The project started small, with new mags, tires and a paint job-- gunmetal. The 3.8 ltr. V-6 she had in her ran fine, but I wanted more power. So, I recently dropped a rebuilt 455ci 4BBL, out of '69 Oldsmobile Delta 88. The engine's actually bored out to almost a 460, and man was it a tight fit. There were a lot of other modifications, as you can well imagine, to allow the car to handle the sheer weight and power of the 455 Rocket. These mods include: high-compression pistons, turbo 400 transmission, rebuilt 4BBL Quadrajet carburetor, Daisy roller timing chain, dual exhaust (off manifold), high performance cam, heavy-duty front springs, etc.
All the mods have been relatively cheap, as I've either traded parts
or had a personal mechanic do the in-depth work. She sounds mean, and looks
it, too. As soon as I fix a small compression and cam shaft rattle problem
(crank kit?), put headers on her and maybe a glass pack--look out!
I haven't taken her to the track, but I would like to eventually. Right now she's my joy ride and reliable transportation. Even though I've been in the Olds community eight years, and have taken a serious interest over the past two years, I consider myself a die-hard Olds fan. I wouldn't have it any other way.