PROJECT " LAID BACK 2 " - 1978 SALON 2 DOOR AEROBACK

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81cutlass

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I like to think I get lucky finding parts.....

But you are the master!
 
JAMCAR223

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pagrunt

pagrunt

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Other than the shifter will be sitting alittle further back than with a Saginaw which shouldn't be an issue for you, that is one hell of a super score. Just look over the online Hurst catalog & find what you like.
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

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Another great find. I sourced this steering wheel from a Forum Member. It's in REALLY GOOD condition. Correct color, and correct year. I'm very thankful, and out of respect for him, I will not publish the price I paid for it. Thank you, Ed.

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What will the next great deal be...
 
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Another great find. I sourced this steering wheel from a Forum Member. It's in REALLY GOOD condition. Correct color, and correct year. I'm very thankful, and out of respect for him, I will not publish the price I paid for it. Thank you, Ed.

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What will the next great deal be...
that will look great, i was hoping someone would find the right color for you. i assume your no longer interested in the maple two spoke wheel i have. and thats completely understandable. i'm glad i waited.

now you just need a 120mph speedo
 
JAMCAR223

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that will look great, i was hoping someone would find the right color for you. i assume your no longer interested in the maple two spoke wheel i have. and thats completely understandable. i'm glad i waited.

now you just need a 120mph speedo
Sshhhh... that's for next week.;)
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

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Still gathering parts... and I have a few good ones this week.

Deal #1 - As OldsmobileJoe eluded to, I needed a 120mph speedo. I had already searched out a Rally gauge cluster in really good shape. It arrived this week.
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The yellow & red is faded from being 41 years old (it's from a 78 Salon, just like mine). That's where the gauge overlays come in... I will get new bright colors on the cluster, along with the 120mph speedo. I have a friend that owns a speedo/cluster repair shop, and will have it re-calibrated. I will also steal Hutch's idea and have UNLEADED FUEL ONLY changed to read ROCKET FUEL ONLY. You Oldsmobile guys understand... right? I'll polish the lens while I have it apart. I got this cluster from a Forum Member, and out of respect for him, I will not disclose what I paid for it. Thanks Joe V.

Deal #2 - Brand new Edelbrock Pro-Flo chrome air cleaner, along with a pair of brand new chrome valve covers. These parts were new in the box. I found them on FB, and offered $40 to re-home them. He accepted!! Cool. Met the guy right up the street from my house. I thought it was a pretty good deal, nope... it got better. He had a tonneau cover on his truck, and when he lifted it to get the parts out, he had other parts in the truck bed... hitch, tail pipes, mufflers, and fan shroud. I laughingly said " Look at you... a rolling parts store". He replied " Yeah the hitch, and exhaust parts are for my truck, but that fan shroud is for a cutlass. I've trying to sell it for 3 weeks, and a guy quit responding to my texts. If you want it, you can have it" THANK YOU, SIR!! Loaded it up.
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Its cracked on the driver side corner, but in very usable condition. Both rubber isolators are in good shape. I'll keep her around...

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Did you get a sneak peek of what else is in the back of my truck??

Deal #3 - I didn't need this... but I couldn't pass it up. Found it on FB, not even a mile from my house. 1975 Pontiac 350 short block. Virgin short block, from a running car. It has a little ring ridge at the top of the cylinders. Hell, it's 44 years old. Casting # 500810. It was already for sale too cheap, at $100. I offered him $80, and he accepted. By the time I got over there to pick it up, he said he had received several phone calls, and he sold it to me too cheap. Then he gave me a new Harbor Freight ($12) dolly to set it on. THANK YOU!!! I will pour a quart of oil on it, and bag it up. I told my wife I was going to pick up some Popeye's chicken. I pulled back up in the driveway (with chicken, of course) My wife was outside... she just shook her head... and walked away.:giggle:

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I guess there's a Buick Century Wagon in my future??? I may sell it for $250. IDK.. I have a couple things in the works for next week. Until then...
 
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Deal of the week. I'm getting good at this... Found on FB listed for $200, watched it for 2 weeks - nobody bought it. Messaged him with something like "it's been a couple weeks..." He replied with $150. I offered $125. He accepted. 30 minutes later, it was mine. Now before you guys start the Holley vs. Edelbrock vs. Q-jet argument, I will concede that for all out performance/racing, a Holley is the way to go, and I have owned many of Holleys. For all-around performance/gas mileage, the Qjet is hard to beat. I have also owned a Edelbrock in the past, and it was so easy to adjust.
Anyway this is an Edelbrock #1906 AVS-2 650 CFM that sells for $368 at Jegs. It's almost new. I used the CFM calculator, and for a 410ci @ 6000 RPM @ 87% Volumetric efficiency = 619 CFM, so this should be plenty for my mild Olds 403. For $125, I'll give it a shot.
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Thought that deal was done? Nope... he showed up with a small box of tuning parts ( jets, metering rods, and step up springs ) Free! Thank you. :giggle:
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So, I kinda have an Edelbrock - equipped 403 - ( air cleaner, carb, intake manifold, cam, lifters ). I will also buy their valve springs, and timing chain for this motor. The lightly worked 350ci heads, and Thornton headers should make for a nice cruiser motor. On to the next...
 
olds307 and 403

olds307 and 403

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Almost all the complaints of bad running on the Olds sites stem from an Edelbrock carb, mainly the base AFB clone. Maybe the AVS2 are better and you had luck in the past. I would add a 1" phonelic spacer, the AFB/AVS since the 60's had fuel boiling issues and the 403 runs hot.
 

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