This is the car I have previously been accused ad nauseum of selling with a bad motor on another forum. Here is the cowl tag from the days I owned the car (sold it in early 2006):
Note no "K" to indicate A/C...I am of the belief that the A/C was dealer added, based on info. provided to me by Curt A. I'm no cowl tag expert, but my recollection as well (I learned after I sold the car) was that it indicated a parchment interior.
Attached for the heckuvit is the detailed description I sent to interested partes back when I was selling the car:
>>>----- Original Message ----- From: "scott fettner"
>>>Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:50 PM
>>>Subject: 1966 442
>>>>Nice talking with you before. Here is a link to some detailed photos on
>>>>I've also appended below a detailed description of the car. It is what
>>>>it is...a pretty nice looking car, but not really a "show car". A high
>>>>end driver is how I would describe it. As I said on the phone, I'm not a
>>>>"big dog" in the hobby...its as nice a car as I will ever own, I am sure.
>>>> And when it came to things like the fuel bowl, woodgrain wheel, and
>>>>some other things (like NOS front and rear bumpers and some expensive
>>>>trim parts) I've put on the car, I ponied up the cash because I thought
>>>>the car was worth it. As you will read (and see) below, the hood lip
>>>>chrome is the worst trim part on the car, and the tach doesn't
>>>>work...these two pieces were sold to me by disreputable Olds vendors, and
>>>>I have left them that way as a reminder of how naiive I once was.
>>>>I am happy to point out every flaw with my car, because despite its
>>>>flaws, I still think its a magnificent car. And if you don't think its
>>>>worth what I am asking for it, I am not at all offended. At least for now
>>>>(ie until a few weeks go by and I don't get any offers even close to what
>>>>I am asking) my price is going to be pretty firm. Truth is, it will pain
>>>>me to sell it. But i have some other "toys", and have decided to sell
>>>>this one to help with the down-payment on a vacation home.
>>>>If I could keep the car, I would eventually replace the console and dash,
>>>>fix the tach, and replace the clutch and control arm bushings. And
>>>>perhaps get the AC working. These are things I just have never gotten
>>>>around to. The other flaws I would pretty much leave be.
>>>>I will send another E-mail, actually forward to you an E-mail I recieved
>>>>the first time I tried to sell the car...it addresses the undercoating
>>>>issue, at least tangentally.
>>>>Thanks for listening,
>>>>1966 Oldsmobile 442 convertible factory 4 speed car with AC and Tri-carb
>>>>setup added with attention paid towards correct details. This is a pretty
>>>>clean car. Not perfect, but very nice. Older top is in excellent
>>>>shape..back window is crystal clear. Body and paint are top notch. I
>>>>believe the car was originally green based on cowl tag code, however no
>>>>evidence of the original color remains.car was obviously completely
>>>>disassembled prior to painting. Jambs and bottom of trunk lid are nicely
>>>>done...only thing not done to my liking is the trunk, which has black
>>>>paint on the floor, inside the lower quarters and lower wheelhouses. No
>>>>rust in the trunk whatsoever, and no evidence of any bodywork that I can
>>>>see. The fender "vents" were also not painted properly (or at all...the
>>>>centers are bare). Bumpers are NOS. Stainless and diecast trim pieces
>>>>are very nice originals, with only the slightest "peppering" or "crazing"
>>>>on some of the pieces (front hood lip chrome, depicted in extreme
>>>>closeup, is the worst piece on the car by far). There are NO rechromed
>>>>parts on this car whatsoever. Repro parts include the chambered tail
>>>>pipes, "442" emblems, the side view mirror, air cleaner lids, tires
>>>>(redlines), some weatherstrips, taillight and backup light lenses, and
>>>>various underhood and trunk items (plug wires, mats, etc).
>>>>To my knowledge, interior upholstery and carpet are original. All glass
>>>>is excellent. Windshield is new. Car has correct casting numbers on
>>>>engine, heads, exhaust manifolds, etc etc, and as far as I am aware, are
>>>>original. I have no protecto-plate or any other documentation on the car,
>>>>and without that, I cannot call it "matching numbers". I am also unsure
>>>>if the alternator, starter, water pump, etc. have matching date codes.
>>>>The radiator is a new 4 core "US Radiator" unit without transmission
>>>>cooling tanks. Appearance-wise, it is the closest to the original
>>>>available (when I bought the car, it did not have its original radiator
>>>>While the SS1s (including the spare) are the correct ones for this year,
>>>>I think the car originally came with hubcaps (based on "trunk clues").
