Finally! A winter warrior joins my MC family

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    Finally! A winter warrior joins my MC family

    I FINALLY have a bona fide winter warrior! Introducing my 1979 Caprice Classic sedan:
    http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/1979...e/Welcome.html

    Some of you may've already noticed the page on the website that Ray B created for me ... Ray included a link to the "Winter Beater Caprice" in the left column of the home page:
    www.chevyasylum.com/cort

    This dark blue and silver Caprice is my first true "2-tone" car; I've wanted a 2-tone for a LONG time.


    I've been looking for a winter beater for a while, but with my 1987 Monte Carlo LS/CL starting to show a bit more rust on it this year than it had since I bought it in mid-2003, this was THE year to ensure it hibernated for the winter. Over the last few years, I've toyed with the idea of different "winter" cars...
    ...the 2009 Dodge Charger SXT (maroon) that I rented for my Route 66 road trip (September 2009) AND my trip to TN/AL (November 2009)
    ...a 1993 Cadillac Eldorado (owned by Alex of the First Gen MC Club)
    ...a 1996 Ford Thunderbird (owned by a lady at my dentist's office that I've known for years)
    ...a few different 1987/1988 MC LSs
    ...a 1977 Caprice Classic sedan
    ...a 1978 Caprice Classic coupe
    ...a 1978 Buick Riviera
    ...a 1996 Buick Riviera
    ...a 1996 Cadillac Eldorado
    ...a few different 2006 Lumina/monte carlo LTZ coupes (maroon/tan; silver/black; white/tan)
    ...and a few others.

    My "ideal" car would've been a RWD coupe (namely the late 1980s Monte Carlos, the 1996 Ford Thunderbird or the 1978 Buick Riviera). I decided that I'd be OK with a RWD sedan (the Charger or Caprice) or a FWD coupe (the 1996 Buick Riviera, Cadillac Eldorados, etc.).


    Similar to finding my '87 MC LS/CL, this 1979 Caprice Classic had been advertised for sale for over a year. I passed on it a year ago because I wanted a coupe. But, this year, the seller lowered the price to $500 ... and I grabbed it. My friend Randy W (from several MC groups/boards) picked it up for me in Missouri, Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

    Despite the price, this '79 Caprice Classic is a solid car, and the miles on the odometer may be actual ... not over 100,000. Many thanks to Randy for doing some extensive work to make sure it is "winter ready". Among other things, Randy replaced...
    ...spark plugs (AC Delco)
    ...valve cover gaskets
    ...rear shocks (Monroe Sensa-Tracs)
    ...engine oil/filter (Pennzoil 10w30 and AC Delco PF454 oil filter)
    ...transmission fluid/filter
    ...alternator
    ...AC compressor
    ...power steering belts
    ...wiper blades
    ...starter
    ...radio (new CD player)
    ...battery
    ...front shocks
    ...idler arm
    ...mirrors on both sides
    ...front driver's side fender and front fascia and hood (damage from a previous accident)

    Sunday, December 13, 2009, Derek and Janie (friends from central IL) met Randy in Springfield IL to pick up the car. I should have it from them sometime this week...!



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    Re: Finally! A winter warrior joins my MC family

    Nice! I like those!
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    Good car. Please take care of her.
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    That kicks arse Cort. I know I'll get one one day, just for the sake of having one. I really love that classic body style.

    ......I just realised, it is 30 years old which means I can import it and not have to convert it.
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    Re: Finally! A winter warrior joins my MC family

    I always wanted to buy a winter warrior like that but my concern is I'll be the one dumb @ss to have to fix the dam thing and I don't want to hear my better bitching about it..(I have a severly handicapped child that I can't afford to get stuck on the side of the road with so I tend to buy new etc)

    I like your choices and of course the price is right.

    Best of luck with your new ride! I think its a cool vehicle.

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    There's an "almost there" a few hours away! 76Caprice Classic
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    I had a '77 Caprice Classic w/F41 suspension package for a while. Car of the Year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    There's an "almost there" a few hours away! 76Caprice Classic
    Even better IMO!
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    Neato car

    BUT, why would you want a car that doesn't have ABS, TC, ESP, or modern impact structures for use in the winter? Shouldn't one of the goals, besides preservation of your Monte Carlo, to also, you know, not crash and/or die in the snow?

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    Neato car

    BUT, why would you want a car that doesn't have ABS, TC, ESP, or modern impact structures for use in the winter? Shouldn't one of the goals, besides preservation of your Monte Carlo, to also, you know, not crash and/or die in the snow?
    One word. Blizzaks. I never had a problem with my '77 Caprice when it snowed. Those tires are amazing. Plus knowing how to drive in bad weather helps too.

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    I agree...I never had a problem back in the 70's with a rwd car with snow tires. I remember running studded snows in the winter on my "worked"69 convertible firebird back then. The car went where ever I wanted.

    I also remember the Impala as car of the year back then and the blue one photographed above is a beauty...

    Almost too nice to be used as a winter beater..IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    That kicks arse Cort. I know I'll get one one day, just for the sake of having one. I really love that classic body style.

    ......I just realised, it is 30 years old which means I can import it and not have to convert it.


    Did GM send any of these beauties down under officially with LHD?

    These are truly good cars, one of the best GMs ever.
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    I'm sure it'll treat you well. Is it 305 or 350? I'm a little surprised you didn't get something with fuel injection for those cold winter starts.

    They do make good winter cars. I drove my 78 through snow up to or slightly past the front bumper on numerous occasions and never once got stuck. Ice is a different story though!

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    man I dunno dude, I'd feel bad putting that out in the salt
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    BUT, why would you want a car that doesn't have ABS, TC, ESP, or modern impact structures for use in the winter?

    Lordy! How did we ever survive before!

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