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Project Achieva

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PROJECT ACHIEVA

It is coming up on 3 months since I bought my 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva S.

Here is an update on some of the things I have done in that time.

First up, was a complete cleanup of the engine bay.

Here is what it looked like on June 4th (2 days after I got it):

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And here it is August 15th (with new alternator and battery):

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I spent a few hours every morning cleaning by hand. A labour of love...and not quite finished yet.

The hood was the hardest part (in terms of bending to get to all the small spots)

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I also added some blue LED bulbs for the footwell lights. They add a nice touch complementing the cars colour.

I hope to get better ones that diffuse light in the future.

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Some nightime shots around Toronto...

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A few days ago, I started exploring the idea of adding racing stripes (something I had always wanted to do if I got an Achieva). Nothing rice, but subtle 442 inspired hood stripes...

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After buying some more electrical tape :wink: , I filled in the stripes:

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I also added side horizontal stripes to finish the look. Not too sure about these. I think it looks half-way convincing from far away. :smilewide:

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I am planning on trying a white stripe set soon.

Also planned is blue carpeting (the red '91 Achieva concept car had matching red carpet).

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Other stuff I would like to do include:

Getting the lower intake gasket fixed ($600$) :closedeyes:

K&N air filter

Finding a set of 16" Achieva SL wheels

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Maybe a Flowmaster Delta 40 exhaust? :smilewide:

So far, I am very happy with this car. It idles smooth, drives nicely, is comfortable, looks great and averages 22-23 MPG. :alcoholic:

For more Achieva fun, I have videos on YouTube.

Visit the official ProjectAchieva channel!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ProjectAchieva

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Cool.

I think white stripes would work better on the blue car. Better contrast.

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What about running the stripes a little farther forward, so they go right to the top of the grill? Then the grill(s) would sort of look like a continuation of the stripe....?

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What about running the stripes a little farther forward, so they go right to the top of the grill? Then the grill(s) would sort of look like a continuation of the stripe....?

That would look interesting, but Im trying to stay true to Olds heritage. The stripes never (to my knowledge) connected with the (dual) grille.

I thought about this:

http://www.kerbeck.com/kerbeck/kerbeck.nsf...E/68olds442.jpg

I wonder how this might work?

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Ted, you've got her cleaned up nice. Good job so far, sir.
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She needs a shower, but I cant wash her durring the "stripe evaluation period". :breakdance:

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I saw a young man in an Alero coupe the other day. He had it looking very good, with factory-looking quad exhaust pipes, rims (not ricey), lowered just a bit... and it was shiny clean. Keep the faith.
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Looking very good,Ted!

You've done a great job with this car so far.

Just be careful not to leave that tape on too long, that water-based paint tends to be a bit weak.

I agree on white for your permanent stripes.

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Hey Ted, did you use anything special to clean up the engine bay with?

This:

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"leaves a deep wax shine!"

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Looking very good,Ted!

You've done a great job with this car so far.

Just be careful not to leave that tape on too long, that water-based paint tends to be a bit weak.

I agree on white for your permanent stripes.

All the ribbons of tape are attached to the 4 outline stripes, so it should peel right off. I hope it won't damage the paint.

I got some crazy stares at the local cruise night as I rolled by all the muscle cars with real stripes lol.

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Simple Green is an excellent underhood cleaning agent, as well. It cuts grease. Of course, there's the old standby, Gunk.
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What about running the stripes a little farther forward, so they go right to the top of the grill? Then the grill(s) would sort of look like a continuation of the stripe....?

I've seen a white Achieva w/ black stripes done that way, it looked OK but IMO Ted's 442-esque look in the pics would be less homespun looking.

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BIG PROBLEM! NEED HELP URGENTLY!

So, I wanted to remove the stripe job last night. The passenger side stripe (running the length of the car on the side) peeled off without issue.

As I was pulling the drivers side stripe...dissaster........

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I want the hood stripes removed, but now Im completely scared it will peel off the paint!

Is there a safe way to do this, or am I screwed?!

My grandmother passed away on Tuesday. It has been a hard time for me this week, so I havn't been around. This just really adds to my depressed state.

It is likely I will be driving in the funeral prossesion tommorow. I need to clean the car and remove the stripes.

Any tip or help in this matter would be HIGHLY appreciated.

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Sorry to hear about your Grandmother.

Damn, that sux about your stripes. Perhaps using a hair dryer or (very carefully) a heat gun might help soften the adhesive first on the hood?

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Thanks for the kind words fightingbee. -_-

wildmanjoe:

Peeling up a small edge is no problem.

Are you saying to let goo-gone somehow absorb under the tape (under the peeled part)?

Im still really scared. The hood is the hottest part of the car. It is likely the stripes have bonded under heat (am I crazy?).

It looks like I won't have to drive tommorow, a family friend is helping out.

I am one of the pall bearers...so too much emotion to drive.

If the tape does damage the paint on the hood, it looks like I will have no choice but to really do proper stripes. :(

Oh well...a good lesson learned about electrical tape and its long term effects on car paint...

Oh, and welcome to the Olds fold.

Its been my "Escape Machine" lately. Iv been feeling down, but the Olds lets me drive around and clear my head.

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Update:

Iv decided not to mess with the stripe removal for now.

As another nod to Olds heritage, Iv added Oldsmobile script to the grille...

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Ted, man, I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.

Your car appears to be a peeler. When primer issues were making paint peel off in big sheets, and GM was covering that under warranty (it was a paint manufacturer's problem, not the car manufacturers affected by the problem), we used "the tape test" to determine if a panel would eventually peel. You have an adhesion problem with your paint, my friend. I hope WMJ's solution works, otherwise, you'll be pulling all your paint off with the tape, I'm afraid. You could try a heat gun, or hair dryer, to soften up the adhesive... again, not sure if it will work.

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I hope WMJ's solution works, otherwise, you'll be pulling all your paint off with the tape, I'm afraid.

:nono::mellow:

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I didn't try anything yet.

Im a bit too scared really.

Plus Im dead broke after the funeral.

Thank you so much for all your recomendations though!!!

I will try it when I get up the nerves.

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