1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Lawrence from New York

“I just Love this car,” said new owner Lawrence. It reminds him of a vehicle he had years ago, a Monte Carlo SS, except this is better because of the T-top. The previous owner had a story written on the details of how this unique 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 T-top became what it is today. When he first purchased the car it was said to be in very good condition. It wasn’t long after that a rod started to knock in the engine. After a mechanic worked to find the issue, he indicated that it looked like a gas station put this engine together, steel filings went through it and did a number on everything. Over the years he put a lot of time and love into rebuilding the engine the ‘right’ way. It’s certainly not easy finding parts for it.

It has a 1970 455 motor with Eheads, turbo 400 transmission with manual valve bodies, and a shift kit with a 2200 stall converter. The rear end is a GM 12 bolt out of ’70 Chevelle with a 355 posi, the rear disc brakes are off a Z28 Camaro. The wing on the trunk is from a 1983 Hurst Olds, it has a 2-1/2” exhaust on the car from the headers back with the crossover like they use in NASCAR, and it just sounds mean! This 455 with all the upgrades has a tremendous amount of torque, so much so that when you step hard on it, the drive shaft hits the floor pan. The solution was to add station wagon springs from an Olds Custom Cruiser and that did the trick, now it has that California rake look to it. The interior is mostly original, except for the rugs and headliner. The center console is from a 1983 Cutlass. So when Lawrence drives this vehicle it makes him feel good and reminds him of the ‘80s.

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