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Old 12-19-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default THE oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, (lasalle related )

introduction:

Allright there is alot of olds posts here and there with information back and forth, making it hard to find information

so i figured i would try to make some sort of efford to gather all valid information and make some sort of faq post, that i will edit after things are sorted out and new things are added so everything is
sorted into catagories

I claim not to be an expert in anyway, i want to be though i crave more knowledge, and there for i wish to make it easier to overview and grasp all oldsmobile info there is...

all links to companies are in the links posts so its easier to keep them updated incase something changes..

I have set up an FOTKI account to host all pictures
PLEASE EMAIL ALL
PICTURES TO OLDSROCKET@FOTKI.COM
THE BIGGER THE PICTURE IS THE BETTER, PLEASE DO NOT RESIZE
PLEASE DO NOT POST PICTURES IN THIS THREAD IF POSSIBLE


here is the photoalbum i will post everything i have gathered
http://public.fotki.com/oldsrocket/

Thanx to everyone who helps expand this post:

Paul, heathen, Royalcrown32 etc



PLEASE if i enter something that is wrong/false please correct me...
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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Default the engine block,heads casting numbers and other stuff

year: cui: block#: head#:

1949 - 303 cui
1950 - 303 cui
1951 - 303 cui
1952 - 303 cui
1953 - 303 cui
1954 - 324 cui #7
1955 - 324 cui #8
1956 - 324 cui #10
1957 - 371 cui
1958 - 371 cui

2009 - 371 cui - 1957 style in aluminium!,
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=347142

- the 394 years
note that 371 from 1959+ is a small bore 394

1959 - 371 cui
1959 - 394 cui
1960 - 371 cui
1960 - 394 cui
1961 - 394 cui
1962 - 394 cui
1963 - 394 cui
1964 - 394 cui
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:02 AM   #3
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Default Valve covers, difference between stock years, and all aftermarked valve covers

edelbrock:
1949-1957

edmunds:
1949-1956 303-324 - (do these clear 1957-1958 heads?)

Hildebrandt:
1949-1958 - 303,324,371

mooneyes:
no named for 1949-1958


offenhauser: part no#
1949-1956 for 303-324 - 3286 (to low to use on 371)
1957-1958 for 371 - 3286-7 (should be possible to use on 303-324)
1959-1964 for 371*-394 - 4059

weiand:
dual purpouse, also fit studebaker
fits 303-324 (tall enough for 371?)

* notes small bore 371, not same as 1957-1958



Nos edelbrock 394 valve covers



Edmunds




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Old 12-19-2006, 09:03 AM   #4
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Default Intakes: stock intakes and aftermarket intakes aswell as blower intakes & injector...

Fuel injection
Hilborn:
made several for olds, atleast 3, 303, 371 and 394 to my knowledge
these could ether be dist driven or camshaftdriven by using an timing cover..
or driven by fan belt , belive there was an beltdrive part to put on the same
pump that would go on an timing cover.


Supercharger - blower intakes , crank pulley and all parts surrounding

cragar:
cragar made as far as i know 4:71 intakes + 6:71 intakes

i belive 471 cragar intake came with and without water passage in front
(as seen in pic below)

i've seen on ebay quite often that cadilliac 471 intakes are misstaken
as oldsintakes, so beware, but on the otherhand cadillac cragar intakes
bring a little more money so in worst case you just can flip it and earn something from it incase you bought the wrong item...


Weiand:

1949-1956 - 303-324 - for 6:71
1957-1958 - 371 - for 6:71
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - for 6:71


Supercharger - blower brackets
Mcculloch supercharger bracket
Mcculloch made an bracket to put the vs-57 supercharger (the one studebakers and kaisers used), on an stock or aftermarket intake, it will basicly mount
on all intakes that has the generator holes on the driverside, but might not clear
for instance 3x2 edelbrock intake, i have an such bracket and and a couple of ol-396 edelbrock intakes, but i do not have an supercharger but seems supercharger would interfeer with first carb, but will of course work on stock intakes,
with either airbox or xxxxxx.....
i got some old mcculloch parts manual that i will scan and add here asap.
more info to follow
also needed is a crank pulley...

Carburator intakes

edelbrock:

1949-1956 - 303-324 - ol-396 - 3x2 for stromberg carbs
1949-1956 - 303-324 - ol-396 - 3x2 for rochester carbs, same part number but seem to be a different casting, only seen one once on ebay on pic.. where you mount carbs look diffrent then the one u use stromberg carbs with
1949-1956 - 303-324 - ol-496 - 4x2 for stromberg carbs
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - o263 - 2x4
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - O96 ML - 6x2 for stromberg carbs, note intake has no water provision, need "external"

Edmunds:
1949-1953 - 303 - 2x2 intake

Horne:
1949-1954 - 303 - 4x2 - stromberg intake

offenhauser:

digging into the earlier 180 degree intakes also...

