1977 Oldsmobile 442 (Bowtied442)
Last updated Jun 17, 2007
This car started out as just a plain Jane Cutlass S. I transformed it into a clone of a 442 with parts from my 73 Oldsmobile 442 that I broke the frame on from having owned and raced it (73) 10+ years. The 77 came with a 231 V6 TH350 and of all things a 2.73 geared rearend. What a pooch! I paid $225.00 for it and drove it home. Within the first month of owning it I put in the Olds 350, 4 speed manual transmission, and the 4.11 geared posi rearend out of my 73 Olds 442. After racing it for half of the first season I blew up the Olds engine I put in a 305 Chevy engine in it. The tranmission was next to give up the ghost it split the case within 2 weeks of putting the Chevy in. My wife told me I could go back to a 4 speed and quit racing ( it wasn't the 1st or even the 5th or 6th time Ihad broken a 4 speed) or I could put an automatic in and keep racing. Well the 305 just wasn't as quick as I had hoped, so the next season a 350 Chevy crate motor found it's way into the frame rails. With some tuning I eventually got it down to 14.50's at Bandimere and with Nitrous it went13.50's! The car weighed in at 3855 with me in it. Fun car, but too HEAVY! That is why I built the Vega I have now.
8.5 to 1 compression
milled 882 heads
1.94 intake 1.6 exhaust valves
268 high energy series Comp Cams
Edelbrock Performer intake
Stock HEI distributor
Th 350 trans
2500 stall converter
B.O.P. 8.5 inch 10 bolt rearend
Richmond 4.11 gears
Converted from v6 auto to Olds 350 4 speed to a Chevy small block auto.
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