Last updated Jul 24, 2006
Not content with just slapping on Cutlass front sheet metal and interior and dropping an Olds 445 in the car and calling it a day, Murphy Walker also had the rear Olds sheet metal grafted in, including the rear bumper and quarters with the trademark '70-72 Cutlass "eyebrow". Further, he converted the car to a hardtop - "Holiday Coupe" in Olds-speak - by replacing the vent windows and window surround with free-standing one piece side glass (Lexan, actually.) It has the correct '70-only Sport mirrors with driver's side remote and optional thermometer, and the W-25 Outside Air Induction twin-scooped factory fiberglass hood, fully functional. Matching the front sheet metal to the rest of the car required grafting the front door skin from a Cutlass to the rear door skin of the Elky, due the the Olds' bold style lines.
Inside is a 442 bucket seat and console interior, complete with his-and-hers Hurst automatic shifter, with pretty much all the options, including Rally Pack gauges, hood lock, and stereo 8-track.
Under the hood is a W-30 spec Olds 455, punched up with headers and duals, breathing through the OAI hood, sending power through a TH400 (correct W-30 spec OG-code, IIRC), and finally heading to the wheels via an ultra-rare W-27 aluminum-center-section Olds 12-bolt rearend. Of course, it has the boxed rear control arms and rear anti-roll bar that any 442 would have. One nifty bit is the rear wheels - Murphy had a set of Olds Rally wheels widened to 10" or so (295-15 rear rubber.) That wide, they just fill the huge Olds rear wheel wells.
This is a very well done car - it was treated as a restoration the whole way. The bodywork is excellent. Murph even had custom "Touring Coupe" emblems made up for the tailgate, which, incidentally, does not open. The tailgate was going to be functional, but the correct 442 exhaust tips with matching cutouts in the rear bumper made that problematic.
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