Buying a 53 Olds 88
Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:03 PM
It's been converted to a 350 and powerglide, has some faded original paint and needs interior work. Has some rust in the trunk pan, but nowhere else. Overall it's a pretty solid start, although I would have preferred the original motor.
Any thoughts as to the value of this vehicle? Also, what typical trouble spots are there in these cars, what should I be looking for?
Thanks for any help!
Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:21 PM
"'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run" - Springsteen
Motor City Rockets - Southeastern Michigan
R.E. Olds - Mid-Michigan
Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:27 PM
In my opinion, replacing the Olds drivetrain with a Chevy gives the car 2 1/2 strikes against it right out of the gate, regardless of how nice the rest of it may be.
Looking at these pics, it appears that the door jambs are a different color than the body of the car. Did the car have a cheapie resale red repaint? Makes me wonder what other corners they cut.
If you're looking for a project & you can pick this car up for a song, it may be a good starting point. It's always harder to undo previous mistakes, so anticipate plenty of headaches related to someone else's half-baked "restoration."
If you're looking for something to drive & enjoy, this may not be the right car for you, regardless of whatever line the seller may be spouting about its great "modern" drivetrain. If you really have your heart set on an Olds of this vintage, these cars aren't so rare that you'd search for years to find a decent one that hasn't been bastardized.
Good luck with your decision.
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