1996 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

In 1996 General Motors decided to discontinue the B-Body line of cars it produced. This killed of GM's last line of full sized rear wheel drive cars as well as the last ever body on frame cars from The General. These cars included the Chevrolet Caprice, Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, Buick Roadmaster and the Cadillac Fleetwood.

In the final year of production GM was maximizing it's production of the higher dollar cars such as the Buick Roadmaster. Thus, while there were quite a few Caprice sedans produced, there were fewer than 500 Caprice Wagons made.

As I have a wagon or two already, I certainly wasn't looking for another. However the opportunity for me to acquire one of the more rare wagons came along so I went for it. Poor car had been hit on the passenger side so some work would be required to fix it but the damage was certainly not unrepairable.

With all of the projects I have going right now, I doubt I'll get to work on this one for a little while. I'll clean the car up and park it for now. So here are a few pictures for now!

These pictures were taken by the previous owner. I'll have some of my own soon!

In early December, we had sufficiently nice weather that I was able to clean up the car a bit and snap a few pictures. The pictures below were taken before cleaning, you can see plenty of grime on the bumper. I did some serious scrubbing of the tires and the whitewalls actually look almost white now. I also got the wire wheel covers installed. Really makes quite a difference in the look of the car!

I was able to acquire all of the parts necessary to get the car fixed however. I now have a fender and front door in the correct white. I also have a rear door, trim and mirror, those will require painting before they are installed. I hope to have the painting done by spring though I'm not sure when the wagon will get to a body shop for installation.

I've also found that the power steering pump will need replacement soon there is also a coolant leak somewhere. I haven't had a chance to really look into it to find the leak though.

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