To understand this car, you must understand bolt patterns. Specifically, GM engine-to-transmission bolt patterns. Long ago when they had 60% market share, GM could afford to develop separate powertrains for each division’s take on a given platform. Hence, the Chevy 350, Buick 350, Olds 350 and Pontiac 350 are all completely different engines. With just the slightest nod towards pragmatism and efficiency, they forced everyone but Chevy to use the same bolt pattern, resulting in the “BOP” or “BOPC” pattern. Basically, any Buick, Olds, Pontiac or Cadillac motor can bolt in place of any other.
It’s the “C” in BOPC that gets us worked up today, as someone’s used GM’s modularity to drop 500ci of Cadillac mill into a 4th generation A-body 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass: Listing Here
Oh, and it’s only $400.
Obviously, there’s a reason (actually several) it’s $400. Overall the condition is total crap. Crap paint, crapped out interior, crappy custom bodywork, all around craptastic.
That said, it’s got a lot going for it once you look at it as a LeMons contender. The body doesn’t matter, the interior will be gutted and while the Colonade A-bodies aren’t the most popular, there’s still no shortage of cheap replacement or cheat-y upgrade parts available. Best yet (?) it’s smog exempt with a clear non-op title. DMV back-fees that rival the value of a car are a common way for vehicles to end up in LeMons, where teams are going to trailer them anyway. Getting shakedown driving time is always tricky with a LeMons car, so the ability to drive it on the street is a huge benefit. Also, showing up for work in a gutted, caged, themed example of Pre-malaise GM fulsomeness can only be good for your career.
One minor detail: according to the seller the 500 was rebuilt and “was too tight to crank over enough to start…. Been sitting ever since- about three years.” Not exactly sure what “too tight” means, but my best guess is it’d need a different set of rings and a re-hone of the cylinder walls. Just imagine the
gas you’ll burn the sound of that monster motor running through a set of glass packs as you overheat your brakes and shred your tires on every turn blast past all those 90hp econoboxes down the straightaways!
As always, the question then turns to theme. Cutlass gives you an obvious pirate starting point, but to be honest there have been a lot of pirate themes. You’d need a fresh take on pirates or something else. I’m thinking something along a Dead Brands theme. Dead Kennedys spoof? “Sponsored by Bill Johnson’s Olds Pontiac Saab Hummer of Peoria”?
Anyway, check out the listing soon. $400 is roughly scrap price for this much metal: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass - eBay Motors