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Name: Oldsmobile Toronado
Category: Vehicles
Date Added: 2021-04-02
Submitter: Drew Dowdell

 


Oldsmobile Toronado

 

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So as I mentioned in another thread, I’m trying to keep the truck parked for a while and only drive the Toronado. As I was driving home last night I noticed how dim the sealed beams are. I have LEDs on the truck and active HIDs on the Chrysler. I think I need to find an LED retrofit for the Toronado just for safety reasons.

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11 minutes ago, ykX said:

Wrong year, I need the sealed beam style. I ended up buying the Philips Crystal Visions. $54 for all 4 bulbs. I’ll run them for a while and if I don’t like them I’ll get the Philips LED version. I didn’t go with them this time around because they’re $86 per bulb plus tax and shipping on RockAuto. 
 

I don’t remember the last time I changed the halogens on the Toronado and halogen bulbs lose brightness over time. So it might just be age.

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I looked up the Carid sight for LED replacement headlights for Drew's Toronado and all of them are...yuck!

There are some of those LED lights that look good on 2nd gen Trans Am restomods with the rectangule lights and even the mid to late 80s RWD G-Body, but on that particular Toronado...  Yeah Drew, Id rather the original headlight look on them. 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

These look good...for a Trans Am.  

Check out our Featured Vehicles this year at the SEMA Show 2016!

LED headlights for 77 Trans am

 

But something like this would be best for Drew's Toronado.  In my opinion of course.

HEADLAMP CONVERSION 4X6 SAE DOT APPROVED -- 77 - 81 FIREBIRD SET AND MORE

 

So that second pair is pretty close to what I’d buy if I got LEDs because they look pretty close to OEM.

 

However, I think this set might also look awesome given the horizontal theme on my front end. Four horizontal DRLs might look awesome.

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She tried to kill me this morning.  Driving to work and about a third of the way there the brake light on the dash comes on. I go to stop and nothing from the pedal until the very end and then the front brakes lock up.  I regained control and limped her the rest of the way to work. Popped the hood once I got there and the fluid seemed high enough but the wrong color.  Smelled burning brakes from the back left wheel.

I had stuff I needed to do at work, so I went into the office and 3 hours later took her to the Monroe Brake up the street.  Oddly, she drove perfectly fine with no brake light.  Still haven't heard from them, so not sure what is going on yet.

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27 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

She tried to kill me this morning.  Driving to work and about a third of the way there the brake light on the dash comes on. I go to stop and nothing from the pedal until the very end and then the front brakes lock up.  I regained control and limped her the rest of the way to work. Popped the hood once I got there and the fluid seemed high enough but the wrong color.  Smelled burning brakes from the back left wheel.

I had stuff I needed to do at work, so I went into the office and 3 hours later took her to the Monroe Brake up the street.  Oddly, she drove perfectly fine with no brake light.  Still haven't heard from them, so not sure what is going on yet.

Glad you got safely to work and get her into the shop for a look see under the skirt. Scary when that happens. Hopefully just a simple fix to the brake system. Wishing you and her all the best for a speedy recovery.

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So Monroe gave me back the Olds and said nothing was wrong with the brakes.  She drove perfectly normally the entire drive home...

I do have a leaking shock and I failed inspection from a crack in the frame, so I'll have to get that checked... but brakes I'm told are fine.

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16 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

Crack in the frame sounds like an expensive fix.  Almost a catastrophic failure type of problem to where maybe your Olds might be scrapped if you are not willing to fix it.

I hope I am not correct with my analysis. 

Maybe he can have it welded or cut, insert a sleeve on the inside and weld back together much like Toyota did with the FJ cruisers

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