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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:10 pm

So heres the new car, finally got pictures off the phone and was able to get a laptop to start posting on this build!

Its a white 1996 caprice LT1 w/ factory dual exhaust and mecanical fan, blue leather interior, 141k beat on (im sure) miles, cracked frame, leaking oil, leaking exhaust, crappy carpet, rear lower quarters falling apart, WTF happened?!?!?!? New England B-body.

I plan on transplanting my lt1 and 4l60e with the 53,000 miles on it from my 96 DGGM donor car im stripping, and redo the entire interior. got boxes of stuff ready to go... just waiting for the good weather. no garage=crappy "tent" builds for me. but already got a few things done. I'd like to take care of the soft spot on the frame first before doing any motor swap









I have no idea whats up with the back seat, it feels like they upholstered over the factory leather, which is kinda weird cuz usually its the back seat thats mint (never sat on) And the drivers seat is shot, but the front seats look nice.

gonna try and go out there today and mess with some stuff. already broke the hood release cable so i'll be pulling the one from the dggm today i think.
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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:02 pm

Just installed the smoked tail lights



also did the smoked euro headlights



and painted the ebay impala grille color matched with duplicolor "bright white" and installed a custom wire mesh over the factory mesh. got a bowtie emblem from a cavalier in blue and one from a z24 thats red, just deciding what one looks better before installing



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:56 pm

finally got the motor and trans out of the DGGM, fought me the whole way, I took off most of the accessories before trying to lift it out, so now I've got a bin full lof nuts and bolts that i have NO IDEA where they go LOL. I'll have to use the other motor as a guide to reassemble before putting back in.



pretty filthy for only 53k miles



and looks like squirrels like b-bodies too, I seriously cant believe this car was driven so little over the years and is in this kinda shape, starting the degreasing/painting/upgrading/fixing this week



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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:41 pm

My Caprice had all those leaves/nuts/acorns/helicopters all over the place in the same spot, I had to vac them all out
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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:46 pm

yeah every one i've owned has had them in there somewhere, this is the lowet mileage caprice i've owned, im just surprised at the way it been cared for, it was a one owner car, i turned in the original title that read 000010 miles, just a shame it wasnt garaged its whole life. Sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Sad
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cloud 9



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:09 pm

Dude if you you use the red one I will buy the blue one from you for mine. Very Happy
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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:12 pm

cloud 9 wrote:
Dude if you you use the red one I will buy the blue one from you for mine. Very Happy

LOL, just gave me an idea, but I will make another thread to prevent a threadjack.

And yeah, my car only had 57K when I got it, and you could tell it had been outside in the elements for ages and not cared for very well in that respect, they just maintained the mechanicals. There were pine needles in every damn seam and orifice of the car. I still need to polish it!
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:17 pm

The emblems are from late 90's cavalier (the ones on the trunk lid) fits directly in the impala grill. Its a "pocket item" from any junk yard.
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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:48 pm

Ironfistdog wrote:
The emblems are from late 90's cavalier (the ones on the trunk lid) fits directly in the impala grill. Its a "pocket item" from any junk yard.

Pocket item...my favorite phrase.
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laidlow91



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:03 pm

hey it was good meeting you on saturday..
cant wait to see this thing on the ground. lol!
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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:28 pm

Laidlow91 wrote:
hey it was good meeting you on saturday..
cant wait to see this thing on the ground.

you too buddy, always good to meet other low-lifes. Razz
things gonna be draggin frame in no time




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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:35 pm

so the rims are ready to go pretty much, still debating if i should pull the factory silicone and just reseal with window urethane or trust the tire guys not to F up my seals




also got a nice black smoked plastic switch box all wired up
waiting on the air ride in the mail, friggen UPS!!!



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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:29 pm

Got alot done today, and good thing too...I been dying to wrench on this this all week!!!!!

-Got the hood release swapped out so i can open the hood again lol!

-Got the exhaust from the DGGM (flowmaster 40 series) swapped on.

-Did the cold air intake/ hockey puck installed

-shaved the truck and relocated the lock...i didnt see a write up on this mod here, so I might do one if anyone is interested.



also added a 55 chevy belair emblem to the lid... always wanted to do this.

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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:11 pm

Whoa, that's awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:48 pm

Ironfistdog wrote:
Got alot done today, and good thing too...I been dying to wrench on this this all week!!!!!


also added a 55 chevy belair emblem to the lid... always wanted to do this.


