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.
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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past: '96 Audi S6, forced to sell, F. U. nh emissions
'87 VW Quantum syncro wagon, got me into quattro
'85 VW GTI , 17 yrs and 280k miles, rusted away
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!"
It may be slow, but at least it's ugly!
I'm keeping it. My plan is to get rid of all the rust and leave it. Not sure if I'm going to get rid of the dent in the passenger door to keep its "character". Going to vacuum the interior, replace the headliner and seats, get the gauges working right, and then lower it with rally wheels with no centers.
1980 Chevy Cube van - the van 200HP4dr doesn't like
1978 Skylark POS
1986 Cutlass Supreme
1994 Mark VIII
1981 Cutlass Calais
1973 Gran Torino
Chevy Malibu 2.4
2008 Malibu Maxx
Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T
1990 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 11,000 miles
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1986 Cutlass Supreme
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-thats all of them including the dailies. I think I miscounted in my "vehciles" thing on my profile.