Hello from northern IL

Jul 9, 2024
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Hello and thanks for having me. My name is Rick and I own a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that I will be restoring. This is the first G body I will be building and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been a bodyman and mid tier mechanic for about 20 years off and on and currently work at a restoration shop part time doing the aforementioned along with a lot of welding and fabrication. Even though I’ve worked in the field I’ve never fallen in love with or built my own car, but I saw this Cutlass rotting away in our storage yard and I knew she was the one. I’ve trailered her to my house and cleaned the hell out of her. I ordered the Fischer body manual for 1980 and will begin the full dismantle during this cold northern IL winter after I’m done with motorcycle building and customer jobs.
 

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Oh I'm looking forward to seeing this project progress, she's got loads of potential.

Welcome aboard, Rick.
 
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Welcome from central IL. Love those deep dish wheels. Looks like potential to be a cool ride
 
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Thank you all very much I’m also very excited to build this one. The frame is solid so I will be cleaning it up and coating it. The body is overall pretty good but needs some love, the worst of which is the front section of the floor pans. Thankfully I’m not new to these types of repairs and feel confident in taking them on. The car was being set up for a BB but it came with no engine or trans, originally a factory 3.8L but not going to go that route. I can grab a 5.3L LS with trans and computer/wiring out of the shop I work at it if I want but I’m also partial to small blocks as I tend to enjoy the old school charm they offer.

Interesting enough my good friends uncle bought this car new in Chicago in 80’, in fact his mom went to prom in it. The original owner gave it to his brother in the 90’s and he held onto it until the early 2000’s when he decided to do a build with his best friend who unfortunately passed away. The car has sat for quite awhile since then unfinished in various outdoor storage facilities until it landed in our storage fence. It sat for about 2 years by us. The owner was way behind on ambition and storage fees so I started bugging the boss and him relentlessly to sell this car that was rotting away, finally he budged and I immediately got her out of storage, cleaned up, and safely stored at my house.
 
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Welcome to the GBodyForum!
Nice ride Rick. I got my first Malibu kinda the way you did. I kept looking at it and it kept growing on me. Mine came in to the car lot I was working at in the early 90's. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. I asked to buy it and they made me a great deal as it wasn't selling anyway. I moved it to the back and made a few payments and the rest is history.
Can't wait to see what you do to your Cutlass. These cars have a lot of potential and this site has a lot of guys with over the top knowledge.
Good Luck on your build.
 
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