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Brougham-Holiday

I did something totally crazy....

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Yesterday afternoon, about 12 o clock....I towed home a 1988 Oldsmobile 98 Touring Sedan.....that I bought for $200.

I think I must be crazy... in love.

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A few more.....

The front power windows are shot, it needs a starter, the clear coat is pealing, and it has about 145,000 miles. Now where did I leave that screw driver....

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I love the Toronado-esque seats!

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Dammit man, those images are MASSIVE. If you could resize them that would be great.

Otherwise, cool find for a great price. Does it run and drive? What's the story with it?

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Not crazy at all! Even if you had to replace the entire engine, the rest of the car is in fantastic shape!

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Agree with oldsmoboi...fantastic car!

Keep us posted!

Chris

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1. Sorry all, I have no idea how to resize images, im not great with computers (took me a while just to figure out how to post a picture). If anyone of the mods wants to resize them or whatever thats cool.

Anyway back to the car......

I saw the car listed on craigsliston Firday night. After noticing the fog light in the picture, I called the owner Saturday morning. I went over there yesterday, it won't start (the starter is shot and it had a dead battery until today). The two front windows are off the track (so they slide down into the door and stay there, right now I have the car under a car cover) it needs tires, front brakes (pads/ rotors) and a harmonic balancer. I told the lady I wouldn't pay $500 for any car I couldn't hear run, so I got it for $200 plus a tow across town.

Other then that, its got 145,000 miles, and has no rust,(odd for New England) but need paint bad, hopefully I'll do something about that in the summer.

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well don't run it too long with that bad harmonic balancer once you do get it started.

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Nice project, sir. Good luck with it. I liked those when they were new. Used to see many more of these than Electra T-types, that's for sure.

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I love the Toronado-esque seats!

Those are the same seats from the Toronado. Oldsmobile used it on the Ninety Eight Touring Sedan and Toronado. My Toronado has those seats.

Congrats to you Brougham-Holiday. That car has potential. You can restore that car with effort,time, patience and money.

I did not care too much for the GM cars from the downsized look alike era, but I did like the 98 Touring Sedan and the Bonneville SSE from that era.

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Had the car been taken care of I know I wouldn't have got it for $200, but at the same time I'd like to smack someone for trashing it so much.

So far the craziest thing is that the starter's outside casing has a crack in it. I've never seen anything like it, my best guess it that when the starter was dying they kept cranking it until it over heated? I'm going to try to get a new starter in it on Friday.

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Had the car been taken care of I know I wouldn't have got it for $200, but at the same time I'd like to smack someone for trashing it so much.

So far the craziest thing is that the starter's outside casing has a crack in it. I've never seen anything like it, my best guess it that when the starter was dying they kept cranking it until it over heated? I'm going to try to get a new starter in it on Friday.

If the starter's case is cracked, you probably have a shimming problem. Double check the clearance between the pinion and the flywheel teeth.

Harmonic balancer is supposedly a bear on some H-bodies. There where threads on the Bonneville forums. Apparently, its hard to get to, and the standard puller will not work. You have to track down some particular length bolts with a particular thread. Anything else will break and cause disaster.

Still, $200 cars are my favorites. My '86 Electra Estate Wagon was $200 back in 1995. Put a lot of miles on it. My '81 Bonne coupe also was $200... just needed a bumper and some interior parts... but it only lasted about two years before the problems crept in enough to park it until it could get the proper attention.

Its getting hard to find $200 cars, running or not, with the price of steel lately. Most are worth double that or more at the shredder... unfortunately.

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Update #1-

I installed a new battery and starter in the driveway today and........its alive! Oil pressure is good, volts are good, temp is good......just that dang low fuel warning.

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Update #2:

After replacing the starter, I decided the rest of the major repairs (harmonic balancer, power windows, etc) were a little over my head......well actually a lot over my head.... so I had the car towed to a local repair shop. They replaced the harmonic balancer, fixed the power windows, and are currently welding up the exhaust (broken hangers) putting the door panels back together, and replacing the front tires. I just picked up the insurance card today and should have it home early next week.

After all the troubles with the Aurora, its nice to pick up the phone and have the mechanic say "She runs smooth" and "engine sounds real strong".

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This is great news! I look forward to the other progress you make on your vehicle. I really look forward to this.

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This is great news! I look forward to the other progress you make on your vehicle. I really look forward to this.

+1

Very cool to see her come together!

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Thanks for the moral support! I just picked up the plates this morning, hopefully Monday will be D-day!

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What plans you have plans to do cosmetic exterior and interior work?

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First was/is to get all of the mechanicals in good order, and thats going to be the main thing for the time being.

I'd like to get the headliner repaired and a few other things inside as well as figure out something with the hood/roof/trunk lid. If this car proves to be 1/2 the car my Delta was, I'll be looking into getting some paint work done.

I bought this car with the intention of replacing my Aurora quickly and cheaply, so I'd call the goal a presentable daily driver.

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Not trying to save the Aurora?

No, I've given up on it totally. I've put $3700 into the Aurora in repairs in the last 2 years, I've had to take it to GM dealerships because no one else wants to work on it. I've written GM and spoke to them on the phone for 45 minutes about the car, they don't care. To day the issues have been: transmission, leaking sun roof, leaking trunk, stalling, highway vibrations, steering column clunk (steering shaft), over heating, crazy climate control, wipers that don't work when it rains, and various electrical gremlins. I called GM because the transmission screwed up again 6 days after the guarantee expired. The work had been done by their dealer, but I was told that there was nothing they could do because the transmission isn't a safety issue. I then asked about the wipers, he said they would get back to me via email....that was in October.

I'm tired of going to the dealership for everything. I'm tired of knowing that there is always another repair waiting (it still need tie rod ends ($404) and air shocks....and tires.....and of course the transmission is a nightmare.

Now that I have vented.... in a nutshell....no I'm done trying to save it.

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Bummer about teh Aurora, my favorite modern Oldsmobile. Too bad it hasn't been good to you. Best of luck with this car though!

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No, I've given up on it totally. I've put $3700 into the Aurora in repairs in the last 2 years, I've had to take it to GM dealerships because no one else wants to work on it. I've written GM and spoke to them on the phone for 45 minutes about the car, they don't care. To day the issues have been: transmission, leaking sun roof, leaking trunk, stalling, highway vibrations, steering column clunk (steering shaft), over heating, crazy climate control, wipers that don't work when it rains, and various electrical gremlins. I called GM because the transmission screwed up again 6 days after the guarantee expired. The work had been done by their dealer, but I was told that there was nothing they could do because the transmission isn't a safety issue. I then asked about the wipers, he said they would get back to me via email....that was in October.

I'm tired of going to the dealership for everything. I'm tired of knowing that there is always another repair waiting (it still need tie rod ends ($404) and air shocks....and tires.....and of course the transmission is a nightmare.

Now that I have vented.... in a nutshell....no I'm done trying to save it.

Good point. You could rebuild the new for that price....

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