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Post by MichiganMuscle77 on Tue May 26, 2009 8:49 pm

Found a link to this place on the 73-77olds.com forums, figured I'd swing in and sign up.

I own a 1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Ok, here's the controversial part I hope you can look past - it has a Chevy 350 in it. That's how I bought it! I can't really afford an engine swap, and besides, I know the motor and like the motor... so it's staying at least for the mean time.

The engine? Oh yea, here's what it's got:
-Holley 600cfm
-Edelbrock Intake
-Vortec Heads
-RV Cam
-Long tube headers, 3" center dumps with Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers
-Geared timing
-TH350 Transmission with shift kit (soon to be a built 700r4)
-3.73 limited slip rear end (soon to be posi)

I don't know what the standard options were for each trim level of the 77 Cutlass, but I think mine is pretty loaded for a 77.
-Power Windows
-Power Locks
-Windshield radio antenna
-Cruise Control (removed)
-A/C (removed)
-DIGITAL passenger dash board clock (still can't figure that one out, haha)
-Rear defrost

As it sits, the defrost doesn't work, obviously the cruise and A/C went away with the engine swap, the aftermarket AM/FM Cassette is very weak (gonna get one of those retro styled MP3 head units and some nice stock fit speakers soon - nothing too crazy, just want to be able to listen to music once in a while), but everything else works. Except for the passenger door window switch. Master switch still controls it, though.

Here's how she looks.












Photoshopped a "clear hood"... My engine bay isn't pretty enough to be seen unfiltered, lol


The pics make the car look better than it does. I mean, it's in great shape, but the prep job done by the previous owner for the paint was done poorly. Some over sanded spots, some cracks in the paint on the roof, and some rust bubbles at the bottoms of the rear wheel wells. Other than that, the car is absolutely solid, no SERIOUS rust. Bumpers are on nice and solid, floor pan is great (save for one quarter sized hole under where your left foot rests), everything is in pretty good shape for a 32 year old Michigan car. I'm happy with it, it's a great start for me.

My plans are pretty much to keep it looking stock. I love the wheels, love the color, love the stance.. but i do intend on upping the HP a bit. Most importantly I want it to be drive-able. As is, I can drive this car anywhere. She fires up easily (even in the cold, but doesn't get driven in the rain or snow - no worries), rides smooth, handles.. like an old American car handles, stop great, and those seats are SO comfy.

So, that's my ride. Hope you like it!

Oh yea, by the way... icing on the cake. Here's how she sounds apart from the starter, which I've replaced with a gear-reduction starter - much quieter and smoother starting.



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Re: Hey guys, new here. 77 Cutlass

Post by IndyG3 on Tue May 26, 2009 8:56 pm

Welcome aboard!
That's a very nice Cutlass! You should be very proud of owning such a nice car, especially in that condition. And don't worry about the Chevy power- if it works, it works!
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Tue May 26, 2009 9:16 pm

IndyG3 wrote:Welcome aboard!
That's a very nice Cutlass! You should be very proud of owning such a nice car, especially in that condition. And don't worry about the Chevy power- if it works, it works!

i second that motion,and also-it does not matter what powers your ride,just as long as its not a push and go buggy.

and by no meens can you call it a Gutless........................hehe
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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 26, 2009 9:47 pm

welcome again michigan muscle very nice and as long it is the way you want who cares if its chevy powered it looks and sound real good thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

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Post by Laguna Budman on Tue May 26, 2009 9:57 pm

Welcome to the site MichiganMuscle77. Great lookin car. Great sounding too I might add. As far as Chevy engine you can't go wrong with that, it's all GM and that's what matters. Good to have ya here.
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Tue May 26, 2009 10:29 pm

puke on weak olds motors anywas, Go chevy haha. Welcome to G3GM nice car!

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Post by badbiscayne66 on Tue May 26, 2009 10:37 pm

HELLO!! WELCOME! IF THAT CAR HAD SOME KEYSTONE CLASSICS OR CRAGERS ,A C.B. ANTENNA. AND REFLECTIVE PRISM TAPE CALL LETTERS ON BACK WINDOW IT COULD BE ONE OF A DOZEN CARS IN MY H.S. PARKING LOT.......NICE
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Post by badbiscayne66 on Tue May 26, 2009 10:39 pm

KYZ-O641 ON ELCAMINO FOR ME BY THE WAY HAHAHAHA
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Post by yogreasygramma on Wed May 27, 2009 4:25 am

Welcome to the site! Beautiful car there, inside and out. Love those seats! Is that material original? The engine sounds bad-A$$ too. You mentioned you're planning to replace the limited slip differential with a posi unit?
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Re: Hey guys, new here. 77 Cutlass

Post by MichiganMuscle77 on Wed May 27, 2009 5:52 pm

yogreasygramma wrote:Welcome to the site! Beautiful car there, inside and out. Love those seats! Is that material original? The engine sounds bad-A$$ too. You mentioned you're planning to replace the limited slip differential with a posi unit?

