Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hip To B-Body Square- 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic

If you drove most any GM full size product from the late 1970's and well into the 1980's, performance from the carbed V8 engines was asthmatic at best.  Fortunately in 2018, it is simple as pie to double or even triple the stock power level with a modern V8 engine swap and suspension packages can turn most any body on frame car into a decent handling ride.  Today's seller has created a very thoughtful sleeper that belies it's pedestrian Brougham looks and very mediocre wheel choice (where's the Vette sawblades?). A traditional 350 HO crate engine should be good for the better part of 330+ hp and some well thought out suspension mods should make this one handle better than the factory 9C1 police package.  Find this 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic for sale in Swansea, MA for $4,600 via craigslist.

The good from the seller:

Solid 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic. The following work was done in 2013 - a chevrolet 350HO crate engine, a 3 core aluminum radiator, high output alternator. The 700r4 trans was rebuilt and upgraded 2400 rpm converter with a switch on the dash to lock it up on the highway. The driveshaft is aluminum from a ford crown vic (the driveshaft shop cut it to length and put the GM ends on it). The rear end is a GM 8.5 corporate 10 bolt, this rear is hard to find for the B body. This one came out of a Pontiac Parisienne with a tow package. The gears are 3.42 and the posi is tight. It has front and rear sway bars out of a 1996 Impala SS, new springs all around, new rear upper and lower control arms. New front bumper filler. I'm sure there's some stuff I'm forgetting. The interior remains original, I had the headliner redone it looks perfect. It has around 25k mile since the work was done. Car runs and drives awesome and can be driven anywhere. I have receipts for everything and the original window sticker from when the car was new. 

From not so good from the seller:  

Needs paint and cosmetics. The speedo is about 10 mph off cause of the gear swap, I meant to play around with the speedo gears but never got around to it. There's a dashboard squeak. 

See a another car with a tufted velour seats? email

Cory is going to be at the Caffeine and Carburetors first event Sunday morning.


  1. So say you are able to talk the guy down to $4,000 and have $600 left over
    Do you ZR1 it?
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    or dog dish it?
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  2. From the 405?
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  3. Cmon Sean, no saw blades or salad shooters????

  4. Ok Ok , the sazzzzzs look the best IMO
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    1. I thought that idea was weird when I read it - now that you've put a picture of it together, though, it actually works.

  5. I'd never seen Sawblades and a vinyl Landau top on the same vehicle...until now. Check that off the bucket list.

  6. Best police car I ever drove. Bullet proof ghetto tank.

  7. Dog dishes. That's the look right there.


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