I apologize for the novel here in advance. So a couple years ago, I got into a relatively minor accident with my 57 Ford. After 18 years, something was bound to happen. Thankfully there were no injuries, and the car is still plenty drivable, but it needs some real help in the metal work department and needs a full repaint. That sucks, but Grundy took care of it. Recognizing that I wouldn't have the time to get in on the road before the Summer, I decided it best to go out and buy another car to cruise for a while. This '61 Olds came available, and I knew it was a fresh build with A/C (a real plus with a then 1-year-old), so I pulled the trigger. BIG mistake. It took 2 months of major work just to simply make it a driver, which I did all last summer. Ultimately, the 394 had about 1 psi of oil pressure at warm idle, and simply had to go. While I have been diligently working on it since the end of the winter, having fabricated a full air-suspension, and getting ready to drop in a SBC with 2x4s and a 700R4, it's just not going to be ready any time soon. Especially since I need to send it off for body and paint once I'm done with the mechanicals. Ultimately, I still don't have a driver, and I figure I'm not going to any time soon. Last week, I'm perusing Facebook before bed and come across a 56 Olds Holiday 98. I look closer, and realize, "Hey, that's Manny's car". For a little background info, I got my license in 2001, and had a 57 Chevy, but no real direction in the old car world. I fell in with a group of young guys also with custom cars in a club called The Hellcats in Central/North NJ. The de facto leader was a dude named Anthony (a few years older than me), and his dad was Manny, who was a die hard kustom guy through and through from way back when these cars were new. Here he was (facing the windscreen) at the CT Road Agents Rumble in probably 2004 or 2005. Manny had this Olds and for us young guys, that was the Gold standard of customs in the area. Manny, along with Phil, Rebel John, Bob Nitti, Bob Barkoff, and other members of the older generation, showed us young guys the ropes in the custom car game. Plenty of nights were spent in his garage, listening to Carl Perkins and the Stray Cats, drinking Old Milwaukee, and talking cars with the 56 Olds and then later Anthony's 54 Holiday 98 as the backdrop. As time went on, I fell out of touch with both of them, and sadly, heard that Manny passed away last August. Immediately recognizing the car, I messaged the seller and to my shock, struck a deal. My (incredibly understanding) wife and I hit the road for the 500 mile drive to Southern VA and dragged this home. 1956 Olds Holiday 98 coupe. Still running the 324 and Jetaway Hydramatic. Drivetrain is basically stock with a single 4bbl (4GC) with the exception of an older knee-knocker that blows ice cold. In typical Olds 98 fashion, it's decked out with all of the power accessories; power steering and brakes, power windows, power seat, autronic eye, etc., and has been converted to electric wipers with a newer Newport Engineering kit. It has an amateur paint job, but looks great going down the road and was pinstriped by Anthony White (00Mack) in probably 2003. It's also been nosed, decked, lowered, and has a frenched antenna and real '41 Lincoln push buttons in the doors. It drives pretty well, but was certainly sitting for a considerable period of time and runs accordingly. I had to do some real soul-searching (as well as much more due-diligence) to figure if I wanted to buy another Olds after the last fiasco, but any issues I can see I figure to be relatively minor to fix. It was a calculated risk I was willing to take. It also came with a hoard of spare parts including older adjustable rocker arms, a full set of side trim, a whole assembled 3rd member, and way more. First and foremost, the car definitely has a fuel issue, which I think is a badly gummed up carb, that causes a bad sputtering. I'll keep updating the thread with progress as I move along. Fingers crossed for some better luck with more driving and less wrenching.