Original material. There are a few tears and it needs to be cleaned up, but it's in pretty good shape.

I'm gonna go with 3.73 posi but I also need a different stall converter, just not enough "oomph" from a stand still. Pulls best through the 2000-3000 rpm range.

Thanks for the compliments, everyone!

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Post by The Dude on Wed May 27, 2009 8:50 pm

BlackChevelleSS wrote:puke on weak olds motors anywas, Go chevy haha. Welcome to G3GM nice car!

Is that a challenge? hehe...... Twisted Evil
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Post by Limey SE on Wed May 27, 2009 9:39 pm

i think it was bro......................AS A FAMOUS MAN ONCE SAID.... LIGHT EM UP........ LETS RACE

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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Wed May 27, 2009 10:22 pm

Rago wrote:
BlackChevelleSS wrote:puke on weak olds motors anywas, Go chevy haha. Welcome to G3GM nice car!

Is that a challenge? hehe...... Twisted Evil

sure all I got to do is some gear swapping and throw my engine and trans in this 4 door and your gonna get smoked by a rusted out busted up granny mobile, you better get working bro, its motor to motor or bottle to bottle. so think you can keep up? Evil or Very Mad

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Post by The Dude on Wed May 27, 2009 10:33 pm

Just so I don't have the unfair advantage with a completely gutted Cutlass, now I'm gonna drop the 455 into that old 73. Unlike Chebby, Olds motors don't need gears... they got enough torque to overcome that problem. tongue Let's go all motor. Anyone got some frame pads & headers? lol.
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Wed May 27, 2009 11:51 pm

haha, well when you kill that weak olds motor trying to catch me. maybe youll build a chebby to put in that 73. well get that 68 442 and put the bbc in it then will be even, olds with bbc and chebby with bbo

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Post by The Dude on Thu May 28, 2009 12:27 am

Oh harsh.... ever wonder why some Chevys have 4 bolt mains? Weaker castings with lower nickel! In all honesty though, I pulled a Chevy 355 out of the Cutty that was pushing it into the low 12's. I don't plan to build something slower.

I'll lay out the 455 build, you tell me how far off yours is:
68 455 with a forged crank
C casting heads pocket ported
speed pro forged pistons
Still gotta buy the Crosswind intake, the 60804 Voodoo cam, & headers to finish it off so I'm still about $8-900 away.
No need to worry about it coming apart, but Olds does have some oiling problems to address. I'm not 100% what power I'll be making, but I'd be willing to bet an honest 475 hp & 550 ft/bs.


BTW to the original poster, sorry I stole your post. You got a nice car!
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Post by ' HARRY ' on Sun May 31, 2009 3:36 am

Welcome aboard, MichiganMuscle! I'm sure you'll like it here. Great bunch of folks who love these cars and always ready to help a fellow enthusiast.

Very nice Cutlass you have there. And don't sweat the Chevy mill. It'll run great set up the way you have it. My son has a similar engine in his '89 Camaro daily driver. If you ever swap carbs, step up to a 3310 750 cfm Holley. Your Vortec 350 will love it.

Happy Motoring,

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Post by corvette_jeff on Sun May 31, 2009 7:24 pm

jeez! thats a nice cutlass Very Happy
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Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:45 am

Do you have any specs on that RV cam? Sounds pretty good to be a mild grind. Also is that 3" exhaust from the headers back or just 3" dumps?
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Post by MichiganMuscle77 on Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:02 am

I don't have specs, it was in the car when I bought it.. I might try getting ahold of the guy I bought it from and see if he still has that information laying around.

3" pipes collectors back, for sure.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:41 am

MichiganMuscle77 wrote:I own a 1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme.

...and an awesome one at that! VERY VERY nice!


And, WELCOME! Smile



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Post by moodyvoodoo on Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:44 pm

Hey MichiganMuscle, nice Cutlass.
It looks really clean for a 32 year old car.
I just signed up myself, great bunch of gearheads here.
Welcome.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:47 pm

amen brother

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Post by 74442guy on Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:00 pm

i want in on that my 462 is one sick a$$ olds motor and pure poison on the street been chewing up mustangs and chevelles lol i will wave in my rear view mirrow thats if you can see me ha ha ha i eat chebbys for breakfast lol and by the way super nice cutlass you have michagan later on down the road get a nice 455 olds motor be alot happier lol no replacement for displacement
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