CAR 1 of 12 1965 Olds Starfire 4 speed Vert build thread

DizzyEdge

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So with cars of this era, when it comes to parts that don't typically wear out like interior pieces or body trim, etc, how hard is it to find parts? Are there lots of aftermarket replica parts in addition to used factory ones?
 

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That's fantastic! I have a special place in my heart for Oldsmobiles. First car was a 70 Cutlass 3 speed, my dad and I turned it into a 442 clone. Wish I could find it again.

I'm sure you know who Joe Mondello is?
 
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That's fantastic! I have a special place in my heart for Oldsmobiles. First car was a 70 Cutlass 3 speed, my dad and I turned it into a 442 clone. Wish I could find it again.

I'm sure you know who Joe Mondello is?

I had a '77 Cutlass that I swapped a 455 into. Fun car. But really wanted a 70-71 442. Now they go for stupid money. :wtc:
 
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So with cars of this era, when it comes to parts that don't typically wear out like interior pieces or body trim, etc, how hard is it to find parts? Are there lots of aftermarket replica parts in addition to used factory ones?

1965 was a one year only build. parts are extremely hard to find, and when you do, they cost a ton. That's why I buy entire parts cars.
 

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The black coupe surely is, for what it is. The motor is far from stock though. I'm anxious to drive this convertible though

The Delta 88 with a 455 I bought for the engine to go into my Cutlass was okay I guess but exhaling through single exhaust in a vehicle that had several hundred pounds on the Cutlass definitely blunted the power. 0-60 as installed into the Cutlass with real dual exhaust, looser converter, electronic ignition and 5 x 14 K&N air clearer and filter was nearly 3 seconds quicker than the same engine in the Delta 88.
 
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LONG POST. BUCKLE UP.

I love 1965 Oldsmobile Starfires. Being a fullsize flagship car, they all came with a 425ci motor with 370hp and a ton of options for back then.
My father implanted the obsession in my brain, speaking about one he had in highschool. As I was growing up in Syracuse, NY we would occasionally see them for sale in the paper (this was before the internet *gasp*!). We looked at probably 4 or 5 but they were always rotted out.
Eventually my father got one. It was a common Coupe with auto trans. We have been working on it the last 20 years
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We had a new Interior installed


Few years ago, I found this one on ebay. Solid Florida car. Auto Transmission, fully loaded. 43k miles. Only about 2000 convertibles were made in 1965. This was my dad on the test drive :rofl:



Those care are fucking awesome.
 

Walker

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It had 7500!! miles on it and was immaculate. I ended up winning the bid. They gave me this free hat as a thank you for paying their exorbitant fees :rofl:

This has to be one of my favorite pictures. Me, my grandfather, and my father

Better pics of the car




Definitely fun.

Gee dude, fat runs in your family huh? ;)

How much did you pay for the cars?
 

CitznFish

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Nice write up. Enjoy them while you can. I hope you drive them all regularly. :)
 
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Awesome story! Will you be updating this thread @Justintiime
of course. This post was a dump of the last 3 months of content, so updates will be slower moving forward. I just stopped by the garage and we are looking at another month or 2 before the mechanicals are finished. Then it will be towed to the upholstery shop where it will stay for 4-5 months i'm guessing.
 
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