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PostSubject: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:48 pm

Hello all,

New here, but I have had my 1991 OCC for over 10 years now. Some of you may know me from the SS Forum...and some may not, so I'll post some pics of my wagon and some of the stuff I've done to it over the years.

When I first bought the 91


355 motor that replaced the old 305







Sound paneled the about 75% of the interior


Designed custom air-ride system




Replaced side mirrors with 95 mirrors


Did front and rear bucket seats from two Oldsmobile Achieva's



Spent I don't know how many hours on a custom (ALL METAL) hood




Modified the stock bumper with custom fog light openings



Installed an ultra-rare 4 speed set of 83-84 Hurst Olds Lightning Rods



Did a custom true dual exhaust and modified cross member




Painted it flat black in my driveway and then had it pinstriped









I have probably done some more stuff here and there (changed wheels like 4 times) and it got a repaint so as of right now it doesn't have the pinstripes anymore, and I've done some updates to the engine also. But that about sums it up for that one.





I just purchased another 91 OCC a few weeks ago, so I've got some plans for it also.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:12 pm

Welcome to the Longroof side of things. Sweet Cruiser, love the hood, and lightning rods.
I see you have a "horrible purple monster"...... Did you buy Grimace? Never mind, I just saw Ray's post.
My brother, sister in-law, and niece live in JAX, he's in the Navy..... miss 'em.

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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:04 pm

Nice intro Sean! I had been lusting over in on the SS Forum since I joined in 07 and finally got to see it in person at WF Florida this year in Daytona. It is as cool as it looks. I just wish I had talked to him more at the show (always was chatting to someone all day, lol). Now that he has Grimace, I'm sure our wagon destiny is intertwined and I'll get the chance. Welcome aboard over here.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:39 pm

Welcome aboard, Sean!
That's some awesome work you've done; can't wait to see what you've got in mind for the next one!


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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:13 am

Yup. Sean's a good guy. Met him through Chris, another guy who's here (but doesn't own a wagon - lame) and Jax INC. The car that started it all for me, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:24 am

Ray, that's just mean.Razz You know i want one and I'll get one - later than sooner.Crying or Very sad 
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:04 am

good to see you here sean,.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:49 am

Welcome! Great OCC you've built there. Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:26 am

Awesome mods on your OCC,really stands out from the crowd.Welcome to the gang Sean and keep the mods coming!
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:12 am

What up Sean
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:10 am

Thanks all! I do the best I can (time and money permitting) to keep up with the wagon, and now the new one. So I will try and make my time here worth while!

Rob...it's about time you said something! ;-)
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:27 am

Sean What's the purpose of the extra two levers next to the shifter? What are their purpose? I don't know what a Lightning rod shifter is.

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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:42 am

Hey! I know you!! Very Happy

Good to see ya found us here, Sean! I've always loved that wagon. Looked totally bitchin' with the satin painy and pinstripes!
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:41 am

lakeffect wrote:
Sean What's the purpose of the extra two levers next to the shifter? What are their purpose? I don't know what a Lightning rod shifter is.

dave

Awesomeness, basically.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:05 am

Its still satin black, just no pinstripes currently. I do plan on doing them again though.

Lakeffect, the 3 shifter knobs work together, the first one (primary) will shift from park down to drive, the next rod will shift from drive to second, and the last one will shift from second down to first. Obviously if you are racing (which is what they were designed for) then you would use them in reverse order.

They were original equipment on the limited edition 83/84 Hurst Olds cars, out of around 6,000 built only about half were OD (4 speed) setups, this is one of those 3,000. I would imagine there are only a handful in circulation today.
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:20 am

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lakeffect wrote:
Sean What's the purpose of the extra two levers next to the shifter? What are their purpose? I don't know what a Lightning rod shifter is.

dave

Awesomeness, basically.

I never knew I was so awesome! Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:00 pm


seanu wrote:
They were original equipment on the limited edition 83/84 Hurst Olds cars, out of around 6,000 built only about half were OD (4 speed) setups, this is one of those 3,000. I would imagine there are only a handful in circulation today.
Nice work on the shifter, and the rest of the car for that matter.

