OLDS 1988 20th Anniversary H/O rebirth thread

rfpowerdude

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Since my original thread from a year ago is "not open for further replies", I will restart it.

I got the Derale fans setup reinstalled and rewired with 10ga wire for each fan power wiring both + and - . I used some bigass relays that are rated for "120 amps", but I'll take that with a grain of salt. I just hope they last. Wired the two fans' relays to two temp switches now installed in the intake, one for 185 and one for 200 with a 160 thermostat in the water neck. I wired diodes across the relay coils to snub the inductive kickback so that the temp switches' bimetal elements don't get arc stuck over time. This is something a lot of people forget about and have that issue down the road.

I installed the Walbro in-tank fuel pump with a regulator and return at the tank set for 7psi since I still have the Q-jet carb on it.

I still have to reinstall the outside door 88 H/O trim piece and reinstall the interior door panel once I'm done with that. The list is pretty short, but I still have some other things to do to fix back up after all these years. I am hoping to keep adding to this thread over the next few months. Donovan and others on here have kept me motivated when I really just wanted to sell everything. Thanks all!

Here is last night after filling with coolant.
 
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Rktpwrd

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Since my original thread from a year ago is "not open for further replies", I will restart it.

No need to completely restart a new thread. When one of your posts gets locked up due to inactivity, just PM GP403 to have him unlock it. It’s even FOC.
😉

Glad to hear myself and others have kept you motivated and that you didn’t up and sell everything. I think that would’ve been a serious mistake. Nice to see progress from you!
 
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If the relays don't last, may I suggest the 80 amp rated Davies Craig digital adjustable fan controller. Zero issues in the last two years. Every other controller I have bought was a POS. Good to see it alive again. I should have bought one of these 88 H/O kits when it went for $300 twenty years ago on Ebay.
 
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rfpowerdude

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Got the driver side plastic H/O piece reattached wayyyyy better with studs and badass epoxy. I also completely reworked how the rear wing got attached also. I didn't take any pics of the process though. Dangit. Oh well, I went ahead and posted some dusk pics with the lights on. Somehow the front pic did not come out and I didn't check it. I'll have to redo that one tomorrow.

Check it out.

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rfpowerdude

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I still need to apply the H/O sail panel emblems and the 20th Anniversary trunk lid appliqué. Then it's on to the interior.
 
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rfpowerdude

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Bought and put on a more appropriate 1968 H/O promo plate:

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rfpowerdude

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Got the front plate mount final mounted. Had to cut the "ear" off the urethane bumper that was in the way without damaging anything around it. Came out decent.

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Cool car. So was this a kit available from the dealership or through Hurst?
 

rfpowerdude

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As Mike said, through Action Products. Supposedly, you could get a dealership to install it and paint. Here's the receipt for mine as I bought it from the original purchaser in 2003.

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