2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

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2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by rcg530 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:05 pm

I finally located and purchased a project car for my YouTube channel. It's a 2014 Chevy Caprice PPV. The body/paint are in horrible condition and that will take some time to get corrected. It was formerly used by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's department in California.

This car has the 6.0L V8 L77 engine and it currently has 111K miles on the odometer. This car needs a lot of work and that should make it a great video subject over the next several months (depending on how the COVID-19 situation impacts my part sources and local automotive companies).

I'm working through the critical maintenance and safety items first (engine oil/filter change, brake fluid flush, HVAC/engine filter, removing leftover upfitter wiring, rear seat belt installation, new tires/wheels, rekeying and getting FOBs working) then I'll move on to things like suspension upgrade(s), center console upgrade, adding a backup camera/upgrading radio head unit and finally getting the body/paint into decent shape.

I've already removed the AUX battery hardware in the trunk and cleaned up the wiring in the trunk compartment. I was lucky enough to obtain several items from a 2017 PPV in a local wrecking yard this past week (hood, trunk lid - with backup camera/cabling, rear seat belts/buckles, door weather seals (body side), radio trim bezel, a-pillar trim pieces).

I formerly owned a 2017 Chevy SS sedan that I sold back in January to fund my company and fund this Caprice project for my YouTube channel.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it should be interesting!
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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by Mooseman » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:52 pm

Should make for a good project with a solid base foundation. It will be interesting to follow.
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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by rcg530 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:21 am

I update you on the status of the work on my 2014 Chevy Caprice PPV project car. I've been busy checking out the car and ordering parts.

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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by shawnjon82 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:25 am

Why are you replacing the hood and trunk lid?
Is there damage to the existing ones?

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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by rcg530 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:35 am

shawnjon82 wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:25 am
Why are you replacing the hood and trunk lid?
Is there damage to the existing ones?
Yes, there's a good amount of (minor) dents in both the hood and trunk lid. The hood and trunk lid were fairly cheap from the 2017 Caprice in the wrecking yard. It was easier to purchase those instead of attempting to repair the ones that came on my car.

Plus, the trunk lid from the 2017 has the backup camera/trunk lid harness. I'm going to obtain a wire harness to connect the rear camera to the radio head unit and I'll get the radio head unit reprogrammed to enable the backup camera.
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How To: Chevy Caprice PPV - Replace - Cabin Air Filter / Engine Air Filter / Windshield Trim

Post by rcg530 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:06 pm

In this YouTube video, I show the steps to replace the cabin air filter, engine air filter and windshield cowl plastic trim on my 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV.

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Project Car Status Update - 4/19/2020

Post by rcg530 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:21 pm

I've installed a trunk lid with a backup camera, backup camera wiring harness, a Thinkware F800 Pro 2-channel dash camera and a Cellink B battery pack to power the camera during parking mode, replaced the front seats, replaced the steering wheel, added a third brake light pulser, repaired the third brake light weather stripping, re-enabled the rear door inside pull handles and much more.

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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by Mooseman » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:26 pm

Good info. Thanks for talking about the cabin filter too. I never thought of changing it (out of sight, out of mind) and I'm pretty sure it was never serviced in its past. Ordered one so that I have it when I get my PPV out of winter storage. Should be here sometime next month :|
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Re: 2014 Caprice PPV - YouTube Project Car

Post by rcg530 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:55 pm

Mooseman wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:26 pm
Good info. Thanks for talking about the cabin filter too. I never thought of changing it (out of sight, out of mind) and I'm pretty sure it was never serviced in its past. Ordered one so that I have it when I get my PPV out of winter storage. Should be here sometime next month :|
Cabin air filters are one of the most overlooked maintenance items in a car. The one I removed from my Caprice looked like it had become a science experiment at some point along the line. :lol: The air coming into the passenger compartment does smell better after changing it.
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Upgrade Brakes/Rotors - Replace Front Wheel Hub Assemblies

Post by rcg530 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:58 pm

I upgrade the brakes on my 2014 Caprice PPV with Powerstop Z23 Evolution Sport rotors/pads and I replace the front wheel hub assemblies.

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