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Lansing, Michigan
United States

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1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Coupe


2001 Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec


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About “Frankenolds”

I got this car in 2000 for free from the original owner in good running/driving condition. It had a 3.8(231ci)V6.
It has been in it's current state and on the road since 2003.
I used parts from several cars to build this on the super cheap. The '77 403 had a factory rating of 185hp/320ft.lbs torque. Just a little tweaking on carb jetting,timing,and breathing. It does run pretty strong for what it appears to be.
I built Oldsmobiles on the assembly line,so no problem building them at home.

About “Slow-cus”

What's to say? Fairly high miles (88k as of 01/2007) for its age, but apart from the front bumper being in need of a respray and the wheels showing signs of age/slight kerbing hasn't fared too badly.

Would benefit greatly from actually having some power. Nice enough to drive, handles competently, just woefully underpowered.


Specs for “Frankenolds”

403,TH350,8.5 3.23,dual exhaust,Flowmaster 40s,255/60-15 Road Huggers,8.5 X 15 Centerline Hellcat 4X4 wheels,1.25 front and 1" rear sway bars.

Specs for “Slow-cus”

1.6 16v Zetec-SE
100bhp @ 6000rpm (though RR tests usually turn up slighly more)
145Nm @ 4000rpm
0-60 10.0s
(According to Parkers guide)
40mpg (supposedly - if you drive like your granny on 'normal' roads)
1070kg (apparently...)
IG6 and 165g/km CO2 so only £125 Road tax :-)


Factory Options for “Frankenolds”

V6,auto,ac,am/fm,padded vinyl landau top,SSII wheels.

Factory Options for “Slow-cus”

'Climate Pack' - Electric windows, electric heated mirrors, heated front screen (so good for de-icing!), air-con, CD player. Mudflaps too.


Mods for “Frankenolds”

Parts cars:
'77 Olds Delta 88 Royale;403 V8,TH350 trans and crossmember,big radiator and shroud,short driveshaft for 8.5" rear end,front spindles and 12" 5X5 rotors,11" rear drums.
'84 Cutlass Calais; Steering gear box 13:1,reclining bucket seats,console.
'84 Delta 88 Brougham;driver and passenger 6 way power seat bases,deluxe trunk trim,rear seat,front header panel,left fender,fuel lines,dash pad and trim.
Other parts;'80 Olds Holiday 88 trunk lid and interior carpet,Toronado leather sport steering wheel,'81 Delta 88 aluminum hood,hinges&springs.
'87 Chevy 9C1 8.5 3.23 limited slip rear end.
A few cans of Rustoleum primer.

Mods for “Slow-cus”

Nothing exciting (so far) - variable intermittent wiper stalk, map lights, swapped ashtray for felt-lined storage tray (surprisingly useful!). Also added steering column stereo controls and a Puma gearknob - the first is very handy, the second just looks and feels nice. Woo!

Would like 16" Zetec wheels (similar design, but biggerer+nicerer) and -30mm suspension drop. A lot of money for no real gain, better just to buy a faster car...


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