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  1. 6 points
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    jiggity76 comes through once again!

    My car has been missing this piece for as long as I and the guy before me have owned it. But today I got a "care package" in the mail from jiggity76 and inside was the moulding I have been missing and it is in WHITE. With about 20 minutes of my time disassembling and polishing, it's as close to NOS as a used piece is going to get. Now, a missing key piece to the car is in place.......
  2. 6 points
    Gentleman named Paul bought a bunch of Oldsmobile drafting papers and these were among them.
  3. 5 points
    Hi folks, I joined this forum at the suggestion of a guy on another forum regarding a '96 Grand Prix SE (150k miles) that I'm trying to fix up. I bought this car for peanuts knowing it had a bad head gasket (or worse.) With a cold engine and radiator cap removed, coolant shoots out of the radiator whenever the starter is engaged or engine running. There's evidence of coolant boilover out of the coolant expansion tank, plus coolant in two or more cylinders (wet plugs). Also have coolant in oil (not a huge amount, but enough to tell it's there). Idiot previous owner wired up the radiator fan to run all the time instead of fixing what was probably a simple intake gasket, and proceeded to overheat the piss out of it. I'm pretty confident it's head gasket and not just the intake gasket. Oddly a compression test gives me 170 PSI on all cylinders. Pretty major power steering leak and a small section of rotting brake line that needs replaced round out the list of problems with this car. Shouldn't be all that difficult to make a good runner out of this, I've done head gaskets and fairly major repairs on other vehicles. I will probably make another post inquiring about options for repair-- I'd really like to consider an engine swap. This is purely a project car, can take my time and do it right. But for now, just wanted to introduce myself and add a couple pics of the car. Have always loved this body style GP, didn't give it a second thought when I saw this for sale, I had to have it!
  4. 5 points
    Here is More Vintage W-body Photos that I been meaning to get myself to share
  5. 5 points

    3.1 Plugs and Wires

    I usually ask Manuel as well, but he doesn’t always answer right away
  6. 5 points

    Front suspension fail

    She's back on the road! After a long winter of fighting rusty bolts, I finally got her back together yesterday. I carefully drove her around the block once, and she seemed to drive and shift fine. I haven't noticed any leaks from the transmission or the brake lines. I'll try a longer drive tonight after work and see how it goes. Parts replaced: Passenger side only: Axle. Both sides: Control arms, tie rods (inner and outer), ball joints, flex brake lines. Parts saved: Fender (I straightened the bent lip). Wheel well trim and lower cladding were slightly damaged but I reinstalled them. TBD: Passenger front tire and hub. The tire held air all winter, but I need to drive at higher speeds and go around corners to evaluate the hub and tire. Total cost: About $400 including tools. Time spent: I don't want to think about it, probably 50+ hours if you count watching videos and buying tools. It doesn't sound like much, but I found ways to make the project take forever. It was my first time doing any of these jobs on any car, so it was a slow learning curve to figure out what technique to use. I often would only have two or three hours a week to work on it, so it dragged on and on. I tried to save money by using the wrong tool for the job a few times, which just ended up with wasted time and frustration until I would give up and drive to the store and buy the right tool. Once I had the right tool and the right technique, each job wasn't bad. Moral of the story: Buy the right tool!
  7. 4 points

    hello everybody

    Beat them without mercy with the old timing belt? Awesome to see new members trickling in still rocking the 3.4 DOHC.
  8. 4 points
    Long time no see everyone! Been a member for many years, but the time has come to pass the torch onto someone else. For sale is my 3500 swapped 96 Grand Prix coupe, currently listed at $3900 OBO with all goodies/accessories included. Details are in the long ad, but it has all of the mods you would expect. Some particular notes for this group - it includes the Digital Horsepower tuning kit, a laptop setup for it (if desired), double roller timing chain setup, several WOT Tech pieces including cam and TB, and the 96 Drivers Information Console waiting to be installed. I just don't have the time to enjoy this sleeper any longer! She is located in the St. Louis metro area in Illinois. Happy to answer any questions. Not willing to part out accessories unless a buyer comes forward that does not want/need some of the included accessories.
  9. 4 points

    Gave the ole girl a cleanup

    Wash/wax on my GP. Been neglecting my car for awhile. Decided to clean her up this evening. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  10. 4 points

    Another red 90 TGP

    I just picked this one up last weekend. I had it loaded and down the road when I stopped for fuel and then decided to look it over, lol. I was floored when I saw the mileage! The car had all the paperwork from its yearly inspections in the glovebox, confirming the mileage right up until 2008 when it was parked. I'm assuming it was the brakes that did it in. I originally purchased it for parts and the front valance and interior bits were what I was after, but now I believe she will be back on the road soon. Everything inside works like new, the switches feel crisp and positive as they should, all lights, sounds, gauges etc function. The car will fire and run for just a few seconds, so I've pulled the injectors and will drop the tank for a complete fuel system clean and put in a new pump and filter. I'll have my body shop guys pull and fix the quarter panel dent, buff her out as good as possible and see how well she looks. If it was a sunroof car, I would most likely keep it, but since it isn't, it'll be looking for a new home in a few months. Now, if I could only find a dang black car!!
  11. 4 points

    Z34 swag

    I need the rear sway bar off of all of those please!
  12. 4 points

    Hello all!

