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I just found a 1980-84 Oldsmobile Omega Brougham Coupe at the wrecking yard. The car is beautiful with its tan paint that is only chipped. There is absolutely no rust on the body. Every single piece of chrome trim that should be there is there. It is clean and has all original wheel cover all matching. The best part is, the interior. It is a darker brown. The cloth seats are mint with no rips and the dash is the same. No paint faded and every chrome piece is in the interior. The wood trim is all there and not scratched nor pieces missing. It also has the bucket seats and it may have the V6. The interior was vacuumed and cleaned before it was brought to the junkyard as was the exterior. Now the problem, it is an X-car and these engines they put into them sucked. My grandparents' Phoenix leaked oil, tranny fluid, coolant, and it overheated a lot. However, it lasted them almost 20 years. If I cannot acquire a title, I could buy it as a project if the engine is taken out. WHat would be a better engine to replace the original? I was thinking maybe a 3.1L but give me suggestions. And yes I know I have the taste of a 70 year old whilst looking at this but it was driven since new by a 70 year old. What other problems did this car have?

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To me, a car has to be ready to be junked before it is destroyed. This thing may just be someone's grandfather's car that suddenly wasn't needed by the family. Maybe they had a bit of trouble selling it or whatnot. Yes, I am not a fan of those X-cars because to me, they symbolize the start of the misguided FWD "revolution" that has plagued GM since the spring of '79, but... by the sound of it, it seems a shame to let a clean example die.
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I think the same too. I am going to see what I can do about it today. I believe the guy told me an older lady did bring it there because it was her husband's but he passed away and she was going on 80 or so and she said her licence would be gone in a couple of months.

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The Omega was the least ugly of a foursome of very nasty cars that GM put out in the mid-80s. I worked at a P-B-Cadillac dealer at the time and was shocked at how easily those 4 vehicles would stall out on sharp turns! You'll have fun finding a Cd player that likes playing on it side, for one! However, a friend of mine came across a Citation X-11 a few years back that was in mint shape, snapped it up and we were both pleasantly surprised at the ride/handling after all these years.

I'm with Blu on this: the X-cars were the beginning of a shameful downward spiral for GM. It is no wonder the K-cars did so well! I hope any senior managers who approved those vehicles are entertaining Saddam and Hitler in the 7th Circle of Hell.

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If I cannot acquire a title, I could buy it as a project if the engine is taken out. WHat would be a better engine to replace the original?

5.3 from an Impala SS

Northstar

S/C 3800 <OMG! NOOOooes!@! Pushrods ARE Teh suxors!>

I've seen a number of X cars with 3800s in them, so I know those work.

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I remember once I went and randomly sat in a random, sky blue, 1981 Oldsmobile Omega Base sedan some years back. Had Soft-Ray tinted LOF glass, the odd, X-Car exclusive vertical HVAC and AM-FM Stereo Radio controls, a 3-speed automatic transmission, blue cloth/vinyl upholstery with either a buckebench or bucket seats in front. Surprisingly comfortable for a compact car, but really it was a worse-shape, older, slightly shorter Cutlass Ciera, which was mid-size. Never saw the car again, Omega's are almost as rare as the Phoenix's were, as in, I never ever see either around anymore.

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LIsten up here....

RWD Chevy reg-cab. S10 frame with 4.3 liter motor....

drop the body of the Omega on top and you'll have a sick little car.

Remember the 1999 Alero I showed you guys powered by a TPi 350

and riding on a 90s S10 pickup frame? It was f@#king awsome, well

excecuted and tastefull.

A 75 year olf guy did that all by himself. He also has a 1970 Cuda

on a Dodge Dakota frame with a Viper V10. Seriously.

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I'd pass on that one, A-Rev.

Didn't know where else to post this, but as soon as I find another job, I'm going to invest in a '69 Firebird (eat your heart out, Sixty-8 :P) that will cost me about $6,000 (I'm going to try to at least chew the guy down to $5500, though if I can).

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I have pass on this one anyways. They would have sold it to me but somebody else already has bought it. The reason the car was there was a thrown camshaft. At least I know it won't be crushed. They did say a lot of those cars could be sold. I was eyeing a 1997 Eldorado ETC for less than $500. The Northstar wasn't any good anymore and the rear bumper had already been taken off. I was thinking of maybe a Caprice or something later on. They also have about 10 Fieros there, 5 Regals, a couple of Park Avenues and a few Caprices. They did say they see Omegas fairly often. This was their first one in about 5 months though. They have great prices and I know the owner who is my friend's dad so he has gotten me good deals. I got 3 Impala SS hubcaps - 1967 or so from them for free. I also grabbed one from an Oldmobile 70s and a Chrysler Park Avenue. They have plenty 60s and 70s hubcaps. I cleaned up the hubcaps and polished them. There are pretty rusty but you can tell they are original. I will check up often and see what I could get there. Most cars are parted out a little bit but the Omega wasn't touched. There were also a few Chevy pickups there.

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LIsten up here....

RWD Chevy reg-cab. S10 frame with 4.3 liter motor....

drop the body of the Omega on top and you'll have a sick little car.

Remember the 1999 Alero I showed you guys powered by a TPi 350

and riding on a 90s S10 pickup frame? It was f@#king awsome, well

excecuted and tastefull.

A 75 year olf guy did that all by himself. He also has a 1970 Cuda

on a Dodge Dakota frame with a Viper V10. Seriously.

A unitbody car on a truck chassis? You have to be kidding...madness.

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I have pass on this one anyways. They would have sold it to me but somebody else already has bought it. The reason the car was there was a thrown camshaft. At least I know it won't be crushed. They did say a lot of those cars could be sold. I was eyeing a 1997 Eldorado ETC for less than $500. The Northstar wasn't any good anymore and the rear bumper had already been taken off. I was thinking of maybe a Caprice or something later on. They also have about 10 Fieros there, 5 Regals, a couple of Park Avenues and a few Caprices. They did say they see Omegas fairly often. This was their first one in about 5 months though. They have great prices and I know the owner who is my friend's dad so he has gotten me good deals. I got 3 Impala SS hubcaps - 1967 or so from them for free. I also grabbed one from an Oldmobile 70s and a Chrysler Park Avenue. They have plenty 60s and 70s hubcaps. I cleaned up the hubcaps and polished them. There are pretty rusty but you can tell they are original. I will check up often and see what I could get there. Most cars are parted out a little bit but the Omega wasn't touched. There were also a few Chevy pickups there.

Get a Fiero GT

You can find some 2nd gen Intrepids in prefect shape that have blown 2.7L engines in them...buy one for cheap and drop a 3.2L in it (I heard the 3.2L actually costs less than the 2.7L). You could even drop a 3.5L if ya wanted.

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Let the Omega rest. What ever happened to the Eldorado you found anyways?

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The Eldorado has since moved. The guy decided because it got warm earlier to begin restoring it. I did meet him in Canadian Tire and he was a nice guy. He told me what needed to be done but he was restoring it to full 1968 spec. I have been thinking about what I saw at the junkyard. I am thinking a 3.8L or something else in a Pontiac Fiero. They had some supercharged 3800s there. One Park Avenue had 400,000 kms on it.

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