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Customs I Just Bought A '49 Olds Convertible Now What!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by modelamac, May 6, 2011.

  1. modelamac
    Joined: Aug 9, 2007
    Posts: 316


    Well here it is!
    After 3 years I got this great 1949 Oldsmobile Series 76 convertible.

    A good friend of mine "Honest Ray" had this super nice Olds, and for the last few years we joked about it, and about selling it to me.

    So here it is... let me know what you think!

    The car is complete and a one owner car until Ray bought it about 5 years ago. Ray told me the story on the car was... Bought new and driven by the guys parents and given to him when he turned 16. Then it was put away in the 60's, but was ran ever so often by the guy.

    Every piece to the car i.e. engine, interior, skirts, hub cabs etc... is there and virtually untouched. It's good 'ol battle ship gray with navy interior. If you look close the previous owner done a little custom work... the black strips on the grille is actually black tape and every cable, plug wire under the hood is wrapped in a black and white covering.

    I'm looking for ideas, help, suggestions... photoshop ideas etc.

    this is the first Olds I've ever owned. I'm kind of lost on finding information, parts... etc.

    any help would be great

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  2. leadhead51
    Joined: Mar 25, 2011
    Posts: 132

    from ontario

    that is way criusin in a droptop.
  3. Contact denise she knows exactly what to do with an Olds rag top.

    Nice lookin old car BTW.

  4. Great looking car!
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  5. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,857


    Can't go wrong with a custom....

  6. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,414


    Very Cool, I dont know about the striped grill surround though. If you dont know what to do with it you could always give it to me I kinda like it. :cool:
  7. Take off the black tape, get some cool wheel covers, drive it.....tire of it.....sell it to me:D
  8. Michael Pukash
    Joined: Mar 1, 2006
    Posts: 256

    Michael Pukash

    Way cool the way it is!
  9. scarliner
    Joined: Sep 3, 2003
    Posts: 623

    from Macon Mo.

    I dont say this often my friend, but when I do, I say "YOUR ONE LUCKY FELLOW! Now go buy a lottery ticket! Stay cool enjoy the ride!
  10. kzeliminator
    Joined: Nov 23, 2010
    Posts: 117

    from chicago

    sweet car, that looks like an awsome ride
  11. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,800

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Nice car. Lose the damn black tape, put on wheel covers, or possibly chrome wheels with spider caps, lower it a bit, tasteful pinstripping, drive the snot out of it.
  12. hotrodj54
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 607


    very cool car...........john
  13. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,746


    AWESOME! and like everyone else said, get that black tape off there. In fact I'm surprised you didn't do that before you even took the photos. I would have done it before it even left the other guys driveway.

    Olds wheel covers are inexpensive BUT chroming those bumpers won't be. Save your money and do thing little by little.

    You got a real gem there, you're one lucky dude.
  14. bryan6902
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    Follow her lead......
  15. rockabilly_kid
    Joined: Jan 25, 2011
    Posts: 31

    from Reno, NV

    That 'vert is rad!! I say slap some wide whites on her, spray some fresh red paint on those rims, and cruise her how she is, just like that. Way cool ride, and you never see those rollin' around!

  16. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,283


    Now what? - I'll tell ya what - change your handle, MODELAMAC!

    Seriously, awesome car! Don't go wild. Maybe some lowering, hubcaps, skirts, redo chrome. Congrats!
  17. HRK-hotrods
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 922


    Skirts, Fiesta caps, nosed/decked, lower the car a little(rear more than the front), dual mellowtones... Paint would be sapphire blue with a white top and redo the chrome. ;-)
  18. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,530

    from Reno,nv

    lower it,chrome rims or caps, lose the front bumper guards,redo chrome,tighten top,drive it
  19. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    Bring lots o bucks for the chrome. Nice car.
  20. modelamac
    Joined: Aug 9, 2007
    Posts: 316


    Sorry Hnstray.. I had to show it off! I couldn't stand it any longer. I had to post some pictures! And "WOW" the black tape doesn't seem too popular... LOL! (I bought the car from Hnstray)

    Thanks again to everyone... I appreciate the thoughts and comments, I can't tell you how much I love this car. Hell every time I walk into the garage I can't stop smiling!

    My plan so far is just to get it up and running again and have some fun... OH YEAH! and tear off that "DAMN BLACK TAPE". Can't wait to get the 'ol gal going in some shape or form.

    If anyone else has any pics of 49 & 50 Olds... convertibles, coupes, 2 or 4 doors please post them.... I really would like to see what is out there.
  21. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,123


    When the '49 Olds hit the street with the Rocket V-8 it owned the roads! I can remember friends with big inch Flat Head v-8's complaining about the power that engine produced. They started showing up at the Drag Strip with either three two barrel carb in a row or four in staggered side by side positions. But with the right cam and valv gear those things did some serious racing. Olds powered Dragsters were popular then. You have a gem in this car. Solid, strong body and frame and great brake system too. It is a great platform to build on!
  22. 1955 LEDSLED
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 151

    1955 LEDSLED
    from LONG BEACH

    Nice car!! U got a good one now get that sled rolling
  23. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 609

    from Texas

    The thing is the Olds 76 has a flathead 6 in it not the 303ci Rocket V8. First thing I'd do is drop a 394ci in it which was the biggest in that engine family. Still, it's probably worth more original since it's so unmolested.
  24. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,443

    from Quincy, IL

    Hey modelamac.............the LEAST you could have done is made it clear that I didn't put that damn black tape on the car was on it when it came to me!!! (grinning smiley face HERE)

  25. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,105


    NICE! It is always nice to see someone get a good solid car that could be on the road in a few months of work. Have fun with it.
  26. Wow! Is that a Henry J lurking under the car cover!
  27. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    Just drive it,not many untouched gems like that left!!!!!!!!!
  28. ZZ-IRON
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,964

    from Minnesota

    cool yaaa got to love a Olds great score since your Olds had lower production numbers i would think there are not a lot left

    checked the production on your Olds 76 convertible 5,338 were built in 1949 and 973 were built in 1950

    as for the Olds 88 convertible 5,434 were built in 1949 and 9,127 were built in 1950

    1949 Olds Pace Car this is from the
    Last edited: May 7, 2011
    Joined: Nov 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,183


    Lower it all the way around ,white walls,fiestas,paint it black.Drive it
  30. This all started with my just wanting to fix the blue color shift in your photos. But as often happens, one thing leads to another and pretty soon I'm thinking to myself (which is my favorite way :rolleyes:), what would I do with this car if it was in my driveway?

    So I fixed the sail panel of the convertible top and dropped it a couple inches front and rear. Then the skirts went on along with some wide whites and baby moons. I like the subtle gray color,but couldn't fight the urge to try a little paint work. I think the scallops almost make it look like it's been sectioned a little bit. But overall, nothing's done that's irreversible.

    Sounds like you're on the right track for getting it roadworthy. This one's too nice and too rare to be cutting up. :cool:


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