Old Blue – The Ultimate B Body Caprice Wagon

If you’re a car enthusiast who appreciates the charm of classic wagons, then you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at Ol’ Blue, a remarkable 1994 Caprice wagon that embodies the perfect blend of practicality, power, and off-road capability. Buckle up and join us on this journey as we explore the tale of this iconic B body wagon.

The Quest for a Practical Cruiser

After exploring various car adventures, including trading a lifted Crown Vic for a V8 swapped AMC Eagle wagon, the desire to go back to something large and practical for daily driving became irresistible. With the realization that neither the Crown Vic nor the AMC had air conditioning, the search for the perfect automobile commenced.

A New Platform Beckons

Having owned several Panther platform cars and experienced everything from rallycross to off-road adventures, the need for a change was evident. Enter the Buick Roadmaster wagon, which caught our eye at the Detroit Gambler 500 event. Intrigued by its lifted appearance, we embarked on a quest to learn more about this hidden gem.

Discovering the Beast Within

Our research led us to some fascinating insights about the ’94-’96 Buick Roadmaster wagon. Equipped with the powerful LT1 engine, this beast offers impressive performance capabilities. Additionally, its spacious interior can accommodate a 4×8 sheet of plywood with ease. The wagon brings a sense of coolness to the table, and the GM 8.5″ 10 bolt rear differential provides a wide range of gear and posi choices. With the donk scene developing 5″ lift springs specifically for these wagons, the possibilities for customization and off-road adventures seemed endless.

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Serendipity Strikes

Fortune smiled upon us when a co-worker shared the news of a 1994 Caprice wagon that was up for sale. The stars aligned, and we found ourselves becoming the proud owners of Ol’ Blue:

Ol' Blue

Ol' Blue

Ol' Blue

Ol' Blue

Ol' Blue

Despite being a daily driver in Michigan for the past 13 years, Ol’ Blue remains in impressive condition. The previous owner, an older gentleman, spared no expense in its maintenance, resulting in a stack of receipts that would make any car enthusiast rejoice. The leather interior, sourced from another Caprice, adds a touch of luxury, while the newer carpets from the same vehicle enhance the overall aesthetic. Although there are a few spots of rust, the car’s overall cleanliness is remarkable. With around 200k miles on the odometer, a minor repair to the digital cluster is the only item on the maintenance checklist.

The Journey Ahead

While Ol’ Blue may not have come with a tow package or the preferred rear differential, we are determined to transform it into the ultimate off-roading and overland machine. Plans are underway to install 5″ lift springs, paired with Bilstein shocks upfront and factory air shocks in the rear with manual air pressure adjustment. The finishing touch will be a set of 31×10.5R15 tires mounted on 15×8 D slot steel wheels. However, to truly maximize its potential, a re-gear to a 4.10 ratio with a limited-slip differential is in order. If you happen to have a GM 8.5 10 bolt rear center section with 30 spline side gears and a limited-slip differential or the sought-after 4.10 gears, please reach out to us. We’d love to collaborate!

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Inspiration and Aspirations

For a source of inspiration, we turn to a 1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon showcased on Car News. Its stunning features and capabilities push our imagination to new heights, fueling our desire to create something truly extraordinary.

FAQs

  1. Q: Can Ol’ Blue be used for towing without the factory tow package?
    A: While not equipped with a tow package, it is possible to add a larger transmission or oil cooler to enhance towing capabilities.

  2. Q: Are there plans to install a hitch on Ol’ Blue?
    A: Yes, we are currently searching for the perfect hitch to complete Ol’ Blue’s transformation.

  3. Q: What modifications are planned for the rear differential?
    A: We intend to re-gear to a 4.10 ratio and install a limited-slip differential for improved off-road performance.

Conclusion

Ol’ Blue, the legendary 1994 Caprice wagon, has stolen our hearts and ignited our passion for adventure. With its robust powertrain, practicality, and potential for customization, this wagon represents the perfect canvas for car enthusiasts seeking a unique blend of function and style. As we embark on this journey, we invite you to follow us, as we transform Ol’ Blue into the ultimate off-road cruiser. Stay tuned for updates, exciting modifications, and unforgettable adventures with Ol’ Blue!