2009 OLDSMOBILE NATIONALS WITH DR RON BEREJIK MONDELLO HEROES OF OLDS RACING IN ONE ROOM
2009 OLDSMOBILE NATIONALS HELD JULY 15-18 AT SEVEN SPRINGS PA. MANY CARS WERE OUTSIDE BUT THREE OR FOUR WERE INSIDE: DR RONS 70 W-30 OLDS 442 FORMERLY RACED AS THE LUBIK OLDS SHOWN IN THE OLD PHOTOS, THE 68 PIKES PEAK TORONADO, AND THE INLINE TUBING 70 W-31 WITH THE ALUMINUM OLDS EXPERIMENTAL ENGINE. ALSO SEEN HERE THE EXPERIMENTAL WEBER CARBED ALUMINUM 455 LISTED BELOW. JOE MONDELLO CAPTIVATED A GROUP OF MEN, HE SPOKE OF HOW HE BUILT THIS ENGINE WITH DALE SMITH. HE WARNED THAT THE SLEEVES WOULD COME OUT OF THIS ENGINE AND HOW HE TOLD DALE SMITH YET CORPORATE WOULD NOT LET THEM FIX THE PROBLEM WHICH FURTHER EXPLAINS WHY THESE ENGINES NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY. MONDELLO CLAIMS THE MOTOR WAS SHIPPED OUT TO COLORADO TO USE IN THE PIKES PEAK TORONADO BEHIIND THEM YET MONDELLO ADVISED THE ENGINE WASNT RUN LONG. IT WAS FOR SALE FOR AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT AND I WITNESSED A MAN WILLING TO WRITE A CHECK. MONDELLO ADVISED IF HE HAD THE ENGINE HE WOULD STRIP THE PAINT OFF AND USE IT AS AN EXHIBITION PIECE.
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.
455 Olds on test stand
455 Olds test run on the stand. This is going into my 69 442 convert this
week. It's got 1969 high compression pistons, big valve C heads that have
been ported and polished, drilled and milled for 7/16" rocker studs, center
divider welded and crossovers filled with aluminum. It has Harland Sharp
roller rockers, a Lunati .485"/.485" lift cam with 221/230 duration at
.050", a reproduction W-30 intake, modified Q-jet carb, reproduction dual
Exhaust manifolds with 2 1/2' outlets,
HEI, modified Toronado pan and baffles and a Melling oil pump
AAW Ignition Switch Installation
Michael Manning discusses the installation of the ignition switch from a
1955-56 Chevy Passenger, Wagon Nomad Classic Update Kit (Part# 500423)
REO TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
2009 VISIT TO THE REO TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM.
Both before and after acquisition by General Motors, Oldsmobiles were
marketed for their technical sophistication. The list of "firsts" is quite
In 1893, Ransom Eli Olds' company (Olds Motor Works, the predecessor of
Oldsmobile) becomes the first American car company to export an automobile.
It is a four-wheeled steam-powered vehicle sold to a citizen of India.
In 1901, three Oldsmobile innovations occur. The first speedometer to be
offered on a car is on an Oldsmobile. The US Postal Service orders its
first motor vehicles from Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile becomes the first car
company to outsource parts to third-party suppliers. It is forced to do
this when a fire destroys the main Oldsmobile plant in Lansing, MI, and
cripples the company's ability to build cars using its own parts.
In 1926, Oldsmobile begins chrome-plating the radiator surrounds and other
parts on its cars. This was the first automotive use of chrome plating.
In 1929, Oldsmobile introduced the first monoblock V8 on its Viking model.
1932 sees Oldsmobile become the first manufacturer to offer an automatic
choke on an automobile.
In 1940, Oldsmobile introduced "Hydra-matic Drive," the first fully
automatic transmission to be offered on a widely-available automobile. This
is the forefather of every automatic transmission offered today.
Their 1949 Rocket engine was made notable as the first mass-produced OHV
1962-1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire: Oldsmobile brought the first turbocharged passenger car engine to market in its
Cutlass F-85 coupes and convertibles. The aluminum-block 215 in³ V8 engine
with turbocharger produced one horsepower per cubic inch.
While not the first American-built passenger car to use front-wheel drive,
the 1966 Toronado was the first of its type to prove successful in the
American marketplace. It won Motor Trends Car of Year in 1966 with its
unique and innovative styling.
In November 1973, Oldsmobile became the first car company to install airbag
as a factory option (driver and passenger side) in a 1974 Toronado. Airbags
were also available the other full size Oldsmobile models as well as Buick
and Cadillac models before the end of 1973 on the 1974-75 models.