1962 Oldsmobile 215 Aluminum Engine

One of the cool things about cars from the 50 and 60 was each marquee had the ability and willingness to set their sub-brands apart from each other with design and power plant options.   That is evidenced by the GM’s development of the 215 small block.

 

Used by Pontiac, Buick and Oldsmobile for powering multiple makes/models each GM subdivision add its own unique at aspects.  For this post we are talking about the 1962 Oldsmobile 215 aluminum V8. The Oldsmobile version of this engine, although sharing the same basic architecture, had cylinder heads and angled valve covers designed by Oldsmobile engineers to look like a traditional Olds V8 and was produced on a separate assembly line.

Among the differences between the Oldsmobile from the Buick versions, it was heavier, at 350 lb. The major design differences were in the cylinder heads: Buick used a 5-bolt pattern around each cylinder where Oldsmobile used a 6-bolt pattern. The 6th bolt was added to the intake manifold side of the head, one extra bolt for each cylinder, meant to alleviate a head-warping problem on high-compression versions. This meant that Oldsmobile heads would fit on Buick blocks, but not vice versa.

Most of the 215’s produced 215 HP, however some models came with a turbo.

As is the case with the engine below which is for sale from a fellow gear-head I work with.  It was pulled from a 1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire and restored back to factory specs, with the exceptions of harden valve seats etc. to accommodate unleaded gas.  It is set up for 7lbs of boost from the turbo.  It was then stored, here in AZ.

If you are interested drop me a note at AGCARRESTORATION@COX.NET or timsweet@cox.net or just leave a post here and I’ll find ya!!

 

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Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

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first-turbocharged-car-1962-Oldsmobile-Jetfire-engine-detail. The V8’s 10.25:1 compression ratio resulted in detonation or pre-ignition events, innocuously called knocking or pinging. Controlling the timing of the combustion …
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The concept was not unknown at the time, of course — the Oldsmobile Jetfire engine had a wastegate, as well as fluid injection. (In fact, there was a switch at the bottom of the injection tank that automatically popped open the …

 

Rumor: GT350 Pricing To Start At $52,995 Before Tech or Track Pack – StangTV

Ford has said very little about the upcoming 2016 GT350, aside from telling us a few of the specifications. One of the key things they’ve neglected to mention so far has been pricing for the latest collaboration between SVT and Shelby.Horsepower Kings, is saying that they were able to get the inside scoop on much of the pricing plans for the upcoming flat plane crank powered Mustang. According to Horsepower Kings, the GT350 will have a base MSRP of $52,995. This would put the car under the price of its key competitor, Chevy’s Z/28, as well as below the previous generation GT500.

via Rumor: GT350 Pricing To Start At $52,995 Before Tech or Track Pack – StangTV.

GT350 - $50K

GT350 – $50K

Great pricing – compared to just about any American sports car!!

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

2016 Ford Mustang GT350

Ford just unveiled the new Mustang Shelby GT350, a ferocious-looking, track-focused thing with all-new adaptive dampers, giant brakes, and Ford’s first-ever flat-crank V-8 engine. The company isn’t spilling details on things like horsepower, torque, or
Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang to cost $52995?

The 2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang was one of the shining stars of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. And the Blue Oval’s latest muscle car might even have reason to burn a little brighter if a recent rumor about its price proves true. Best of all are
Shelby GT350 throws left-hook at BMW M4

The original GT350 was Carroll Shelby’s first kick at the street-legal high(er) volume performance car can. Shelby’s mandate with the GT350 was clear from the beginning, but the lump of clay that Ford continually handed him was, well… lumpy. Even

 

Shout Out to All Overseas Readers

I never want to take readers for granted.  They are the life’s blood for a blogger and I appreciate all of them.

Here in the U.S. we sometimes think – just by volume of publications that we are the “hub” of the automotive  hobby, but there is so much more in all the countries listed below. Innovation from the land down-under to some cool retro stuff in Japan and some very awesome car shows in Switzerland and all those British cars!!!!

Thanks to all readers in each of the countries below!!!!!  You folks ROCK!!!!!  Keep up the great work.

UK
Canada                          Australia
France                           Mexico
Germany                      Brazil
Italy                              Portugal
Turkey                          Russian Federation
Spain                            Puerto Rico
Switzerland                 Belgium
Japan                           Ireland
Philippines                Malaysia

 

Tim

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Peter Max Corvette Collection – Ultimate Barn Find? – Road & Track

The long and twisted tale of the so-called VH1 MAX

Artist Peter Max’s Corvette collection headed to auction [w/video]

Sometimes, the stories that lead to cars turning up at auction are as interesting as the vehicles themselves. That’s absolutely the case with the Peter Max (pictured above) collection of vintage Chevrolet Corvette models that are scheduled to cross the

, after sitting for nearly twenty-five years in a series of New York parking garages, has finally come to a close. According to a report in the New York Times, the thirty-six-car collection, which began as a grand prize in a television contest before finding its way into the hands of psychedelic graphic designer Peter Max, was recently purchased by a group of investors with the intent of returning the cars to their pre-infamy status.

via Peter Max Corvette Collection – Ultimate Barn Find? – Road & Track.

DAMN!!!

DAMN!!!

 

That’s an amazing find!!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014 – Prt III

Of course I can’t show you all the cars but here are a few that caught my eye.

 

This was a very nicely done '72 Karmann Ghia

This was a very nicely done ’72 Karmann Ghia

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I'd vote this one "BEST  INTERIOR"  it was so well done!!!!

