Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pre-War Style: 1947 Oldsmobile 98 V8 Swap

The Harley Earl designed Oldsmobile 98 (spelled out as Ninety-Eight after 1961) was the flagship model from Oldsmobile starting in 1941.  The second generation was released (with restyling all around) for the 1942 model year, but that design was used again after the war for the 1946 and 1947 model years.  Find this 1947 Oldsmobile 98 here on eBay bidding for $11,300 with 1 day to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

The Oldsmobile 98 was available in three body styles, a 2 door convertible, 4 door sedan, and a 2 door club coupe, like what we have here today.  The only powerplant available was a 257 cubic inch Oldsmobile inline-8 mated to a 3-speed manual or 4-speed hydramatic slushbox. 

The inline-8 is long gone from this 98 and in its place is a Chevy 350 small block V8.  It might be a bit cliché, but the SBC (small block chevy) is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make an old car go zoom zoom and keep it going.

See another two tone classic for cheap?


  1. Someone needs to clean up those plug wires/ 4 speed hydro in 47..?

    1. Oldsmobile was one of the first to market with a hydro-matic starting in 1939. It's one of the things that makes this generation of Oldsmobiles unique. Hard to say if the engine has been replaced if they used the original hydro-matic, and if it would stand a v8 in front of it. Looks like this car has a more modern steering column, so it'd be a good assumption it has a turbo-350 or whatever folks are putting behind small blocks these days.

  2. Geraldine thanks for update on hydro i know the 50's-60's car had them just not after the war with everything trying to get back to normal after the war effort.


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