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Old May 12th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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350 Gold edition olds motor for sale

any one with a 350 Gold edition oldsmobile motor for sale? and whats the difference between the Gold edition and basic 350 oldsmobile motor
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Old May 12th, 2011, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never heard anyone use the term "gold edition".

They are probably talking about the 68-76 blocks. Which were usually painted gold. The 77-80 blocks were usually painted blue. Regardless, they are all Rocket motors, no matter the color.

The big difference is the 68-76 blocks have solid main webs. Every thing after 77 and later (like your 307) have windowed main webs to save weight.

Good luck finding a 350 it should'nt be too hard.
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68 - 70 engines have more compression = more power
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe the gold paint was used until 1974, and maybe only 1973. Either way by 1975 all Olds V8 engines were blue.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There seems to be some confusion on the 70's colors every time it comes up, but I think 73-76 350s were all metallic blue. I know 75-76 are. 77 up is corporate blue.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My '73 was gold. I do believe 1975 was the first year for blue.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ALL 1964-1974 small block Olds motors were gold. Corporate blue was used starting in 1975. Metallic blue was never used on a 350.
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There seems to be some confusion on the 70's colors every time it comes up, but I think 73-76 350s were all metallic blue. I know 75-76 are. 77 up is corporate blue.
75-76 X2, metallic blue.
Seen a few of them.

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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I hate hate hate hate the term "Gold Rocket!" Did I mention that I hate "Gold Rocket!" No? Then let me say it again. I hate hate hate hate hate the term "Gold Rocket" I hate it as much as I hate the term "5 lug universial"

The engines were gold upto 1972 because they ran soft exhaust valve seats and required lead. In 1972 they started using GM Blue which was also the change over to unleaded gas becasue they started using hardened valve seats.

A "Gold Rocket" doesn't mean more power, higher compression, or an awesome motor. It's just a leaded gas engine


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On a side note: I'm going to be painting my 1967 Olds 330 flat black for 2 reasons. First to look like a stock engine thus keeping up with the sleeper status I'm going for and second to stop people from walking up to my car and saying "Man, you gots a gold rocket in there" I don't know which reason is better
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Our '74 Omega had a Gold 350. Pretty sure it was a factory installed motor too. Had very worn out gold paint and some very early emissions stuff (evap, TVS, heat riser). I've never seen a blue Olds in a '74 personally, but it wouldn't suprise me if some lines had different colors starting at different points in time.
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yep....my 74 Omega was gold as well....and it was factory.
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My '73 was gold, my buddies '73 was gold, the owner of the local Yamaha dealership's '74 was gold. This wasn't last week, where they could have been repainted over the years, it was in the mid '70's. That is the color!
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BTW I still hate the term "Gold Rocket"
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Both of the 72 Cutlasses I have owned had "Gold Rockets" in them.
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Wanna hear something funny? When my Dad bought the 72 I now own from Edmonton Motors it was a lease return with 40,000 miles on it. The engine/trans was the stock 350/350 but when the on site detailer did the car? He got a little stupid and painted the engine silver to match the car. Didn't look terrible, but didn't look really impressive either. Never wanted to check out whether any of the other cars had green, brown, red or whatever color engines done by the same guy. Anyway, it's a rocket 350 that I have returned to the proper gold color.
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A "Gold Rocket" doesn't mean more power, higher compression, or an awesome motor. It's just a leaded gas engine

Yup, my 73 98's 455 was blue. it had hardened valve seats and no converter. was good for either regular or unleaded.

BTW werent the 425's red?
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Does anyone know where to find that thread where the guy doesn't like the term 'Gold Rocket' ??
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I have a metallic blue 1976 olds 350 in my garage 70,000 original miles out of a 1976 cutlass.The motor was original to the car.I compared it to corporate blue engines,and it is definately a different shade of blue.Hope this may help someone.
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Hey dave. How much u want for this motor and where are u located. Any pics.
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Wanna hear something funny? When my Dad bought the 72 I now own from Edmonton Motors it was a lease return with 40,000 miles on it. The engine/trans was the stock 350/350 but when the on site detailer did the car? He got a little stupid and painted the engine silver to match the car. Didn't look terrible, but didn't look really impressive either. Never wanted to check out whether any of the other cars had green, brown, red or whatever color engines done by the same guy. Anyway, it's a rocket 350 that I have returned to the proper gold color.
Wasn't the 303 and 324 back in the 50's green? Hey you could put it in a Pruis and have a "Green Rocket"

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Does anyone know where to find that thread where the guy doesn't like the term 'Gold Rocket' ??
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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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ALL 1964-1974 small block Olds motors were gold. Corporate blue was used starting in 1975. Metallic blue was never used on a 350.


yeah, i dont know why the goomba that rebuilt my 442 400cid engine painted it blue. heck he painted the transmission blue too !
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