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Hey Guys, I have recently acquire a 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 that is in need of restoration. For references sake, the car is located in Canada. I'm starting my initial research into parts availability, vendors, etc. that go with. The plan is that once the car is home, I'll be completing a frame up restoration on it to renew it to it's original condition. Timeline: 5 years. Part of the incentive behind this is that the vehicle was originally my great-grandfathers, so it has some family history behind it. I'm wondering what members recommend for some reading, recommended vendors for parts, where to get a service manual, and any other interesting tidbits or facts. From my initial research, I've noticed some referring to Fusick as a good parts supplier. What is their reputation here? I've found two websites for them (www.fusick.com and www.fusickautomotiveproducts.com), does anyone know which is the appropriate one? Condition of the car overall is decent, the rockers have rusted out but other than that the car is mostly intact. Some rust through on the hood/fenders/truck bottom but nothing too terrible. The interior only has a single mouse nest in it and some mold. It will be replaced completely. The engine/trans condition is unknown, but some in the family think that it was seized when parked. If the block is good, it will be rebuilt. I'll consider other options at that point in time. I've read a post indicating that Ross Racing engines has some parts for hot rodding/building the engine (and the website indicates so). Assuming the engine block is salvageable, who do people recommend getting a rebuilt kit from? I've attached a picture of the car in it's current location for those who wish to gawk to gawk (and yes, that is an RX7 beside it; there's a 1938 Ford 2 Door Coupe in the shed in the background that the owner is hoping to restore). There is also a mostly complete 1955 parts car that comes with it. The parts car rear ended another vehicle, so some parts aren't there. For the particularly astute, the front of the car is a 1956 front end while the rest of the car is from. Apparently the car suffered front end damage before it was one year old, and the 1956 front end was thought to look better and so was installed. I intend to keep the '56 front end on the '55 car as that's how it has worked it's way through the family. Thanks for any help and information!
I'm in the process of purchasing a 1956 Olds Super 88 and can't find any info on decoding the cowl tag. Is there a website that lists the paint and trim codes for this car? Here's what my tag has on it: Style 3669D from my understanding , that would make it a 4 door sedan Super 88. Paint 3626 As much as the owner swears the color of this car was always red and white, I know it wasn't. I can see tell tale signs of a repaint. The original color looks to be blue-ish green. The odd thing here is that the top color matches the trunk/lower color instead of the hood. Trim 938 The current interior is red and white, but I can see where the door panels were dyed red, the dash pad painted , and the steering wheel. here and there I can see a turquoise like color poking thru all the red. The owner is also trying to convince me that the odometer that reads a little over 20,000 miles hasn't rolled over from 100,000. Not sure how I can prove that! Any help would be greatly appreciated
Yes,I have two sets of bodyside moldings plus some various other pieces(not pictured) and they are the rear quarter panel moldings(spears), left and right and I think they fit a '56 Olds super 88 four door sedan,and I would be happy to provide more details. One set,as I recall, is dent free under a strong light,but both sets are in very good shape. I would prefer to trade for DENT FREE '56 Olds holiday sedan rear quarter stainless(one side I need badly-the other is fine) and a molding for the drivers door(I have one that is slightly too short-wrong application) rather than to sell them,as I would be looking for an amount that would enable me to purchase those pieces(somewheres). Check your garage,you may have what I need. No hurry on this...thanks! pete