Here is what it looked like the day I bought it. I paid $1,400 for it.
The engine is a 350 Rocket with a 2-speed powerglide...not for long!

 It was missing the housing for the tail light lens' and the bumper was wavy. The cutlass emblems all have to go if I'm going to clone my old 442.  


 A lot of work to do, but I see it finished in my mind. It's a very solid car with no rust in the floors. The quarters have rust clear through. The doors close very nicely and the glass is great.

One of the reasons I picked this one is that it is a non-air conditioning car like my original and give you a cleaner dash. Also it is a hard top instead of a post car which was a must.

It is un moloested and original.

 The interior was in great shape except Darren had removed the buckets and put them in another car. So he put in these horrible broken and dirty buckets from an 80's camaro. Other than that the interor is great. The door panels are nice, the dash pad is perfect. Still has the original radio.  


 I pulled out all the interior and prepped it and sprayed it with gloss black Duplicolor. I replaced the cracked steering wheel with a 442 rally steering wheel. I got rid of the junk camaro bucket seats and put in a beautiful set of black buckets from a super nice guy Ian who stopped by one day when I was working on the car and offered to give me his seats. I couldn't bolt them in fast enough.

I painted the jams gloss black in preperation for the body to be painted black. I also replaced the missing ash tray door on the dash and replaced the glove box door with an original black 442 glove box door with 442 emblem.

I found the same vintage 70's Auto-Meter gauges on ebay that I had bought new for my original 442. I removed the clock in the third hole on the dash and put the tach in and mounted the three gauges under the dash just like I did on the original car. The photo was taken before I put those under dash gauges in.

 I had already purchsed the factory rear wing/spoiler that I wanted back in the 70's. Man it was fun putting it on. What a difference it makes on this car. It begs for a rear wing.

I bought the tail light housings on ebay and painted them black and installed them. I had a matched set of vintage Cragar SS mags, 15 x 8.5" on the rear and 14 x 7" on the front with Radial T/A's on them so I stuck them on and it really gave it a nice stance.

I took off the rear bumper and pounded it with a rubber mallet to take out the small dents and waves.



 I bought all the correct vintage 442 emblems on ebay and filled the cutlass holes and mounted the emblems. The front fenders were already 442 fenders but my original emblems are on my old car so I put vintage emblems back on it.

Note that the rear tires are 50's series and still fit into the wheel well.

 The rusted out rear quarters will be fixed, don't worry. This Cutlass S still had the original paint on it in pretty good shape. The VIN says that the painted blue roof is factory. Doesn't matter, it is all going to be black soon.  


 When Ian gave me the bucket seats, he also gave me the rear seat. I had one but this one is factory black. I gave him my old one and he's going to use it as a core for his custom 69 442 interior.

I greased and oiled all the window crank mechanisms so the windows all roll up and down effortlessly.

 Several monhs have passed and here are the upgrades. The vintage Auto-Meter Tach and under dash gauges. Vintage 442 Rally Steering Wheel and factory hurst 442 stick shift and factory non console shift boot.  

The bodywork on the rear quarters is finished and I had to pull off a lot of old fiberglass from the last time it was repaired. I used POR Putty and rebuilt the wheel well and then painted it inside and out with POR15.

I took off my original 442 fenders and installed the new ones after priming and painting. This will do until next spring when I plan on painting it black and gold.

Here is the heart of this restoration. It is a 1969 455 from a Toronado. It is completely rebuilt with around 6 miles on the engine now. It is slightly warmed over from the stock 375 HP to over 400 HP including the headers, edelbrock torker and flowmaster dual exhaust.

I am amazed at how much power this car has. It's been many years since I've felt the thrill of the secondaries kick in the the tork throw you back in the seat and fight the G-Forces.


Here is a youtube video of her running...

I scored an original 442 grill and emblem. The only things left from my original 442 is the headlight buckets and bezels.

It looks nearly identical to my original 442 with the same guages, stick shift and boot.

Another shot of the rear quarters after repair. You can see the stailness steel polished trumpets and the lift from the new air-shocks.

It doesn't look bad factory white with a blue roof. But it will pale compared to the black and gold treatment. I used 1969 fenders. They worked just fine and the fender trim is one piece instead of two which I like better.

The only change I had to make since they were from a 69 is I used the holes they provided on the fenders for the 68 hinges. That was thoughtful of Olds to have the holes for both years so the would be interchangeable.

I just had to polish and wax my old original fenders so I could hang them in my shop for posterity. I was amazed how well they polished up for being neglected outside for over 30 years.

My next batch of photos will be after it's painted spring of 2011

Well, here it is spring 2011 and the 442 is finished! I think it came out beautiful.
I believe it came out better than my original 442 those many years ago.

There is a heavy 2-stage epoxy primer laid down first. Then sanded down to a smooth flat surface.
The black is ultra deep gloss black. The gold is matched to my original gold stripe which is metal flake gold.

She sits very well and sounds oh so wicked with the flowmasters and deep metallic rumble that only big block olds motors make.
Compare this photo to the one from the day I bought this car. It's night and day.

Just like my original, I painted inside the 442 emblems the same gold as the stripe to help them stand out on the black paint.

I chose to not have "442" stenceled on the gold rocker like I did on my original. I felt that it was too much and needed to be left off.


Also, note the factory passenger mirror. The original had a mirror off of another car. Now it is correct.

The factory wing also completes this restoration to an original look.
You can see individual blades of grass reflecting in the paint. Man I love a good black paint job.

Nice reflection of the tree on the quarter panel. If you remember, the quarter panenls were rusted out and were fixed with POR Putty, then painted inside and out with POR15. They turned out quite well
I also chose not to tint the windows like my original 442. Now that I'm older, I want the visibility and clarity of factory tinted glass.

Great profile stance. You can see the wheels are not the all aluminum Keystone Rogues that I had on my original 442. I did buy a set but after I decided to sell the car, I chose not to put them on and keep them instead since they are so rare and I'll probably never find another set. But these vintage Cragar SS rims are period to the car and really look great on here.

And that's the end. (pun intended).

But that's not the end of this story. The car is for sale and some new owner can drive it away and enjoy it and make their own 442 memories.