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Thread: Changing of the guard: 1989 Caprice Estate

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    Kaysboat Kaysboat's Avatar
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    Dec 2007
    Waterloo/Kingston Ontario

    Default Changing of the guard: 1989 Caprice Estate

    After about 15 years of searching, I finally picked up my dream car, a pre 1991 Caprice Wagon.

    My parents had a Buick Electra Estate when I was younger and was the car I learned to drive on. I wanted to buy it from my parents, but due to its high milage, some body rust and fact taht I didn't have a garage/house, it didn't happen at the time.

    Since them I had been casually looking for a Caprice wagon, as I always thought they looked a bit better than the Buicks (too heavy in the front clip), Oldsmobiles (weird wire wheel disks) and Poniacs (weird dash and ugly wood grain pattern). A couple came up, but I was either an hour too late or too expensive for what they were.

    At Christmas I was picking around kijiji (like craigslist) and found one near by. Called the seller, and it was the original owner who was looking to simplify his life a bit. We went to check it out and it was pretty ligit. Extremely dirty, but in good mechanical shape and body/frame etc... very solid. We picked it up a week later, and the owner was actually crying when we drove away. For him, it was very important the car went to someone who would enjoy and appreciate and, and it was sold to us with the promise we wouldn't flip it. Which we won't.

    Since getting it home, I've done the following:

    Swapped tires around (whitewalls were on the inside)
    Extensive interior and exterior cleaning (I've bought a bunch of banger cars over the years, but never had a car as dirty as this. Dust was literally everywhere in every nook and cranny)
    Replaced front pads, rotors and bearings
    Replaced washer pump
    Fixed some vaccum leaks
    Replaced front bumper cover
    Replaced a few faulty switches and misising interior trim pieces

    Still on the "to do" list

    Replace headliner
    Rebuild rear brakes
    Replace rear bumper filler
    Fix/replace radio (tape stuck in deck, making radio inop, as well as only one side of the speakers work)
    A zillion other things that will surely crop up

    The plan is to use it as a three seasons daily driver, and we'll be going to one car for the winter season.

    The 80 C10 truck is used for odd jobs and lumber yard runs, and the 86 Crown Vic is reserved for summer fair weather cruising.


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    Member Arquemann's Avatar
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    Jul 2019


    Nice Caprice, I looked at those before I bought my MGM.
    Especially the wagons are quite plentiful here, currently atleast a dozen of that body style for sale. Many are matte black and beat to shit though.
    Hope it serves you well.
    1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
    1997 Volvo 850 GLE Estate

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    I'm an air-conditioned gypsy gadget73's Avatar
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    Jan 2005


    My boss has a rusty 89 Caprice Estate in that same color. After the Olds 307 jumped the chain and died he put an Olds 350 in it. Still runs the electronic Q-jet and the rest of it so the lockup converter works.

    kinda lame that they were made with the Olds engine. A TBI 305 would have been a better engine.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    fomoco panthers !
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    Nice wagon. 89 was a good year especially for patrol cars. Does it have cloth, vinyl or leather ? Start looking for spare parts, getting hard to find . What year is the pickup in the driveway ? That model was a good truck especially with the straight 6.

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