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History The Bill Olivo 1954 Custom Oldsmobile

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by M.Edell, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. M.Edell
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    Hi guys, last year I acquired Bill Olivo's 1954 Oldsmobile he's owned since 1960. He purchased the car from the original owner who bought it new in 1954/55. Bill was from San Jose,Ca. and started customizing the Olds right away and spent every dollar he made on completing the car. By the 1965 Car show season the car was shown at the Oakland Roadster Show in the Semi-Custom Hardtop class and took home a trophy. He continued to show the car all at the big indoor shows in California including the Tridents show in L.A. where it took home a big trophy. The original Kelly Green metalflake paint was done by Louie Stojanovich of The Rod & Wheelers car club, who also ended up working for Barris. Bill said it was the first metalflake paint job in San Jose,Ca. Bill spent a whopping $2500 in 1964/'65 on chrome plating under the hood and around the car. Bill and his Olds were a regular at John's Drive-In in San Jose,Ca which was only a few blocks from the family home. By 1968/69 Bill purchased a new Olds 442 and the Olds was covered and put on blocks and sort of forgotten about for years. In the late 2000s Bill decided it was time to get it out again. The car still had its U.S Royal Master tires from the early '60s on it, in fact up until a few months before I bought it. He put the car up for sale with the original, badly Lacquer cracked and faded paint job on it and there were no takers. He then decided he was going to keep the car and have it repainted by a local Body shop in Novato,Ca. They decided on House Of Colors "Organic Green" with platinum flake in the clear. Bill drove the car to many shows and once again was taking home awards. At a local car show a couple years ago the car caught on fire under the hood, but was put out immediately with an extinguisher, the hood and wiring were damaged and repaired. He drove the car all around with the 55 year old US Royal Masters on it until a friend told him he was going to kill himself or someone else on the road. He didn't think to keep the very rare Royal Masters for cool display purposes unfortunately and they were tossed and replaced with generic radials. By last Summer, 2019 Bill's health was starting to decline and thought this time the car has to go. He listed it on Craigslist and that's where I came across it. I tried for several days to reach someone regarding the car. I finally received a reply from Bill's son with a phone number. I called Bill on the phone and we immediately hit it off. He said he was having second thoughts about selling the car and wanted to screen people first. I explained to him all the survivor Kustoms and Hot Rods I've had in the past etc and told him I wouldn't turn it into a some modern street rod nightmare. He agreed to have me come over and check the car out. We talked for a long time, I took Bill out for Burgers and Shakes and we struck a deal. We keep in contact with each other regularly. I told him I was changing the wheel and tire combo which he sorta frowned upon at first , but when he seen it, he loved it and said it had Chrome steel wheels on it in 1962 to begin with. I've had to completely rebuild the brake system in the car and am now in the process of swapping the slipping and leaking Hydramatic transmission with a Ross Racing Custom TH-400 transmission/bellhousing. I can't wait to get it on the road again. Oh by the way it has a 1961 RCA 45 Record player and Motorola reverb that all works still. 1966-Grand-National-Roadster-Show-–-Oakland-Archives-24-of-27.jpg 67825992_10219643005296612_2870615377388240896_n.jpg 71851057_10220142441662209_6314083232040091648_n.jpg 72170214_10220142453542506_2871191152114008064_o.jpg 87192964_3099569570268434_1709909777133338624_n.jpg 68290171_10219658136154874_8690367587558621184_n.jpg 69688023_10219857194931219_8829747492586258432_n.jpg 00505_8MRJF0cKB6Y_1200x900.jpg 68920220_10219643955880376_4915503067119484928_n.jpg 83917135_10221256966764640_6964148569766887424_n.jpg
     
  2. M.Edell
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    Shot of the trunk which is still in Green and White from the custom interior job it already had in it when Bill purchased the car. Couple of shots with the original paint.. 82299749_10221095867937270_6038314557468835840_n.jpg 83224208_10221095868817292_1762719951975612416_n.jpg 89172806_10221552445111414_334528710558351360_o.jpg
     
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  3. Model A Gomez
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    Beautiful car, the color is awesome but I'm a fan of green. The lacquer was really bad but that's what happened when the paint was too thick. I've always been a fan of the late 50's early 60's mild customs, nice clean lines .
     
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  4. 49ratfink
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    from California

    looking good. got any more of the crusty paint pics?
     
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  5. captainjunk#2
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    wow very nice car i like the original color before it crazed out and cracked
     
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  6. M.Edell
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    Those are the only two so far.
     
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  7. 40FORDPU
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    Beautiful!
     
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  8. mlagusis
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    The new wheels and tires look perfect.
     
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  9. '40 Coupe Fan
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    WOW !!!!! Love it !
     
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  10. GordonC
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    I always wondered what made the old lacquer paint jobs check and craze like that? Looks great now!
     
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  11. GordonC, the old lacquer was brittle. When a car sits in the sun it expands, but the lacquer didn't. Same with cold weather. So the checking and crazing is from brittle paint. The thicker the paint, the bigger the cracks.
     
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  12. BuckeyeBuicks
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    I love your Olds!! I have a 54 Super 88 2 door sedan on the back burner, wish mine was even half as nice as that when and if it ever gets on the road.
     
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  13. BJR
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    Now that is one cool car and story. You don't see many 50's Olds around any more. You got a piece of history there. Enjoy it!:D
     
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  14. Beautiful.


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  15. GordonC
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    Thanks Fat ASS Whitewalls!
     
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  16. scrap metal 48
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  17. Awesome car and story... love those Olds
     
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  18. Torchie
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    I love it when an original come back to life!
    Seeing the trunk was Green and white, Did Bill put the black interior in it?
    I had a 56 Merc back in the 70's that was built around the same time period as this Olds and it had a all Black interior as well. A 60's thing perhaps???
    Torchie
     
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  19. Dig it, glad it's good hands..
     
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  20. M.Edell
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    Yes Bill redid the interior in black. The dash and headliner were dyed black..lol...Yes black was a mid 60s thing for sure...
     
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  21. As you can tell from my Avatar, got a true love for the Olds', mines a '53
     
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  22. M.Edell
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    I love it!! great color..
     
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  23. Johnnee D.
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    what a beauty!
     
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  24. v8flat44
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    Hopped into the Olds, dropped it down in super gear, tromped it to the and burned the tires off the rear....
    and it looks real good too.
     
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  25. I’d love to see more pics...great car
     
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  26. M.Edell
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    Thanks Guys.
     
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  27. Stogy
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    Missed this found it searching out a Yellow A Roadster which typically goes around in a virtual circle back to the Hamb...congrats...beautiful Olds and a great story around your acquisition of it...bit of a Nailbiter...
     
  28. Dago 88
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    Remember seeing it a few years back for sale on Ebay, good to see it ended up with the right care taker.
    I kinda liked the cracked metalflake :) 9c_3.jpeg 53_3.jpeg
     
  29. M.Edell
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    Wow..Thanks for for the pics..I didn't have any from before. "Dago 88, post: 13625891, member: 12433"]Remember seeing it a few years back for sale on Ebay, good to see it ended up with the right care taker.
    I kinda liked the cracked metalflake :) View attachment 4719200 View attachment 4719201 [/QUOTE]
     
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  30. M.Edell
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    From my maiden voyage in the car a couple weeks ago. Drove excellent on the freeway. MVIMG_20200528_082617.jpg
     
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