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Old 03-28-2004, 02:54 PM
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Engine for a 48 OLDS Fastback

I am looking into buying a project car. The car in question needs a lot of work and I am trying to decide if it is worth it. The only thing salvageable on the car is the body and the chassis.
The engine and tranny are gone.

The car is a 1948 Oldsmobile 2Dr Fastback.

I was looking for some input on what kind of motor that I should get for it. Should I buy it new or used ?
Also what type of Transmission would work best.
I don't plan on racing this car it will be manily for me to cruise around in as a daily driver when it is finished.

Thanks for any input that anyone can give

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how big is the engine bay
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Not sure on size of engine bay I have not actually bought the car just wondering about cost factors with buying an engine and a transmission.

Here is a link to the car in question.
I would assume that the engine bay is pretty large.
It is an old fat fendered car with that big chrome grille.

http://adcache.collectorcartraderonl...4/65813784.htm
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I would say it depends on how much money you have, how much of the work you can do yourself, and your personal taste. That car can make a great ride but you are right, it needs everything. The front suspension and steering will need rebuilding or upgrading, the rear end will have to be changed, New brakes all around, engine and trany, upholistry, body work and paint, wheels and tires, etc. Estimate the time and cost then double it. Now that I've tried to discourage you, buy that sucker. Spend the next year or two in the garage, drop in a Cad. 472-500 with a 350 and welcome to the world of hotrods.
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Look at it this way, if the body is solid and you like the looks of it, get it....The body is one of the biggest obstacles, nothing worse than having to fix a bunch of rust holes.
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easy now poncho. those rust holes you speak of are currently residing in my car.
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Great seats The rats look comfortable!

Anyway I would just rebuild the motor thats in it. With a car like that I personaly would try to kep it original.
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I was planning on working on this for the next One or tow years. I am only 24 and I have been wanting to do something like this for about five years now. I have the garage and the time. The money will come slowly and I can just spend all of my extra time on it. My brother already said that a and I quote "You better by that ********* or I will kill you." So he's with me. Four hands and two heads are better that just me by myself.

I had a question about WoodsEdge post. You mentioned "drop in a Cad. 472-500 with a 350 and welcome to the world of hotrods." What is a CAD 472-500 and where do I find one. And I am assuming the 350 is a 350 engine right?

I am pretty well versed in car maintenace and how to build and fix them. I have never attempted a frame up rebuild though.

thanks for the replies
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Get a 425 or 455 Olds.
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I was referring to Cadillac 472 & 500 cu. in. engines and turbo 350 transmissions. These engines make unbelievable hp and torque in stock form and only weigh about 50 lbs. more than a small block Chevy and they give decent gas mileage. Please don't put a 350-350 combo in it. All most everybody does that, be different. If not Caddy, how about Olds. The 400's, 425"s, and 455"s were all good performers.
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no one for HEMI HEMI HEMI!!!???

a big olds or caddy motor. at least 455 cubic inches. at least.

heck i'd go with the 500 caddy. just say it.
five hundred cubic inches.

i gotta go now.....
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no one for HEMI HEMI HEMI!!!???

a big olds or caddy motor. at least 455 cubic inches. at least.
Oh GAAWD, don't get me started.............*&%$^& boat anchor.........
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hey c'mon now there is nothing like some crazy suped up offy straight six.
j/k
i'd go 455 all the way.
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ok know that I understand what you mean by a 472 or 500.
How would I go about acquring one. Would I be able to find one at a Junk Yard. Thats probably the last place to look though.
Any ideas on looking for an engine.

What kind of mileage would I get with this thing 500 Cubic Inches sounds like a gas hog to me. But what do I know I haven't ever even broken down a big V-8 engine before. Watched but never got involved. Dosen't seem like its something hard to do though.

Anyways back to my question.

Thanks
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Hemi.... Oh GAAWD, don't get me started.............*&%$^& boat anchor.........
I agree. There's absolutly no reason to waist a perfectly good hemi in a car where it can't be seen.

Actually the 472 or 500 Caddy or even better a 455 Olds with the TH-350 trans would make a great combination.

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