Alex T. Farley's '76 Cutlass Supreme Brougham 442
This is a 1976 Cutlass Supreme Brougham 442. My dad bought it in 1977. We
are the second owners. The first owner of the car lived only 20 miles away
and was a lady in her later 20's at the time I believe. My dad bought it
from a local dealership called "Macke's." Maybe some of you who read this
know of this good dealership. Well he had an 8 track player installed. It
worked well for a while but as all 8 tracks started to get hungry. I
recently put a cassette deck with prongs to fit the dash without mutalation
in. A cheap sony but it works. We used the car as a family car from 1977
to 1987. My parents divorced and my mother got the car. After she
remarried she bought a mini van and the 442 was put in a garage for 7 years
until I turned 17.
The car was re painted once fully I believe in 85 or so then in 90 I think
the white was re done again. Funny I thought at the time since it wasn't
being used and just sitting.
My first car was another 76 but a blue and white one with no vinyl top.
It was in bad shape, bondo all over, the seats were fixed not with the
original vinyl but with cloth, somebody spliced different vinyl trim in on
the moldings, and someone put a cassette deck into the car which massacured
the dash board. I then put in a cd player to cover ove what happened to
Back to the red one here. I started using the car in 1994 in just the
summers since it was in a lot better shape than my blue one. Though the
vinyl seats had been patched many times with inserts of original vinyl, and
the paint was rusting out and the bondo on the rear quarters, the only
bondo one car, was bubling. Very slightly at first but grew unfortanately.
In the summer of 1997 after my summer classes in college got out I had
started work on the car in a major project, one of many steps. Since the
car had sit for 7 years in a garage where it was humid the paint, new white
from a few years back, had started to rust off. I bought some new olds
white and a half gallon of the red paint for the rest. I then started
sanding the white to do it first. I taped off the numbers and sanded well
then sand blasted the rusty areas to metal. I then sanded the rest of the
car. I did not paint in myself I had help from a very talented man named
Don Fuss. The paint turned out well but I plan later in the future to do
it professionaly and replace the rear quarters with clean quarters from
Arizona junk yards. I had taken the seats out of the car to be recovered
almost completely with original white vinyl. I didn't need to recover it
all since the hidden parts were in good shape yet and the head rests were
The car is now mine all but in title and registration which I will have
changed sometime. I am now working on saving money for the next steps of
my restoration. I am now working on a deal for a nice southern rear bumper
in excellent shape, a driverside mirror, the old one's ball that the peg
sticks in split in its age. I also am thinking of putting positraction on
the car in the same ratio as the car has now in stock shape. I want the
same because once I graduate and the car is done I plan on using it on
summer weekends and maybe a trip here or there and want to keep the 17-18
miles per gallon it gets on a good day.
The after the above is to re vinyl the top, duel out the exhaust with good
pipe and two turbo mufflers, pull the motor, and do a complete overhaul,
before any major things suddenly occur, paint the motor olds blue, paint
the underhood area black.
Along with having the radiator looked at by a
shop, nothing wrong now with it but..., replace all the hoses, put a carb
kit on, replace all break lines, boots, and break pads, and all the
essential parts in the engine such as main bearings, pistons, piston rings,
cam kit, lifters, a valve job, oil pump, water pump, fuel pump, power
steering pump, all the seals, a high quality distributor, probably the Napa
gold one, these good sparking spark plugs wear the anoid is split for a
duel spark. The so called Split fire spark plugs don't double spark well
from a parts guy I know.
I am hoping that a company will start making the vinyl door moldings,
trim, back panels, rear seat panels, and such again for this year of car
since only 2 years of this design were made who knows when that will happen.
But after the engine, exhaust, vinyl top, differential, bumper, and the
other above I will be done until later professional paint job.