The Ratmobile Mk. 1

Ahoy!  Land yacht ahead!

The Ratmobile Mk. 1 is a Silver Metallic 1993 Chevy Caprice Classic with grey cloth interior.  It was built at the Chevrolet plant in Arlington, Texas, and was the 5,847th built that model year.


* indicates aftermarket equipment/modification
Engine Type: General Motors LO3
Cylinder Configuration: V-8
Engine Displacement: 5.0L (5012cc, 305 ci)
Compression Ratio: 9.1:1
Valve Configuration: In Head
Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
Bore & Stroke: 3.74 x 3.48 in
Fuel System: Throttle Body Fuel Injection
Peak Horsepower: 170 hp @ 4000 RPM
Peak Torque: 255 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
Idle Range: 575-800 RPM
Ignition System: High Energy Ignition system with Electronic Spark Timing
Alternator: Delcotron CS-130, 100 Amps peak
Block Material: Cast Iron
Transmission: THM 700-R4 (4L60)
Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.059:1
2nd: 1.625:1
3rd: 1.000:1
4th: 0.696:1
Rev: 2.294:1
Axle Ratio: 2.56:1
Brakes: Four wheel anti-lock system (front disc, rear drum)
Wheels: 15" x 7" steel wheels with chrome hubcaps
Tires: Yokahama P225/70R15 100S M+S whitewall *
Body Type: GM B-Body
Frame: Full perimeter steel
Front Suspension: Independent - SLA
Rear Suspension: Salisbury 4-link
Steering Ratio: 12.7:1
Turning Radius: 37.7 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23 gal
Rated Fuel Economy: 17/26
Actual Fuel Economy: 18/25 *
Maximum Range: 598 miles/tank (rated), 575 miles/tank (actual) *
Coefficient of Drag: 0.34
Overall Length: 214.1 in
Wheelbase: 115.9 in
Overall Width: 77.0 in
Overall Height: 55.7 in
Head Room, Front: 39.2 in
Dry Weight: 3772 lbs
Operating Weight (minimum): about 4100 lbs *
GVWM: 6875 lbs.



Look out!

The Caprice Classic was one of the last cars of the "Large Car" class, and was famous for having the softest, cushiest ride of any vehicle on the road.  A true land yacht, she practically floats over the road, listing into the turns.  She is a behemoth, weighing in at nearly 4000 pounds empty, and yet she has a top-end of over 130 mph!  Tuned for grace, rather than raw power, the engine whispers silently even at high speeds, her eight cylinders turning at a mere 4000 RPM at maximum power!  She was one of the last cars built with a full frame, which greatly improves survivability and reduces damage in an accident.  Like most V8's, fuel economy suffers a bit, with an average of 18 mpg during city driving, but she gets about 25 mpg on the highway.

What most freeway drivers see.

The sound system is a stock Delco-Bose Silver Series AM/FM cassette, with 6x9 2-cone speakers in the rear, and 4x6 2-cone speakers in the front.  The vehicle is equipped with a security system that disables the starter.  It also automatically locks and unlocks the door, and can remotely release the trunk.

One interesting note:  The fuel tank drives full service gas station attendants nuts.  Virtually all cars built currently have a fuel door on one side or the other.  The Caprice was designed with the fuel door in the middle, hidden behind the license plate.  It's fun watching gas station attendants play "Hunt the Fuel Door"

The trunk latch also confuses people.  The keyhole is cleverly hidden under the Chevy emblem on the trunk.  Even expensive luxury cars like the Lexus skimp on important details like these and leave the fuel door and keyhole exposed like ugly scars.

The rat is not standard equipment.

The interior is big and roomy.  Three people easily and comfortably fit in the back seat, and three could fit in the front seat, except I've added a center console on the floor, which makes the middle front seat uncomfortable for anyone but a child or very small adult.

The speedometer only goes to 100, but the car has exceeded 120...



The Ratmobile Mk. 1 was decommissioned on May 27th, 2001 with 150,000 miles, replaced by the Mk. 2, a 1995 Caprice Classic.

The Ratmobile Mk. 2



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