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Table of Contents

How to use this Document [ Updated ]
Copyright Notice
Disclaimer
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments [ Updated ]
Index






Oldsmobile V-8 History
Rocket Era 1949 - 1990
Generations
First Year Items
Indy Pace Cars [ Updated ]


Engines
1949 - 1964
What CIDs
Differences & Similarities [ Updated ]
Varieties of the Early Rocket [ New ]
303 Detail324 Detail371 Detail394 Detail [ New ]
Engine Performance

1964 - 1990
Big Block CIDs
Small Block CIDs
Is it a Big Block or Small Block ('64 - '90) Engine?
Differences & Similarities: Olds BB and SB [ Updated ]
Varieties of Olds Big Blocks [ Updated ]
400 Detail425 Detail455 Detail [ New ]
Varieties of Olds Small Blocks [ Updated ]
260 Detail307 Detail330 Detail350 Detail403 DetailDiesel Detail [ New ]
Similarities: Other GM engines [ Updated ]
Engine Performance [ Updated ]
Cam Bank Angle, Lifter Size Considerations [ Updated ]
Experimental 455 Engines

1995 - Present
What CIDs
Engine Performance
Indy Car Engine


Blocks
1949 - 1964
Identification [ Updated ]
Block Unit Numbers Detail [ Updated ]
Block Functional Details [ Updated ]

Big Block 1965 - 1976 [ Updated ]
Big Block Identification
Big Block Unit Numbers Detail [ Updated ]
Big Block Functional Details

Small Block 1964 - 1990 [ Updated ]
Small Block Identification
Small Block Unit Numbers Detail [ Updated ]
Small Block Functional Details [ Updated ]

1995 - Present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Functional Differences [ Updated ]

General
Oversize Lifter Bore
4 bolt Mains


Heads
1949 - 1964 [ Working on It ]
Identification [ Updated ]
Details [ Updated ]
Intake, Exhaust Port Sizes
Combustion Chambers, CC's, Interchange

1964 - 1990 [ Updated ]
Identification
Details
Miscellaneous Topics
Intake, Exhaust Port Sizes
Combustion Chambers, CC's, Interchange

1995 - Present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Details
Intake, Exhaust Port Sizes
Combustion Chambers, CC's, Interchange


Crankshafts
1949 - 1964 [ Working on It ]
Identification
Strengthening/Machining

1964 - 1990 [ Updated ]
Identification
Forged 455 Crank
Pilot Bearing
Late / Early Model Flex Plate Differences
Strengthening/Machining

1995 - present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Strengthening/Machining


Intake Manifolds
1949 - 1964 [ Updated ]
Identification [ Updated ]
Details

1964 - 1990 [ Updated ]
Identification
Details
Port Fuel Injection

1995 - Present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Details


Exhaust Manifolds
1949 - 1964 [ Working on It ]
Identification [ Updated ]
Details [ Updated ]

1964 - 1990 [ Updated ]
Identification
Details

1995 - Present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Details

General
Dual Exhaust Using Crossover Exhaust Manifolds
Adding An H Pipe


Pistons, Connecting Rods
1949 - 1964 [ Working on It ]
Identification
Piston Dish Volumes
Strengthening/Machining

1964 - 1990
Identification [ Updated ]
Connecting Rod Center to Center Lengths [ New ]
Piston Dish Volumes [ Updated ]
Strengthening/Machining

1995 - Present [ Working on It ]
Identification
Piston Dish Volumes
Strengthening/Machining


Other Parts
Transmissions
Automatic Transmission Identification [ Updated ]
Automatic Transmission Comparison [ Updated ]
Automatic Transmission Swapping [ Updated ]
Automatic Transmission Tuning [ Updated ]
Automatic Transmission Rebuilding [ New ]
Manual Transmission Identification [ Updated ]
Manual Transmission Comparison [ Updated ]
Manual Transmission Swapping [ Updated ]
Manual Transmission Tuning [ Updated ]
Manual Transmission Rebuilding [ New ]

Differentials
General
Suspension Air Bags
Differential Codes [ Updated ]
Gear Recommendations for the Street
Rebuilding
Swapping

Brakes [ New ]

Suspension [ New ]

Steering [ New ]

Wheels / Tires [ New ]

Cams [ Updated ]

Carburetors [ Updated ]

Ignition [ New ]

Part Interchange
Body Panels
Carburetors
Crankshafts
Distributors
Exhaust Manifolds
Fuel Tanks
Heads
Manual Steering Box
Power Steering Gear
Radiators
Wheels


Rebuilding / Swapping / Buildup / Restoration / Tuning / Updating
Picking the Best Big Block
What Should I Look For in a BB For My Performance Olds?
Why Get a Toronado Engine?
How to Tell If It's a Toronado Engine
Summary of Olds 425/455 Engines

