This rust free Arizona car was built in Mesa, Arizona. It started with a 50,000 mile original white Ninety Eight. The body, interior and frame were all Oldsmobile. The power train came from a 1995 Chevrolet SS Impala. It has a 1995 LT-1 350 fuel injected engine, a 4L60 electronic 4 speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel ABS Disc Brakes, an 8-1/2 3:42 rear axle and street legal performance headers and exhaust. The body chrome was removed from the car and the fender skirts were removed to accommodate the Super Sport tires and wheels. It was polished off with a fresh black paint job. LT-1 decals were made for the front fenders. If you look close at the work that was done you can tell that care was taken to make this car appear to be all Oldsmobile.
My husband saw the car at an auction in Dallas in November 2005 where he bid for and won the car. When he called to tell me he had just bought a 1983 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight 4 door sedan I didn't know what to say so I said nothing. All I could think of was this was a huge 4 door hunk of iron that only my mother or grandmother would drive. I reminded me that he had promised not to buy another car until some of our other cars were sold. He figured he was really in trouble so instead of staying for the rest of the auction he drove home that evening - babying the car all the way home, not knowing if everything worked. The car performed beautifully.
The next morning I got up and went outside to look at the car and was really impressed with the looks of the car. I went in and said I would like to drive it. I started out slowly, turned the corner and going 15 mph I nailed it. The car turned sideways and flew down the road - OH YES!!!! This was definitely a keeper - a beautiful car with amazing performance. We drove the car to the North Texas Oldsmobile Club Christmas Party in Dallas in December and got over 20 miles per gallon driving 70-80 mph.
Since buying the car we have added positraction and replaced the gray velour interior with gray leather seats from a 1995 Cadillac. The front bucket seats are power and heated. The buckets didn’t need alterations to fit the car (even the mounting holes were the same), but the rear seat was about 4 inches too wide and slightly too tall. The trim shop did a nice job altering the rear seat to fit the 98’s rear seat frame. The most difficult part of the interior retrofit was installing the wiring harnesses. The velour and vinyl trim on the Oldsmobile door panels have been replaced with gray leather to match the seats.
It may be an LT-1 but the car has the rumble of an Oldsmobile.
This car is our OLDS-CHEVY-CADILLAC.
This is definitely not your mother's (or grandmother's) Oldsmobile.