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1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Build - The $3,500 Challenge

How To Build A Cool, 13-Second 455 Olds F-85 For Very Little Cash.

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Road and Track

In typical car-crafter fashion, the Olds had perhaps 50 miles on it when we drove it to the starting gate of the Anti-Tour this year. At first, all went well. But after two bouts of full electrical-system failure, Moore discovered a weak pin at the fuse-box connection at the firewall. Later that night at the RaceLegal (racelegal.com) drags at Qualcomm Stadium, the Olds spun the tires to a 9.69/76.53 mph in the eighth-mile, comparable to a 14.80 pass in the quarter.



A couple of weeks later, we wandered up to Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California, to get a true 1,320-foot evaluation. On its best pass with absolutely no tuning other than setting the timing at 16 degrees initial, the Olds ran an observed 14.40/94.17 that altitude-corrects to a sea level 13.94 at 97.35. This was with the rock-hard, used rear 255/60R15 tires. We tried a set of sticky Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires just for fun, but the car ran exactly the same, so clearly we have some work to do on enhancing the Olds' low-speed torque, which was exactly the opposite of what we thought we would face. This is all part of the fresh-off-the-jackstands work that any new buildup faces. Our latest theory is that it's either the carburetor or the stock converter is lame. We'll let you know what we find.



Buildsheet
Description PN Source Price
'64 Olds F-85 Used   $450.00
Olds 88 w/455 and TH400 Used   200.00
Rebuild TH400 (friend) N/A   200.00
Converter,six-cylinder Used   50.00
Rings, bearings, gasket set   PAW 244.95
SSI cam 10334 PAW 49.95
Hydraulic lifter set PAW-951 PAW 49.95
Performer intake 2151 Used 50.00
Hedman headers 58150 Summit Racing 75.00
Radiator Used   25.00
Shifter, B&M Used   25.00
Coating for headers     100.00
Disc brakes CH24821 OPG 549.95
Wilwood prop valve 260-8419 Summit Racing
41.88
Dashpad   Just Dashes 500.00
Tires, ($30 frt., $70 rear) Used   100.00
Wheels ($50 frt., $100 rear) Used   150.00
Holley 750-cfm carb   eBay 53.01
Posi 8.2     455.00
Ratech install kit 309K Summit Racing 85.99
Gear lube, 2 quarts 90W     5.00
Seat covers, OPG     384.99
Carpet set, used used   20.00
Total     $3,865.67
Refund Checks
’73 Olds sold for scrap     $100.00
Tires from Olds     50.00
Front seat from Olds     50.00
Refund Subtotal     $200.00
Grand Total     $3,665.67
Camshaft Specs
Cam Dur.
Adv.
Dur.
@ 0.050
Lift
(inches)
Lobe
Sep.
SSI, Int. 280 214 0.472 112
Exh. 290 224 0.496  
SOURCES
Flip's Tire Center
Dept. 5.0
7745 Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys
CA  91405
818-786-8686
www.flipstires.
com
Xtreme Performance Heat Coatings
Camarillo
CA
xtremeperformanceheatcoatings.co
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Moser Engineering
2-60/-726-6689
moserengineering.com
Jack Weimer Upholstery
Sun Valley
CA
Performance Automotive Warehouse
Chatsworth
Ca
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Just Dashes
5941 Lemona Ave.
Van Nuys
CA  91411
818-780-9005
www.justdashes.com
Ratech
11110 Adwood Dr.
Cincinnati
OH  45240
5-13/-742-2111
Wilwood
Auburn Gear
Auburn
IN
2-60/-925-3200
Auburngear.com
Original Parts Group  (800) 243-
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