| Restoration of the 1955 Oldsmobile
Back in these early years, there was a major
difference between and Olds and Chevy
The Dash board has a few components worth mentioning. This is the
last year when the instrument panel was all gauges as later years used Idiot
Lights for the Oil and Temperature. The Ammeter and oil pressure were the
only components working when I got the car. The temperature gauge worked
but read to high so it was replaced with a new unit from Lecric Limited
and now it reads correctly.
The fuel gauge goes right to "full" when the key is turned
on, indicating the tank unit has an "open". I dropped the tank
and found the sender all rotted away. I found a new one made of stainless
steel and it reads correctly.
The radio was removed for repair and given to Vintage Radio in Chino
Valley. After a few tries, they got it to work.
The speedometer cable was twisted in two so I replaced it. That happened
because the speedometer head was seized. It was a long job to remove it,
but the clean up and relubrication has it working as smooth as can be. There
is even a oil hole in the speedometer head for future lubrication.
The shift indicator worked fine, but I was suppressed to find out
it was controlled by electro magnets from a switch on the shifter tube.
These cars have what I call real horns. There is a "low"
note and a "High" note and they blow in harmony and loud. The
horn worked intermittently, so I took the upper Steering Mast Jacket apart
and cleaned and lubricated all the parts. It blows every time without fail
The heater box was dropped and the heater core removed for cleaning.
Oldsmobile has a much larger heater core than a Chevrolet and that is why
they throw out more heat. This is when the defroster ducts were replaced.
You can see one through the opening in the glove box.
New "kick Panels" were made from thin Masonite and covered
Threads in the shifter bowl were striped out so the lever would pull
out. Purchasing a Heli Coil repair kit solved that problem.
There wasn't any carpeting in the car and was supprised to notice
not a lick of rust on the floor boards. Classic Cars in Prescott had some
in stock so I installed it after pulling out the seats.