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Category Archive: BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, Craigslist Find

Rough Start: This 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Is Done – LS-Swapped And Turn-Key!

Calm down, anti-LS brigade, it’s not worth the fight today. Cheap-car hunting and GM’s current golden child of an engine normally don’t go hand-in-hand unless you have no problem...

Entry Level Fun: Even A 1974 Oldsmobile Omega Looks Like A Riot To Wheel Around

So a subject has come up in the BangShift forums about whether or not a hot rod has ever been cheap. There’s always been those who can squeeze the last drop of blood from a stone to make their...

Build Breakdown: Check Out This LS4-Swapped Pontiac Montana!

The GM U-vans came in three generations: Dustbuster, Dustbuster II, and “Crossover Sport Vans”. Yeah…that was GM’s own term for the revised third generation that were intended...

Two Oldsmobiles, One Decision: Which One Would You Pick?

So here’s the deal: I was intending to find yet another Rough Start budget find while searching through the Yakima, Washington Craigslist page. I entered my usual inputs: owner only, must have...

Big Comfy Beast: Who Wants A Four-Speed 1974 Pontiac Grand Prix?

“Personal Luxury Coupe”. See also: big, slower than it should be, overstuffed, pretentious, baroque, disco barge…do I need to continue? It is difficult to equate the change from the...

SLAPFIGHT! This Cadillac Hearse Trar Beats Lifted Mustang II Any Day Of The Week!

Ok, Lohnes, game on. After doing everything in my power to get the images of a mirror-faced Mustang II trar out of my mental image catalog, I had to find something that was somehow on equal footing...

The “WTF?” Files: What Happens When You Make Your Own Homegrown Electric Turbochargers

To be a fly on the wall in the meeting that resulted in what you see here…oh, that would’ve been some cheap entertainment. The basis for the plan is simple: one pretty much...

Classic YouTube: The 2002 Camaro SS and Trans Am 35th Anniversary Editions

In 2002, I was 19 years old, had finished up my training and was at my first duty station for the Army, had a check coming in that beat the holy hell out of what I had made in past jobs, had more job...

Slumming It Proper: How To Fix A $300 Oldsmobile Need For An 850-Mile Roadtrip

When Kevin told me he was going to do evil things to some beater Oldsmobile (one such item included “drive it through a barn”, if memory serves me right) I had to facepalm just a little...

The Fiero Revival: The Fixing And The First Drive Of A Car That Hadn’t Moved In Twenty Years

The 1985 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 that Ronnie Finger dragged out of the woods of Texas for $100 is, in blunt terms, a brave project to take on. Twenty years does funny things to cars, and it basically means...

A Labor Of Love: The Story Of The Revival Of A 1985 Pontiac Fiero

I’m amazed to see how many people have jumped onto the car rescue bandwagon, especially on YouTube. Each video of somebody diving deep into an engine bay, scrubbing lichens off of body panels,...

Regular Sleeper Review: The 2000 Buick Regal GS, 3.8 Liters Of “How Fast?!”

Story time: I owned a Buick Regal GS just like this between 2005 and early 2009. I loved the car to death, and I never, ever would’ve suspected that I would. I traded a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 in...

$300 Charmer: Junkyard Digs Drags A Beater Oldsmobile Home!

I hate to be a spoilsport of sorts, but this Oldsmobile Delta 88 has already been sold off. I know, because I was privy to the whole thing from beginning to end. Kevin from Junkyard Digs had been...

Money No Object: A True GOAT – Clean Body, Clean Interior, 428 Pontiac Power!

The kid in me wants to go out to the nearest store and see if he can locate the scale version of this 1970 Pontiac GTO. It shouldn’t be too difficult…restored body, redline tires with...