Hi. Name is Matt and I live in So. Cal. I've been lurking about here for quite some time, commenting and asking questions here and there occasionally, but as of yesterday I now actually have a whale wagon! I figured the most appropriate place to share my story would be here in the Introductions section.
First, just a quick thank you to those of you who took the time to answer the questions I had while I was shopping. Until I took delivery on my wagon yesterday, I had not even seen this generation of GM's wagons in person (I grew up with a clamshell CE and later a box CE and as an adult have subsequently owned one of each as well.) But for some reason, the body style of GM's last full size wagons recently started "speaking" to me. So last month I sold my '87 CE wagon when I started zeroing in on a couple of contenders.
After months of looking around online, I bought a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon, sight-unseen, from the midwest. It has just over 107k miles on it. The seller and his wife were wonderful folks do deal with; the dialogue went on for almost a month. They owned it for about 12 years and took very good care of it, did some restoration work here and there along the way (new paint, new wood decals, re-upholstered the seats, door panels and replaced the headliner) all very tastefully done. They entered it in a local car show about a year ago with the intention of taking advantage of a captive audience to try and sell it. Instead, it ended up winning an award lol.
Anyway, it has the TBI 350 engine which is mostly still factory correct, save some sort of CAM adjustment he made "to give it a bit more pep" (I'm not a tech guy so I don't exactly know what this means). Everything works, save one radio speaker. The seller and I spoke last evening when I got it into my garage and he told me it was 84 degrees and very humid there; which explained why the AC was left in the on position when I started the car; the AC blows cold! Oh, which reminds me, he also had it converted to 134.
My next step is to do the DMV thing to get my temporary registration tag so I can drive it; so far I've only taken it about 100 yards from the delivery truck to my drive way lol.
My first challenge will be getting it to pass CA smog. I'm not expecting this to be easy, so any advice from fellow CA folks would be greatly appreciated lol.
There is one thing that came up last night as I was putting her to bed. I opened the tailgate (like a door, not flat down) and when I went to close it I noticed the two interior courtesy lights on either side of the rear window would not go off; nor the read "gate ajar" light on the dash. I subsequently tried re-closing the gate and the window several times with no success; even trying to lift up slightly on the gate door as I was doing so. The gate lines up perfectly when closed, but the lights just won't turn off. Has anyone experienced this before? Could this be a switch thing? If so, where is it? I ended up disconnecting the battery before I went to bed.
Anyway, thanks listening. (Still trying to figure out how to post a photo.)