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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 61oldsbubbletop, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. hello, this is my first post on this site as i joined yesterday my name is mic and im in a jam!

    - I have got a 1961 oldsmobile dynamic, this car originally came with the UPGRADED 394 skyrocket wich was a rare option from the factory but now that engine is sitting on the floor and i have a 350 chevy paired to a 700r4 in it and being a 4900 pound car i get 30 miles per gallon lol
    but my jam is i wanted to make the chevy engine look like the olds engines with the valve cover wire looms and paint it red but i REALLY like the vintage chevy look with finned every thing out the ass!
    what do you guys think! thanks -MIC
  2. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    I think you should leave it Chebby so that people don't think you're a poser and ship the Skyrocket to me because you obviously don't know what to do with it and I will make good use of it. :D

    Welcome to the HAMB if you don't have thick skin I would suggest front quarter horse hide stitched and fitted. ;)
  3. Welcome to the HAMB young man,,,A word of advice here on the HAMB,,,Dont try to impess all us old geezers with a bunch of BS...we are like an old turd,there is no steam on it...At 14 yrs of age,sit back and read here and learn what the HAMB is all about.
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  4. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    Sound wisdom from Beaner and WB---
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  5. Welcome.

    It's your car, so build what you like.
    If you want the "Olds look", put the 394 back in.
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  6. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    Hey pay attention he's sending the olds to me so I can put it in my sedan. :D
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2015
  7. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,496


    Just leave the hood down and you'll definitely have the OLDS look and Beaner can put the 394 to good use and send you a picture! Joe
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  8. Someone on here fairly recently did a 350 Chevy in an Olds, either a '61 or '62. Track him down to see what he went through.
  9. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    LOL we're havin fun now.

    hey wait a minute we haven't even seen the olds in question yet. ;)
  10. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,788


    Hey I want the olds.
  11. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,588


    If Beaner decides he doesn't want it I'll put myself 2nd in line for the freebie.
  12. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    Wouldn't that be the chit in front of my B&M in the Southern Employment Special? Hell I'd even run it with a slim jim if I had it.

    You up for a bat trip to the border? :D :D Damned shame to let it sit on the floor and go to the devil.
  13. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,645

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Those old 394 are stump pulling SOB's. If it is a runner I wouldn't change it, if you go chevy leave it chevy.
  14. Welcome to the HAMB!
    Here is some encouragement! (Don't let all these geezers intimidate you)
    You can get lots of knowledge around here, but you will have to sort it
    out yourself. wbrw32 is right, you can't bs us! But also, we were all 14,
    once, and you have a great start and opportunity already!
    Look for threads that have to do with your application.
    Find out the specs on your engine. Learn as much as you can.
    It's all on the internet, and of course here.
    Much has been done here by many before you.
    You have a killer low RPM torque monster engine sitting
    on your floor, a weeny Chebby that everybody uses in everything in the bay,
    and about 2 years 'till you can drive legit.
    The car is talking to you.
    NOBODY will be impressed with the Chev, even LESS dressed like an Olds,
    but uniqueness will be yours if you put the 394 back in.
    I know of what I speak. I had a '63 Dynamic 88 back in '72 with the 394
    and low RPM torque is very impressive in a big car,
    plus it looks like yours is a bubble top, the coolest body!
    Find out why the engine came out. It will probably need a simple rebuild,
    (they were very stout) ask Beaner he knows.
    Find a reputable rebuilder, or maybe check with your old man.
    Get it back together befor you get your license and you will learn a lot about old cars.
    After you drive it a while you can go further with mods if you like.
    Maybe you can sell the whole car to Beaner! Or me!
    Those big Olds look great with Torque thrusts!
    Good luck!
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  15. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 423

    51 BIRD

    Welcome to the H.A.M.B.,Mic! A 61 Olds bubbletop is a very cool car. If anyone questions the Chevy,just tell them it's Canadian,eh?
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  16. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    GV said stump pullers and that is an understatement. I like a lot of engines and two engines I love, the SBC ( in the proper environment) and the olds 394. I have had a few early '60s Oldsmobiles over the years they used to be granny mobiles and were cheap. One was a 63 delta that I robber every good part I could off an old police interceptor and it would literally scare you when you mashed the loud peddle.

    I think that the Sky Rocket was the 11.5:1 car as opposed to the 10.5:1 motor. I may be mistaken, but I don't think so. Unless it has been at the bottom of the ocean at most it probably just needs inserts and rings, maybe a valve job. For some reason the blocks don't seem to wear on them must have been high nickel content.

    OK I took that one off the rails, like I said earlier welcome.
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  17. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 4,847


    Where's the picture of the car? Show us a bubbletop already.
  18. Beaner, if you think back, WAY BACK! I think the description was
    "Ultra High Compression". Mine had it on the air cleaner.
    You are right, 11.5:1 compression!
    Ran reall good on SUNOC 104! Even better on Cam-2!
    MIC, that engine is a keeper!!
  19. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,645

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Very well said Tony
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  20. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,967


    Well I told him every way I knew how. :D

    You could run the 11.5 on pump gas and Moroso my 13 or so probably not it'll be race gas or nothing for it. I would take an 11.5 Olds 394 any day of the week for my model A.
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  21. I AGREE and I am 62. LOL. Bruce.
  22. czuch az
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 161

    czuch az

    Mic, welcome.
    Ya see whats going on here, We're all on your side, ya just gotta have the moxie to live through it.
    Purists at heart, that will take a Model A barn find with 15 miles on it and do things that will make Henry do 10,000 rpm in the grave.
    I'd keep it Olds.
    (I doubt Mr Beaner is kidding though.)
  23. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,588


    Very interesting profile, for a 14 year old. Or a 15 year old. You say both, which is it?
    Dec 22, 2000 (Age: 14)
    car builder
    1961 olds dynamic 88 bubble top,1938 chevy 2 door sedan,1947 chevy 2 door sedan,46 mercury business coupe with 1500HP 460 ford 17:1 comp ratio pro street
    NO CLUB-lone wolf
    i am a 15 year old german living in the heart of canada where i shoot machineguns, build cars and drag race :)
    ----i own numerous old cars.
    ----i have a passion for classics and old shit.
  24. I'm not a fan at all of 350s but if thats all the budget allows I totally get it. I would leave the Chevy a Chevy and note try and "fake" anything. Run the 350 until it takes a crap and later down the line when the budget allows throw an Olds back in:cool:
  25. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
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  26. aerorocket
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 488

    from N.E. P.A.

    Olds 394's never had 11.5 compression from the factory. The 345 hp Starfire had 10.5 and the 330 hp skyrocket had a little less. A 61 88 Olds also does not weigh 4900#. Also a 350 bowtie in a 61 Olds will not get 30 mpg.
  27. Sometimes people get their kids to sign up for them because they are computer illiterate etc.

    :rolleyes: ...or maybe he is a kid.
  28. Aerorocket, you may be right on the 10.5, I am more than fuzzy sometimes!
    But the UHC was on the air cleaner.
    I do remember my '63- Dynamic 88 weighing 4100#
  29. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 1,871

    dan c

    back in the '70s there was an engine shortage--or something--and gm was putting chevy engines in oldses. maybe other brands, too. most of the old farts that i worked with said, "what's the difference? the car runs fine!" to me, the olds mill was about 200% sweeter than a chevy, plus, if i'm buying an olds, i want an olds engine! my 2cents.
  30. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,827

    from Nicasio Ca

    Party pooper. ;)

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