    I shall introduce myself, excuse my ignorance when it comes to forums and how they work. I’m Sarah, from Missouri. I’m excited for the W-Body meet as well. I’m also down to meet anyone who want to have a cruise or meet. Somehow, no one in Missouri exists with a WBody I guess. I own a 1992 z34 284 Lumina, and enjoy long walks to the parts store.
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  14. 3 points

    .........My 93 Cutlass Convertible......

    hello All It's been a few years, my last visit to this forum was 4 yrs ago, I owned a 95 vert then I got myself another convertible, very clean one...I've had it for about 2yrs now This one is a 93, super clean no rust at all compared to my 95 I had, elderly couple owned and as much as I hate the LQ1 engines, I think its the car good looks that keeps drawing me closer to them how I wish we could fit a trusty V8 iron in these cars I haven't done much to this car at all, compared to my previous 95 where (George from the forum here) and I did some work on our cars few years ago I did however modify the stock air box to improve flow, I took out the driver side high beam out and shaved off a few inches off the air box to align it closer to the high beam hole, car looked like it was missing a tooth so I took the other high beam out, which im hoping should help engine heat feel a bit more warmer
  15. 3 points

    Lumatic Rides Again!

    I'm back and ready to restore my Z-34, again! I'm looking for advice on the following: 1. Where to find hard to find parts. 2. Interior restoration. The Florida sun has destroyed mine again. 3. Repair suggestions. 4. etc. If anyone has any suggestions on where I can start, please let me know. Lumatic
  16. 3 points

    New 95 Cutlass Supreme droptop

    Greetings. I have wanted a droptop since my early days of muscle car ownership. Roadrunners, GTO, Dusters, Darts. Finally, at 64 years old I got one. 95 Cutlass Supreme convertible. 85k on the clock, one owner, 3400 powered garage baby. Scale 1-10, I give it a 9. Perfect paint, body and top. Strong motor. Couple leaks in the top I need to fix. Minor wear on drivers seat. Everything works. Despite the 3400’s reputation for being hard to work on, I ain’t scared of it. Been a gear head all my life. I figure if I run into a problem, someone here can bail me out. The real drag is since I got it, been raining every day. I’m looking forward to cruising the Texas Hill country with the top down and the wind in what’s left of my hair
  17. 3 points

    Restoration project...

    So it has been a long time since I posted here.... and Shawn ( @GnatGoSplat) probably thinks I’m crazy for starting this project, but... Yesterday I rescued my 1993 Cutlass Supreme Convertible from what used to be a lumber yard in Byhalia,OH where it had sat for almost exactly 11 years ( it was parked there in October, 2008 ). I am in a bit of damage/deterioration determination mode at the moment. When she was parked, the motor was partially disassembled, so obviously there is some work to be done under the hood. The drivers side window was broken at some point, so that will need to be replaced, and at this point I don’t know if any of the interior parts have damage that needs to be repaired or replaced due to the layer of dirt and dust and other debris I still need to clean out of the car. Getting her up on the trailer ( and back down again ) was fun... the passenger side rear wheel isn’t spinning. Surprisingly, all 4 tires took air, though the drivers side front would only hold it about an hour. Passenger side front was better. It took 12 hours before it went flat.... Next task is to look through the pile of parts ( and repair manuals ) I put in the trunk all those years ago... I need it clear so I can see if the top still works....
  18. 3 points
    Yes. The glass changed in 1995. So 1988-94 are different than 1995-97.
  19. 3 points

    New guy from Belgium

    Hi, my name is Tim and for about a year or so I've been a proud owner of a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that's been passed onto me. I live in Belgium and the car is in Poland for the moment but that's another matter. I had always wanted an American car, maybe the Olds isn't what the average teenager dreams of but these cars are very rare in Europe so I'm happy with it. The Oldsmobile make is almost unknown in these parts, so it adds to the curiosity factor. There are however problems with rarity - the first one being spare parts. The second issue is finding people with enough knowledge to be able to diagnose a problem or recommend any change - that is how I found this forum, I've already found a few useful posts. I hope that one day I'll be able to contribute to this forum to respond in kind.
  20. 3 points

    Restoration project...