1949-1953 - 303 - 3200 - 2x4 - 360 degree ? no heat
1954-1956 - 324 - 4060 - 3x2 - 360 degree ? for rochesters
1954-1956 - 324 - 5257-TP - 3x2 - rochester
1954-1956 - 324 - 5257 - 3x2 - large base rochester
1957-1958 - 371 - 4061 - 3x2 - 360 degree ? for rochesters
1957-1958 - 371 - 5258-TP - 3x2 - rochester
1957-1958 - 371 - 5258 - 3x2 - large base rochester
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5183 - 2x4 - 360 degree ?
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5606 - 2x4 - quadrajet low rise
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5753 - 2x4 - quadrajet high rise
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5259-TP - 3x2 - rochester
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5259 - 3x2 - large base rochester

Gaskets:
offenhauser:
1949-1953 - 303 - 3312
1954-1956 - 324 - 3313
1957-1958 - 371 - 3931
1959-1964 - 371*-394 - 5211



* notes small bore 394 with 371 cui, not same as 1957-1958 block


My supercharger setup for my 394 olds rocket engine


http://public.fotki.com/oldsrocket/s...-471-intake-a/
more pictures (thanx royalcrown32)



edelbrock ol-396 3x2 intake



Edmunds 303 2x2 rochester style intake with edmunds aircleaners (thanx to hat man)


horne 303 intake


early 180 degree 303 intake?
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:04 AM   #5
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Default Transmissions: adapters, bellhousings, flywheels, clutches, shifters etc

Note on transmissions, i will ONLY include all lasalle transmission, the "buick" style selector 1951+ manual, hydramatics + 1953 dynaflow,
there is adapters to use "1939" ford trannys aswell as t-10, t-5 style etc i see no need to have any indepth information regarding those transmissions except on how to mate them to the rocket...


Manual transmissions

1949: No manual transmission

1950: the only year of the side shift lasalle tranny with short tailshaft + only bellhousing from olds that works with other lasalle trannys

1951+ not same as 1950 olds, lasalle do not bolt up, same flywheel and clutch though,1951+ is a selecter type, not as bullet proof as lasalle 1951+ can use early buick tranny though, early buick trannys are almost ast bulletproof as lasalle, some parts even interchange inside them

note that cadillac 1949?, 1950,1951,1952,1953,1954 has the same bellhousing as oldsmobile, and that many ambulances aswell as funeral cars could have lasalle trannys, though is 1950 olds the ONLY year with shorty tailshaft, the 1949-1954 has the same bellhousing as 1950 olds though ( i am not 100% sure if 1954 cadillac had the manual trans, did they share infact the same flywheel as earlier olds in 1954 for manual or did they use 176 gear flywheel in 1954?, i own an 1953 cadillac tranny .. pics below)


Flywheels:
Oldsmobile 1949 - 1953 (303) - 145 teeth
Oldsmobile 1954 - 1960 (324 + 371) - 176 teeth
Oldsmobile 1961 - 1964 (late 371 + 394) - 176 teeth

Automatic trannys
1949 -
1950 -
1951 -
1952 -
1953 -
1953 - dynaflow

adapters:
offenhauser:
1949-1964 303-394 - all engines - #0301 - to 32-48 ford and 39-50 mercury and up to 1952 truck
1949-1964 - 303-394 - all engines - #5857 - olds to 3speed t-90 4wdr tranny
1949-1964 - 303-394 - all engines - #5858 - olds to 3speed toyota tranny

starter switcher
to move starter to passengerside to clear steering on hotrods.

hildebrandt:

offenhauser:
1949-1964 - 303-394 - #3605

wilcap:


pics of flywheels:




pics of transmissions etc:


this is my 1950 olds transmission with hurst shifter



this is my 1953 cadillac ambulance tranny with hurst mystery shifter

bellhousing pictures:


eelco





1950 olds bellhousing



1951 olds bellhousing


offenhauser #0304 adapter

offenhauser #3605 starter switcher

automatic trannys:


b&m hydra stick
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Default Accessories: engine mounts, tranny mounts etc

Engine mounts

stock:

aftermarked:

hurst:



CT:



oil filter adapters:

hildebrandt:

offenhauser
1949-1958 Oldsmobile: 1949-58 By-Pass Adapter - 3604 (same as below?)
1949-1958 Oldsmobile: 1949-58 By-Pass Adapter - 100
1959-1964 Oil Filter Block Off Plate - #5317 (same as below?)1959-1964 Oil Filter Bypass Adapter - 101
1959-1964 Oil Filter Block Off Plate - #5318 (same as below?)
1959-1964 Oil Filter Bypass Adapter - 101


