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kjurkic



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PostSubject: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:03 pm

Greetings from Vancouver Island

Just bought a '93 Caprice with over 350k-km (~220k-mi). Not especially mint, but minimal rust and everything still works. Odd combination of A/C & Cruise but manual windows and locks. Previous owner put all new ignition components, new water pump, alternator, belts & hoses, new exhaust, new brakes and new winter tires, so I basically got a bunch of new parts for a discount off retail with a running car attached Very Happy

I have owned about 100 vehicles since getting my D/L over 3 decades ago; I can still remember when long-roofs roamed the countryside in vast herds before the scourge of the minivan thinned them out and the later invasion of the (pavement princess/soccer-mom) SUV's drove them to extinction Sad

Prior wagons I have owned include a '74 Plymouth Fury wagon, in the classic Chryco green WITH wood applique on the flanks, a '78 Volare wagon (not a high point for sure), and a '79 Impala (IIRC) boxy that I picked up for $300 off a fly-by-night dealership and drove over 1000 miles in bitter Canadian January (story in itself there)

I have been considering a '91-'96 CCW or RMW for a few years now, but finding one in my price bracket (read impoverished) has been a wait. Scored the above car for $1300CDN all-in.

Now I just have to find a replacement for the totally collapsed fron seat and will be good-to-go.

Cheers
Ken
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:56 pm

Welcome to the forum...Jeff
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:53 am

Welcome Ken! There is a thread or two on seats here to help with your situation.
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:04 pm

Welcome,glad to hear about a high miler getting some love.
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PostSubject: Thx   Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:33 pm

Thanks All

I don't imagine that I will be able to build mine up as nice as so many other s here. Budgetary constraints and all Smile

The car is going to be my DD and construction hauler; don't really care for pickups, and the wet climate here means you don't want to leave anything in the open.

Will post some low-rez low-light pics later so as not to lower the property values around here.

cheers
Ken
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:50 pm

welcome aboard!
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:47 am

It's not about dumping large amounts of cash into a wagon. Just keeping it clean (soap and water) and saving it from an unpleasant and untimely death is kinda how we look at it. I can see you already know that since you've had your share of wagons. Even the '78 Volare Wagon isn't all bad. It's still a wagon! Those front ends usually got donated to the mid 50's Chevy pick ups. Anyway, welcome Ken, and thanks for saving another wagon. Paul
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:25 pm

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:15 pm

kjurkic wrote:
Thanks All

I don't imagine that I will be able to build mine up as nice as so many other s here. Budgetary constraints and all Smile

The car is going to be my DD and construction hauler; don't really care for pickups, and the wet climate here means you don't want to leave anything in the open.

Will post some low-rez low-light pics later so as not to lower the property values around here.

cheers
Ken

Welcome Ken, don't worry I have found these wagons to be fairly budget friendly. I use mine as a DD has some dents and scrapes but I keep her clean and get compliments on her more than I ever expected. People can't hardly look at a wagon without smiling and thinking about vacations!
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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:42 pm

Good for a chuckle

When I showed up at work with the car, due to the grey color and heavy tinting, I was asked why I bought a hearse! (If only - would love the extra space)

pics soon, I promise....

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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:10 am

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PostSubject: Re: New member from the we(s)t coast '93 grey whale   Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:26 am

Welcome! Glad to hear from another Left Coaster. We were just up in Vancouver on vacation and didn't see many, if any. Lots of high dollar stuff, not so much classics. Then again it is winter.

There's a '96 Buick in a Seattle Pick-n-Pull if you ever make it down there. Not sure how many parts you will be able to swap.

As for your seat, sedan seats will work as well and are probably easier to find. I would find a good passenger seat and swap the guts into your driver seat if the cover is intact.
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