Old Oldsmobile....not paper model related

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  1. bfam4t6

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    I'll start this by saying that following as nothing to do with paper modelling. It is simply a personal plea for info. I've posted this message on two other car related forums today, and this is a copy and paste of those messages. I know you guys are all very friendly and as helpful as can be, and since we now have more than 2000 members, I figured that there may be another member with a split enthusiasm like me, cars/carmodeling, who could possibly help. Here is the paste of my original message..........


    First of all, my name is Dustin. I live in the Kansas City, Kansas area.
    So.... there is this 1964 Oldsmobile Super 88 down the street from where I live that I've looked at several times. At one point several years ago it was for sale....then all of a sudden it wasn't. It's finally for sale again, and I've wanted the car for several years now.

    I'm posting to gather some of your opinions on the car. I am a car enthusiast and that is as far as it goes. Never OWNED a car, never rebuilt an engine, never done any kind of restore work. However I'm only 17 and have to start somewhere. Supposedly the car was running ( I drive by the owners house almost daily and I can comfirmed that at one point it was facing the street in there front yard and it has moved several times. could've been pushed in neutral though) up until a few months ago and they went to take it to a junkyard of some sort and it wouldn't start. I don't know why. Apparently they found squirrels living in it (I assume the engine). I haven't spoken thoroughly with the owner, only his daughter who was supposed to recieve the car. I don't even know the price, only that about a year ago he through out something around $2000.

    I just want to know if anyone with experience with this car, especially the 394 engine has any opinions or shouts of "hell no!". I think I've set my limit below $1000 (initial purchase) assuming that it surely does not run anymore. Are these cars easy to work with? Do they have any major or common problems? Is there likely a very simple solution as to why a car that's been sitting in a driveway for months doesn't run? Am I going to get stuck with a motor that almost definitely needs $2000+ invested in a rebuild? Can I even find parts for this car? Basically, is it plausible for a 17 year old with a budget to get this thing back into running condition? Cosmetically it of course needs work, but I'm primarily concerned with the mechanical aspects right now. It wouldn't be a daily driver. At the moment I'm overwhelmed with this faq http://www.442.com/oldsfaq/oldsfaq.htm
    It seems very informative, but I just want a few layman opinions. I would GREATLY appreciate any sort of reply! :) Thank you in advance for taking the time to do so.

    Best Regards,
    Dustin Basler

    ps-feel free to poke fun at my long-windedness :roll:


    **BTW Ron or Rick, if you feel that this is completely out of place here, don't hesitate to just remove the whole thread. I don't want to be a nuisance.(sp?)
  2. bfam4t6

    bfam4t6 Member

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    I'll start this by saying that following as nothing to do with paper modelling. It is simply a personal plea for info. I've posted this message on two other car related forums today, and this is a copy and paste of those messages. I know you guys are all very friendly and as helpful as can be, and since we now have more than 2000 members, I figured that there may be another member with a split enthusiasm like me, cars/carmodeling, who could possibly help. Here is the paste of my original message..........


    First of all, my name is Dustin. I live in the Kansas City, Kansas area.
    So.... there is this 1964 Oldsmobile Super 88 down the street from where I live that I've looked at several times. At one point several years ago it was for sale....then all of a sudden it wasn't. It's finally for sale again, and I've wanted the car for several years now.

    I'm posting to gather some of your opinions on the car. I am a car enthusiast and that is as far as it goes. Never OWNED a car, never rebuilt an engine, never done any kind of restore work. However I'm only 17 and have to start somewhere. Supposedly the car was running ( I drive by the owners house almost daily and I can comfirmed that at one point it was facing the street in there front yard and it has moved several times. could've been pushed in neutral though) up until a few months ago and they went to take it to a junkyard of some sort and it wouldn't start. I don't know why. Apparently they found squirrels living in it (I assume the engine). I haven't spoken thoroughly with the owner, only his daughter who was supposed to recieve the car. I don't even know the price, only that about a year ago he through out something around $2000.

    I just want to know if anyone with experience with this car, especially the 394 engine has any opinions or shouts of "hell no!". I think I've set my limit below $1000 (initial purchase) assuming that it surely does not run anymore. Are these cars easy to work with? Do they have any major or common problems? Is there likely a very simple solution as to why a car that's been sitting in a driveway for months doesn't run? Am I going to get stuck with a motor that almost definitely needs $2000+ invested in a rebuild? Can I even find parts for this car? Basically, is it plausible for a 17 year old with a budget to get this thing back into running condition? Cosmetically it of course needs work, but I'm primarily concerned with the mechanical aspects right now. It wouldn't be a daily driver. At the moment I'm overwhelmed with this faq http://www.442.com/oldsfaq/oldsfaq.htm
    It seems very informative, but I just want a few layman opinions. I would GREATLY appreciate any sort of reply! :) Thank you in advance for taking the time to do so.

    Best Regards,
    Dustin Basler

    ps-feel free to poke fun at my long-windedness :roll:


    **BTW Ron or Rick, if you feel that this is completely out of place here, don't hesitate to just remove the whole thread. I don't want to be a nuisance.(sp?)