RIDE THE ROCKET
may be you are interested what to find over here in europe.If you are not interested in the whole story but in technique just go to page 9.Engine upgraded in May 2004!!! Details on page 9
from an article:Oldsmobile played a dominant role in the musclecar era with the introduction of the Cutlass/442. Known as the "gentleman's musclecar", Oldsmobile took elegance and conveniance and mixed it with raw power
this was exactly what i wanted after considering the at least in Europe better known muscles like chevelles, chargers, GTO`s etc.
.... and I had to look for her quite a while...
It is an one owner 442 convertible with a lot of options from switzerland (they had GM production `til the 70 ties). It has just 80000 miles and is fully serviced(have the service and owner`s manual!!!) The car was 100% original and # matching. Everything worked fine except the clock.
Even the engine was perfect and very fast. But I decided to bu�ld another 455 olds engine with about 420 HP.(specs on page 9) On May, 21st 03 it was in and running. ;-) ET with this engine 13,8 but hope to get to upper 12 after modifications in May 2004 )
block: F coded Olds 455 bored .030 ,honed, decked .020, oil restrictors and windage tray installed, oil return holes from top increased, oil pan welded 1" deeper.
oil pump: Mondello hp
water pump: flow cooler ALU high volume
crank: stock, cross drilled and polished
rods: stock forged, surface cleaned, ARP bolts
pistons: forged Alu, high comp TRW 2323
rotating assembly fine balanced
heads:Edelbrock ALU performer rpm, 7/16 ARP studs; hardened ductile iron valve seats and phosphor bronze guides; 3/8" pushrod-slot guideplate; stainless steel valves; intake and exhaust ports ported. ARP head bolts
cam: Mondello cam JM 3 4 (Engle); 230 int dur 236 exh dur @ .050 lift, in combination with 1,65 rocker ratio still perfect for cruisin`and brutal in stoplight runs.
rockers: crane cams ALU roller rockers ratio 1,65
pushrods: custom made by crane cams 3/8 heavy wall, hardened
intake: Edelbrock performer
ignition: Mondello performance HEI (recurved pertronix flame thrower), 8 mm wires black
exhaust: stock w/z exh manifold, dual exhaust stainless steel
carb: by carbsonly, rebuilt Rochester Q-jet, jetted and calibrated to spec`s
fuelpump: mallory high vol filter, pressure regulator and pressure gauge in line
air and oil filter: K&N hp
drivetrain: A/T TH 400 with transgo shift kit; 11" converter; heavy duty drive shaft fine balanced, 12 bolt posi traction rear end
Besides some ( :-) ) cosmetic work (frame,paint, underside, trunk, interieur-but is still original-)
I rebuilt the suspension completely and welded the rear rims to 8" to run 235 in front and 245 in rear.( keep original engine, transmission, driveshaft and wheels in a safe place ;-)
Driver`s view ;-)
The old slogan is true: "nothing drives like an olds"
I really love this car and look forward to driving it this summer.
Regards from Doc Olds ;-)