ANOTHER H/O PACE CAR
I was just reading your May 2018 issue and saw the Mecum Kissimmee coverage (“Sold!” bit.ly/2xxEzAs). I was at that sale, but more significantly, I have one of the
268 Y74 Olds you mention. It was my dad’s new; he gave it to me in about 1982 with a dropped valve. I had to rescue it from the 405 freeway in the [San Fernando] Valley or he said it would be towed for scrap! I rebuilt the motor on my patio in Tarzana in about 1985, then stored it at my grandma’s garage for about 20 years. Finally 10 years ago my brother and I took it completely apart and did a pretty good resto for amateurs, I think.
It’s modified quite a bit because when I got it, that’s what we did in the mid 1980s, right? And it had 158,000 family car miles by then. We even did the paint, so it’s not perfect. But the best shop in town wanted over $10,000, and average guys can’t afford that. The engine/trans are original. The diff is a Chevy 12-bolt swapped at a GM dealer in about 1978 when the original blew up. They said the 12-bolt was better, and they were right.
My best quarter-mile time is 13.9 at 99 mph at Palm Beach International Raceway. But it’s mostly for local shows. It’s heavy!