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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 09:29 AM
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Hello my fellow Super Sporters

I am a newbie, I wanted some help on buying my caprice.....so i could turn it into an impala ss clone.....eg. like what year resembles the impala ss the most?

Thaksn in advance 212CAPRICESS
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 10:14 AM
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`94 `95 `96
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 02:36 PM
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for the rear fenders (non-skirted.) 94, 95 96 like listed above,
The only diffrence on the 94 exterior wise is the mirrors and back corner windows..but 94 impalas had these same ones.

But if you want to get into detail on Impala interiors it will vary:

the 94/95 has the digital cluster and column shift (just like a 94-96 caprice)

ONLY the 96 Impala had a floor shifter, and an Analog cluster (kinda like the z28 cluster)
 
post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 05:03 PM
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Thank guys............. anyone...anymore advices???
post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 11:59 PM
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id suggest a 95-96 ive sat in a few and the mirrors are much better than 94's

plus you wouldnt have to get new rear quarter window glass to make it look closer to an SS.......unless you like to do mods like that

whatever year you choose, you will learn to love and hate these cars........but mostly love them [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 07:54 AM
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I'd go with the 95 or 96, because of the mirrors and the rear quarter glass look better. I'd also try to get one with a regular gauge cluster. I've heard they are easier, than a digital, to switch to the Z28 dash, or a 96 impala gauges. The digital dash is nice but no tach. I'd also look at the seats. Try to find one with good leather, IMO nicer than cloth seats. Bucket seats in the front would make it easier to install the 96 imp console and shifter. Wouldn't have to replace the seats like you would have to with the 60/40 front seats. Make sure you get the LT1 engine, and not the 305.
post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 02:27 PM
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Make sure you check the VIN. "P" as the seventh digit indicates an LT1 350, which is what you want. I truely hope you don't clone it. I always say to each his own, but whats wrong with a Caprice? I love Impalas, and I love Caprices. They both are great cars, but if you want an Impala, buy an Impala. You are going to spend a fortune buying a decent Caprice, buying the proper interior parts for the Impy, buying the proper exterior parts, painting it, buying the wheels, etc. After all the $$ and trouble, you could have bought a nice 95 SS with 100,000 miles on it for the same $$, IMHO.
post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 07:40 PM
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Actually it will be the 8th digit to look for "P" not the 7th.

212, this is a response to you Private Message:

I think that cloning is the way to go. Now, if you can do the paintwork yourself, you will be sitting pretty after the job, unlike LT1Kicker stated. However, if this paintwork must be paid out of pocket, than you could verywell have invested around $10,000 for an entire project. My recommendations are as follows, for making a decent clone, and being cost effective.

A clone job doesnt have to be paid for in one big lump, as would the purchase of your 100000 mile SS.

You can search hi and low, and locate, albeit a rarer find than a white with blue int. 9c1, a black 9c1 with a grey interior. When you go to clone the interior, you are looking for just the seats, which can be picked up for as little as $300 (the lowest I have seen for front and rears). Nothing else really needs to be touched, unless you want perfection, than you need some odds and ends, the big one being the console. In cloning, I never plan to do the interior like and SS anyway, which is why this entire aspect of the job I never relate to. I envision something custom to sit in, not something factory.

The body, minus the paintwork, is cheap. It involves buying only 6 parts. Grille, sidescripts, leaping deers by glass, and the trunk lock surround. Everything else is either removed, or painted. The spears on the doors, I dont include as it seems alot of true SS owners dump them anyway.

Wheels and tires. To roll with SS stock, you can spend $1000 and be set with Brand New factory wheels, rolling on some 275-40 Kumho ECSTA 712's. THere are sets of repro SS wheels on EBAY all the time at $530 buy it now, and the tires run $130 shipped.

The paintjob will kill you like I said. It will involve painting everything monchromatic. It will also involve painting some items black. It will involve removing the interior to paint under everything blah blah.

My next project will begin in two months, if I have the car. What I am going to look for is this:

95 9c1
Any color Ext, prefer grey or tan interior.
Any mileage.
LT1
Posi

Thats all I need. If all esle fails, or I find one I cant pass up, I WILL settle for a white and blue combo, and I WILL settle for a 94 after doing my window mod to the 91, for me its will be a no brainer to install the 95 style glass on the car. That will be the first MOD if you will.

Whatever you chose, go by your instinct, what you like and need. Good luck, keep the community posted!
post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 11:36 PM
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thanks guys, can i also get website where they sell these parts for a low price?
post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-19-2002, 12:04 AM
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Well hell you would have to ask [img]smile.gif[/img] I bought alot of my stuff on Ebay.com, thats all I can say. I dont know where else to look, but there is the NAISSO store that is always good to help keep open for the Impala community. Dal is another good place for discount GM parts, but unfortuately I dont have these websites, emails, or phone numbers handy. I am sure others can chime in, sorry bud.
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