This is my first post, and I am a Caprice-aholic.
I have despised reviled, and swatted American hotrods for most of my life, while envying the plentiful parts and excellent build quality of American cars. I wound up with a '91 Caprice recently.
It is slow, but makes big V-8 noises, feels supremely safe in traffic, is fairly nimble for a 4200lb sedan, and get this; is effortless to drive.
After decades of hot rod Porsches and driving drag bugs with street equipment, and piloting full-house race engine rotary engined bruisers, this Caprice does something that I find especialy amusing; it starts everytime I turn the key.
OK, I need some motivational help. I ran into this car when my aging mother was moving into a retirement community. It had been parked for the last 6 years, as it ws bought for her husband who has been in prison most of his life is currently on 4 of a 10-15 year plan. (Yes I have kicked his ass. No, you cant punch someone hard enough to knock sense into them. Yes I realized that he makes my mom happy and thats all that counts). So, anyhoo-hard facts; my mom was going to sell this thing for $1200 in the nickel adds. I knew she needed the money for bills, and I make an assload of money so I paid her $2000 for it. (Also my 13 second bridge-port rotary engined truck wouldnt start, and had been pumping oil and water for the past week, and she let me drive the Chevy away). This car is a 1991, it has a L03(?) 305 TBI motor with a single exhaust. Chevy must have been experimenting with shuttle launch vehcles when they created the ring and pinion in this thing as it does not hit 4th unless I am on the freeway, doing 75 MPH, looking for holes in traffic, and wishing that the motor would have a rumpier cam. I am used to 'point and squirt' driving, but this big son of a bitch responds well to 'place your order at the gas pedal and wait 4-6 weeks for delivery' style of driving.
***I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS CAR I WOULD LIKE ANSWERED BY FELLOW OWNERS***
1. Dual exhaust: this car has a little pea-shooter single exhaust right now. I would like to take it to my local muffler shop and have them go hog wild on the damn thing.
I want to replace whatever the **** is hanging off the heads right now with tubular headers, free flow cats, and loud but not resonating mufflers. Give me some pointer her guys!
2. Suspension: This god-damn thing handles like it is pissed off at me. What the hell makes this car turn in faster, roll around on it's center of gravity less while braking and turning and generaly feel like it's more connected to the road?
3. Air cleaner: I dont have a homebase or whatever. I would like to install a 14 nch chrome air cleaner with a pcv intake. Is there anything you can think of that would cause problems with this?
4. Wheels; I like Weld wheels 18 inch XP's. The car is silver, and I have buffed all the name tags and trim designators off the car. I am wonderring if anybody has mounted Wld XP's and if so what advice they have.
I am currently an ISP technician for a telco, have large amounts of disposable income, was a Dodge heavy line automatic transmission tech and a detailer before this.