I’d vote this one “BEST INTERIOR” it was so well done!!!!

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Maybe my favorite Mustang at this show.

Maybe my favorite Mustang at this show.

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Engine compartment was fantastic

Engine compartment was fantastic

I loved this  Stang with it's 'come as you are' attitude.

I loved this Stang with its “come as you are” attitude.

Paint job is priceless.

Paint job is priceless.

Can't beat an original 289 HP engine.

Can’t beat an original 289 HP engine.

The sign says "Please Touch"

The sign says “Please Touch”

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British cars were well represented with these two well maintained specimens.

This is a well restored and maintained Spitfire 1500.

This is a well restored and maintained Spitfire 1500.

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Check out all that wood!!!

Check out all that wood!!!

Sharp little car.

Sharp little car.

This TR6 was a highlight.

This TR6 was a highlight.

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More wood!!!!

More wood!!!!

 

I’ve always said that sometime there’s even a mini-car show in the parking lot of  any car show.  Often folks will drive their classic to a car show,  thinking theirs is good enough to enter (Dude, just check out the Mustang above!!!) so they keep it out side.  So don’t forget to looking around after you park, you might even find a good deal.  Check these two:

This Firebird  was there and parked outside.

This Firebird was there and parked outside.

Need some work but....!!!

Needs some work but….!!!

Here's the number.

Here’s the number.

You can't see it from this shot but it a Covair Wagon

You can’t see it from this shot but it a Covair Wagon

 

Thanks for reading.  Coming up the main attraction for this car show – 1911 Pierce Arrow Touring Car!!

Tim

 

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014

This weekend I attended the 8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show put on by the Rotary Club of Tucson. I’ve attend the last 5 of these shows, twice as a participant (once.
8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Garagistry Blog

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Real stories about Classic Cars and the people who own them.

1971 Mach 1 Mustang – Restore

One of my readers stopped by my Facebook page for Average Guy’s Car Restoration, Mods and Racing and dropped me a note about his 1971 Mustang Mach 1 he is restoring.

He wrote: “Guys – been lurking here and can’t get enough. I’m restoring a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 which I just made a video of – would be great if everyone could hit “LOVE IT” on the video link: http://bet.votigo.com/fbcontests/showentry/Ford-Contest-1/137096

Here is the video he posted. Lot of work went into this car.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

1971 ford mustang mach 1

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RT @Motor_Roar: #MuscleCarMonday 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 http://t.co/3DDyjrJ8LN

Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is an performance-oriented option package of the Ford A 1971 Mustang Mach 1 was featured in the James Bond film,

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014 – Prt II

I could spend all day taking pictures of every car at any car show I attend, but that’s crazy (or so I’ve been told…whatever!!!). So here are some highlights.

Some Corvettes:

C3 and C4 arriving...there was only 1 C4 in the field!!!

C3 and C4 arriving…there was only 1 C4 in the field!!!

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

Got to love those PIPES!!!!

Got to love those PIPES!!!!

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There were multiple row of corvettes, here's just one.

There were multiple row of corvettes, here’s just one.

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Oh..and there was this other ...Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other …Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other ...Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other …Sting Ray

 

More coming up.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Garagistry Blog

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Real stories about Classic Cars and the people who own them.
Tucson Classic Car Show – N2HotRods

Taken in Tucson, Arizona Oct. 19, 2013. Beautiful day in Tucson, AZ. Over 600 cars! 1383526_10202333085394786_257906437_n. Tucson Classic Car Show – Oct. 19, 2013. N2HotRods, LLC. Design By yesimarobot.com.
Tucson Classic Car Show October 22nd » Blue Knights AZ IX

Tucson Classic is having their 5th Annual Car Show on Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Location is the St. Gregory Preparatory School @ 3231 N. Craycroft Rd.

» Detroit close to deal with last major creditor Alex Jones’ Infowars

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Detroit and its last major holdout creditor are hashing out a settlement that would be a major step ahead for the city as it fights to defend its bankruptcy exit plan in federal court.A deal is close but the city and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. are working out terms of the agreement, a person familiar with the matter confirmed late Monday.Details of the potential settlement were scarce Monday but likely involve giving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., a bond insurer with a $1.1-billion claim against the city, a share of bonds Detroit plans to issue to settle debts with creditors, and potentially city real estate or other assets in downtown Detroit. The settlement would mirror one the city made with Syncora Guaranty, which had been Detroit’s staunchest opponent in bankruptcy before settling.

via » Detroit close to deal with last major creditor Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

 

TIME FOR A COME BACK!!!

Let's Do This!!!

Let’s Do This!!!

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

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RT @TheD_Zone: We have confirmed that former OLSM/California 2016 LB Daelin Hayes has transferred to Detroit Cass Tech. http://t.co/XaVo6…

Dearborn Steel Tubing celebrates Thunderbolt’s 50th anniversary by building a | Hemmings Daily

 

'64 Thunderbolt

’64 Thunderbolt

It’s been 50 years since Ford took the drag racing world by storm with its lightweight Thunderbolt, and to celebrate, Dearborn Steel Tubing, the original manufacturer of the Thunderbolt in 1964, has just produced a new Thunderbolt.

via Dearborn Steel Tubing celebrates Thunderbolt’s 50th anniversary by building a | Hemmings Daily.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

The Dynamat AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour – Part 2

We were able to see the very first Ford Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt #100 which was the last one made. There were also three other Thunderbolts, two factory Pontiac “Swiss cheese” race cars and significant race cars from the 60’s and 70’s. We were able