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  • Greetings from Manchester, NH

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Doug and I'm pleased to see that another one of the members here, Vince, comes from my town. Anyway, about my car... From 1990-93 I had a 1982 base model Cutlass Supreme coupe. It was two-toned with light blue on top and dark blue on the bottom. The interior was dark blue (had to be the code 26) velour and vinyl.

    It didn't really have that many options. It had the standard 231 carb-V6 with 3-spd automatic. It did have A/C, AM/FM stereo, PS, PB, 14" rallye wheels, sport mirrors and rear defog.

    The car started off (from brand new I think) as a company car for a salesman from my father's company. A few years later it went to the company fleet and provided it for use by our customers. Predictably... by the end of 1990, it was TOTALLY USED UP and was retired from service. The paint was faded, engine and tranny were about to go and it was smoked in. Anyway, I didn't have a car of my own at the time, so my dad and I tried to freshen it up and have my sister and I use it to go to high school at the time, plus hopefully get a few more years out of it.

    So we went ahead and rebuilt the tranny, put in a new Goodwrench engine, repainted the car and put in a new radiator. But of course, with the car being several years old with over 100k on the clock, there had to be more issues that had to pop up and sure enough they did! The alternator failed and was rebuilt, then later some brake work had to be done. It then went well (although there was a small electrical problem that was never addressed) until my sister went off the road one snowy morning in 1992. She bent the front bumper back, blew the RF tire and knocked out the A/C.

    From there on, the car went on for another year-and-a-half until August of 1993 when a tranny cooling line from the radiator blew and damaged the transmission. All thanks to the guys rebuilding it putting the wrong hose in. Sadly in the heat of frustration, we gave up on the car and eventually I went to a Chevy Corsica. Eventually one of my dad's employees bought the car and then "sold" it to a kid (the kid ended up ripping him off by not paying for the car later as he promised). Finally, the kid went down to North Carolina with the car and beat on it so bad that he finally blew the tranny.

    It was sad that the car didn't get the kind of life that it deserved. But if finances were better for me and if the car was in better shape to start with, I would have thought of putting in a V8 (a SB Chevy would have been fine)with overdrive and done some more performance stuff to it. My family does have a long history with Oldsmobiles, so that's why I'm so fond of them. Especially with the Cutlass's and the blue color mine had. Too bad it didn't work out, but maybe someday I'll find a better one with the stuff that I wished my '82 had. You just never know. However, thanks for welcoming me aboard and I think I'm going to enjoy this site!

    Doug Stead
    Last edited by oncehadan82coupe; 03-11-2011, 03:13 AM.

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    Welcome to the site Doug, oddly the very first Cutlass I looked at in 1997 was.the same exact car but an 86. I wound up buying an 86 salon with ttops instead.
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