The original 303 cubic inch Olds V8 was a definite high-performance engine in 1950, but for this build, they went with something a little more substantial. And by “a little” we mean “a lot.” It’s a 1971 vintage 455 cubic inch Oldsmobile big block that was bored .030 oversize and fitted with forged internals and flattop pistons. The 442 heads were ported and polished and an Ultradyne camshaft gives it that wicked lope and makes it sing. Up top, there’s a 750 Holley on an Edelbrock intake, and it’s all lit up by an Accel ignition system. It’s beautifully dressed, with the engine wearing black and lots of polished aluminum, including the relatively rare Oldsmobile valve covers and a finned aluminum air cleaner. The hoses are especially trick, being custom made just for this car, allowing the extensive use of polished stainless hard lines to really give it a clean look. There’s a giant radiator up front and the accessories were tucked down low on the block for a clean look.
With more than 500 pounds of torque on tap, it needed a robust transmission, so an unbreakable TH400 3-speed automatic with a 2500 RPM stall torque converter was bolted behind the gnarly Olds big block. A Lincoln Versailles 9-inch rear end was suitably modified and fitted with easy-cruising 3.25 gears on a limited slip, then hung on a 4-link suspension with Aldan coil-over shocks. Up front, a Fatman Fabrications front suspension was grafted to the original Olds frame and includes tubular A-arms, 2-inch dropped spindles, and another set of Aldan coil-overs to fine-tune the ride. An Oldsmobile Cutlass power rack makes it feel effortless on the road and there are power assisted disc brakes at all four corners. Long-tube headers dump into a custom-made Flowmaster exhaust system that’s a feat of engineering all by itself, offering a bolt-in crossover that makes chassis service easy and a set of cool stainless megaphones exiting just ahead of the rear wheels. . Staggered 215/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich rubber gives it a great stance and the tall sidewalls preserve that impeccable Oldsmobile ride quality.
Engine: 455 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.25
Wheelbase: 119.5 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Halibrand
Tires: Front: 215/60/15, Rear: 275/60/15 BFGoodrich