    So I spent a little time out in the garage tonight. I pulled the old crusty battery that has sat in the car all these years and replaced it with a new one ( which was also used to power the winch we pulled it onto the trailer with. This let me test some electrical components. All 4 window motors are working. The motor for the top works, though it is a bit sluggish ( i’m Sure it doesn’t help that there is extra weight in the roof framework, in the form of old mud dauber nests.) I was able to get the top all the way down, though the motor struggles to go back up ( this could be as a result of a partially drained battery. My old charger bit the dust, so I will need to get another one. Of course, having the top down has some advantages. It is much easier to see the mess that is the interior. I started the process of vacuuming out debris, tomorrow I should have some upholstery cleaner to work on the seats. I also took a few more photos to document what I am working with.
  21. 3 points

    Restoration project...

    Nice save, looks pretty solid for an Ohio car. Fortunately, the door glass is the same as a 1988-94 coupe
  22. 3 points

    New to the site!

    Big thanks to Jay! He grabbed me these LQ1 motor pieces that I need for the STE. They will make a big difference in the appearance and correctness of it's engine bay. Also, he grabbed me an extra cam cover and these little booklets. They have awesome information regarding our W's including torque specs. I've never seen them before or even heard of them so I think they are kinda rare, maybe not, but I am so thankful he grabbed this stuff for me. I really needed this little spark plug holder for the front wires as my STE's is missing I think and the wires are just thrown everywhere. I also put in my spare cluster and the rest of the dash/HUD so that I can watch her vitals when I first start her up in over 10 years of not running!
  23. 3 points

    Back Again

    Hello all, I was a member here in 2000-2004ish (FATGUY) and life happened. Back then I had a Maroon 1990 Turbo STE and was fairly active. Since then (read as kids, wife, jobs, moves) the car went away and eventually I bought a 1995 Cutlass Supreme body and dropped in a 2002 3100 for my daily driver about 90 miles per day. 5 1/2 years and 120,000 miles later I had an engine mishap and now and contemplating what direction to go with the car. My wife hates it, I LOVE it!! lt is starting to show its Upper Midwest Salty Highway wear, but its not too bad yet (neglected the last couple of years). I am currently looking for a few parts to fix it back up and will be here more often with updates. I am extremely busy with 3 teenagers, work, restoring a 1973 Nova for a friend, and general honey-do list items, but will get here when I can. Good luck to all maccdadd_72
  24. 3 points

    Could A Profit Be Made from This Car?

    I do love fins, chrome and horse power just like everybody else, I have also put my foot down to other car collectors about my taste, but when I roll up in my car from 1990 among a sea of 69 Camaros and tri fives Chevys I stand out. We have the cars that were not suppose to survive but THEY DID! So make room, like it or not. I do understand that the majority of people grew up around the rear wheel drive big v8 cars but the FWD drive cars can pack a punch to.
  25. 3 points
    Seems like I'm on a constant LQ1 myth buster crusade on fb. People who've never owned or maintained one acting like they're an authority. The biggest myth being how difficult it is to change a timing belt followed closely by constant head gasket failures and massive oil leaks. Then I get called a dick because I call them out for disseminating false information
  26. 3 points

    To Le Bra or not to Le Bra

    It destroys the paint underneath. There's a reason everyone stopped using them in the 90s.
  27. 3 points

    94 Cutlass vert

    Hello, sorry it took so long to respond. Thanks for the warm welcome! Here are some pics I snapped today.
  28. 3 points
    MemphisMan Southern meetup 2019

    Just for reference, I added a map with a red star marking the location of everyone who has responded to this thread. It might help determine a location that's as centrally located as possible. Just food for thought. I'm still up for Nashville, but could go any direction if it makes it closer for someone else. I'll update the map based on the location in peoples profile as they respond in the thread.
  29. 3 points

    W-body Nationals June 2019

    Sorry for being ~5 months late to the discussion. I'd potentially be down for Erie. Its only 1,5 hours from me. I feel like Erie has been an enigma for years now, lets make it happen. Life's changed since the last Toledo meet I made it to, I could probably make a day trip on Saturday. I'm probably a couple years out from making a entire weekend due to the little one Autocross, I don't care, my shits too old for me to want to really rag on. And lets be honest If I know us, 60% of the crew would be just as happy in a salvage yard (though IIRC Erie's are seriously shit-tier), 35% would hang around and just be content and 5% would have interest in something else (AutoX, Tracks in general, Antique stores, Firearm ranges). But don't let me be a old man and spoil a good time. Like I said I'd likely only be able to make it up for a day trip on Saturday.
  30. 3 points
    They just get torqued down. There is no adjustment. Put both the rockers and the pushrods back in the exact same places they came out of (the 60 degrees use two different length pushrods). Do you need to replace the intake gaskets because they're leaking? 50k miles is pretty low to have those gaskets leak, especially on a Gen 2 motor, which don't really tend to have issues.
  31. 3 points

    New to the site!

