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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 10:39 PM
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whats are some more free mods i can make to my car (besides the basic ones on my list below) and by free i mean about under $20. thanks for the info -Lee
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 11:22 PM
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I would buy some FREE black 3m tape of the 1/2 inch variety and blackout the chrome around the glass. I would buy a FREE can of black gloss paint and paint the little chrome strip on the taillights. Pretty good topic, hard to think of things that can be done for under 20 bones!
post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 11:49 PM
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> blackout the chrome around the glass

If you are going to do that also black out your white window pillars with some nice gloss black, thats a pretty cheap mod. It will look even nicer once you get your window tinted.

Also how about painting your door handles white? I also smoothed off the high area on my handles to give it a cleaner look.

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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 12:14 AM
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Here is the smooth handle i was referring to:


post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 12:24 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steve Walker:
I also smoothed off the high area on my handles to give it a cleaner look.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I didn't know you could do that. I had thought about it briefly but since the handles are cast I was afraid that smoothing them would leave the metal too thin there (if not remove the metal completely). What did you use to smooth the high spot?

click - if you do decide to paint the handles (a good idea, I think) be sire to paint the locks, too.

Another mod is the 9C1 windshield wipers (you know, the ones with the airfoil). They can be had in the wrecking yards for around $5.00. The 9C1's came stock with one on the driver's side but a lot of folks put them on the passenger side. I've got two sitting in the garage waiting for me to quit being so lazy and install them.
post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 12:44 AM
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Steve, nice to see you post on here. Your webpage is where I got the idea for my shaved trunk lock cylinder. You have one nice car. Hope to see more of you on here.
post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 12:59 AM
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Free Mods I've done to my caprice:

Exterior Mods:
Hood emblem delete
Rear trunk lock delete
Rear door handle delete
Completely dechromed (tirewell chrome is ugly!)
Interior Mods:
Had my g/f custom sew "Caprice SS" markings in my head rests
Took all woodgrain dash pieces out and painted black (look slick)
Walmart Clutter Catcher Center Console(cheap but does the job)
Other Mods:
Drilling air box
k/n filter


? cant think of any other under 20 dollar mods.. hope that gave yea some ideas.. ? cheers!
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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 01:31 AM
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Very nice to see Steve Walker on this forum! The "junior member" doesnīt do him justice. With his car you should immediately go to "senior senior senior senior member" or something. Steveīs Caprice is a real classic if you ask me. Iīm sure he inspired a lot of people to mod their Caprice. Steve, welcome, hope to see you often on this forum.

About the cheap mods;
* I whitened my bowtie-trunklock with some whit adhesive foil; looks good
* I made my taillights completely red (pics and explanation on my site); looks good in my opinion
* Put in a blue TL interior light to match my blue interior
* Wigwags, although a good unit does cost more then 20$, although I heard of units of 20$
* Maybe a LTZ-hoodornament (new about 25$, but maybe a secondhand one); havenīt done that myself, but I like the look
post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 03:17 AM
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Advance timing to 3 deg. But going to have to run 89 fuel.Got mine at 4 deg. But I have to run 92 to keep from knocking. [img]0.gif[/img]
post #10 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 04:26 AM
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Since you've got a 305, delete the metal ring from the airbox. Improves airflow and slightly increases engine sound (free!)

9C1 wipers are nice indeed, I've put them on both sides ($16 from Dal or as mentioned by Jay).
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