....that looks awesome afro it be pretty cool replacing the caprice badge with retro ones to match
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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Thanks guys, I actually plan to remove the caprice classic emblems completely and I have "caprice" script emblems coming for the c pillars and one for the lower drivers side part of the grille. I'm actually thinkin of modifying the grille again. I like the fact that's its staying a caprice. A lot of ppl clone the impala. Back in 65 the caprice was first offered as a high trim package. The caprice's after that WERE the top model as the luxury high end full size. Funny how they switched that for the 94-96 revival.
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1984twodoor



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:21 pm

bowtiepimp wrote:
Ironfistdog wrote:
Got alot done today, and good thing too...I been dying to wrench on this this all week!!!!!


also added a 55 chevy belair emblem to the lid... always wanted to do this.


....that looks awesome afro it be pretty cool replacing the caprice badge with retro ones to match

I love this and I really want to see what else you have up your sleeve, this thing will look great when its done.
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:20 pm

Got a little more done today, not much. been working on my wife's car and my brothers wagon all week.

those 20" wheels i had on the black car i put on the 96 today, i think they are good, drove fine on the road, and YES I torqued them all down properly Embarassed Razz



and I finally did the digital cluster mod, and changed the green readout to a red one.



hopefully tomorrow i'll finish up the exhaust and be able to finally go get a sticker on it!
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GasTT



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:26 pm

Id like to know how you changed the cluster color.
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mega



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:46 pm

Ironfistdog wrote:
Got a little more done today, not much. been working on my wife's car and my brothers wagon all week.

those 20" wheels i had on the black car i put on the 96 today, i think they are good, drove fine on the road, and YES I torqued them all down properly Embarassed Razz



and I finally did the digital cluster mod, and changed the green readout to a red one.



hopefully tomorrow i'll finish up the exhaust and be able to finally go get a sticker on it!

looks even better in perswon man, fing incredible work, and sounds good to. Arrow
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Ironfistdog



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:14 pm

GasTT wrote:
Id like to know how you changed the cluster color.

used par-can gels.

still working on this though, i'd like to improve on it before doing a write up.




mega wrote:
looks even better in person man, f'ing incredible work, and sounds good to.

much appreciated, still a long way to go, but it'll get there
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mega



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:09 am

imfeeling like an idiot right now. whats a par-can?
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Cadet57



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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:36 am

mega wrote:
imfeeling like an idiot right now. whats a par-can?

Stage lighting gels.

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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:45 am

Cadet57 wrote:
mega wrote:
imfeeling like an idiot right now. whats a par-can?

Stage lighting gels.


Arrow Guitar centers got them, they are not cheap. I'm thinking of converting to deep blue, and also changing the warning lights as well. I really would like White digital, and am still working on figuring out how to do that since the actual digital readout is pale green.
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:10 am

I thought it was clear, and it was just a green filter on the plasitc:

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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 am

it is a green filter, but the actual gauge led lights that light up the speedo and directionals are green, a very pale green. the filter intensifies the green to the color you normally see
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:30 pm

got the climate control knobs done (or near done, we'll see if they hold up)

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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:23 pm

those are sweet. im glad the projectis coming along.looksgreatin persn
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:38 am

Ironfistdog wrote:
got the climate control knobs done (or near done, we'll see if they hold up)



I really wish they were hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil! That would be perfect! But either way they're awesome Arrow
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Wed May 04, 2011 12:22 pm

FOR SALE
no 55 emblem and knobs are back to stock.
$1200 for members without 20" rims
$2000 with them.

Got it on CL for $1500/2500

Runs great now.
rear quarters typical
Can grab parts from the dggm if it needs it.
Interior is adriaric blue
Reat seat is leather (removed that cloth cover)
Has cold air intake
Brand new dual exhaust from cats back.

No codes no engine issues
Should pass inspection.

Lookin to get a 94-96 fleetwood and my c-10 project is taking up al my thought lately.
Not making ANY money on this actually losing a little.
Anyone whoses been out to see it will vouch for it im sure.
Firm on the prices cant lose anymore... Giving the BAD's the bottom dollar on it.
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Wed May 04, 2011 5:37 pm

I sent you a pm
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sat May 07, 2011 1:47 pm

Sold for the $2000!
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun May 08, 2011 5:28 am

still got the emblem off the trunk?
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PostSubject: Re: my 96 "BleSSed" Caprice build   Sun May 08, 2011 8:11 am

yup, first thing i took off the car. its on the grille of my c-10 pickup truck i just bought.
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