1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass - Hurst/Olds Tribute

Chad Rosen
Swansea, MA

This is a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S that I bought on eBay back in 2003 to build one of my dream car projects: a streetable tribute version of the prototype 1968 Hurst Olds. The owner of the car was selling it for scrap metal; the 350 2barrel w/ 2-speed Superturbine 300 transmission had long been removed. The front fenders, hood, interior and electrical system were mostly removed/pirated as well. The car was a rust-free Florida car with clean title, solid frame, and Chevy 12-bolt rear end. Over the next 5 years I built/rebuilt the entire car with the help of my wife and my father who was a GM Master Technician and High School shop teacher. A 455 Oldsmobile engine was built for it using swap meet, eBay, and Summit parts, including forged pistons, comp cams XE camshaft, Edelbrock Torker intake, 750 Holley Double Pumper, Hooker Headers, and Flowmaster Exhaust. The car was converted to a stick with a Muncie M-21, Hurst Competition Plus shifter, and performance clutch. The rear end was upgraded to Summit axles, Eaton Posi and Richmond 4.10:1 gears. The suspension is a combination of polygraphite bushings, Moog replacement parts, and Dick Miller Springs and Upper Rear Control Arms w/ relocating kit. The front drum brakes were upgraded to SSBC discs and all new Wagner parts were used to rebuild the rear brakes. The steering is through a power IROC-Z style box and the 14" wheels were replaced with 80's era 15" Oldsmobile Rally II wheels. The paint and body work was handled by my local MAACO shop with their top line base coat/clear coat paint and done by the stores manager who specialized in affordable restorations for older cars. The car is used to go to local cruise nights and has spent some time at the drag strip. It has run a best of 12.8 at 106 mph in the quarter mile with cast-iron heads on pump gas. This was my first major car restoration project and I thank my wife and father for all their help making it a reality.