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1972 Olds Cutless Supreme Broadcast and/or Build Sheet


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Thanks for the suggestion. I scanned a copy of the broadcast sheet and I'll try to attach it here but not sure if it will work. I'm not real good at this computer stuff so I'm not really sure how to post an attachment to the forum. We'll keep our fingers crossed that this will work. If it doesn't, thanks, anyway, for your help.

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Wow! A documented 72 Supreme with 455/4 speed. Very cool. This one's a keeper. One suggestion, however. If you walk out to the garage and look at the emblems on the car, you'll notice it's spelled CUTLASS with an "A".

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First of all, I apologize for the misspelling of Cutlass in my first message. To describe in more detail, this car has a special Landau top, like the Hurst Olds Pace Car ? with white vinyl on the rear half of the top, with an emblem on each side of it. The emblems say ?CS?. It has two side emblems on each front fender that say ?Cutlass.? On the front grille it just says ?Oldsmobile.? The M-20 four speed has a Hurst Shifter with black knob. I know this car is not a Hurst Olds or a 4-4-2, but what is it? I was looking at the strange VIN number on this car...140002. How can I find out if this number means anything special by being such a low number? This car had twin rear aerials. Would these be original or did someone add these on later? The car has SSIII rims on it but the seller had a photo of it with Magnum 500 rims. Which style is original? I wanted to restore this car to original, that's why I'm trying to decode the build/broadcast sheet. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. The motor is on standard bore and came with a complete rebuild kit, i.e., new forged pistons, rings, etc. The kid that I bought this from already had purchased these items in standard bore size. The block was honed and ready for assembly. I had the block rechecked at a reputable speed shop. The cylinders have a .004 taper. This is a high-end speed shop and they refused to assemble the motor for me, as it may have piston slap. I don't know if this is too much taper for reassembly or not. I don't know whether to go to the extra expense and have the block rebored to .030 over and buy new pistons and rings or will this motor be ok with the .004 inch taper. Any help from the pros would be greatly appreciated, and if someone could recommend a good reference book, that would be great. Thanks again. Richard

P.S. I?m trying to attach a photo of the original car but, unfortunately, I don?t know how to do that. I?ll keep trying?..and hope for the best?..

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Allow me to introduce myself. I am the olds Club of America '70 to '72 Cutlass Supreme Model year advisor. Not to brag but, I have experiance, referances and knowlege enoph about these cars to write a book. However, my typing skills are truely lacking! If you send your email I will send to you my phone number. Call me on your dime and, I will do all I can to assist you. Mike

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  • 15 years later...

Hi all - I was searching for info on '72 build sheets to help a fellow Olds owner/restorer with something and stumbled across this thread.  I own this car now, having purchased it in 2019 out of San Bernardino, CA where it had been its whole life. Code 65 65 Flame Orange paint and painted roof, L75 455/M20 trans (V in the VIN), W37 dual disc clutch, buckets/console, and Rallye Pack gauges. One of 77 Supreme hardtops built with the V Code drivetrain. I've owned five of the 77 since 2002 plus one of the 66 V Code convertibles. I founded the V Code registry and also own/manage sx455.com with Alan Reedy. I plan to drive the orange car to the OCA Nationals in Dayton this year. Still have to sort out a few underhood and interior details yet (the 4 speed battery cable routing among them...).

 

It did have the Super Stock I (magnum-style) wheels originally, and the white half top was added. I've seen two other west coast '72 Supremes that had that added when new as well. I found and spoke with the original owner who special ordered the car new.IMG_1248.JPG.3a5df8aece74712be6742cb40ca00bb3.JPGIMG_7606.JPG.0ea97beb2775f55d1193cb328ed17bab.JPG

 

 

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1 hour ago, rocketraider said:

Hallo, Terry 😎. Gotta say I've never seen a Flame Orange Supreme without a vinyl roof.

 

I wish I could help with that four-speed + cable routing but only reference I have is the CSM and assembly manual.

Hi Glenn - I know how it's supposed to be routed (as shown in the assembly manual), just need to get under the car this spring and do it.  It runs along the driver's side valve cover instead of along the inner fender like an automatic. A lot of the shiny hardware on the fenders/hood hinges/firewall has been replaced with OEM pieces since that pic.  I bought a '77 K 5 Blazer and a '72 Hurst/Olds in 2022 so they were the shiny objects that got most of my car attention this year.  Need to get back to this one!  The reason the original owner ordered the car without a vinyl top was that he wanted a Hurst/Olds but with a four speed. He also ordered the OAI setup like and H/O and apparently got the air cleaner base and smaller filter but not the hood. He had the H/O style half vinyl top installed as shown in the OP's photo above. He stated that he ordered the car in January 1972 and it took six months for Fremont to get the engine from Lansing. I talked to Larry Speicher about this at MCACN in November 2022 since he was very involved there at the time. My theory was that since the V Codes used the W-30-specific valve seat/angle in the Ga heads (I know I'm mis-stating that) and other components that came out of Lansing with the X Codes, that the engine DID need to come from Lansing. Larry was in full agreement with that and said the delay was entirely plausible.

Terry

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