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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=84377
Submitted by: three50one
Comments: 19  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 04-04-2011
View Stats Category: Car
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I've been trying to sell my 92 Caprice Classic LTZ for $1000. I just drove it on a 300+ mile trip with my 7 month old son in the back. Great car with its posi, HD suspension, BOSE system, 60/40 split power front seat, digital speedo, and 235/70/15 freaking truck tires. Noone wants it. Bought it for $200 dollars. Needed a steering column. Passes inspection every year. Still won't sell


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#1
4-04-2011 @ 09:00:24 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
I have a friend near Pittsburgh who's looking for a cheap reliable car (emphasis on cheap). How many miles are on it and does it need any work?

#2
4-05-2011 @ 12:03:35 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
That's a long drive. Once in awhile the starter clicks then turns over with the next key cycle. I have the solenoid, but the ambition to replace it eludes me as it starts every time. I disconnected the power lock solenoids as they shorted and went funky, though I haven't heard the relay in a long long time, I just never hooked it up. Other then that nothing. Has some blue smoke on startup, but that's normal for a 305. Has 152,000 on it right now.

#3
4-05-2011 @ 12:15:19 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#2, "Has some blue smoke on startup, but that's normal for a 305."

There's nothing special about a 305 compared to any other small block Chevy that would make it blow blue smoke on startup. That sounds like a piston ring issue.


#4
4-05-2011 @ 01:34:15 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
It's normal for any small block chevy with that milage. It's valve seals.

#5
4-05-2011 @ 02:02:20 PM
Posted By : kstagger Reply | Edit | Del
definitely valve seals... every old/tired SBC I've ever had does it.

heck, my old '91 Caprice with 68k miles did it! A little underpowered with 170hp and that weight, but it still was a great _riding_ car. The handling was a little sloppy without any of the handling/towing packages.

[Edited by kstagger on 4-05-2011 @ 02:03:29 PM]


#6
4-05-2011 @ 02:30:46 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Valves should be gray smoke, not blue. Both the SBCs I've had have needed the valves reseated, too.

[Edited by Skid on 4-05-2011 @ 02:31:49 PM]


#7
4-05-2011 @ 05:47:09 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
#6, Blue, Gray whatever. I'm colorblind.

#8
4-05-2011 @ 06:04:33 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#2, Awww. Well, thanks for the info. Everything my friend's found in his price range locally needs work like this or is a total rustbucket. I showed your car to him and he liked it (he's a die-hard Chevy guy), but the valve seals and distance may be a problem.

#9
4-05-2011 @ 07:09:52 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
#8, The valve seals aren't really a problem as in it doesn't run bad and doesn't use really any oil because of it. Probably cheaper to find a junkyard 305 and swap it if anything were to ever happen to it. My local yard had roughly 7 that are good and 4 that say it doesn't run. But Pburgh is a 3-3.5 hour drive from me. The car would make it without a doubt though. He could probably sell it there to be donked for a good profit too.

#10
4-05-2011 @ 07:39:36 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#9, Where exactly are you in PA? Your RoN profile says you live in Fairfield, he's northwest of Pittsburgh in Baden, less than 60 miles from Fairfield according to Google Maps. Unless theirs is the wrong Fairfield.

#11
4-05-2011 @ 08:07:02 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#10, You never know... Pennsylvania has three different Springfields...

[edit] Scratch that, there are NINE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring...p,_Pennsylvania

[Edited by DiRF on 4-05-2011 @ 08:17:02 PM]


#12
4-05-2011 @ 08:45:51 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
#11, well that's confusing

#13
4-05-2011 @ 10:08:56 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
#10, I am now in 17268. That was my old address. Which is still only about 15 miles from that Fairfield, which is by Gettysburg.

#14
4-06-2011 @ 09:22:01 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#8, Valve reseating isn't really that big a deal. I had a shop do it on my Camaro for a $200 or so.

#15
4-06-2011 @ 11:18:21 AM
Posted By : kstagger Reply | Edit | Del
both drive 1/2 way...

The Caprice, except for getting to the distributor, is an easy car to work on.


#16
4-11-2011 @ 07:03:40 AM
Posted By : Bling24 Reply | Edit | Del
Skirted 90s caprices are a fail, thats why.

#17
4-11-2011 @ 08:46:04 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I personally love the aesthetics of the bathtub Caprices, skirted rear wheels and all. Would I drive one? No, unfortunately, I don't feel comfortable driving a battleship... but that's my problem, not the car's.

#18
4-11-2011 @ 09:02:07 AM
Posted By : kstagger Reply | Edit | Del
#17, the first time I drove a Caprice, I was all over the road (the base suspension is sloppy). Then after awhile, you get used to it... and then you start thinking that every other car in the world is too small. Heck, I missed my '91 Caprice but loved my Roadmaster even more. The LT1 and firmer suspension made all the difference.

#19
4-11-2011 @ 11:15:15 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I think the skirted rear wheelwell would lend itself well to a lowered car. Keep the factory wheels and caps, add regular whitewall tires, then drop it.

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