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BIG BLOCK 455, TH400

Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Cutlass
Year: 1969
Mileage: 100,000
VIN: 336879M226838
Engine: 455
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Naperville, Illinois, United States

1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Additional Info:


The prior auction did not close, so I am re-listing the Cutlass with NO RESERVE. I think someone would be very happy with this car for the price, considering all of the great parts it has. Bid with confidence. Please contact me at 708-612-8119if you have questions about the Cutlass.

This 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass needs a new home. I have owned this car for 16 years and have had a lot of fun with it. With a new baby and other life circumstances I have to let it go. I will get into specifics below but I think this car would be a great buy for either (1) someone who has the time to finish what I started and make it a nice little street machine (2) someone who wants some of the parts and wants to recoup some of the purchase price by selling off the other good parts.

The selling price is a fraction of what I have invested into this car. I paid $6,000 for this car in 2001 and I have put about $16,000 into the drivetrain alone. Thousands more in other parts and time. Someone at Summit Racing probably retired because of me.

When I purchased the car from the previous owner it was believed that this car was out of North Carolina. I have no way to verify that. The car does not have the original drivetrain. If someone is looking for an unmodified original car this is not it.

When the auction closes and if a winning bidder is identified, I will require a$1,000 deposit within 24hours. The buyer will be responsible for arranging and paying for shipping on their own. I will require the balance of the auction close price within 7 days of auction close. Paid in USD. If payment is not made in full within 7 days I reserve the right to keep the deposit and re-list the car. The car will not leave my garage until payment is settled.

I have a clean IL title and the vehicle has no loans or liens associated with the title.


Body: All of the metal is good. Doors, fenders, deck lid, roof are all solid. There is a new trunk pan that I started welding in, but it has not been finished. Both rear quarters were replaced about 5 years ago (full quarters welded in with outer wheel tubs). I have new plastic inner fender wells for the front. The front fenders have some rust spots on the lower bottom but I have included the patch panels to do the repair. The hood is solid but someone did bolt on a snorkel hood scoop in the 80's, so there are a few holes in it. The floor boards had a few spots repaired in the 80's. The age of the repair is starting to show, but it would only take a small patch panel to fix.

Chassis: Front and rear disc brakes. The rear brakes are a performance wilwood brake kit. CPP booster and master cylinder. All new brake lines. All new polyurethane bushings (see picture). The body was taken off the frame about 8 years ago. The entire frame was sanded down and painted. New ball joints, new "big block" springs in the front so it doesn't sag. New springs in the rear with adjustable upper and lower control arms and air bags in the rear springs. All new steering, components, tie rods, etc in the front end. A manual steering box was installed.

Engine: The 455 is a '72 block bored .30 over. The engine was professionally built by FX Engines in Mokena, IL. I have receipts for everything. "N" crank, factory reconditioned rods, ARP studded bottom end, Weisco pistons. The edelbrock ALUMINUM heads were treated to a 5 angle valve job with bigger valves and were milled down a few thousandths. The compression ratio is about 10.5:1. The valve-train is hydraulic roller (Comp Cam XR288HR-10) with comp cams roller rockers and double roller timing chain. All ARP bolts used. Edelbrock air gap manifold, MSD distributor, Holley 750 vacuum secondary carb, hooker headers, 3' exhaust all the way back.

Transmission: TH400 built to handle the big block, heavy duty clutch packs and full rebuild. Coan racing torque converter matched to the cam and rearend. Hurst quarter stick shifter.

Rear axle: Strange S60 (check out their website, this was over $3k by the time I added in the upgraded rear disc brakes. 3:73 gear with S60 trac-lok posi. The car also has an aftermarket heavy duty drive shaft that I had custom made at a driveline shop.

Wheels/Tires: Weld racing pro-star wheels withBF Goodrich Drag Radialstreet tires in the rear. Fronts are 15x7, rear are 15x8.

Electrical: Full painless wire harness that has been about 80% installed. The front lights and a few other accessories need the wiring to be finished.

Fuel System: A brand new gas tank from "TANKS, Inc". It has an electric fuel pump as I had contemplated going with a Holley EFI kit at some point.

Cooling: reproduction GM 4 core radiator

Interior: NEEDED

WHAT DOES THE CAR NEED? The car needs an interior, I had envisioned a bench seat with carpet and a new headliner. The car needs door panels as well.

The engine runs but with the old gas tank removed, the new tank will need to be installed and buttoned up. Once the car gets running and driving regularly a tune and carb adjustment may or may not be needed.

With all the new suspension pieces in the front end, I would recommend having a shop do an alignment on it. I have both front and rear bumpers and they obviously come with the car. They need to be re-chromed.

The car needs a new dash pad and some gauges. If I was to finish the car I would also put all new weather stripping in the car.

The car will need paint. The paint is old and the roof was not painted as a black vinyl top was contemplated.

Lastly, the car needs all the little pieces tied together to get it back on the road doing burnouts. I really think someone who had the time and energy could turn this into a sweet little tire smoker. It has all of the necessary parts to be a great project for someone.

The winning bidder will need to trailer/ship this vehicle home. It does not run/drive down the road currently.

A few questions were asked in the previous auction, below are the answers.

1) The car started life as a 350/350, 2:92 open diff car with a/c, power steering, bench seat, no power doors or locks.

2) The engine has run a few times since it has been built (most recently about 8 months ago when it was primed and fired). With the new fuel system tied in it will run again.

3) The brakes were bled at all 4 corners and the car does stop safely enough to transport it on/off a trailer. Before it sees road duty again I would recommend the new owner bleed the brakes one more time.

4) The car is solid around the front and rear windows.