1903 Curved dash Oldsmobile Completed and Running
Well here it is finished and running as sweet as a nut. This was just
before a test drive which I was going to film but there is a lot to do when
driving it (steering, gears, mixture and spark setting) so I didn't manage
that. But as the client wanted it to run (which no-one had managed for
about 4 years) I was pleased with the result. It drove well too! For more
old vehicle stuff go to www.rustytrucks.com
Roger Luty in his Oldsmobile 442
Roger Luty in his Oldsmobile 442 at Shakespeare County Raceway. Filmed at
"Yanks" weekend, May 2009
See more muscle car action in the 2009 Mopar Euronats DVD available from
Sportsman Drag Racing in the '70s and '80s
The grass roots of Drag Racing, the weekend warriors, my old racin'
buddies, as we were 25 or 30 years ago. Includes some exhibition cars too.
These are pictures and video that I took at US 131 Dragway in Martin, MI,
Central Michigan Dragway in Stanton MI, Brainerd International Raceway in
Brainerd Minnesota, and Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis IN. The
soundtrack is just me jammin' on some Foreigner and Police.
Oldsmobile Drag Race
Shot of a quarter mile pass from inside a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass with iron
1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Classic Muscle Car for Sale in MI Vanguard Motor Sales
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Here at Vanguard Motor Sales in Plymouth, Michigan, we sell a ton of great
Chevelles and GTOs, but it's always a rare treat when we find an awesome
Oldsmobile like this 1969 Cutlass. Not surprisingly, when most people think
of Oldsmobile muscle cars visions of gnarly 442s start dancing through
their heads; and as nice as those cars are, they simply can't compare with
a well kept, laser straight vehicle like this. If you're looking for rare,
investment grade muscle that will bring home big trophies and an even
bigger return, this Oldsmobile is the car you've been waiting for.
The body is straight, rust free, bondo free and well done. There are no
bubbles, no waves, no dents and no scratches. The panel gaps fit excellent
for the hood, trunk and doors. The door lips are clean and solid. The
stunning Nassau blue metallic paint shows excellent gloss and luster. The
bright chrome bumpers, stainless trim and black vinyl top are all well
maintained and free of flaws.
Mechanically, this car is completely read to go. The engine is a 350ci that
sounds meaner than most of the cars in our showroom, and looks fantastic in
the cars black engine bay. Turn the key and the dual feed Holley
carburetor, with vacuum secondaries, sucks air through the air cleaner. A
new alternator, new fuel pump, a rebuilt radiator and a repainted heater
box look great next to the beautiful firewall and inner fenders. Little
details make this engine bay shine, such as perfect MSD wiring, chrome bolt
caps, and the hoses being in such great shape. This engine flat out rocks;
it's all day reliable with massive power; at 70mph the tachometer reads
The bottom of the car is just as beautiful as the engine bay. Let's start
at the rear. There is a new gas tank, and a new Exhaust system with Flowmasters. The GM 10 bolt
rear end does not have posi. The 350 turbo transmission shifts awesome. The frame is
just gorgeous, with all new bushings. The floorboards are solid, with no
rust or patches. I could find only one patch anywhere underneath the car,
and it was very well done; on the driver side of the trunk drop down panel.
The shocks are new, there are new bushings on both front and rear lower
control arms, new sway bar links and new u-joints on the drive shaft. This
car has been extremely well cared for over the years. There is a beautiful
aluminum pan, and updated disc brakes.
Inside the car, you'll find a nicely restored black vinyl interior that is
both comfortable and appealing. The bucket seats and console set up is a
classic. The interior lights work, the door buzzer works and the gauges
work. On the passenger's side of the dash you'll find a correct Hurst logo
attached to the locking glove box. This Cutlass is ready for the local
cruise and car show!
Documentation for this car includes the original owners manual,
protect-o-plate, original warranty certificate, order form, and some
receipts for maintenance performed since the restoration.
In summary, this 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass is a phenomenal car that could not
be reproduced for three times the asking price. The numbers matching 350
will cruise effortlessly at will and the car is ready to go to the local
cruise night or show and bring home serious trophies. Instant gratification
is a great thing, especially when you can spend a third of the money and
drive a complete car out of our showroom the next day. Call today 7 days a
OLDSMOBILE 455 W-43 EXPERIMENTAL HEMI AND OTHER EXOTIC ENGINES - THE JOHN BELTZ YEARS PHOTO TRIBUTE
John Beltz was Oldsmobile's chief engineer in 1964 and one of the prime
movers of the Toronado and 442 project. Beltz was promoted to Oldsmobile
general manager at age 43 in 1969 when Harold N. Metzel retired. Beltz
passed away in May of 1972 from cancer at the age of 46.
John Beltz is leaning on a dual fan 455 Olds and posing with other
experimental Olds engines that never saw production.
Here are descriptions of these engines:
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam
Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally
conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm
registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the
Lansing Dyno facility
was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel
injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with
pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons.
Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel
crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455
motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
2. The W-43 4 valve per cylinder 455 developed by JOHN BELTZ , LLOYD GILL ,
JOE JONES AND FRANK BALL. Rated at 500-550hp with a single Rochester
Quadrajet on an aluminum manifold. Constructed with both cast iron heads
and block and with aluminum-alloy block and heads 75 pounds lighter than
the conventional 455 production engine. Engine featured four valves per
cylinder with narrowed angles for a super efficient combustion chamber
design, central spark plugs and could easily be adapted for chain for gear
driven overhead camshafts. 455 engine had 4.625inch cylinder centers, a
4.125 bore and 4.250 stroke. Making use of the 3inch main bearings and 2.50
inch rod journals, the engine was fitted with a specially prepared cast
crank fitted with SAE-1140 forged steel rods, forged 10.20-to-1 pistons
which rode on Morraine 400 bearings. Four bolt main block boasted 2
additional 5/8inch drain holes. Four valve heads featured 1.750inch intake
valves (SAE-8640 steel) with 22 degree stems and 1.375 Exhaust (214-N stainless steel) with 15 degree
stems, special Stellite seats, bronze alloy guides, o ring plug tubes, 14mm
spark plugs, 3/8 inch pushrods and aluminum rocker arms. (Of all the
experimental Olds engines, this one came the closest to production and
there are photos of this engine in street gear. MAY 71 HOT ROD MAGAZINE
features some of these engines and the sadness of the Olds engineers of
that time of how they would never be released.)
3. 455 dual turbocharged CAN AM ROCKET
CHALLENGE. 659hp @ 6250rpm. 554lbs torque @ 6,250 rpm. Alloy block with 4
bolt mains. Forged steel crankshaft. Forged True pistons with 8.5 to 1
compression. 3inch main journals. 2.499inch rod journals. Carillo billet
steel rods. alloy heads. 2inch intake valves. 1.625inch Exhaust valves. Crower roller camshaft with
555inch lift and 320 degrees duration. Dual TRW-375-E-10 turbochargers with Boost Wastegate 10and 1/2psi. Lucas fuel
injection. Olds alloy intake.
Competed with big block Chevy Mclarens and Porsche Panzers in CAN AM racing
This video is merely a couple of old magazine pages strung together with
the exception of that blue 455 hemi which was found on the internet. Thats
BRUCE MCLAREN in that green can am race car which is Olds powered. AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO JOHN BELTZ IS POSING WITH SOME ENGINES FEATURED IN
THE JULY 1969 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE AND THE BLUE OLDSMOBILE 455 HEMI
WAS FEATURED IN THE MAY 1971 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE. The incidental
music I overlayed onto this video was muted by youtube.