My dad had always told me about his stories about the 1965 442 convertable he had in the late 60s, but I never really wanted one considering how rare the cars actually were. Well one day in January 1998, on my bus ride to school, i caught a glimpse of a different looking muscle car sitting in this driveway. After finding out that it was a 1965 Olds 442 Holiday Coupe that was in good condition, it took until April 1st when the owner's father returned from his home in Florida. After a few good looks at the car, and evaluating what it needed, and eventually figured out a price. Next thing I knew i was a 16 year-old riding in the passager seat as my dad drove my very first muscle car back to my house.
From that point it was a project to the finish. Once my grandfather decided to let me use his garage to store my car, i had it trailered there, and started tearing it down. When a part came off, it was brought home and stripped and painted, or put aside to be replaced or rechromed. The most recent thing ive done is taken the body off the chassis, which now rests on jackstands, and the chassis leans up against the garage wall. As the actual restoration begins, im starting to strip the undercarrage, chassis, and suspension, all to be painted in DuPont Imeron gloss black, a finish that is almost as durable as powdercoating.
I recently picked up a Borg Warner Super T-10 transmission, disc brakes, and am now looking to buy all of the suspension bushings, shocks, and brake parts. Once the undercarrage is completed, the time will go into bodywork and the money will go into the motor. The 400 will b completely rebuilt as well, with a basically stock bottom end, bigger cam, roller rockers, stainless valves, and eventually a 2-4 low rise Offenhouser intake with 2 500 cfm Carter AFB's. I plan on doing the car basically stock, with a little of my own personality built in. Not only will the undercarrage be gloss black, but also the engine compartment, as well as an almost perfectly straight body covered in DuPont's Scarlet tri-coat pearl, which will have a Scarlet base coat, and change to a plum purple as you walk by it. It's some pretty wild paint, that will look good with all the rechromed trim and Billet Specialties 5 spoke wheels.
Well that's about all for now, i should eventually be getting more pictures of the car online when i get the access to a scanner. She'll hopefully be cruising around the New Haven Connecticut area in mid-summer 1999, and maybe even going on the Hot Rod Power Tour East next October. Well good luck on everyone's Oldsmobiles, and remember what GM's best kept secret was and will always be...the 442.