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Old 12-22-2004, 11:17 PM
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caprice vs impala

im looking for a donor engine & was wondering what the difference is between the 94-96 impala ss & the caprice of the same year. is the caprice just a de-tuned version of the impala? or does the caprice use a 305 & the impala a 350?

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I think that, in those years, they both used 260 horse 5.7L (350) LT1's, although the caprice was also availible with a semi-uncommon 4.3L V8 as well, which was also LT1-based.
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i was thinking that a caprice would be a good donor, i just wanted to make sure that it was an lt1 block. i suppose it would be the same deal in the wagon too?
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The wagons mostly recieved the reverse cooled 4.3 liter V8`s.
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Yeah, the 5.7's are all basically the same from 94-96, just make sure that, if you pull one, you check codes on the block or the emissions sticker under the hood and be sure you're not getting a 4.3.
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Or...you could count the plugs.
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of course! they had 7 plugs that year right?
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Or...you could count the plugs.
No, they had a 4.3L V8 availible in those cars. Counting on plug counting could still get you home with 85 fewer cubic inches than you deserve....
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what is the engine code i should be looking for?
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If you can see a casting number on the block, the 4.3 (L99) will say 588, and the 5.7 (LT1) will say 327.
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perfect!
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ONLY the 96 LT1 350 uses the OBDII computer hookup

the OBDII is the computer tool that is still used TODAY. ONLY the 96 can use that tool.
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i wonder why they didn't just use the 4.3 v-6 in lieu of a 4.3 v-8. BTW the only reason why this car line was discontinued is because gm need the extra factory capacity to produce suv's.

Yet another reason why gm sucks.
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My friend has an Impala SS and he ordered a front end kit. He swears there's a difference in the way part of the frame up front is shaped on the SS vrs the regular Caprice.

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The wagons mostly recieved the reverse cooled 4.3 liter V8`s.
Nope, I'm pretty sure ALL 94-96 Caprice and Roadmaster wagons came with the 5.7L LT1...

4.3 L99s were somewhat common in the 94-96 civilian sedans, and quite a few of the taxis and police cars have L99s, also (I've owned 2).

EDIT: wow just noticed this is an OLD thread!
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