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Old February 23rd, 2019, 07:02 PM
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Hello, my name is John. I recently acquired a 69 442 W30 and decided this was the right place place to join the Olds community to share and obtain technical info from Olds experts. Glad to be aboard!
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 07:07 PM
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Welcome John,
I would like to hear about your car and we all would like to some pix. You will find most everything you need to know about your car here. This IMO is the #1 forum for Olds enthusiasts.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 07:12 PM
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Welcome to the site, congrats. Post some pictures.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 07:26 PM
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Welcome to the site John! There's several people here with 1969's an some are W30's so please share some photos and details about your car. Any questions that may come up please post, its likely someone here can answer them. In the real world my name is also John, and I too have a 1969 W30 but much of the good stuff is missing. I only know its a W30 based on what a previous owner from the early 1980's has told me. John
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 08:23 PM
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Welcome to the site John! There's several people here with 1969's an some are W30's so please share some photos and details about your car. Any questions that may come up please post, its likely someone here can answer them. In the real world my name is also John, and I too have a 1969 W30 but much of the good stuff is missing. I only know its a W30 based on what a previous owner from the early 1980's has told me. John
Hi John...one thing I learned quickly about the pre 70 W30s is the scant documentation these cars have. No W30 on the broadcast card, Lansing had return deposits on their build sheets, etc. So I had to rely on owners testimony, and determine if all the parts were there and presented themselves as original to the car. So far so good and its unrestored state helps to bolster that claim. Same situation, owner had it since 1981 according to him. It's a black on black 4spd 3.91 car. I will post some pics and details in the near future. How about some details on your's?
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 08:43 PM
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Welcome aboard John. A W30 survivor? Gotta see that, almost all of them I've seen have been either amateur or professionally restored. Does the car have some documentation or provenance that came with it?
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[QUOTE=Allan R;1156474]Welcome aboard John. A W30 survivor? Gotta see that, almost all of them I've seen have been either amateur or professionally restored. Does the car have some documentation or provenance that came with it?[/QUOTE

Unfortunately no, with the exception of the separate card that serves as a protecto plate I'm assuming. I've been poking around the car for documents but not expecting to find any based on the fact that the Lansing lines did not usually leave any in the cars. I had to put my faith into what was pertinent to W30s and all the parts are there and appear to match the mileage and condition. 85% original paint, main numbers with correct looking fonts and codes. All survivors I've been involved with stir up controversy and varying opinions, but I'm confident it's the real deal with this car.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 09:34 PM
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Welcome to the site John! There's several people here with 1969's an some are W30's so please share some photos and details about your car. Any questions that may come up please post, its likely someone here can answer them. In the real world my name is also John, and I too have a 1969 W30 but much of the good stuff is missing. I only know its a W30 based on what a previous owner from the early 1980's has told me. John
Hi John, same situation with mine , owner picked it up in the early 80s as a kid and kept it all these years, according to him. After quickly realizing that documentation doesn't really exist on these other that stickers and invoices I had to rely on my gut along with all the W30 stuff and numbers and codes and do they match the cars condition and mileage. It's a black on black 4spd 3.91 equipped car.
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Welcome, sounds like a fun car to drive with the 3:91's.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 09:54 PM
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I look forward to seeing photos of your car. Mine was black with a parchment interior, it came to Oregon from New Mexico in 1984 but due to lack of antifreeze the block had cracked and been tossed. I asked about the D heads and he gave them to a buddy when he put in a mid-1970's 455. Mine is an automatic car, and when the TH400 went out he bought a rebuilt one off the shelf and gave this one up as a core at a transmission shop in Albany Oregon. The scoops under the bumper had been munched from pulling too close to the curb in parking lots. They were hanging on the wall of his folks barn, but at some point they got tossed. It does have the red fender wells and the 4 row radiator. It also has the 1969 sport steering wheel. And thankfully he had transferred the V-belt pulleys from the original engine to the 455 so I got those. I did add power steering and power disc brakes but saved the original parts. I worked on it back in the late 1990's planning to make a daily driver out of it, but since then have been collecting parts to get it as close to period correct as I can. It will never be something I can prove is a W30 but will be a fun driving car. The guy I bought it from kept what I believe was a 3.91 posi rear end. He had roughed up the black paint and shot primer over it planning to make it into "a race car". On a whim I used some fine sandpaper and worked the spot where the W30 decal would have been on the fender. The W-30 showed up! Not sure why, maybe the adhesive under where the letter and numbers were didn't allow the primer to adhere as well but that's the photo in my name here. Its a fun hobby! John
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Hi John, Welcome!! Is this the car from a guy in Georgia??? If it is it's an awesome car!!!! Unbelievable original condition!!! I hope you enjoy the crap out of it!!
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Hi John, Welcome!! Is this the car from a guy in Georgia??? If it is it's an awesome car!!!! Unbelievable original condition!!! I hope you enjoy the crap out of it!!
Yes it is! Sure is and I certainly will! Thanks...
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Welcome to the group... Enjoy your new ride... Looks like you acquired a very nice example of Oldsmobile history...
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