New Olds 442 project

Discussion in 'The "Other" Bench' started by tt455, Jan 26, 2020.

  1. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    I've been searching years for 69 cutlass or 442 to do a H/O tribute. I would have rather done it to a cutlass but it was hard to find one with a 455, buckets, and floor console. Not only did I find the perfect project 69 442 close by in Jersey, but also what I believe was a smoking deal. I always seem to find good deals on my cars right before the holidays, so I've had this since November. It will be a little while before I can start it, but till then I'll collect the few parts I need. I'm a little torn now because it would be also nice to restore as a 442, but I already got the spoiler and hood scoop.

    A little bit about the car.
    Real 442 car, frame and core support super nice, quarters, trunk, and passenger floor where professionally installed, rest of car just about rust free, needs paint. Floor shift car, non A/C, buckets, nice headliner, dash, and tic-toc tach. Came with new carpet, new front door panels, new bezels, all stainless and eye brows, wheel well moldings, and floor console which needs installed. 15 X 7 super stock II wheels with newer bf Goodrich T/A's 235 60 and 275 60 tires. Newer exhaust, trumpet tips not installed yet. Under the hood, needs detailing
    is a 71 455, edelbrock intake, 750 holley, electric fuel pump, lunati bracketmaster cam, headers, ported heads, roller rockers, msd ignition. TH 400, 2300 stall, 331 posi rear.
    It came with 68 bucket seats with the side buttons that are covered in a mauve material even the backs and aprons are nicely done but not for me, so if I can't find buckets I'll just have to redo these. Will need rear panels, the ones I got are for a convertible.
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  2. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    Nice solid looking Olds. Is the dash from an A/C car?
     
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  3. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    It looks pretty good, Tom. I probably have some used parts for it. Be aware the trunk emblem is in the wrong place, you want to fix that before you paint it.
     
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  4. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    I'm not sure Jerry, the few I've seen had no ac but still had that dash. It could be, still picking up information on the car. I'm on classic Oldsmobile there is some good information on there.
     
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  5. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    Thanks, Frank. I thought the 69 has the 442 emblem on the right side, the others have it there also. Are you saying it should be higher or closer to the taillights? Please let me know what you have.
     
  6. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Tom, it should be further right like the 2 about over the bumper bolt and the whole emblem higher. The reason is, there should be a stripe over the chrome trunk molding. The headlight knob is 68, the directional stock is newer than 69, I think. I probably have the fender chrome, maybe the headlight doors...I'll check in a week or 2 when I go home. Here's a pic of my emblem but from an awkward angle. The 44 should be closer, then like the 2. Like on your hood tooth.
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  7. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    Ok thanks Frank, most of the work was done by the owner before the guy I got it from. I have the fender chrome and doors. The seller told me about the 68 headlight knob and gave me the correct 69 knob and switch with the sale. I didn't know about the directional, funny how you notice all these little things, I need to learn more about this car. Really all I need are the rear door panels, package tray, and eventually I'll need nicer bumpers. Ty, Tom.
     
  8. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Good solid looking car. I like the '68-'69 Oldsmobiles best by far out of the A-bodies of those 2 years. The wheel flares especially on back really make the body pop, and look really dramatic in a dark color. Since it's not a numbers car, I'd go ahead and do what you want with it.
     
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  9. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    Thanks Lucas. Yeah this is one of those cars that you get in, turn the key and she starts right up.
     
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  10. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Nice score! Yes fix it up how you want! Leave the drivetrain alone and just do the cosmetics
     
  11. Duane

    Duane Member

    I have a really nice set of original tail light lenses that I polished for a 69 442.

    They could use a new home.
    Let me know.
    Duane
     
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  12. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    Funny I just bought a nice pit free tailight housing from a olds member. I haven't received it yet and I don't think the lens is included. Let me take a better look at my lenses and I'll get back to you. Thanks
     
  13. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    nice, I always wanted one of those. your garage is perfect, black GS and the 69 442. doesn't get much better..... in my opinion.
     
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  14. gs66

    gs66 Silver Level contributor

    Congrats, that’s going to be a great project and will look nice next to your Buick!
     
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  15. Duane

    Duane Member

    Tom,
    Here are some pics of the parts I have for the 69 Oldsmobiles,
    a 68-69 Olds under hood light,
    and a set of 68-69 Olds Cutlass "S" fastback vinyl top corners.
    If you are interested just let me now.
    Duane


    a set of 69 tail light lenses that I polished up Olds 001.jpg Olds 002.jpg Olds 005.jpg Olds 006.jpg Olds 007.jpg Olds 008.jpg Olds 009.jpg Olds 010.jpg Olds 011.jpg ,
     
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  16. Matt Knutson

    Matt Knutson Well-Known Member

    Nice car!
    I don't have any OLDS parts, but, I have one of these if interested.
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  17. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

     
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    tt455 T Bone

     
  19. Matt Knutson

    Matt Knutson Well-Known Member

    $3Bucks+the ride.
     
  20. tt455

    tt455 T Bone

    Ok I'll pm you info, PayPal friends ok?
     

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