file 1968 Oldsmobile 442 GM LSA Connect and Cruise Driveline Swap

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10 May 2015 15:55 - 15 May 2015 20:56 #955 by oestek
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This very nice 1968 Oldsmobile 442 is wearing a crisp restoration and features some modified parts intended to give this car better handling and drivability. It’s not a numbers-matching W30 car, although it looks like one. It’s got 17” American Racing wheels, Wilwood brakes with a Hydratech hydraulic brake assist unit, Hotchkis control arms and sway bars, and a few other goodies. It’s powered by a big block Olds engine, but the owner wanted increased reliability, as he drives this car on cross country trips. His solution is a GM LSA supercharged 6.2 liter V8 “Connect & Cruise Kit” which also provides an overdrive transmission. It’s not an Oldsmobile engine, but the owner has several other numbers matching 442 W30 cars, and this one is not a “numbers car”, and he likes the technology and abilities of the LSA engine and the 4L85E transmission.



Under the hood, it appears all stock, but it is actually a big-displacement Olds with a stroker kit installed. It ran well, but didn’t really make much power.



Soon, one of these will be living between the red fenderwells.

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11 Jun 2015 12:18 #1012 by oestek
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We ran this car on a chassis dyno before any work started. The Oldsmobile V8 drove well, but it did not make very much power. Our dyno session showed just over 224 hp to the rear wheels at an anemic 4100 RPM. The owner later revealed that this is a low compression engine that was built to be reliable on long drives, and not to win races. The 556 hp LSA is going to change all that.

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16 Jun 2015 23:38 #1024 by JonJeffS
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Oh man... Looking forward to seeing this build. I am considering a Connect and Cruise for my 67 Impala 9 passenger wagon.

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17 Jun 2015 08:58 #1029 by oestek
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JonJeffS wrote: Oh man... Looking forward to seeing this build. I am considering a Connect and Cruise for my 67 Impala 9 passenger wagon.


That would be an awesome swap. These are really cool setups.

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17 Jun 2015 16:01 #1035 by Qball
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JonJeffS wrote: Oh man... Looking forward to seeing this build. I am considering a Connect and Cruise for my 67 Impala 9 passenger wagon.


That would make for one hell of a grocery getter.

-Mike

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17 Jun 2015 19:05 - 17 Jun 2015 19:10 #1037 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1968 Oldsmobile 442 GM LSA Connect and Cruise Driveline Swap
The first steps were to drain all the fluids, disconnect the exhaust, the flywheel and other linkages to remove the Olds 400.







This swap will be minimally intrusive, as there are a variety of bolt-in solutions for installing an LS engine into a GM “A” body car like this 442.



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