My Father's Oldsmobile

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Just figured I'd throw this out there. My screen name comes from the 67 442 in my Avatar. The story goes like this: allegedly, my dad ordered a brand new 67 442 from City Olds 'round about getting out of high school. I've heard multiple stories of how the gearheads that used to hang out at the gas station he worked at molested his brand new car with 14 miles on it. It was supposedly a terror on the streets of Sykesville. Then, he got married, mom got pregnant with me, she couldn't drive a stick, and he traded the 442 in on a 71 Malibu, 307/'glide. FFWD to 1984. I was 12, and dad decided he needed a car like he used to have. He found a basket case for $700 about 3hrs down the road. I remember him and my uncle going to pick it up (maybe I was there?). The car was supposedly a get away car in an armed robbery, the father was selling it for the son that was in jail. I helped him with it here and there, got a case of the @$$ at 18, moved out, and reconvened about 10 years later. Since we got it on the road in 2001, I bought the house that came with the car, dumped a ton of money into it, and dad is scared to drive it.

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Thanks for finally giving us some deets on this car Bruce. I love the early 442’s and you have a beautiful example of one.
 
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Cool car and story. My Dad wasn't a car guy but he wished he didn't sell his 56 Ford Crown Victoria 2 dr with the 312 Y block. I am surprised you can run that tiny under drive crank pulley with bigger motor. It definitely made my 88 even run hotter. I put it on my Olds powered 4x4 with 7 blade fan and shroud and saw 220 in traffic. With a proper size pulley, never above 185 until the day it burnt to the ground, that day was a touch warmer😁.
 

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I drove it out to the Dick Miller race (385mi) a few years ago, and it never got over 195 sitting in traffic and 95F ambient temp. I attribute most of it to the Northern aluminum radiator; that alone knocked 50* off.
 

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Thanks for sharing the story and pics of your '67 442. Cool car indeed. There was a guy in my neighborhood back in NY that brought a nice convertible version of that car back from New Mexico. Beautiful car, unfortunately I saw it deteriorate on the streets of NY...what a shame.
My friend has a friend that worked at the Oldsmobile engine plant in Lansing, Michigan. He had a nice '67 442 post coupe, 400, 4-spd car. Fast car, too. We were on the interstate one day going to a cruise-in. I was in my friends '77 403 powered Salon and Terry was in his 442. That 442 pulled away from us effortlessly. My friends Salon is pretty fast for a 4000 lbs car.

It's cool that your dad was a gearhead back in the day and had a similar car. :cool:(y)
 

fleming442

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Thanks for all the kudos, fellas!!
I finally got the right o-ring kit for the throwout bearing. You would think that the "big, $22" kit would fit. Nah, only 1 out of 6. Of course I checked for a part number with none to be found, so comparing internet pictures is where you end up. Anyhow, that was the last piece; it's ready to go back together.
Do any of you roundy-round guys know how to make these things last on the street? I used to lube the o-rings with Wilwood 570⁰ because that's what I use. Then, the destructions say to use the Parker Super stuff. I did this time.
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