I've had the Barge for about 4 years now. It had set at my late mom's old-folks home for 10 years and was hardly used. When my mom gave it to me, I had the brakes and A/C repaired and changed all of the underhood rubber parts. It also needed a tailpipe, dropping the one it had soon after I got it. The shop put a Caprice pipe without the resonator on the back, which suited me fine. In the time since then, I've been able to make a few more changes to suit my needs.
After my wife went off the road on a rainy day, she asked the tire dealer what the deepest tread tires were that we could get. Now it has white letter SUV Michelins.
When my mother-in-law passed away, we were given 2 weeks by the landloard to clean out her apartment 500 miles away. To make it possible, the Barge got a class 3 hitch and Cargo Coil rear springs. The same springs are used on Brink's Armored Trucks, I am told.
My family of four (two teens included) wanted to take a driving vacation to the beach for vacation. To fit all of the "must take" stuff, I got a 4-bycycle rack to mount to the hitch, remounted the spare tire in the front corner of the trunk (to make room for large suitcases) and adapted a roof rack intended for a Chevy Caprice Classic to the trunk lid. I protected the paint with a large piece of magnetic sign material, and installed a softsider bag on the rack. The trip went perfectly!
When my wife bought a new Prius (4 times the milage) the Barge needed to spend its nights in the driveway. A Covercraft car cover followed soon after to keep leaves and other crud out of the openings. That cover is one of the BEST investments yet!
My goal for spring is to replace the broken power antenna. I am getting tired of the 1 station I can still receive without it!