Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just Rambling

Not-so-red-haired me with our 300CI think my hair’s got a mind of its own — not even two weeks has gone since I dyed it, and I’m back at almost blond again. shock shock shock Vaaaaaahhhhhhh!

On a different note — yesterday Lenchik came to NYC to pick up his “new” car — a bit rusty, but still sexy blue Caprice, which served us well for over 5 years. I hope he’ll be able to fix all the little annoying things that need fixing and will enjoy his oh-still-so-muscle blue monster! -)
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

200,000 Miles

200,000 Miles on CapriceToday, on my way home, our car’s odometer turned over to 200,000 miles. I didn’t catch the exact number as I didn’t have my camera with me, but 200,005 is close enough. shock

When I bought the car in February, 2003 it had 99,000 miles on it. It took me 4 and a half years to put another 100,000 on it. For our Russian friends: 200,005 miles is 321,877 kilometers. Now that is a lot of driving! teeth It took cops 6 years to put on 99,000 miles!
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Monday, August 13, 2007

Old Days Automotive

My First Car - Caprice 9C1Yesterday we got to talking about car buying with Ignat and Alёna, and I recalled the story of my first car purchase. I remembered that I had it published on one of my sites, but then then site itself was not live since 2002.

I started digging through my old back up disks and actually found a version of it. I have uploaded it back at its original address of speed.4adrive.com. The site is very outdated by now, but it’s a nice piece of history. The story itself is there too, but I’ll quote it on the blog as well.

It has been written somewhere in the year 2000 and the picture above has been taken during the spring of 2001. Below, for your reading pleasure, is my Caprice buying saga. Written by a much younger version of me. O.o
I don’t exactly remember when the Caprice craze hit my best bud LM13, and me [DR2000], but when it hit, it hit hard. With time not only it got better, but it also spread on many of our friends.

All these events were taking place somewhere in November of ’99. Our friend, EliGC, was looking to buy a car, and since I was driving 1987 Ford Crown Vic (Police Interceptor) at the time, I suggested to get some ex-cop car. Since the Crown Vics of the 90′s looked damn ugly, and had a lame 4.6 engine in them, the only choice was Caprice. And what a choice! Continue Reading
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Friday, March 9, 2007

Old Hobby Tribute

Caprice SSThose who know me probably still remember the auto-tunning craze that used to run through my blood several years ago. So much time and money went down that drain that it’s only right to mention it here: 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, or simply Caprice SS.

Base: 1996 Chevrolet Caprice; 9C1 (police package); 5.7 litter V8 LT1 engine (Corvette engine); 4 speed automatic transmission; limited slip differential; power windows, locks, seats and mirrors.

Caprice FrontExterior: HID head lights; Impala SS rear spoiler; Impala SS front grille w/ chrome Stull inserts; custom tail light black out; chrome delete; 17″ Impala SS rims.

Custom interior. Transmission work in progress.Interior: Bonneville 12 way power seats; custom red & black leather interior; Camaro analog speedometer and tachometer; Camaro floor console w/ red & black leather shifter boot; Astro Van roof console; Trans Am steering wheel w/ built-in audio controls.

Handling: F-Body front, and HO rear sway bars; 17 x 8.5″ Impala SS rims w/ 285-40-17 Kumho tires; Hotchkis rear lower control arms; Bilstein sport shocks; rear SS springs; front GW springs.

Performance: OBD1 conversion; SSRI stage 3 intake; American Thunder catback; CIA Tri-Y headers; Magnecore 8.5mm wires; 160 deg tstat; LT4 esc; PCM power programming; BBHP#79 (T56 6 speed manual transmission); Hurst Plus shifter.

Audio: Alpine top-end head unit; Rockford Fosgate 4 channel amp; Sirius satellite radio; iPod input.

Caprice SSIn conclusion I want to say that it was a fun hobby and the result is a fun car, but I will never again spend as much money and time on something like this. However there are very few cars out there that can beat the uniqueness of what we got now.
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