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H/O Pages started
May 2002
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Ron

Ron has owned this car since new and was not about to give it up for rust and rot.
This H/O was a daily driver. Thankfully it was never in an accident. So this is where SpritzbyFritz came to the rescue restoring it to its original quality by using mostly a 1985 donor Cutlass for its similar body parts. We hit the yards for spares & Ebay for new parts such as light bezels, grills and clean seat belts. The interior floor metal, inner trunk floor, both doors and trunk lid were completely replaced before Fritz could start on the body and paint. We did have to order LEX-16-HO-FAC Factory Front Spoiler from: http://www.laureneng.com/ . There is no bondo or any cover-up anywhere on this car. Everything is back to rust-free new metal.

On the track at Dover Downs Raceway
Ron's 83 Hurst Olds was once a pace car at
Dover Downs Raceway in Delaware while still a demo car for the local Kent County dealership.
SpritzbyFritz found the faded images of the pace car's white decals on
Ron's original hood, doors & Quarters. The Hood, Trunk and doors were too rusted and had to be replaced. But we all saw them !
- This is my only film photo from 1983 of my car back in the day -

Project started MAY 2002

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Brief History: For it's 15th Anniversary Edition, the '83 H/O came only in black with silver rocker panels. Chrome 15x7" wheels, and a power bulge hood and rear spoiler gave the car a purposeful look. A modified version of Oldsmobile's 307 CID V8 was installed, along with 3.73 gears and Hurst's radical Lightning Rods shifter. Dual exhausts with rumbling mufflers meant there was no mistaking the H/O for a garden variety Cutlass. A new style "Hurst/Olds" emblem was introduced, and red and silver stripes separated the black and silver paint. Demand for the car was very strong. Originally, 2500 units were scheduled to be produced, but Olds had to up that number to 3001 because of high demand.

Ron's Hurst/Olds production number is 543 of 3001,
Built 12/22/82, #37 of 37 that Wednesday before Christmas.
FULLY LOADED DEMO CAR

Thank you Al Mantei for above infomation.
When I checked (July 2017) his site is no longer active.

There were 10 years that H/Os were built out of 21, from 1968 thru 1988. During 9 production runs, less than 16,000 total cars were built. Compared to 30,000 442s built in a single model year, and you will see that the Hurst/Olds is a rare car indeed. The past 33+ years have taken the 15th anniversary 83's from 3001 to just hundreds left road worthy.

My car is now on the 83/84 H/O Registry as of 2/1/16 as a Show Condition - Road Worthy survivor.

Thank you to Mark McCarty for maintaining the registry.: http://83-84hurstregistry.com/
(As of July 2017 site is still active)

Since Oldsmobile was cut from GM, we will never see a new Hurst/Olds ever again.

This was at one time, my everyday driver car with 140k miles on it before restoration.

Numerous calls to Ron (in the first month) asking "how much do you love this car ?" were made by Fritz as more problems were found. By June, after most of the critcal defects were fixed, it started to seem worth it after all. Work continued.

90% of this rot was due to the electric sun roof leaking from all 4 corner vent tubes for over 19 years on the road. The sun roof pan is the size of the entire interior ceiling, corner to corner. so when clogged it was a fish tank.
2 front vent tubes poured over the front door hinges. 2 rear vent tubes poured over rear wheel wells into trunk. This also caused Seat fabric, Floor rug and Head liner and Sliding interior ceiling cover damage. All new now.
Not great engineering here. Tubes should have been long enough to reach past frame (as is now with my car) I have seen the T-Top option with its own problems of rust and sealing shut. (My car is no longer out in rain or snow).


Inside left under floor. MAY 2002


Inside right under back seat. MAY 2002


Inside left under back seat. MAY 2002

Inside left trunk.

Inside left trunk cut out.

Most of this rot was due to the electric sun roof rear run-off tubes.
MAY 2002

It was found that the car was seated on only 3 body mounts. Rotted pieces replaced with metal. All mounts structurally repaired.
MAY 2002

Inside left trunk.

Inside right trunk.

New metal sanded and sealed.
2 tubes of seem sealer used
on floor and trunk decks.
MAY 2002

New metal sanded and sealed.
Car is now secured to all factory body mounts.
MAY 2002

The passenger mirror support
inside the door broke free, letting
the mirror vibrate and tore the
doorskin in the area.
A patch off the original door
(the one with all the rot)
test fit it to the new door. June 2002

This is the nice fit & clean, tack welded in place mirror patch, with the brace still attached which has been already welded to the inner door structure.
The door hinge area was also beefed up to support the earlier heavy sagging doors.
June 2002

Finished view of replacement
metal work on rear seat deck.
June 2002

Drivers rear.
Small pieces of rot found in rear quarters were cut out and replaced with new metal. Body is now 100% metal
no bondo.
June 2002


Rear of
 body

in primer

June 2002


The car wasn't THIS bad when it was driven here, but time did take its toll.
Yet the motor still starts even in this picture ! Can't kill this Olds.

BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE !

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