Looking at a 77 Electra

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  1. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    Going to go look at 77 Electra today. Could be a nice family car around town.
    4 door and it's a limited.

    How can i tell if it has a 350 or and olds 403? I'm assuming the distributor placement??

    How can I tell what transmission it has? I'm reading it could have a 2,3 or 4 speed auto?

    What's the mpg on both engines and your experiene with one of these?

    Thanks
     
  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Both have rear distributors. The Olds has a tall built in oil filler spout on the front passenger side of the engine. The Buick will have "350" cast into block facing up just behind the intake manifold.

    A local friend has owned both. The 350 is barely adequate. The one with a 403 is better but not a rocket ship. It is still a big heavy car and mileage will be 10-20 mph depending on how you drive.

    The trans in a 403 is a TH400 3 speed. The 350 powered 77 Limited is also a 3 speed. I am unsure whether it is a TH350 or 400.
     
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  3. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    I thought that the Buick would have the distributor in the front.
     
  4. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    It should have the engine displacement tag on top the core/radiator support 6.6 for 403 and 5.7 for the 350
     
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  5. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Buick is in the front. Sorry I had I had a 350 Olds on the brain.
     
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  6. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    Thanks Keith
     
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  7. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    Ok cool, thanks
     
  8. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    She a 350 car just got the news
     
  9. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    Personally I prefer the 350 to the Olds 401 - I always found it felt crisper
     
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  10. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    That's good to hear, I might be getting this and selling the 87 Nissan I got free from the old owner of this house.

    I also got a 92 corola in storage I'm going to sell to the government with this program for cars that's can't pass smog.

    The Buick is for sale at 600$ but I'm getting it for 400 towed to my house. The seller says it's a good running car but he took off the carb for some work. Hope he's telling the truth about the carb situation but either way it's a good price for a grocery getter
     
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    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

  12. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    Funny, I've got a Rochester Quad off of a late 70s early 80s 403 somewhere...
     
  13. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Political Analyst

    The wife was cool with me buying it. I love it, she was so cool about it she always is when i buy another car. Took her for an ice cream cone and just before that she asked me " do you have a problem" with buying cars. Lol we laughed.

    But

    I Passed on the Electra. Mostly because of the engine. It was a blue 403 with the distributor in the back. The interior was white cloth and very dirty and the doors leather was all cracked. The car looked better in person. I told the guys thanks but I had to pass, as I drove away he told me they would do 250$ towed and everything. I still passed, I'm proud of myself I didn't buy what I didn't want. Oh well thanks for everybodys time . On to next one.
     
  14. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    Probably best that you passed, it sounds like there was more missing than met the eye, if the guy was going to let you have it for $250. Sounds like he was desperate to get rid of it. An Olds 403 wasn't a bad motor, more powerful than the poor Buick 350, but lot better than the SBC or the Olds 307 they threw in those things later on.
     
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