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Old 12-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #113
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Lining it up to see where the ball will sit...


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Old 12-11-2013, 09:06 PM   #114
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Hopefully by next trip, this will be ready to hook and tow.

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:20 PM   #115
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Got to say, I love the look of this. Elegant.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #116
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The 300 looks great in white!
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:55 PM   #117
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The 300 looks great in white!
My first choice was their deep charcoal color, but these things with paddle shift (and low miles) are like finding hens teeth, and I didn't want to be on the search for months. This particular car was in showroom new condition, so I was happy to live with the white to get this car with all the goodies it has. After driving this for a week now, I think Chrysler is giving these away. They are silly cheap, and really great ride.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:06 PM   #118
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I drove one as a rental and loved it. We considered it as a car for us, but then we had three kids and now we've got a van instead... oh well.

I considered the wagon version, but with three kid seats the interior space of the Honda is just better for us.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #119
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I forgot mention one funny thing on this plaque. If you look close in the top left corner it says "First Annual" but they never held another one. I guess a lot of advertizers were not happy about having real fuel mileage published.

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We did hundreds Caprice's from 1977-1996. When 1982 Caprice's were new we ordered them with the performance Package F41 which came with HD suspension a rear sway bar and better shocks. We would then change the rear springs to Moog Cargo Coils. If a customer came in with one that did not have the suspension pkg we would add the Cargo Coils and Monroe Sensa Trac shock absorbers and a rear Sway bar. None of these mods were very expensive to do. The rear sway bar from a 1996 bolts on so it should be easy to find one at the wreckers if they are not available from GM, new they were only about 130.00. The standard rear axle ratio was a GU2 2.73:1 ratio, Optional was a 3.08:1 axle GU4. If we were changing out a 2.73:1 axle on an existing car we would put in 3.23:1 gears. Engine cooling was never a problem but we did add the largest Hayden Transmission cooler to all of them. We would also change the tires to P215/65R x 15" which handled much better. A 1970 31 is a pretty easy towing Airstream so you could put the hitch on it and add the mods you found necessary. The 3 digit option codes should be inside the glove box door. Andrew T
Andrew,

You are amazing and awesome! I hoped you would comment on the Caprice. Joe told me ya'll used those for a long time.

Maybe I will use the caprice to tow after all... This one is in amazing condition, at least mechanically - the headliner is the one exception. I don't think this one has the towing package but I will check.

Mind if I PM you with more details?

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There used to be shops around here that would fix a sagging headliner for $200.
I had a Pontiac one time with a sagging headliner. Since I only paid $200 for the car I just removed the headliner.
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Hi Julien

Happy to help you out, We did so much with them I sometimes feel those old Caprices were like a part of me.

Funny when we started using them in 1977 People said, "you can't tow with that small car". By the time they stopped building them in 96 People said "I guess you need a big car like that to tow with."

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Hi Julien

Happy to help you out, We did so much with them I sometimes feel those old Caprices were like a part of me.

Funny when we started using them in 1977 People said, "you can't tow with that small car". By the time they stopped building them in 96 People said "I guess you need a big car like that to tow with."

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It is hard to believe that the alternatives, pickups back then, could do the job. They were very low tech, crude vehicles back then.
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My 1987 Caprice Estate Wagon looked exactly like the one shown earlier, but could not tow a kid' s sleigh. But it got terrific fuel mileage and sounded fabulous. Clackety, clackety, clack, with nice black smoke emanating from the exhaust pipe. An environmentalists worst dream. It seamed ok to me since I was a fugitive from Tar Island. But I liked it, it was rare, and did I mention, it was cost effective since Diesel was a lot cheaper than gas and it got 28 miles per gal. Zero zip but once up to speed, was a real long distance cruiser. She was T Boned a bit down the road from Masseyfarm's bird, where the Yellowhead joins the Trans Canada. Nice elderly couple in a Class B drove through a red and put an end to their venture and my wagon. I rented a car, refastened my bike rack along with the bikes, and continued on to enjoy a great bike touring holiday with my kids that started in Winnipeg, you know, where it is flat. Jim
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Well I am finally ordering my dream truck. So some day when you see a white M2/106 with a service body on the back loaded with solar that will be me.
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Well I am finally ordering my dream truck. So some day when you see a white M2/106 with a service body on the back loaded with solar that will be me.
What exactly is a "M2/106?" I've never heard of that one!
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