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Old 07-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,
My name is Adam and I've begun to look for a commuter car for college! I will probably be buying a Caprice in a week or two. I'm new to Caprices/Impalas/Roadmasters and other GM cars of this body and more modern motors. However, I am not new to GM vehicles. I have a 1977 Chevrolet Nova Concours. I've daily driven it for about 3 years to high school, the gym, work, and of course car shows. Nothing beats saving up since age 3 and restoring a car of your dreams (if the mod list ever ends).

Now a new chapter of my life is starting and the cars must change as well. 9 miles to the gallon isn't economical for driving to a community college Monday through Friday. The Nova isn't going anywhere but I've been working 40+ hour work weeks at a local car wash to save up for a "beater" no offense to anyone here but the two Caprices in my price range do have their cosmetic/drivetrain problems. I plan on buying one or the other to minimal modifications plus a huge stereo system. This winter I'm building a 383 stroker for the Nova (well starting to build it atleast ).

The cars are both 1995's one is a 9C1 and the other is a civillian model with an L99? Not sure of the lingo for the motors haha. The 9C1 has a large dent in the rear drivers portion of the car but is still driveable and has a recent inspection. This car does have multiple modifications to the LT1 but cosmetically looks like poop. On the other hand the civi Caprice is beautiful on the exterior with the trunk trim piece missing BUT the transmission will not go into reverse but all other gears are fine. The real killer was the smaller motor. I want to go a little faster than my Nova's 305.

Any input on these vehicles or what problems to look for when buying one of these vehicles would be great! I hope to be posting pictures of my Caprice soon!

-Adam (How about some Nova pictures?) Sorry if they're really big....(also outdated by about 2 years)



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Adam , very nice pics , you've come to the right forum

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Welcome, nice Nova. I had a Nova... 1988......can you believe they even called that a Nova?????

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Welcome Adam! I had a 95 Cappy with the 265. It got over 22mpg on the highway, and wasn't too slow for a car its size. Of course, I put a home-made CAI on it, and duals, but that was about it. They are NICE cars and ride like you were on a cloud. Which one has the least miles on it?

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Adam , very nice pics , you've come to the right forum
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm glad I found a forum with plenty of info and friendly members.

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Welcome, nice Nova. I had a Nova... 1988......can you believe they even called that a Nova?????
Ugh, don't get me started. Everyone on www.stevesnovasite.com (Nova forum) hates them and I do too. Although I tried looking for one locally as my soon to be daily but couldn't find one. Thank you for the compliments on the car!

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Welcome Adam! I had a 95 Cappy with the 265. It got over 22mpg on the highway, and wasn't too slow for a car its size. Of course, I put a home-made CAI on it, and duals, but that was about it. They are NICE cars and ride like you were on a cloud. Which one has the least miles on it?
The non-9C1 has 70,000 original miles on it but it sold on Saturday. The 9C1 has 138,xxxx miles on it and its pretty beat up but starts right up and runs great. Thursday I'm test driving it to make sure it handles well on the street. There's something about the "patina" for lack of a better word on the 9C1 that I like so much. I already have planned out what I want the car to be in 2 years modification wise. I'm the kind of guy that can look at any car no matter what shape and see the potential in it, which isn't always a good thing according to some friends and family. I also appreciate the kind words about my Nova, thanks!

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Cool! 138K isn't bad on a rear wheel drive v8. I miss mine.....

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Future add-ons: Chevy centers, trim rings,
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I will say, that was rock solid car. I bought it new, in 1988, when I was 19 years old. Toyota Corolla with bowties.

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The 9C1 is NOT really any meaningful "upgrade" from civilian.

An LT1 is a simple swap from an L99.

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The 9C1 is NOT really any meaningful "upgrade" from civilian.
An LT1 is a simple swap from an L99.
I know it doesn't possess as many "creature comforts" but I've driven myNova almost every day the past 3 years without heat or air conditioning. I'm good without those options I won't have the time to do a motor swap while attending college, working, and learning to build a motor for my nova all at the same time. I'll hopefully get to do a motor swap sometime next summer!

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Welcome to the forum!

Thank you! I was looking at your impala earlier. I wasn't crazy about the body style at first but yours and some other cars here are making the style grow on me a little!

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