Because we had plenty of clearance under our car, we decided to opt for Level 10's deep aluminum pan for increased fluid capacity and improved cooling. Aside from looking pretty trick, it has a convenient drain plug-a simple feature that GM's Hydra-Matic guys never offered us for, oh, 60 years or so. Because we had plenty of clearance under our car, we decided to opt for Level 10's deep al With our suspension and rear axle parts installed by Matt Pospishil and John Moundros of J&T Auto, we soon returned to the track, and to no surprise we were hurdled by traction woes. Because police-spec Caprices came with steel 15x7 wheels with a 5x5 bolt pattern, our tire choices for a drag radial are limited to a 245 sectionwidth tire. Since it was hardly a step up from our existing 235s, we looked for wider 15x8-inch wheels that would allow us to mount a much wider 275-section-width tire. We wanted wheels that would still look stealthy enough to match the factory steel wheels, so we started to look for a pair of older 2WD GM pickup trucks. Because they were equipped with a 5x5 bolt pattern and an 8-inch wheel, we began looking for a set, and lo and behold, we found a pair for $50 on the Internet. The best thing about these wheels is that they are hubcentric and have the proper offset. What a steal! After an afternoon of sanding and painting with some fresh semi-gloss black rattle-can paint, we had J&T Auto mount on a pair of 275/60/15 Nitto NT555R Drag Radials. Nitto's drag radials have proven to work well for us on the dragstrip, and because they tend to wear longer on the street, it would be perfect for us, because swapping the tires at the track is no fun when each combo weighs 80 pounds. We could have gone with the shorter 275/50/15, but we liked how the taller profile looked on our heavy Chevy. All said and done, our Caprice was back on the starting line, and after a hellacious burnout to break them in, we were rewarded with a 14.802 at 91.77 mph, for a drop of .235 seconds. This just reinforces our earlier point that by improving the chassis and driveline, we were able to drop over two tenths without adding any more power. With the transmission and converter handled, it was time to move to the suspension. Starting with the control arms, we went with Metco's billet aluminum adjustable uppers and fixed lowers. As many Caprice and Impala SS fans can relate, GM sent every '94-96 Chevy B-body out the door with a wheel that was about an inch too far forward in relation to the bodywork. Luckily, Metco's billet arms can be had in an extended-length version that properly centers the rear wheel in the wheelhousing. With the transmission and converter handled, it was time to move to the suspension. Starti Installing the lower control arms is very easy. They bolt right into place and even come with provisions and new hardware to mount the factory rear sway bar. Installing the lower control arms is very easy. They bolt right into place and even come w In place of the stock 3.08s, we slapped in a set of used 3.73s that we found on eBay. Yes, in keeping with our budget theme, we went with "Certified pre-owned" gears. They were original GM parts, so we knew that our chances of a quiet installation were very high. Here, our stock 3.08s are laid out on the table. In place of the stock 3.08s, we slapped in a set of used 3.73s that we found on eBay. Yes, Here, you can see how our new converter and suspension work even with the stock rear tires in place. From our previous best of 15.037 at 91.45 with a 2.224 short time on stock tires, we lopped our e.t.'s to a new best of 14.802 at 91.77 mph with a 2.051 60-foot on the Nitto drag radials. Considering the car's 4,000-plus pound weight (without driver), it's pretty darn impressive considering we haven't even touched the factory air filter. Next month, we'll start throwing some powerenhancing parts at our ride. Here, you can see how our new converter and suspension work even with the stock rear tires When buying gears (new or used), make sure you order them for a '91-96 B-body. There is an ABS reluctor ring pressed onto a shoulder on the pinion gear, and no other versions of the 8.5 have it. In addition, you'll have to get the right reluctor that matches your gearset, otherwise your ABS system will not function. For 3.73s, use GM PN 26018946. We found it at our local dealer for about $30. When buying gears (new or used), make sure you order them for a '91-96 B-body. There is an Here, we propped the rear Edelbrock shocks into place and torqued them down to spec. With the car back on the ground, we were happy to see how the Metco control arms had repositioned our 275/60/15 Nitto drag radials and used truck wheels in the wheelwells. This is how it should have been from the factory. With the car back on the ground, we were happy to see how the Metco control arms had repos SOURCES Edelbrock Dept. 5.0 2700 California St. Torrance CA 90503 310-781-2222 www.edelbrock.com Metco Motorsports Dept. MMFF 109 N. Park Dr. Anderson SC 29625 J&T Auto Nitto Tire North America 6021 Katella Ave., Ste. 250 Cypress CA 90630 714-236-1863 www.nittotire.com Level 10 Transmissions « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article By Vinnie The Hitman Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!