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Drew Dowdell

Unusual Ninety-Eight

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This Ninety-Eight was throwing me off and I couldn't put my finger on why. I eventually figured it out... Can anyone guess what is "wrong" with this car?

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- White-walls are about 1/8" wider than OEM
- Missing bodyside rub-strip mouldings
- Ninety-Eight grill, badges, rear quarter extensions/panels, side marker lamps and wheel covers retrofitted on a Delta 88?

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Yup, that looks like a B-body Delta 88 with parts swapped.  There's a REAL C-body Ninety-Eight, green and tan in the background.

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@KevinW got it... At least what I was aiming for. It was an Eighty-Eight coupe that was converted to a faux Ninety-Eight.  The owner went to such lengths as to even add marker lights and options that were 98 only.  The car has 218k miles on it.

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Those rear side markers weren't an easy addition.  I added a power driver's seat and the factory gauges to my '83 Delta 88 Royal Brougham sedan, but these were simple bolt-ons.  Next on the list is a LH side mirror with thermometer (from a Ninety-Eight).

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How did that guy do that?  I guess you could do that with the  Eighty Eight because GM did it twice. 

They did it in 1984-1985 with the Delta 88 Royale Brougham LS and the 1997-1998 Regency.  Both of those models had a lot of Ninety Eight parts on them done at the factory. That has been my saving grace when I restored things on my Ninety Eight. I got new Eighty Eight parts that the Ninety Eight and Eighty Eight and Regency shared.  Thank you for sharing. 

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