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1960 Oldsmobile Forum • View topic - Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

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Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby greg pettit on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:56 pm

The 371 started knocking a little, got worse, and I just can't drive the car anymore. A rebuild on the 371 is cost prohibitive.

Also, the rear axle started making some noise. Nothing seious, but I can't ignore it either.

So, after much thought, I had two choices..... sell the Olds or fix it right.

Here's what I am doing now....

I bought a 1988 Ford Crown Victoria. 5.0l, overdrive, fuel injected, the works.

I'm gonna put the Olds body on the Crown Vic chassis and running gear.

Wish me luck.

Greg
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Re: Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby toolbox on Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:04 pm

greg pettit wrote:The 371 started knocking a little, got worse, and I just can't drive the car anymore. A rebuild on the 371 is cost prohibitive.

Also, the rear axle started making some noise. Nothing seious, but I can't ignore it either.

So, after much thought, I had two choices..... sell the Olds or fix it right.

Here's what I am doing now....

I bought a 1988 Ford Crown Victoria. 5.0l, overdrive, fuel injected, the works.

I'm gonna put the Olds body on the Crown Vic chassis and running gear.

Wish me luck.

Greg


Whoaaaa!! Sorry to hear about your 371 giving it up...I know from building my 394 parts for these things are a real shocker. You have GOT to take a TON of pics of this!! Keep us updated...
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Re: Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby greg pettit on Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:07 pm

I'll be taking plenty of pics, don't worry! This will be a cool project.

Also, I will be selling all I can off of the Olds chassis before I scrap it. There are MANY new parts on it, like front and rear brakes, front shocks, radiator hoses, etc.... There are also a bunch of very good condition used parts on the chassis as well, like the fuel tank, steering system, transmission and driveshaft, etc.....

The engine runs awesome, but the knock needs to be addressed.

The rearend is complete, but it whines after driving a while.

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Re: Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby toolbox on Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:59 pm

Feel free to post what you're asking for everything...I might be interested in the shocks if nothing else. I think mine date back at least to the 1970s :oops: . Really looking forward to seeing the progress. If anyone can do it, I'm sure you can :mrgreen: . When you're done, I'd love to do an article on it... Speaking of articles, this winter I'm hoping I can finally get some work done on the website. I'm wrapping things up with my photography business for the year (I think...don't think I'll get too much business this winter) so I should have a *little* time to work on it.
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Re: Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby greg pettit on Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:17 am

First project this winter is to build and install an electronic 4 speed overdrive trans for the Torino. Other than doing what "they" say can't be done, this should be a more or less straightforward project.

We should get started on the Olds in January of next year.

Scott, I know the site has got to eat up a lot of your time, and I for one am grateful that it exists. To be perfectly honest, I would not have decided to do this olds/Ford graft if it weren't for the forums here! I know there will be times when I need some moral support from you guys here during this project.

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Re: Well, I almost threw in the towel on the Olds

Postby toolbox on Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:19 pm

Thanks Greg, and I appreciate all your contributions to the forum! It's been fun watching your '60 "evolve" over time. We'll be here any time you need us...even if only for moral support 8) .
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