When I originally purchased this car, it was your average grocery getter like many other Olds that rolled off the assembly line. It had the die hard' 260 Olds, metric tranny, and 2.29 gears! After I graduated high school, I joined the National Guard, and when I returned from basic training, I tore right into it. To begin, I removed the vinyl top and all the trim. All the door handles, locks, trim holes, and marker lights were filled while the doors were fitted with electric solenoids. I removed the impact trim from the bumpers and shortened them about 3". I also filled all the bolt holes and cut slots in the sides for the marker lights. The entire car was then shot with GM Bright Red'.
As for the interior, I replaced the seats with buckets and a console from an 83 Buick Regal. I had the seats reupholstered in a lights gray material and I replaced the factory floor shifter with a Hurst V-matic. I designed new door panels along with a headliner and made them myself. I also replaced the factory gauges which I had installed earlier with an aluminum panel filled with Autometer Sport and Pro Comp gauges. The old steering column was then replaced with a tilt unit from an 82 Cutlass while a Grant GT steering wheel was used in place of the original. The wiper controls were also moved to the column while the rest of the vehicle controls (lights, dome lights, power trunk release, etc,) were move to an aluminum panel fitted with switches that I mounted under the dash. I also removed the Delco FM radio and replaced it with a Kenwood tape deck. The rest of the stereo system includes Kenwood 6x9's in the rear and Kenwood 3's in the front along with a small amp and a 7 band passive eq.
The factory suspension and braking was upgraded to late model (78-87) G body performace specs (Olds 442, Monte SS, Buick GN/T-Type). This includes the power booster, master cylinder, proportioning valve, 1 1/4" front sway bar, 1" rear sway bar, and a 12.7:1 quick ratio steering box. I also boxed in the upper and lower rear control arms for strength when I installed an 8.5" 10 bolt I salvaged from an 87 T-Type.
Here is a list of features that I have incorporated into the car over the last 4 years... Engine: Block 403 Olds from 77 Buick Limited Crank, Rods, Pistons Stock Cam Edelbrock Performer Intake Edelbrock Performer #3711 with modified valley pan Induction& Fuel Delivery: carburetor Holley 750 Dual Feed Vacuum Secondary Air Cleaner K&N 14"d x 4"h with 1 1/4" recess Fuel Pump Carter Street/Strip Electric Regulator Holley Fuel Filter Fram HPG1 Ignition: Ignition Box Crane HI-6 Coil Crane PS-92 Wires Accel 8.8 Exhaust: Headers Hedman Pipes Torque Technologies 3" mandrel bent Muffles Flowmaster 3 chambers Transmission: Type TH-400 from '77 Buick Limited Converter Fairbanks 2200-2400 stall Cross member Dual hump from '73 Olds 442 Shifter Hurst V-Matic Rachet Cooler B&M Rear End: Axle 8.5" GM 10 bolt from 1987 Buick T-Type Gears stock 3.42 Posi stock GM Cover Aluminum W-27 Wheels & Tires: Wheels (Front) Weld Pro Star 15X6 Wheels (Rear) Weld Pro Star 15X8 Tires (Front) General XP2000 215 65R15 Tires (Rear) General XP2000 245 60R15 As for future plans, this spring the car will receive the following upgrades: factory aluminum hood TH200-4R tranny built by Sepanek Racing Transmissions Dynamic 2200-2400 stall converter Hurst Quarter Stick 3.90 or 4.10 gears (which still makes for nice cruising with the 200-4R's 67:1; overdrive!) BF Goodrich Comp TA's or Radial TA's