Get it running, see if frame and floors are OK and then just vaccum it out and drive it
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It's soaking in Marvel's Mystery Oil right now. It's been doing so for about 2 1/2 weeks and it won't budge yet.
In your case, since you're dealing with a small block Chevy, it might be cheaper (and definitely easier) to find a different engine.
I'd give the project a "go" if it were me and I had the time. I give it
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Dump the oil out (it's full of acid and water) and do NOT spin it, as you're pumping that acidic oil up to the bearings. Put in some fresh oil and a filter before spinning it. Go ahead and put a bit of Marvel's Mystery Oil (or some ATF) in the cylinders, work out the problems with the running bits and don't forget to change all of the rubber fuel lines, filters (there may be a screen in the tank) and check the tank for flaky rust. If you don't clean a rusty tank, it will keep bugging you until you do.
The 4-door '70 could be a great parts car if it's not worth restoring. Fenders, bumpers, hood, grille, interior, engine/driveline...
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
*Yes, the progress of technology is such that a four cylinder engine of less than half the size puts out comparable power today.
I'd fix it, every single clean large normal car from the 70's were ran in derbys, which now everyone is starting to regret. The fact that it's a hardtop is just that more awesome. Nothing beats the look of a car with no B pillar.
The Monte Carlo wheels will fit it but I'd rather put the Rallys on the Caprice. Though the El Camino would look perfect on them.
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Sell it to Richard Rawlings, he'll find something to do with it.
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It def will be a lot of work, but i think it may be worth saving
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I would keep it. Old 70's american iron isnt that common anymore, and I bet you will see even basic cars like this increase in value in the next few years. As long as you have the space for it, right now, I would get it, get it running, and at least do a good cleaning to see what you're up against. While tons of these were made, I bet at least 95% of them have been scrapped by now.
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Here is a thread that will help you differentiate which vehicle they came on:
Definately keep it. My dad had a '71 Caprice 2 door, 400 small block, was my grandfathers. I was hoping someday to get it, but he sold it a couple of years ago.
The curved rear window is cool. My dads had a mild 400 in it. Go to a Chevy or even a Classic American car show and you will probably be the only one driving one. You might see early '60s Impalas, but NEVER the 69-72-ish years.
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Clean it up, paint it white again or all black, swap in a 500ci Cadillac motor and a th400 and I'd rock the hell out of it and be okay with the fact it'll never be worth Camaro/Chevelle money. Or, put a manifold, carb and distributor in it and derby it till it dies then scrap. You don't see them restored because you don't find many folks that go "Man I've always wanted a '70 Caprice!"
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