1969 Olds 442

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I know, not a Mopar..

Carried this over from here: (New project)

Dug the car out today and got it home. Spent a couple hours cleaning inside and out, found a nest and 3 mice skeletons. Got it in the garage, and the next thing is to hook a battery up to check the electric, put it on stands, and start cleaning. To my surprise, the brakes worked when unloading, but Id rather go through and replace everything anyway.

Also, the block is stripped down. I'm hoping in the next couple weeks I can take it into the machine shop for a sleeve and cleaning, as well as whatever else it may need.

Enjoy the photo dump..

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Looks real nice,Good luck on the project and keep the updates coming.
 

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My God that car's in fantastic shape! Why can't I find those?

PS Do you mind sharing roughly what you paid?
 

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8k, unless you ask the BMV.

I've gotta push it back out of the garage this weekend, stupidly I put it in there and left the block in the back corner.

Once the block is dropped off, I've got roughly 6 weeks to get everything else sorted..so says the wife. She really wants to cruise around in it ASAP
 

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I think the Cutlass/442 of those years was the best looking of the GM mid-sized cars. While the majority of the body panels were shared with the other GM divisions, the nose and tail treatments were better than the Chevelle, Lemans, or even the Skylark.

Hope the block can be saved. It would be really cool to put a numbers matching car back on the road.
 
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Nice score,any pictures of it washed? Looks real clean.A friend in High School had a white 68 with the stripe on the fenders.
 

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Looks great,better than the dirt covered 1st photo.Most people can only dream of the barn find car,you are lucky enough to be living it.Congrats on the find and for what you paid for it you got a great deal.Keep the updates coming and don't rush things to get it done.
 

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Got the dry rotted tire replaced yesterday. After that, we pushed it out to allow the block to be moved out of the corner, and pushed the car back in and up on to stands. Verified its a one legger (dangit) and went around checking lights.

With it in the air, and block/heads headed to the shop, it's gonna start getting busy.
 

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You got a great deal, I think. See if you can find the old "Doctor Olds" advertisements from back in the day, very colourful. A buddy had a '68 442 just like that. Love those trumpet exhaust tips. That car was fast.
 

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Been a while since this has been updated.

Currently working on finishing the front brakes, installing new booster and master cylinder. At that point, brakes/fuel/light suspension will be done. I've gotta get up under the dash and check out the wiring (mice) as well as change a few bulbs while the wife continues trying to save the headliner (mice "fluids")

I've got about 2 weeks left until I should hear something on the engine, at which point I'll get that and the trans done, and hope to have the car running by August. Lofty goals, but we've made a ton of progress so far.
 

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Had the rodent problem in my car,smelly bastards,Soap Lysol and hot water really helped.Good luck on the build and keep the updates coming.
 

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Always one of my "favorite" jobs at work is when you get "foul odor from A/C or heater". I've found some pretty gruesome things inside HVAC plenums and the smell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WOW. How something so small can stink so bad when they decompose........................... That;s how you find the source, just follow your nose. Gag.
 

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That's what my wife did to find the spot in the headliner. I caught a huge wiff when I was up under the car and thought/hoped it was under the seat. Did find a dead mouse and droppings, but that wasn't the only source of smell evidently.
 
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