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    Default 1966 Oldsmobile : 442 Cutlass L-69 Tri power project, No Reserve

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    Here's an exciting opportunity to acquire a restoration project that you don't come across everyday. Up for grabs is a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 with the fabled L-69 option. This pairs the formidable 400 engine with a manual 4 speed transmission, and tops it off with a Rochester 3X2 setup to produce 360HP. 1966 was the first time since the 50s that Oldsmobile offered a Tri-Power, and management killed it that same year, never to return. A mere 1,171 of the Cutlass Holiday Hardtops slipped out the door with this configuration and they are, as they say, rarer than hens' teeth. This 442 obviously is going to need both time and money invested to bring it back, but I believe it offers a good starting point for a restoration because the car is original where it matters.


    No reserve 442 ....the highest bid is the winning bid!

    Here's an exciting opportunity to acquire a restoration project that you don't come across everyday. Up for grabs is a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 with the fabled L-69 option. This pairs the formidable 400 engine with a manual 4 speed transmission, and tops it off with a Rochester 3X2 setup to produce 360HP. 1966 was the first time since the 50s that Oldsmobile offered a Tri-Power, and management killed it that same year, never to return. A mere 1,171 of the Cutlass Holiday Hardtops slipped out the door with this configuration and they are, as they say, rarer than hens' teeth. This 442 obviously is going to need both time and money invested to bring it back, but I believe it offers a good starting point for a restoration because the car is original where it matters. I'll list the casting codes and more information, but first let's take a look at what we're working with. Click to enlarge any of the photos below....



    The body is actually pretty straight. There's a rough area around the rear wheel on the passenger side, but it's otherwise dent free and most importantly, solid. A light layer of surface rust exists, there's just one small area of actual corrosion, at the lower rear of the driver's side fender. Amazingly, there's only one small area of filler on the car, a light skim on the bottom rear of the passenger side quarter panel. The car appears to have been a factory red. The cowl tag lists "Magic Mirror" paint, which has magically disappeared in time to reveal a dull patina. Glass is all excellent, with all of its trim present. Body trim is ding free and nice, there's even a nice replacement piece for that rear wheel arch. Front bumper is good, back has some dents. Grill is good, all emblems are present except for the one on the trunk.

    Underside has the same layer of surface rust as the top, however the floor pan will need to be replaced. Frame is solid, as are the wheelwells and trunk area. Lip around the trunk seal has one area of rust, trunk lid is solid.

    The motor does not turn and I haven't tried to investigate why. It appears to have never been apart, and the motor mounts are undisturbed. All of the codes are correct for a 1966 L-69. I removed the alternator to photographs the codes.
    Block: 390925E, visible beneath the intake casting in the 6th photo below.
    Heads: "B"code 389395, "B" is visible in the 1st photo below.
    Intake: 393238
    The Rochester carbs still have their tags present, but some linkage pieces are missing as well as the original fuel filter housing. Valve covers show the original gold paint beneath the rattle can red.
    I'm not able to identify which Muncie it is, but the tag reads 52659WB. Castings read 3884685 and 3925661. Can't seem to find neutral, condition unknown.

    The interior needs some help, seats could be saved by a competent upholstery pro and a gallon of 409. Floor pan needs replacing, which is just as well, someone along the way cut into the tunnel to adapt his "Mr. Gasket" linkage. Headliner is ok, needs edge trim. Dash is good, although there are 3 mounting holes on the left side. Door panels are fair. Insrumentation is tired, some pieces missing. Floor pedal linkage rusty. Windows all operate.

    No reserve 442 ....the highest bid is the winning bid!

    Here's an exciting opportunity to acquire a restoration project that you don't come across everyday. Up for grabs is a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 with the fabled L-69 option. This pairs the formidable 400 engine with a manual 4 speed transmission, and tops it off with a Rochester 3X2 setup to produce 360HP. 1966 was the first time since the 50s that Oldsmobile offered a Tri-Power, and management killed it that same year, never to return. A mere 1,171 of the Cutlass Holiday Hardtops slipped out the door with this configuration and they are, as they say, rarer than hens' teeth. This 442 obviously is going to need both time and money invested to bring it back, but I believe it offers a good starting point for a restoration because the car is original where it matters. I'll list the casting codes and more information, but first let's take a look at what we're working with. Click to enlarge any of the photos below....