    So let me just say, MemphisMan is the man for countless reasons but he found this part on Ebay and texted me bringing my attention to it and I couldn't believe my eyes! A 91-94 CS HUD unit! After inspecting it, I can confirm that it is an NOS piece and has never been installed. The screw tabs have never been tampered with and the maroon cover is perfect along with the rubber seal that goes around the perimeter of it. Also, you can see the outside and inside lens/mirror is perfect, no scratches or fogging. The inside has no dirt, dust, or any debris at all! Incredible! It came in a very nicely packed box and was enclosed in a sealed bag. I would have never known about it unless MemphisMan said something and I'm forever grateful to him. The best part, I only paid $36.15 for it including shipping! There was and I'm sure still is a NOS HUD unit still out there that I posted somewhere here. The guy wants $1000 for it! Thank you Memphis! Your the best!
  32. 3 points

    W-body Nationals June 2019

    SCCA meeting tonight and finally dates on the calendar. This year autocross events will be Sundays so they can set up Saturday nights so those weekends are June 9th and July 7th. Sunday could be better for us since not everyone will want to attend autocross for various reasons so some may just want to head out. Track walking will be around 10:AM, racing will start shortly after.
  33. 3 points
    They look OEM to me too. Got to see them when I pulled my monoleaf yesterday One of mine was worn.
  34. 3 points

    Knock sensor location

    Yikes, it’s much easier on the LQ1. That’s a first...
  35. 3 points

    9C3 Recaro seats

    They only came in blue or tan. not gray.
  36. 3 points

    Where to start for suspension upgrades

    Here’s the strut bar not easy to photo because it’s so long. I used rubber washers to secure it to the tower so the powder coating isn’t damaged at the bolt holes
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    Newb checking in

    Finally back at it. Been working on it for the past 2 weeks now. Progress is very slow but steady and nice. Will take some pictures when I get a chance. I must say, it's looking pretty good. NOS parts definitely make a difference.
  38. 3 points

    W-body Nationals June 2019

    I might actually come. Likely drive convertible.. as the ManVan isn’t exactly w-body
  39. 3 points

    NOS 88-96 Grand Prix applique

    Hey guys, I've been talking to MemphisMan about this and actually pulled those pieces from a 88 Regal coupe that was in the yard today. I don't know if the Regal's and GP coupes share the same trim piece but they will NOT directly fit on the Cutlass coupes. The Regal ones are narrower and shorter in critical areas compared to the ones used on the Cutlass coupes. Here's what I'm talking about. The one on the left is from the 88 Regal coupe. The one on the right is the original one from my 91 International, I pulled it off to see if the Regal one would just bolt on. The Regal one also has a rubber bumper on it where both my 91 and 89 International parts car do not have the rubber bumper. Top side of the Regal one. Top side of the Cutlass one. The Regal one loosely mounted onto my 91 International Cutlass coupe. Notice how the top does not fit under the drip moulding and there is a substantial gap. The original Cutlass coupe back on for comparison. No gap and the top tucks nicely under the drip moulding. The Regal one loosely hanging on my car. There is a substantial gap between the inside of the trim and the screws have no way to grab the mounts to pull it tightly against the body of the B-pillar. Also, since it is also narrower, there is about an inch maybe even an inch and a half area where it doesn't cover the quarter panel window glass as far as the original Cutlass one. You can see the exposed dirty area on the glass. Again, you can see the gap at the top between the top of the cover and the bottom of the quarter glass window trim piece. Original Cutlass piece back on, no gap and the trim piece is covering more of the quarter window glass.
  40. 3 points

    Getrag 284 & axleshaft replacement.

    Presuming you have a 5 speed Lumina Z34, than you have a Getrag 284, unless it's been swapped. Order axles for 91-93 Lumina Z34 with manual trans and you'll get the right ones. Tip, ensure the stub shaft on the driver's side axle either stays in the trans, or you remove it from the axle BEFORE you hand it in as a core. You'll be searching for a new one and won't find it easily!
  41. 3 points
    Posting a little update. I've had the car driving since August roughly. So far I've put 6k miles on it since I completed my overhaul. The only thing that went wrong was the new radiator cap I purchased from rockauto. The seal was bad and would leak from it, however that has since been fixed. The car will be hitting its 100k milestone today!! Excited to see it! My plans for 2019 include the following. 1.) Get the mufflers and tips replaced. 2.) Address the fading trim around the convertible top, and the lip spoiler. 3.) Find a nice set of Bonneville GXP wheels for the ole girl. 4.) Clean up the underside of the car and rust proof with light suspension restoration. 5.) Replace the bad interior trim pieces. 6.) Overhaul the sound system. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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