Picking the Best Small Block [ Updated ]

Rebuilding
Quadra-jet Carburetor
Pulling Engine [ Updated ]
Rebuilding Engine [ Updated ]
Installing Engine [ Updated ]
Rebuilding Steering Box
Pulling Transmission
Rebuilding Transmission
Installing Transmission

Buildup
General Considerations
Engine [ Updated ]
Transmission
Distributor
Vacuum Alternatives

Swapping
Brakes
Differentials
Engines
Exhaust Manifolds
Heads
Steering Box
Suspension
Transmissions [ Updated ]

Restoration
Body Style Letters
VINs, Cowl Tags, Build Sheets
Frame Off
Cleaning
Assembly
Convertible Tops [ Updated ]
Locating Businesses, etc
Parts
Paints / Colors

1965 - 1976 Option Codes [ Updated ]
W-25 Option Package
W-26 Option Package
W-27 Option Package
W-29 Option Package

Compression Ratio Information / Calculation / Comparison [ Updated ]
Calculation
Comparision
Information
Volume Formulas


The Cars
W Machines
W-30 [ Updated ]
W-31 [ Updated ]
W-32 [ Updated ]
W-33
W-34 [ Updated ]
W-40
W-41

Hurst/Olds
History
Authentication
Production [ Updated ]
Miscellaneous

442
Meaning(s)
Authentication
History [ Updated ]
Production [ Updated ]
Miscellaneous

Toronado
History
Production

88 / 98 / Delmont 88 / Delta 88 / Dynamic 88 / Jetstar I / Jetstar 88 / Starfire / Super 88
History [ Updated ]
Production [ Updated ]

Cutlass / F-85
History
Production
Miscellaneous

Jetfire
History [ Updated ]
Production [ Updated ]
Aftermarket [ Updated ]
Special Maintenence / Problem Areas [ New ]

Vista / Cutlass / Custom Cruiser
History [ Updated ]
Production [ Updated ]


Other Stuff
Basic Tech / Fundamentals [ New ]

How To [ New ]

Miscellaneous
Recycling
Fluid Disposal
Ethylene Glycol (auto anti-freeze)
Miscellaneous Fluids

Build (Bill of Material) Sheets
Dealer Codes
Protecto Plate
Serial and Warranty Plates
VIN Decoding

ComfortTron
Rallye Pac
Rallye Pac A-body Conversion
Rallye Pac B,C-body Conversion
Rallye Pac G-body Conversion
Rocket Rallye Pac Tic Toc Tac
Tachometer Reads Incorrectly

Converting Console Shifter to Hurst Dual Gate
Hurst Dual Gate Shifter
Stiff Toronado Shift Linkage Solution

1983 - 1988 G-body T-tops
Lightened Frames

Movies With Oldsmobiles
Songs With Oldsmobiles

Applicable to All Vehicles
Replace Your Fuel Lines
Quick Year Identification

Alternator Conversion
Points to HEI Conversion
Spark Plugs to Use with HEI

Blower Motor Diagnosis and Repair
Clock Repair
Electrical Problem Checklist
Generator Diagnosis and Repair
Radios, Speakers, Impedance
Stock Looking Radio, Speaker Upgrades
Wiper Motor Repair

Aluminum Intake/Head Cleaning
Removing Calcium Deposits From Paint
Removing Cylinder/Head/Piston Carbon Buildup
Removing Paint Overspray

Prepping a Car for Storage
Road Trip Home
Starting a Stored Vehicle

Differences Between A/C and non A/C Cars
Radiator Upgrading

Factory Service Tools
Online Repair Manual For All Models
Parts Cleaner
Putting Out a Carb Fire
So You Want To Buy That Car?

Sources of Additional Information
Oldsmobile Mail List Server
Toronado Mail List Server

Hurst Oldsmobile Club of America
Oldsmobile Club of America (OCA)
OCA Chapters
Oldsmobile, Division of General Motors
Oldsmobile Enthusiast World Wide Web Pages
Other National Oldsmobile Clubs

GM Historical Services (Canada)
Oldsmobile History Center
RE Olds Transportation Museum

Bowling Automotive Programs Web Site
Grand National Web Site

Books
Magazine Reference Articles
Manuals

Glossary
Index



Table of Contents • IndexAcknowledgements

HistoryEnginesBlocksHeadsCranksIntakesExhaustPistons
TransmissionsDiffsBrakesSuspensionSteeringCamsCarbsInterchange
Best BBBest SB260303307324330350371394400403425455Diesel
RebuildingBuildupSwapRestoreOption CodesWheelsIgnitionComp Ratio
The W'sThe H/O'sThe 442'sToronado88 / 98 / StarfireCutlassJetfireWagons
Basic Tech How ToMiscellAll VehiclesAdditional Information

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