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Updated on Dec 17, 2012
Zaman's 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
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August 5, 2010 - Update
Spring Update 2011
Pre-Winter Update 2011
Mid November 2011 Update
Reassembly is moving along nicely!
So much to do!
More updates 12/13/2011
Still Moving Along
January 2012 Update
February 2012 Update
Early Summer 2012 Update
Late Summer Interior Update
Early Winter 2012 Update
Give you a quick story - My Dad was always a Ford guy. He loved the reliability of the inline 6. When I was 16 years old, I saved up enough money to go buy a car. So my Dad took me driving around to see what cars were for sales around the area. We came across a gas station that had a '67 Mustang convertible and '68 442 convertible - we pulled in and looked the cars over and I told him to decide which one we should buy. To my surprise, he was in love with the lines of the 442. We purchased on the spot and that was the start of my love with my '68 Olds 442 convertible.
My Dad retired in December 2007 and he felt that he finished his responsibilities here with his four kids, grown up and all fairly successful, so he moved back to his motherland. However, every time my Dad calls me, it's always about “how are his grandchildren and how is the 442?”. I know it seems small, but buying that car with my Dad is one of the greatest memories I have with him!
Currently, my car was sent to Maryland Muscle Car (Hagerstown, MD) in April of 2009. It is going through a full frame-off nuts and bolts restoration. Originally, we had thought this was a 425, after careful inspection by the engine builder it's actually a 1970 455, the interior will be completely modern, the outside will look as original as possible. I painted it back to the original Scarlet paint, white cloth top and the W-30 option is being put in. The transmission is a 4-speed Muncie M-22 and I am currently looking for a 1968 12-bolt rear to put in.
I've also put disc brakes all around. The interior will feature bucket seats by Tea's in the front and rear. The seats will be vinyl, however the interior panel will be leather with leather dash covering. The inside will be completely modern, which includes state of the art entertainment and navigation system, push start, accent lighting, automatic windows and other little nice features. The exterior will be fairly original. I will have SS2 rims, 15X10 in the rear (flush to the well) and 15X8 in the front. The exterior lights will be all LED and the head lights will be HID.
12-Bolt 1968 GM rear and stainless steel exhaust. I kept the exhaust manifolds rather than headers, because I like the deep rumble on the manifolds over the sharp sound of headers.
Just about everything that is exposed is powder coated.
Here is a picture of the car right before it went on the flatbed for the restoration project:
A special thanks to Maryland Muscle Car for all their hard work in making this project come to life! Also want to thank John from MMC for the all pictures and details he has provided on this project.
Re-assembly should start as soon as I find the rear and car should be completed by early August.
We tried to replicate the "W30" engine where possible.
On the block, on the machined pad next to the number 1 cylinder is the VIN - # 30M331020 (1970 built in Lansing-Home of the W30 cars.) Engine block # 396021F (1968-1972, 455 CI Engine)
Some pictures of the 455 CID
March Serpentine Billet Pulley
Some Pictures of the Body
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What an amazing build!! Loved watching the progress on this thing, it's going to be amazing when it's done. I'm sure I'll be seeing this one in the magazines when it's done. Great job!! And yeah, an easy 5 stars ;-)
Hey Zaman, here's a site with these knobs. You'll see they are all direct replacements for your plastic knobs for '68. http://www.oldsobsolete.com/products-page/1968-oldsmobile-parts-for-sale/page/3/. Take care - Jeff
Metal Swicth style: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1967-1968-1969-Oldsmobile-Transistor-AM-Radio-12-Volt-Push-Button-/170898930868?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories
Jeff, now I see what you are talking about. Never thought about using the radio knobs. Thanks Zaman!
continued from last post - might consider changing from the black plastic knobs to the brushed metal knobs that were options on other Olds in '68. They would look great with your other metal dash accents. Please keep the pictures coming! Jeff
Jeff, thanks for the suggestion. Where can I get those knobs? Thanks and I hope you do a blog on your ride as well. - Zaman
Zaman, I had to hunt mine down on eBay as I haven't seen any repro's anywhere. I'll attach a bid for a radio that has the same style as the light and wiper switch for your reference. I'll try to get some pic's up soon. Thanks - Jeff
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