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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-29-2016, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help a Newbie out.

I've tried searching for this, But seeing as this is a Heavily Impala dominated forum I keep finding results for the differences between a 94,95,and 96 Imp SS or even Caprice.

I'd like to know the differences between a 94-95-96 Fleetwood. I know about the OBD1 vs OBD2 at least that the 94-95's had OBD1 and 96 had OBD2. I hear OBD1 is easier to tune and modify but OBD2 works better in general. I've also heard with OBD2 you can look at other real time data in the car through the HVAC control panel

I know about the mirrors on the exterior as well but thats about it.

I ask because I've got leads on 3 cars in/close to my area.

1 94 in my backyard. 120k needs some work but close and cheap.

1 95 in CA mileage unknown, gold in color.

1 96 in NM, 68k mileage but asking 5k.

Just wanted to get any input on this. My plan was to get my 3rd Cadillac and have a daily driver/project to keep me out of the bars. lol. I'd like to eventually do a 6 speed swap and rebuild the LT1 to make about 450-500 hp. but that's way down the road. I have a mechanical background and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty or let a car be apart for weeks at a time.

Thanks for any input!!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-29-2016, 08:41 PM
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Preferably a one owner retired couple car. This will be in the best shape and offer the best in terms of starting platform. I bought an old car that sat for a long time, and that probably has played a part in my problems, but it has cost me a lot of money and time. 5k seems like a bit but that's low miles and I bet it's in great shape and would make for a killer sleeper.

On the whole obd1 vs obd2. I like my obd1 car. I took the entire AIR system off and it's like it was never on. Also the cats can be taken off with no problems as well. If you are will to take on a good project for probably a month or 2 straight away, that 120k one probably wouldn't be bad. Watch out though, beauty pieces are really hard to find, so if those parts are worn out and trashed or falling apart, consider walking on the deal.
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Future? Probably pull engine, reseal it, and run it a lot more. Looking to get 250k out of it. PRAYING for 300k.

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Bodywise the only difference is the rear view mirrors and front doors for them on the 94 (93 has the same mirrors/doors). The 94 may have a zinc battery post on the fuse block, and if it does, you want to replace it with a brass one immediately.

The interiors have a few possible configurations. The main one is the rear vanities.

Make sure the wheelhouse extensions are in good condition. They hold the side airdams, and keep water off of the auto level compressor, and vapor purge canister. They are impossible to find,. You should make a mold of them, and make a set out of fiberglass.

Check the fender spears for bubbles under the chrome. The rubber trim on the bumpers should all be intact, as well as on the door trim. They are all candidates for polished stainless steel replacements.

*If you do a 6 speed swap, you must remove the ducts for the rear seat HVAC. It is not difficult, but you will loose the function.

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It's kind of hard to judge without pictures or more information.

1. The first one in your backyard, that is cheap and needs some work, could be a good deal depending on the amount of work and what it is.

2. The gold one, does it have 30K or 230K? No information, scratch that one.

3. The 96 with 68K, little bit pricey. It's easy to find cars that are expensive, but if you look a little more you can find deals.

With the amount of info given, I would be leaning towards the 94.

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