Speaking from experience, they can be hard to come by and expensive when you do

Even then you are still looking at a fair amount of work to get them in.



Please tell us more about what had to be done to add the foglight openings into the bumper cover.

- J

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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:07 pm

Welcome aboard Seanu,Love the wagon porn you shared,very inspiring....
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:22 pm

JaySS is that your ride with the LRs? I like the custom shifter boot!

As far are the fog light openings...me not being the wealthiest person have to always come up with cheap and ingenious ideas to do what I want. I wanted fog lights, but didn't want an aftermarket bumper or spend the money for one. So...I went to a body shop near my house, and asked "Hey, what do you guys do with the bumper cover that you take off when damaged" he said they pile them up outback and then pay someone to haul them off. I asked if I could look through them and if I found anything I wanted could I have it...I was told "sure". I took several different bumpers over a couple of weeks to look at different ideas, but finally settled on the fog light openings from a Bonneville SSEI bumper.

Then I cut them out, and graphed them onto my stop bumper using 3M Duramix (bad ass stuff) and some fiber-reinforced fill (I forget the name, but also bad ass stuff)...and then finished it will some fine body filler that had flex to it.

I also had to cut notches in my stock bumper support. (as you can see in a couple of the body work/paint pics)
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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:23 pm


seanu wrote:
JaySS is that your ride with the LRs? I like the custom shifter boot!
Not mine, it is a photo of SWT SS’s Impala. I included the photo as compliments always mean more when the person saying them has been there, not just a bystander looking in.

Anyway, at the time the shifter was first installed, GM had a campaign going to replace the shift selector plates on some model of new Oldsmobile. Consequently they were exchanging the entire PRNDL displays complete with boot and tossing the old ones in the trash. Stumbling upon several of them in the dumpster, the idea was to remove the boots from the discarded assemblies and then stitch them together to make it work with the 3 levers. Basically, a backyard way to a custom boot w/o a lot of upfront expenditure (and no real loss if it didn’t work out).

I think he may have since changed to some different boots he bought cheap on eBay, but the concept is still the same



seanu wrote:
As far are the fog light openings...me not being the wealthiest person have to always come up with cheap and ingenious ideas to do what I want. I wanted fog lights, but didn't want an aftermarket bumper or spend the money for one. So...I went to a body shop near my house, and asked "Hey, what do you guys do with the bumper cover that you take off when damaged" he said they pile them up outback and then pay someone to haul them off. I asked if I could look through them and if I found anything I wanted could I have it...I was told "sure". I took several different bumpers over a couple of weeks to look at different ideas, but finally settled on the fog light openings from a Bonneville SSEI bumper.

Then I cut them out, and graphed them onto my stop bumper using 3M Duramix (bad ass stuff) and some fiber-reinforced fill (I forget the name, but also bad ass stuff)...and then finished it will some fine body filler that had flex to it.

I also had to cut notches in my stock bumper support. (as you can see in a couple of the body work/paint pics)
Thank you for the detailed reply. I’ve been wanting to do something like to a Roadmaster cover using the foglight openings coincidentally cut from an SSEi (I think an earlier model than yours where they are located on each side of the license plate). I have all the parts including the lights and the mounting assemblies, just wasn’t sure what process would be best to bond them and what with plenty of other things to do they have waited.

I’ll have more questions once this starts, but thanks again in the meantime.

- J

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PostSubject: Re: New to the board, but not to the wagons.   Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:06 pm

JaySS thanks for the info on the boots...I may have to try that.

The fog light openings did come out of one of the SSEI bumpers that have them in the center on both sides of the plate holder. IIRC it was a mid 90's model.

I cut the buckets out leaving about a half inch of material from the old bumper, I then beveled that edge. This then went over the TOP of my bumper, using the 3M Duramix to bond the two. This gave me a much stronger bond, and also now gave me the raised lip to begin smoothing and radiusing to my liking.
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