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1955 Oldsmobile 88

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Post by junkyardjeff on May 30th 2011, 10:53 pm

I forgot I had sales literature for the 55 Olds and will have to find them.

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Post by Cratethis on May 31st 2011, 3:33 am

That would be cool!!!
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Post by Cratethis on June 4th 2011, 5:35 am

I got the wheel fixed!. Kicked my tail. Good thing I got the stuff from Jeff and didn't just order the bearings. The spindle was shot. The pieces I got from Jeff fought me all morning. I won. Took her out tonight and she drove good.

While working on the front wheels I noticed that the bar that has the tie rod end on it was bent on the driver side. I got to looking at it and it looks like the main drag bar is bent pretty good too. Glad Jeff gave me that drag bar that was in his shed too. I'll be looking into that sometime next week.

Feels good to have it back on the road.
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Post by junkyardjeff on June 4th 2011, 6:22 am

Those suspension parts are much easier to take apart when attached to the car,glad they are being used as they sat in the shed for about 15 years.

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Post by Cratethis on June 4th 2011, 6:52 am

junkyardjeff wrote:Those suspension parts are much easier to take apart when attached to the car,glad they are being used as they sat in the shed for about 15 years.

This is very true. Thanks again.
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Post by Cratethis on June 10th 2011, 7:09 am

Well... while working on the front wheel bearings I decided I wanted to try and clean up the wheels. I realized the paint on the wheels wasn't very good. It reminded me a lot of the reverse lights. So I decided to take a chance. I figured it couldn't hurt.

So here is a before picture...



Here is what they look like with the red paint removed...





I think with how they turned out I'm not worried about getting different wheels any time soon. I wasn't really looking because I have other things that I want/need to spend my money on to fix on the car, but I didn't like how they looked. Now I'm pretty happy with how they look on the car. I will probably just look at getting nice lug nuts to clean up the wheels.

I need to find something to go in the center of the wheels.
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Post by junkyardjeff on June 10th 2011, 2:50 pm

About 15 years ago you could still buy new centers from the dealer and if you want to get better lug nuts change the studs on the drivers side to right hand threads.

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Post by Cratethis on June 10th 2011, 3:12 pm

junkyardjeff wrote:change the studs on the drivers side to right hand threads.

They've already been changed
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Post by RebStew on June 10th 2011, 3:38 pm

Time for a cruise!

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Post by jbs10 on June 10th 2011, 4:01 pm

looks good
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Post by RebStew on August 11th 2011, 10:38 pm

chop top?

Looks pretty cool!
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Post by Cratethis on August 11th 2011, 10:50 pm

That is cool!!

At this point I'm just ready to have a solid trunk and solid floors. I'd love to get it sanded down and the trouble areas fixed and in primer.

I did get the radiator fixed. I went to the place in covington and was very satisfied with their work.

I need to stop by the glass place in Newport and get a cost on the front door glass.
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Post by RebStew on August 11th 2011, 11:06 pm

Seems like she's moving right along.
You could go this route and scare the kids in town.

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Post by RebStew on August 11th 2011, 11:07 pm

wrong year but it's cool. lol

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Post by Cratethis on August 11th 2011, 11:36 pm

Looks like it has fangs!
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Post by JRiggs on August 12th 2011, 4:16 am

looks like a death trap with fangs Smile
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Post by Arieldouglas on August 12th 2011, 4:46 am

just so sad! Sad
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Post by Cratethis on October 31st 2011, 4:30 pm

I've been off the site for a little bit. Life has had me busy. I got married on Oct 7th. Everything went great. I had my car up at the church for us to leave in. Everyone loved the car. We got some pictures with the car and wanted to share them here.









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Post by Truxter Fordly on October 31st 2011, 5:12 pm

Congratulations! Cool pictures.... I like the black & white shot of you guys through the rear window best!
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Post by Admin on October 31st 2011, 8:51 pm

I'd have to say it was a great wedding. It was nice your dad was involved. He really has a way with words. Some of the stuff he said really moved me. Congrats guys.

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Post by jbs10 on October 31st 2011, 9:28 pm

congrats u guys pic r coool... Very Happy
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Post by Arieldouglas on October 31st 2011, 9:47 pm

Congratulations Guys. Old cars are always popular at weddings(at least I "think" it's old) but it's really special if it's your own. Really Cool!
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Post by Cratethis on January 29th 2012, 8:57 pm

Any one in or close to Newport that has a sand blaster? I want to clean up my 4bbl intake for the 88 so I can get it ready to install.
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Post by RebStew on January 29th 2012, 9:32 pm

I put mine in storage two weeks ago. pale

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Post by Cratethis on March 20th 2012, 2:27 am

Got the 88 out today...




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