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#1 melloyello1963

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 01:32 AM

I am buying a 1937 olds 6 cyl. 4 door sedan from my father. He has had the car for 12 years. I have a few questions. I would like to put the 8 cyl. grill in it, Will it just bolt in place of the old one? Where can I find original styled interior and headliner? What is the cheapest place for window and door rubber. I know many people will gasp but I am street rodding this car and if anyone is interested in the original drive train let me know. I also have a few doubles of engine and tranny parts that come with the car. Thanks for any help in advance. This is a really cool site I just stumbled onto. Thanks again

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:05 AM

i have only one question to ask , what does your father think of what you plan .

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 12:29 PM

As long as you're not sticking a GM crate engine (read Chevrolet 350) in it, all will be well. I have really come to loathe those bellybutton engines.

Someone more familiar with the 37 than I am will have to answer your grille swap question.
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 01:53 PM

i have only one question to ask , what does your father think of what you plan .


This was my dad's plan also. We have built a few street rods. I think it is each to their own when it comes to cars. I really believe its alot harder to restore one than street rod one so I have alot of respect for those who go that route. I plan on driving my car almost on a daily basis so I was power steering, brakes and AC. I plan on an LS style motor and an overdrive auto so my wife can drive it. The car will look stock other than the rims and color. That is why I want tofind the stock patterns for the interior. I understand your concern and thanks for our feedback.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:20 PM

Engine and tranny 6 or 8? The original grilles for these are hard to find in any decent condition. I should know the answer to your question on the sweap since I have owned both cars! It is not a bolt in swap. The 8 cylinder grille is taller..the width may be the same. I am not sure. Should not be a hard swap especially if you have the 8 cylinder top piece. Steele or Fusick may have your rubber.
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#6 melloyello1963

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 09:10 PM

It is a 6 cyl. I actually have two complete grills one is better than the other but both are is decent shape.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:09 PM

I am buying a 1937 olds 6 cyl. 4 door sedan from my father. He has had the car for 12 years. I have a few questions. I would like to put the 8 cyl. grill in it, Will it just bolt in place of the old one? Where can I find original styled interior and headliner? What is the cheapest place for window and door rubber. I know many people will gasp but I am street rodding this car and if anyone is interested in the original drive train let me know. I also have a few doubles of engine and tranny parts that come with the car. Thanks for any help in advance. This is a really cool site I just stumbled onto. Thanks again

when you get this info would you like to shaer some of it, since we both are in the same spot, i just inherited a 37 olds 4 door 6 cyl,i want to restore it to factory /show condition

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 11:12 PM

I've got no problem sharing, but I hav't found much info yet. Are your interested in an extra original drive train and axels? I will cut you a heck of a deal on it.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 11:56 PM

thank you but i thinkk at this time im all set with the drive traine, i want to keep it as original as possiable, but i do know i need tail light lenses, the chrome pices that go along the side of the car and door handels

#10 melloyello1963

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 02:43 AM

I've seen a few tail light lenses and maybe even door handles on ebay. I'll watch out for the chrome for ya.

#11 A_ngelo1971

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:16 PM

thank you so much,ill keep looking on e-bay.

#12 melloyello1963

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 01:44 AM

Here is some trim for you: 1937 OLDSMOBILE EXTERIOR TRIM - eBay (item 250752975052 end time Jan-12-11 22:48:12 PST)

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:05 PM

i have only one question to ask , what does your father think of what you plan .

:D He loves the plan. ;)

Nick, glad you sold the '53 and are building the '37.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:42 AM

Thanks. Congrats on your new purchase. I got the car home saturday and now I new to sell a ton of parts. Anyone interesed? $500 buys motor, tranny, front suspension, rear end, drive shaft, two spare trannys, 2 extra axles, 1 extra set of brakes for the whole car, a couple of flywheels, and whatever else I don't need that I find. The parts are still on the car so if someone is interested let me know and I'll pull the thing apart. Thanks.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:04 PM

Are these parts for your 37 still for sale ?

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#16 melloyello1963

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 02:40 AM

Yes they are. If you are interested let me know.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 02:25 AM

Motor and tranny out. Anyone interested? $500 Obo.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 05:03 PM

Tail light trivia for A_ngelo1971: "39 Chevy's are the same if I'm not mistaken, and may be more available.

#19 melloyello1963

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 08:06 PM

My tail lights are rectangle shaped. I think chevys are round.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 12:04 AM

Just ran across some of your correspondence in Feb. 2011. I have 37 4dr tour. sedan streetrod of sorts. Is on 1984 Olds 98 complete chassis bone stock. Great car. I need front and reat bumper guards & grille guard for 1937. If you by any chance have them and are not going to use them, I am very interrested. By the way, my car has the straight 8 grille and the
taillights are rectangular. I wonder if those items are only on a 8 car. I have seen pics of the
taillights of a concours restoration on a 37 and the taillights were round but car was 6 cyl which has the cross grill bars and my 8 car has a sorta metal mesh grille> Sure would like to know about all this. Also need fulton exterrior sun shield, 8cyl hood emblem, . If you can help with any fo this, let me know. Ken b47 kenb47@att.net thanks




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