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  • Restoring 86 442

    Just bought a 1-owner 86 442 yesterday and am beginning the process of bringing it back to road-worthy condition.

    Do you folks have some good links for getting interior parts/upholstery?

    Thanks,

  • #2
    There are a number of articles/topics on the forum under the 'Exterior Section'...

    http://78-88olds.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=38

    Welcome to the site by the way....what kind of shape is your 86' in? Is it a T.Top car? All orginal Or Modified? & what are your plans for it?

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    • #3
      The body is very straight, but the black paint is in need of attention. It's a T-Top car with no modifications. I hope to restore it well enough to get it back on the road and then sell it.

      It has the power driver's seat. Do you know how I can remove the seat without the power working? Do I have to move the seat forward or back to remove the nuts?

      Thanks.

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      • #4
        Sell it? Ahhhhhhhh........I would leave it as Original as possible if you want to sell it for the highest value....Once you change much on it, It will become more like a regular Cutlass & less like a 442 which equals less $$...

        As far as the power drivers seat, I removed my rear bolts using a 13mm RoboWrench that I bought at Home Depot...It acts like a rachet wrench but you don't have to get over the top of the nut....Otherwise you can use an open ended 13mm wrench & turn it about 1/16th of a turn & reset it...Its pretty tedious but it works

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        • #5
          Used is pretty much what you have for replacement stuff, there is some new stuff but its not cheap.
          There are some vendors that sell seat covers but they're incorrect in color and pattern for most years and not cheap.
          Best thing to do is browse eBay, craigslist and google or post in the Parts Wanted forum.
          Lightning Rods repair service:CLICK HERE
          Seller Feedback:CLICK HERE
          1988 H/OCA Advisor
          88 H/O #1 of 4
          88 CSC White/Claret - T-tops
          88 H/O Triple Black
          87 442 Black/Gray - T-tops
          85 442 White/Blue - T-tops
          85 442 White/Blue - T-tops
          85 442 White/Claret - T-tops
          85 442 White/Sage
          84 H/O Aero Commemorative #2199 - Sunroof
          83 H/O #2400 Sand Gray - Sunroof
          83 H/O #1607 Sand Gray - T-tops
          83 H/O #727 Maple
          "Keep them Rockets lit!"

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          • #6
            Selling it isn't my first option, but I have too many other projects to keep this one for long...but I couldn't stand to see it sit in the ladies yard any longer. She couldn't drive anymore and the car is in good shape...just needs a little TLC to make it road-worthy and worthy of the 442 moniker.

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            • #7
              Curious, any photos of it?
              Lightning Rods repair service:CLICK HERE
              Seller Feedback:CLICK HERE
              1988 H/OCA Advisor
              88 H/O #1 of 4
              88 CSC White/Claret - T-tops
              88 H/O Triple Black
              87 442 Black/Gray - T-tops
              85 442 White/Blue - T-tops
              85 442 White/Blue - T-tops
              85 442 White/Claret - T-tops
              85 442 White/Sage
              84 H/O Aero Commemorative #2199 - Sunroof
              83 H/O #2400 Sand Gray - Sunroof
              83 H/O #1607 Sand Gray - T-tops
              83 H/O #727 Maple
              "Keep them Rockets lit!"

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              • #8
                Here's a photo of the car on the trailer before I unloaded it.
                Attached Files

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                • #9
                  Looks like she is in pretty decent shape on the outside...any rust issues?

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                  • #10
                    No. That's part of the reason I picked it up. Seats are faded a little and I will replace the carpet, but all of the metal is in great shape.

                    Jack and spare tire are original and have never touched the ground.

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                    • #11
                      That makes life a lot easier...did you get a pretty good deal on the car? I still have some work before I install it, But I purchased ACC brand carpet from www.MikesMontes.com ....he had a good price & it is supposed to be the best brand!

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                      • #12
                        I got a good deal from the lady...she hadn't driven it in 5 years or so and I was able to convince her to not let the car sit any longer. Thanks for the tip on the carpet.

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