GIANT list of stuff.
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2003, 03:54 PM
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Burdaddy is right, just search up in the upper right corner of the screen and you can pull up a bunch of old threads with mod info. A lot of guys post their web page links in their sigs. Often their pages have mod info on it.

Click here for Cheap mod info
Also check out www.9c1.com
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2003, 09:13 PM
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Welcome LT1 Coprice,
I think I've seen one or two more people from my area (Southern IL) join the forum recently. Maybe before long we will have enough for a local club.

There is a guy with a black SS that lives somewere near me here in Massac CO, and I talked to you once at the parts counter at Royal Jokes Chevy. I didn't get your name and I don't know if you've found the forum yet, so Have you found the forum yet????

Kevin
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