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Posted: 12/12/2013 6:01:22 PM EDT
I'm looking at getting a new to me used car. A 1966 chevy caprice coup with 327 and 3 speed auto trans. It's supposedly rust free. What should I look for ?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:04:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:05:34 PM EDT
Blood in the trunk.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:06:11 PM EDT
Give it a once over with a black light
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:08:36 PM EDT
I always make sure the pussy magnet is in working order.

The mechanical stuff is good, too. You will likely want to check for rust or bodywork in the fenders, rocker panels, and floors. Depending on what you're looking for in the car you might want to verify that it's the right motor and tranny for the car, but it's a Caprice so I'm guessing you won't care.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:10:07 PM EDT
66?  All original?

You can get the numbers for all the proper parts on vehicles of that age.  Carb, heads, block, transmission, rearends, etc.

Most stuff that old is a total mishmash of parts, an original is hard to find.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:18:27 PM EDT
47 year old car. I've done this before, let's see.

Look for.

Mold. (Check under the carpets)
Corrosion on contacts including fuse box. (It's probably shot along with all of the wiring)
Listen for stuck lifters.
Check anything rubber.
Oil leaks.
Water leaks. (Engine and windows)

Oh yea, and the pin that connects the drive shaft. (that could go any minute)

When you're finished with these checks, go and buy a boat.

Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:21:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 6:21:22 PM EDT by AmericanSoldier1989]
Crusty stains on rear seat.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:23:49 PM EDT

Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:36:49 PM EDT
I'm pretty mechanically inclined . I built my 1983 cj7. I was more curious on the problems with the specific car ( not this one just in general) not a lot of info on caprices. The motor and trans are original as is the interior. The paint has been redone.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 6:43:38 PM EDT
I've been building classic cars my entire adult life. Here's my advice:

-Open hood

-Unscrew the radiator cap

-While holding the radiator cap in your hand, have someone pull the car away.

-Drive a new car under the cap

-Replace radiator cap.

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