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The Official 1970 442 Convertible Y74 Indy Pace Car Restoration Thread (Dr Mansell's)

The Official 1970 442 Convertible Y74 Indy Pace Car Restoration Thread (Dr Mansell's)

Old August 28th, 2017, 04:31 PM
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Sorry guys, it has been a looooooong time since I updated. First, to answer 71OldsCool: I will go back to the correct white top. If it stains horribly in the first few years, I'll throw a black one without a care about correctness. I'm not a fan of white tops (because they're so hard to keep white), but I'll try it once.

On November 5, 2016; I drove the car on the road for the first time. I drove it 4 miles to a friend's house, where he helped me rebuild the nose of my OAI hood (well, he did it and I watched and learned).
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Old August 28th, 2017, 04:43 PM
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Since last winter, I've been slowly gathering parts as money allows (we are still house shopping, so the downpayment fund has to grow and be left alone). I have gathered a few parts along the way, including a used and new repro hood tooth, seat backs, dent-free and rust-free front and rear 442 bumper, NOS outer wheel houses, 442 fender and hood emblems, pace car flags, nice 14" SSII wheels with trim rings and center caps, the OAI hood, new hood locks, and yellow caution pace car flags (you grab what you can when a vendor exists LOL).

I even drove the pace car to my parents' house about 2 miles away on August 6th for a cookout LOL!
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Old August 28th, 2017, 04:52 PM
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Yesterday, I took the pace car to its first car show. It was funny watching everyone look as I backed the car off the trailer and made a mosquito-killing smoke screen as I made my way to the show field. It was really funny to see the look on the car show officials faces when I wanted to enter it in the show, not the car corral. My car was the ugliest car at the show, but it got its fair share of attention. I was able to share information on the car's history and paperwork with a lot of fellow Oldsmobile fans.
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Old August 28th, 2017, 05:02 PM
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...and, I was rewarded for taking the car out in public. A body shop owner approached me, gave me his business card, and said he would love to straiten those quarters for me so I wouldn't have to replace them. He felt confident he could get them back in shape. I'd love to see some magic done on them. Also, a fellow Oldsmobile fan approached me when he noticed I needed a door. He had a really nice, dent-free, virtually rust-free set off of a 1970 Cutlass Supreme stashed in his garage for years and offered to sell them to me for the project. He wanted to see them go to a good car. Hats off to Lee Williamson for stepping up and being a good guy!!! I am eternally grateful for that one!
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Old August 28th, 2017, 05:46 PM
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looking good Steve nice work on the hood and nice luck on the doors and body shop finds
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It was great to see your car there. Lee is a quality guy - you wasted no time getting those doors! : )
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...you wasted no time getting those doors! : )
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LOL!!! I started blowing up his phone as soon as I left the show. I got home, unloaded the pace car into the garage, delivered the trailer back to my brother-in-law, then had to call my mom up to put the kids to bed (my wife had already left for work and the kids first day of school was today) so I could run down to Carrollton and meet Lee.

RetroRanger, The hood nose developed a crack, so I'll have to repair that area. I'm leaning towards getting a new Thornton hood when the time comes and selling this hood off to someone for a driver. We'll see....

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Awesome progress!!
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Old September 20th, 2017, 04:26 PM
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Nos outer wheelhouse wow nice score
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You mention staining on the white convertible top......Mine was beginning to look pretty dingy, I found a guy who dyed it bright white for $100. Any dirt washes right off. Keep up the good work....great progress!
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Originally Posted by Hurst/Olds 73/74 View Post
Yesterday, I took the pace car to its first car show. It was funny watching everyone look as I backed the car off the trailer and made a mosquito-killing smoke screen as I made my way to the show field. It was really funny to see the look on the car show officials faces when I wanted to enter it in the show, not the car corral. My car was the ugliest car at the show, but it got its fair share of attention. I was able to share information on the car's history and paperwork with a lot of fellow Oldsmobile fans.
I thought I knew that car. I was parking cars at the Northern Ohio show. My red 66 Vert is parked behind you. Small world. It did smoke a lot. I will keep up with your posts.
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