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Old January 5th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Wanting to build a 76 Olds 442

Hey everyone, new to the forums here.

I would love to build myself a 76 Olds 442.

I am 43 years old and have built a few cars. All Chevys. A 70 Chevelle SS 396, and a 69 Camaro. Chevys are all i know yet, but i want to get into an Olds. A guy in my town had a 76 442 in the late 80's. It was a sweet car. I checked it out every time i drove by.

I recently found a picture of a 76 442 on the internet and it has rekindled my fire for one. With the price of musclecars going through the roof these days, i would like to find something a little more cheaper and obscure.

Ok... at the risk of alienating you guys i should mention that i have always wanted to build something with a newer powertrain. Like an LS1 motor and an overdrive tranny. I can hear the purists cussing me now. I could handle building a 442 replica from a Cutlass, and it not being a real 442. Not trying to slap anybody in the face here. I just figure it may be the cheapest way to go in a project like this. If i could find a fairly rust free car with most everything, i'd be in buisness.

That being said, how tough is it finding parts for a 76 442? Do any interior parts interchange from other makes? How hard finding interior/exterior, suspension or bady panels? This would not be a numbers matching concours restoration. Just want it to LOOK like a real 76 442. So the hard to find parts could be substituted by similar parts.

Can i have your thoughts on this? and what do you think would be the best way to go about it?
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It is a buyers market so I would take advantage of it. The prices of 73-77 cars are still low enough to get a great deal. I would get an unmolested factory beauty. A Hurst, W30 or a 442. You could make the 455 motors come to life pretty easily, and a rear gear change would help too. I saw a Hurst Olds in LA or Phoenix for $1300 if my memory is right also check out this 442 on craigslist. I just came back to Olds after having Chevys for the last 20 years and I remember the Oldsmobiles having low end torque and smooth power, and a sound of their own. I don't have any weird convictions about transplanting engines into different cars, I could care less, it just seems counterproductive. Olds motors are bullet proof. I think you need a road trip to Phoenix.
Good luck, my 2 cents http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/980096238.html

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Hey everyone, new to the forums here.

I would love to build myself a 76 Olds 442.

I am 43 years old and have built a few cars. All Chevys. A 70 Chevelle SS 396, and a 69 Camaro. Chevys are all i know yet, but i want to get into an Olds. A guy in my town had a 76 442 in the late 80's. It was a sweet car. I checked it out every time i drove by.

I recently found a picture of a 76 442 on the internet and it has rekindled my fire for one. With the price of musclecars going through the roof these days, i would like to find something a little more cheaper and obscure.

Ok... at the risk of alienating you guys i should mention that i have always wanted to build something with a newer powertrain. Like an LS1 motor and an overdrive tranny. I can hear the purists cussing me now. I could handle building a 442 replica from a Cutlass, and it not being a real 442. Not trying to slap anybody in the face here. I just figure it may be the cheapest way to go in a project like this. If i could find a fairly rust free car with most everything, i'd be in buisness.

That being said, how tough is it finding parts for a 76 442? Do any interior parts interchange from other makes? How hard finding interior/exterior, suspension or bady panels? This would not be a numbers matching concours restoration. Just want it to LOOK like a real 76 442. So the hard to find parts could be substituted by similar parts.

Can i have your thoughts on this? and what do you think would be the best way to go about it?
Buy the best one you can find, then you won't have as many parts to look for. Many parts are interchangable between 73-77 Cutlasses, Monte's, Lemans etc. If you can, try to find a 455 car as only 143 were made. It won't be easy but would be sweet to have the final year 455. As J-(Chicago) said, go to the 73-77 olds forum. Great info there.

If you're building a clone that should be pretty easy.

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