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    79' Caprice Classic

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    bj383ss
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    79' Caprice Classic

    Post  bj383ss on Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:41 am

    Hello All,

    Just found this forum. Here is my 79' I have owned since 95'. It is my first car and near and ear to my heart.

    Picture 269 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    388ci stroker that is currently in it.

    Caprice 003 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    DSCN4910 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    DSCN4920 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    DSCN4925 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    It is currently waiting its turn for some attention, when I finish restoring my 64' Chevy stepside.

    DSCN8864 by bjohnson388, on Flickr
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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  Danver on Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:30 am

    bj383ss wrote:Hello All,

    Just found this forum. Here is my 79' I have owned since 95'. It is my first car and near and ear to my heart.



    It is currently waiting its turn for some attention, when I finish restoring my 64' Chevy stepside.

    Nice looking car.  Thanks for the pics.

    I have a '77 and I'm building a '63 Chevy stepside.
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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  Gooched78Caprice on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:27 am

    That looks like an awesome car! A lot of nice upgrades seemingly everywhere you look but maintaining an overall mostly stock appearance... other than the hood that lets you know there's more than meets the eye. The wheels, smooth bumpers and chrome trim all compliment each other extremely well. Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to see what you have planned in the future.
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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  Sweet Seventy9 on Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:18 pm

    Welcome to the forum! Very nice ride!

    We have a ton of info here covering everything from production numbers to part numbers, to RPO/SPID codes, to part ID sheets, even a couple Fisher Body Service manuals. Feel free to DL copies of anything you want.


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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  bj383ss on Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:15 am

    Thank you guys for the welcome. I have always loved these cars but you rarely find anyone who is interested in them. Especially the 4 door. They either get it or they don't.

    I have a lot of documentation of all the stuff I have done to the car and if you guys are interested I can share. I have a ton of photos but unfortunately they are all 35 mm photos so they need to be scanned in.

    I do have a few already scanned and uploaded to my Flickr account.

    So here is the story. My parents bought this car in 1985. It was a rental car and had around 80,000 miles on it. The first thing my dad did was yank the 305 and sell it as a boat anchor and put in a rebuilt 350. Then he painted it an awful Light Blue. When I got it in 95' I was 17 and the first thing I did was flip the tires around to blackwalls.

    A few photos of when I first got her.

    caprice 001 Aug-96 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    caprice 002 Aug-96 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    Caprice 005 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    I got in a wreck on the passenger side a car was parked and turned into me when I passed them. Damaged both passenger doors so I went on the hunt and found 2 doors. I primered the passenger side and the plan was to just paint this side and the front header panel where I shaved the hood emblem. I also pulled the hubcaps painted the wheels silver and bought some BFG's with white letters. This is how it looked while I drove it during High School. I also had a cat back dual exhaust that I wasted $255 that didn't sound any different then stock.

    Caprice 004 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    Caprice 002 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    Caprice 001 by bjohnson388, on Flickr


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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  bj383ss on Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:39 am

    During this time I also put a stock 4bbl carb and intake I bought at the junkyard and cleaned and painted the best I could under the hood. Rebuilt the entire front suspension with Poly bushings and blasted and painted the A-arms and springs Red. At the same time switched out the rearend to one out of an 81 Olds and put 3.42 gears with posi. It has the bigger brakes and 5 on 5 bolt pattern. Didn't take any pictures of either of these upgrades. Not sure why. I took photos of everything else.

    Caprice 001 May 97 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    After high school I pulled the engine and did a little refresh. Put an Edlebrock intake, Carter AFB 625cfm, K&N Filter, Accel wires with fiberglass boots, Holley fuel pump, Mini starter with heat shield and Carb Shop HP HEI. Also stripped and painted the headers and put a chrome oil pan. Also painted the entire engine bay. This was around April of 99'

    Caprice 006 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    Caprice 007 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    Nasty engine bay.
    Caprice 005 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    For some reason I went crazy and decided to paint everything under the hood Blue. You can also see the whole car has been sanded an primered at this point. Also had the Prime wheels on by this time. I bought them in 97' but never took a pic of them installed.

    March 10 001 by bjohnson388, on Flickr

    This is the whole car primered. I drove it this way until I painted it in August of 2000.
    Caprice 002 by bjohnson388, on Flickr


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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  solo79 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:19 pm

    Welcome to the Forum!! My first car was also a '79 Caprice except mine never got that horsepower! Looking good! Great back story too!!


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    Re: 79' Caprice Classic

    Post  IROCFST on Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:27 pm

    Looking good!

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