>>>>The rims are nice, but do have some "peppering" of the chrome. Things
>>>>like the redline tires (later F70s), plug wires, belts, hoses, clamps,
>>>>battery, mufflers, exhaust hangers, spare tire cover, air cleaners,
>>>>headlights, voltage regulator, coil, radiator or gas tank caps, shift
>>>>ball, etc. are not "correct". Other incorrect items were by choice,
>>>>namely the custom-deluxe "woodgrain" steering wheel and AM/FM radio. I
>>>>also added the "police certified" speedometer (a rare find), re-setting
>>>>the odometer as close as possible to the exact mileage indicated on the
>>>>original speedometer when it failed. Mileage indicated is approximately
>>>>64K.mileage on the car when I bought it in 1999 was around 60K, and the
>>>>previous title (dated 1989) indicated the car had been driven around 1000
>>>>in the previous ten years
>>>>The car is mechanically excellent, however the clutch chatters a bit off
>>>>the line unless "babied", and has for the 6 years I have owned it. Also,
>>>>the upper control arm bushings are worn. One tire has a flat spot, I
>>>>think, which causes a mild vibration at 65 MPH
.which seems to disappear
>>>>at lower and higher speeds. Needless to say, the car handles terribly
>>>>with the bias ply tires. Both the vibration and overall handling were
>>>>much improved upon with a set of radials I borrowed form a friend as a
>>>>"test". Brakes are excellent (considering they are manual drums, anyway).
>>>>The AC does not blow cold, I beleive it did "somewhat" when I bought it -
>>>>at this point may need to be evacuated and recharged - I have little
>>>>occasion to use it anyway. The radio works fine. So does the power
>>>>antenna. The clock and tach do not. The backup lights also do not work.
>>>>The flarestat (flashers) do work.
>>>>This car was undercoated, as far as I know, at the original selling
>>>>dealer. However there is not a SPECK of rust on the entire car. I have
>>>>owned it for 6 years, and I believe the paint job is now over 14 years
>>>>old. There are NO body work "breaks outs" anywhere on the car.
>>>>Underneath, the car is bone dry. As far as I know, this is basically a
>>>>well cared for mostly original car with a nice re-paint and new bumpers,
>>>>etc. It is far from perfect. The "chrome" on the dash has worn off. The
>>>>engine compartment is clean, but not so clean that brain surgery could be
>>>>performed within. The carpet is faded. The console has a crack at the
>>>>bottom rear, very typical of these cars. The stitching on a small
>>>>section of piping on the driver's side seat is worn. So is the stitching
>>>>on the edges of the sunvisors. There is a hairline crack on the upper
>>>>left of the dash. There is some "peppering" and "crazing" of the interior
>>>>chrome, such as the AC vents, sun visor and rear view mirror supports,
>>>>etc. There is the occasional paint chip, a small scratch or two, and the
>>>>car has two minor dings, one on the passenger fender, and one on the
>>>>driver's side quarter panel. The steering wheel has (very minor) cracks
>>>>at the spokes. There is a gap at the bottom rear-most corner of the
>>>>passenger door where it does not perfectly line up with the
>>>>quarter/rocker panel. Despite its flaws, it is still a beautiful car, and
>>>>one of the nicest of its kind I have seen.
>>>>As far as the tri-carb setup goes, I believe it was dealer installed
>>>>either at the original selling dealer or shortly thereafter. However, I
>>>>cannot prove it. There is no "T" suffix on the head. The fuel bowl is
>>>>the correct one, however I added it to the car, which had rubber fuel
>>>>lines when I bought it. The carb tags (which I added) are numbered
>>>>properly, however they are date coded "A6", which is a bit earlier I
>>>>think than the May build date of the car. I believe the intake is date
>>>>coded a few weeks prior to the car itself. The primary throttle arm and
>>>>oil filler tube have been modified (re-bent, lengthened) to appear as the
>>>>correct tri-carb pieces. The throttle bellcrank when I bought the car was
>>>>the correct one, as was the fuel pump (AC service/replacement number).
>>>>The choke vacuum break is metal instead of white plastic, I think this
>>>>was also a service replacement. I do have the correct "stone" fuel filter
>>>>element, but choose to run a paper element instead.