    The body is actually pretty straight. There's a rough area around the rear wheel on the passenger side, but it's otherwise dent free and most importantly, solid. A light layer of surface rust exists, there's just one small area of actual corrosion, at the lower rear of the driver's side fender. Amazingly, there's only one small area of filler on the car, a light skim on the bottom rear of the passenger side quarter panel. The car appears to have been a factory red. The cowl tag lists "Magic Mirror" paint, which has magically disappeared in time to reveal a dull patina. Glass is all excellent, with all of its trim present. Body trim is ding free and nice, there's even a nice replacement piece for that rear wheel arch. Front bumper is good, back has some dents. Grill is good, all emblems are present except for the one on the trunk.



    Underside has the same layer of surface rust as the top, however the floor pan will need to be replaced. Frame is solid, as are the wheelwells and trunk area. Lip around the trunk seal has one area of rust, trunk lid is solid.



    The motor does not turn and I haven't tried to investigate why. It appears to have never been apart, and the motor mounts are undisturbed. All of the codes are correct for a 1966 L-69. I removed the alternator to photographs the codes.
    Block: 390925E, visible beneath the intake casting in the 6th photo below.
    Heads: "B"code 389395, "B" is visible in the 1st photo below.
    Intake: 393238
    The Rochester carbs still have their tags present, but some linkage pieces are missing as well as the original fuel filter housing. Valve covers show the original gold paint beneath the rattle can red.
    I'm not able to identify which Muncie it is, but the tag reads 52659WB. Castings read 3884685 and 3925661. Can't seem to find neutral, condition unknown.




    The interior needs some help, seats could be saved by a competent upholstery pro and a gallon of 409. Floor pan needs replacing, which is just as well, someone along the way cut into the tunnel to adapt his "Mr. Gasket" linkage. Headliner is ok, needs edge trim. Dash is good, although there are 3 mounting holes on the left side. Door panels are fair. Insrumentation is tired, some pieces missing. Floor pedal linkage rusty. Windows all operate.



    The car comes with a grab bag of extras: extra door panels, metal seat backs and lower surrounds, wheel well trim, etc.

    When properly restored, this car presents excellent investment potential and represents an important part of early muscle car heritage
    Chris

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    Interesting car.I fail to see why the floor pans need replacing...At most it could use a small patch under the drivers seat.
    Steve

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    I was just talking about this car to my buddy John "techmaven" on the board. Hes a real 442 nut. He can pick up on the smallest details about a 442 or Cutlass. He noticed that this car has a "switch pitch" switch mounted on the firewall for an automatic. Gee..thats funny...maybe because its not an original 4 speed and the tunnel was hacked for the tranny swap? Good eyes there John! maybe John sould change his screen name from "Techmaven" to "442detective"!

    Jason
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    I am doubtful there were any auto tri- powers made at the factory. Also in 66 an auto would have been a 2 speed power glide. The 3 speed came in 67. I do not remember if a pitch switch was available for a power glide.


    It would take a ton of money to redo that car. At current prices it would be worth about 50% of what you might have in it after a redo.
    Jim Lore
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    I went on www.442.com and did some research. Jim is right....The tri power option was in fact available with a 4 speed only. My feeling is that this is not an original 4 speed. If thats true, it cant be an original tri-power car as they all were 4 speed. Something is fishy. I sent the seller an email. I wonder if the buyer is going to get duped?


    Jason
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    "Expert in obsolete technology"

    1968 Riviera GS- some assembly required
    1969 Riviera GS- my first car
    1970 Stage 1 4 speed Aquamist
    1971 GS 455 11.93@113.36
    1987 Grand National
    1970 Stellar Industries vintage go kart

    When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty

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    Olds only made about 2200 tri power 442 cars and only in 66. Maybe another another 2K tri power add ons.
    Jim Lore
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    "If you cannot clear up the confusion at least make the confusion clear."

 

 

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