Where to start? How about some history with the car:
This car has been in the family longer than I have, and I just turned 29 this year. It is the car I grew up with, and have a picture (misplaced somewhere) looking out the window as a 4year old. When its restored, I hope to take the same picture, near 30 years later
About 15 years ago, the 330 under the hood decided it only wanted to run on 7 cylinders, in addition to leaving constant 50ft. thick trails of smoke wherever it went.
So my dad(it's still his car) decided to park it until we had money to restore it. The end result was: just sitting at my uncle's place for the next 10 years haha. Eventually his neighbors decided it had to go, and Ive held on to it ever since.
He had debated selling it over the years, but everyone hes known, who's ever sold a muscle car, has regretted it. At one point we even considered trading it for an Rx7 engine (I am still very much a rotorhead) of about equal value. At that time he had contacted the Oldmobile club about restoring it, and I believe the man who looked at it was named Joe. When he learned of this, he pretty much attributed it to nothing short of blaspheme. After his comments(Shameful was among them), for the first time I really started to appreciate the value of keeping something stock! It was a wake up call & needless to say we still have the car. So if you happen to read this Joe, we personally want to thank you!
So after 4 Rx7's, and paying off my Corvette, Im in a position to FINALLY start restoring this (as soon at the Vette sells that is; if you happen to want a stellar C4 in the Seattle area give Munich Evolution a call: Matt LaCross 206-898-5418
I thought for sure I would have to reupholster the interior due to mold. A new or rebuilt drive-train is a definite must. As soon as its running, the first drive might very well be to the paint shop, and it should be as good as new again; if not better
My girlfriend used to clean up trauma/crime scenes and said the interior wasnt that bad much to my surprise! We got a bottle of level 2 mold control, and I think the pictures will speak for themselves!
That saved $1500 I was expecting to spend on the interior, and that money is going right into the drive-train. So the next step is where to go from here?
If I swap motors Ill always hang on to the 330 and 2sp. Auto. So anything I do will be with the intention to revert to stock one day. That said: I dont know what all is involved with fitting as LS series block w/ 6sp.auto? I figure its definite work, but doable. If someone makes a swap kit, even better! This is highly tempting because not only making more power, acheiving better mileage w/ rising fuel costs, it seems parts and whatnot for the 330 is relatively limited.
Im guessing with custom motor mounts, a custom tranny mount, and having a driveline fabbed, the rest should be pretty straight forward(eg. sufficient fuel pump, new fuel lines, possibly new gas tank, exhaust fitment, engine wiring, etc...)
So thats where I am at the moment: considering an ls1 + auto swap as its very cost effective. But I would love to hear input and feedback. Plus for the record I am not going to part with the original 330/trans.
Thanks for your time!