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Old 09-25-2002, 08:19 PM
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i am looking for a dirt-cheap rwd v8, and came across an '88 cutlass supreme classic in a local buy&sell today. it's a 307 and is priced very reasonably. i have yet to go see it. any opinions on this car?

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A 500 caddy would be mighty nice between those front fenders. Seriously though, they are a good buy just because you can do a lot to them and still not have an insurance problem like you would with a camaro or mustang.
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Old 09-26-2002, 03:36 PM
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A friend of mine just put a 472 caddy motor in a '84 Monte Carlo, all he did was rebiuld it stock and it's pure torque. It has the stock rear gears and it will flat roast'em. In fact it will put you back in your seat and it sounds like it is just chuggin along. UNREAL! It doesn't take much to make that Cutlass look good either.
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any engine is a swap candidate. the real question is: do you like the car itself? if you like the ride, then get it. but, if your dream is a AMC gremlin or somethin, then buying this car as something just to pplay with puts you one step further away from your dream.
anyway, the chassis itself (like the monte carlo, right?) has a lot of possibility. engine swaps, chassis upgrades for handling, etc is all avail.ible and somewhat affordabkle, at least by mopar standards.
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Old 09-26-2002, 08:34 PM
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The cutlass is a GM G-body like the Regal,Grand Prix and Monte Carlo.All suspension parts should be interchangable,windshields.
Things to check:
1)Frame directly in back of rear wheels they all rot there.Replacement rails are availible.
2)Floor over Catalytic converter they allways rot there too.
3)Water leak at heater box under pass side dash.Will make the occurance of warning #2 happen quicker.Seals with silicone.
4)Floor under back seat and in trunk in back of seat check for rot they go there to.
Drop a SBC in get the V8 springs from a monte.
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Old 09-26-2002, 08:46 PM
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Check w/ www.montecarloss.com they know everything about G-bodys.I could be wrong Ask them about what parts interchange on susp and brakes there might be a change in 88.
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Old 09-26-2002, 11:47 PM
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I went through one this summer for a friend. Brakes, shocks, etc. It has a GM CCC feedback Rochester on it. The thing purrs like a kitten and rides like a dream. There was plenty of power for interstate driving (307).

The CCC system is not that difficult to work on.
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