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Projects 61 Oldsmobile Convertibe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Al T, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. The last thing I needed at this point was another project....... but was looking at Kijiji ads on the week-end and saw a ‘61 Dynamic 88 convertible for sale at a pretty attractive price. Car has been in storage for 10+ years and is surprisingly solid. The guy I bought it from delivered it to me Sunday morning and I had it running in the afternoon after replacing a corroded out frost plug. Fortunately it was at the front on the passenger head. Car seems to run nice.
    Not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I love the back end on this car. I can’t honestly say I had ever seen one before. Definitely “space age“ design. Actually the entire car talks to me from a design standpoint.
    Also if anyone would know where I could pick up the Oldsmobile grill bar that’s busted up, that would be appreciated.
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  2. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,717


    OK, now that's a cool convertible!
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  3. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 977


    That is cool. Try Fusiks for any Olds parts.
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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  5. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,285


    The 61 Olds88 is one of those hidden jewels from the early Bill Mitchell designs.. He is responsible for the nice clean look without all the heavy chrome.. The 64 Grand Prix and the 63-65 Buick Rivera are a couple more examples of his beautiful work.. I also liked the 61 Caddy coupe..
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  6. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,285


    For now I would remove the rest of the letters and leave it open.. That car has a 394 with a Roto-hydramatic. This transmission was also called the Slim Jim.. The first gear is a series of different ratios that smoothly gets this big cruiser under way, then it shifts into second which is grounded and is more like the manual transmission the same with third.. If you want to have fun put it in S which stands for Special not second and it will raise all the shift points of the trans and engine brake when going around 30-40. This is real nice on windy country roads.. If you want to race put it in L and leave it there it will shift at the governors highest setting, usually around 4500-5000 rpm..

    I wouldn't be hot doging this boat for another couple thousand miles though.. It has the single bowl master cylinder. Make sure the emergency brake is working.. I would change it at some point in the near future..

    Nice car!!! Very well built car...
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  7. Greg Rogers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2016
    Posts: 274

    Greg Rogers

    Actually I remember "S" as being called "super". I would be careful with that slim jim until you know what shape it's in. They are known for being troublesome, though some say they are great. You can go to and learn all about that car and you can go to the parts wanted section. I'll bet someone has what you need. I had a 61 brown Hardtop back in 1975 that I bought for $40.00. The transmission was fine in that one as I remember, I scrapped it before I left for the Navy. Later when I was in the Navy in San Diego I bought another 61 88 hardtop(same color as yours) that had transmission troubles, but I drove it a long time I was just careful and let off the gas to let it shift easy to go completely into 2nd before giving it a lot of throttle again. Also my buddy had a 64 88 that had the slim jim and it got to where it wouldn't shift up from 1st at all. I'm not trying to be negative- just alerting you to issues I know of.... I think it is a beautiful car!
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  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,677


    Congrats from one 61 owner to another. You got the Danny Tanner car! Seriously, check out the intro to the sitcom "Full House". Hope you have as much fun with it as Bob Saget seemed to be having with his.
  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

    Staff Member

    those make bitchin customs....

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  10. Nice find! Don't worry about having "another" project, gives you an alternative when you get frustrated with the other one.
  11. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,702


    You said you got it for an attractive price, looks like you got a bargain. It's a great looking car and looks to be in great condition. As @Elcohaulic said, remove the rest of the letters then no-one will know what you've got.
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  12. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,285


    Looks like the Mercury grill is a winner for your also.
  13. more pic please, after you detail it. And, what's your plans for wheels or wheelcovers?
  14. Killer car! Needs a Merc grill like the one @Moriarity posted
  15. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,409

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Nice ragtop! I had to stop looking at craigslist ads because the "Force" was strong on the dark side. Lol
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  16. Thanks for all the replies and info.
    Can someone explain the hubcap clips on the rims? Are these for an aftermarket hubcap or?
    In response to the question..... not sure what to do on wheels. I finally made it back down to St. Louis so won’t be around the car for a month or so.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
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  17. Here’s a few more photos.
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  18. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,285


    I'd have a fiberglass hard top made for that car.. That's the same roof line as the Chevy, Pontiac, Buick and Caddy.. I know they used to make them..

    Those clips were to keep the wheels covers from making noise (I think).

    People were starting to discover radial tires back then and those sticky radials really gave those old wheels a work out. I remember driving a 67 Bonneville with 8 lugs and Pirelli Super Sport tires.. Pontiac made a special wheel for the 67 and 68 8 lugs for radial tires, it had a checkered lug band.. That car was amazing in how it hugged the road. However I wasn't ready for how quick they broke loose, you didn't see it coming, the next thing you knew you were spinning in circles. Lucky for me I didn't hit anything. People didn't have insurance back then maybe that's why they were such good drivers..
  19. poco
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 400

    from oklahoma

    I dont know about the clips, but i have a excellent set of wire hubcaps. Will sell them at bargain price. Don
  20. Sent you a PM.
  21. socal34
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 338


    Parts are hard to find, found most of the I was looking for on E Bay. Great car, I owned mine for app 20 years.
    Mine is a Starfire same body as an 88 or super 88 BOP Show 013.JPG BOP Show 007.JPG
  22. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,533


    Great car or spaceship. All the 61 GM cars were winners. One of the few bodies where the 2 door hardtop looks as good as the corresponding convertible with the top down, to my eye.
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  23. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,175


    Different and bitchin
  24. e1956v
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,560

    Alliance Vendor

    Let me know if the speedometer acts up. I still have NOS parts, not a problem for me to repair it. Those sure are beautiful cars, great lines.

    Sent from my iPhone
    Should I rush your rush job or the rush job I was rushing when you rushed in?
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  25. I will.
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  26. socal34
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 338


    the clips hold the original hubcaps on, There is a ring on the hub cap that clip fits into, 57 Oldsmobile hub caps were held on the same way
  27. socal34
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 338


    You just need the grill bar, not the complete grill , Starfire has a different grill bar than an 88. Should able to find one on E Bay
  28. This is a dream car of mine....should you ever decide to sell...please reach out...
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  29. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,285


    Mine too.. I always like the simple but exotic look of the tail lights. The body is so smooth, one of Bill Mitchells best designs, Oldsmobile passed Pontiac this year and 1960 for that matter..
  30. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 868


    Great car. Congratulations. Your garage is too clean. Lol
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