1940 Oldsmobile


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Stan built this '40 Oldsmobile for his wife Ginny. After years of Stan working on other projects, Ginny decided she wanted a rod of her own...

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To give the convertible a chopped look without actually chopping it, Stan reworked the metal bows and handmade a replacement wood bow for the rear. The results dropped the roofline by nearly two inches. To power the top, Stan created a pneumatic system combining the original air cylinders, which used to be vacuum-powered, with an air pump and storage tank. Now they have the luxury of putting the top up or down without running the engine.

The original plan was to use a Chevy 350 crate motor to power the ’40, but friend Sam Murray, an Olds racing gearhead, convinced Stan and Ginny that it should be Olds-powered. He helped them locate an Olds 455 c.i., and was instrumental in assembling and fine-tuning the engine to run like a top. Reed’s Automotive in Whitman, Massachusetts, machined the block. The block was bored .030 over, heads were ported, polished and cc’d with an Edelbrock cam and lifters and Milodon springs and rockers. An Edelbrock Performer manifold and Quadrajet carb are topped by a custom air cleaner Stan made from three headlight buckets.

Ginny’s only requirement was three-point seat belts, so they sourced 2000 Cadillac DTS seats with integrated shoulder harnesses. Fred Carello handled the upholstery in neutral shale leather with tan wool carpeting.

Stan created a custom dash with a carbon fiber accent to house the VDO gauges, Sony stereo, a variety of switches, knobs and the glovebox. There are plenty of creature comforts completing the package, including seat heaters, power windows and an Airtique air conditioning system.


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