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Posted 1/30/2019 10:57:43 AM
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Hey guys,
I’m a new member here but been lurking for a while, I’m curious what everyone thinks about choosing a donor car. I have seen and read on here about people going with the Caprice, Impala, Corvette’s and etc. But not given too many details about some other factors.

Is there a set of years that one should stay between for either cars? Say 1981-1989? Older? Newer?
Do more people choose the caprice or impala because their easier or cheaper then say the corvette?
What other cars are suitable donor cars?


Whats the deciding factor? Cost? Mileage? Frame condition? Any info would be appreciated.

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Posted 1/30/2019 3:33:31 PM


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there will be better replies than mine coming but I think one factor to look at is how easy it is to stretch the frame. After a certain year they start using unibody construction instead of body on frame. I've heard the '94 caprice is good because it has a better motor.
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Posted 1/30/2019 3:48:33 PM
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Good point about stretching the frame, I never really seen anybody in the forums mention that.

Yeah the caprice seems to be a favorite, especially with motor mods/swap options.

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there will be better replies than mine coming but I think one factor to look at is how easy it is to stretch the frame. After a certain year they start using unibody construction instead of body on frame. I've heard the '94 caprice is good because it has a better motor.
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Posted 1/30/2019 6:03:06 PM


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Minijokerguy,

Cop car caprice is the most popular. Beefier suspension, 4 wheel disks, etc. Surprised you have not seen anything about the frame stretching process. Many of the 89 builds show it in their build logs.

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Posted 1/30/2019 6:41:32 PM
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Zeus Wayne (1/30/2019)
Minijokerguy,

Cop car caprice is the most popular. Beefier suspension, 4 wheel disks, etc. Surprised you have not seen anything about the frame stretching process. Many of the 89 builds show it in their build logs.

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Yes I have seen it in all the build logs, but I haven’t seen anyone specify that they choose that specific car because it was easier to stretch...thats what I meant.

Does the year of the cop car caprice matter? Or any donor car for that matter?
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Posted 1/30/2019 7:04:57 PM


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Minijokerguy,

In theory, you can use stretch any existing frame that fits under the lines of the body, or even build your own frame out of square or round DOM tube with specialtiy suspension pieces. The 9C1 Caprice (91-96) is popular with 94-96 being most desirable with the LT1 engine option. Wagons and also sedans with the towing package got the LT1 (94-96) but not necessarily rear disks. Impala SS is also an option, but initially pricier that an old cop car that needs many parts replaced or rebuilt.

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Posted 1/30/2019 9:08:11 PM
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Zeus Wayne (1/30/2019)
Minijokerguy,

In theory, you can use stretch any existing frame that fits under the lines of the body, or even build your own frame out of square or round DOM tube with specialtiy suspension pieces. The 9C1 Caprice (91-96) is popular with 94-96 being most desirable with the LT1 engine option. Wagons and also sedans with the towing package got the LT1 (94-96) but not necessarily rear disks. Impala SS is also an option, but initially pricier that an old cop car that needs many parts replaced or rebuilt.

Zeus


Got it, thanks Zeus Wayne. I appreciate all the info.
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Hello,
What other Vette builds have there been? These are the ones I've been finding and would appreciate some others to reference.

http://www.chickslovethecar.com/board/Batmobile_Topic66814-25-1.aspx
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