1949-1958 Oldsmobile: 1949-58 By-Pass Adapter - 100

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Default inside engine related: camshafts, cranks, lifters, pistons, etc

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Default exhaust: stock exhausts, aftermarket exhaust, lake headers etc,

Fenton:
fenton made an cast iron header for the 303 olds

gear-drive lake headers:

exhaust gaskets see gasket post:


Gear drive - lake headers
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Default Valley covers

to my knowledge all valley covers interchange

aftermarked manufacturers

mooneyes:

eelco:

unknown:
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Default distrubitors and magnetos

aftermarket magnetos and dists:

Joe Hunt:
magneto for all rockets, still avaible from joe hunt magnetos
fake magnetos



olds cirillo/schieffer frankenstien mag 394
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Default other related stuff

this is an real cool item i found on ebay that sure will come in use



it is used to position the pushrods and valves when they are taken out of the engine so you know where they are, or well having the all new parts ready for assemble

2 more pics at http://public.fotki.com/oldsrocket/a...ghs-valve-pos/
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Default Gaskets, seals, etc

felpro
full gasket sets:

1954 - 324 -

offenhauser
intake gaskets:

1949-1953 - 303 - #3312
1954-1956 - 324 - #3313
1957-1958 - 371 - #3941
1959-1960 - 371*-394 - #5211


exhaust gaskets:

1954-1956 - 324 - #5425
1957-1958 - 371 - #5426
1959-1960 - 371* - #5427
1961-1963 - 394 - #5428
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Default Links to parts suppliers that sell oldsmobile rocket stuff

Links to parts suppliers that sell oldsmobile rocket stuff
offenhauser stuff:
http://www.exeterautosupply.com - support dmarv and get hamb alliance discounts
http://www.offyparts.com/

http://www.huntmagnetos.com/ - joe hunt magnetos STILL sell rocket magentos aswell as magneto lookalike dists

exhaust:
www.lakeheaders.com - gear drive, makes and sells lake headers

engine parts for rebuilding:
http://www.kanter.com
http://www.egge.com

Transmission parts:
http://www.wilcap.com - transmission adapters + flywheels
http://www.transmissionadapters.com - transmission adapters + flywheels
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:29 AM   #14
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Default Re: The oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, FAQ in progress

a good start for anyone that is interested in these motors would be to read this thread in the Tech Archives.

Early Olds Rocket tech summary
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a good start for anyone that is interested in these motors would be to read this thread in the Tech Archives.

Early Olds Rocket tech summary
One note on the Cadillac bell housing--it will fit the Olds block and uses the LaSalle type transmission, but does not have provisions for mounts like the Olds bell has.
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Default Re: The oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, FAQ in progress

paul:
kinda hard to find the info when so many people post, i just wanted to clean everything up and gather even moer information and pictures then anyone did before..

heathen:
are you sure? my black 1953 bellhousing and 1950 olds bellhousing seems to be the same? havent compared exactly but just looking on the pics they seem the same, what mounts are you refering to? the ones on the side? that the black one has? maybe my black isnt 1953 caddy but 1950 olds? not impossible as i was just told it was 1953 caddy, could be 1950 olds bellhousing with earlier lasalle tranny
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Default Re: The oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, FAQ in progress

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paul:
kinda hard to find the info when so many people post, i just wanted to clean everything up and gather even moer information and pictures then anyone did before..

heathen:
are you sure? my black 1953 bellhousing and 1950 olds bellhousing seems to be the same? havent compared exactly but just looking on the pics they seem the same, what mounts are you refering to? the ones on the side? that the black one has? maybe my black isnt 1953 caddy but 1950 olds? not impossible as i was just told it was 1953 caddy, could be 1950 olds bellhousing with earlier lasalle tranny
When I dig out the Fenton headers for a photo shoot, I'll take you one of my Cadillac bell housing as well. Other than no mount provision, it also has cast in strengthening ribs.
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Default Re: The oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, FAQ in progress

Thanks for the info. With some much stuff out there being posted I found it hard to search and get the answers I was looking for.
Again thanks. I found this on the web. Kinda gives the storie on what went into dsesigning the rocket.
http://www.autohistory.org/feature_8.html
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Thank you for consolidating this info. It IS very helpful.
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:50 PM   #20
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Default Re: The oldsmobile rocket 303 324 371 394 post to end all other posts, FAQ in progress

man i've got all tha badass rocket threads saved somewhere on here. lemme see what i can dig up... thanks Daemon, you rule.
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