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BlackBastard
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New member, 1966

Postby BlackBastard » Sun May 27, 2018 5:24 pm

Good evening everyone, I'm Mike. I just recently bought the car ive sought since I was 16: the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado. She's a little rough, but I can't complain. I was looking for some general info on some smaller details since I don't have an owners manual. First: the S in the shifter, what does that mean? Thanks for any information

Otto Skorzeny
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Re: New member, 1966

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Mon May 28, 2018 7:10 am

S stands for Sport. Just a gimmicky way of saying 2nd Gear.

Drive the car like a normally labeled Turbo 400. Shift into S whenever you would normally want 2 like coming down a mountain or whatever.

Look on Ebay for an Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual. They're about $20-$30. Do Not get one on computer disc because it is useless if you actually want to view the manual while working on the car.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... l&_sacat=0

Otto Skorzeny
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Re: New member, 1966

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Mon May 28, 2018 7:18 am

Here's an Owner's Manual with zero bids for $9.00. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Oldsmobil ... Swb39bCfoP

Nicer ones have BIN prices for $30 to $45.

BlackBastard
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Re: New member, 1966

Postby BlackBastard » Tue May 29, 2018 3:12 am

Thank you for the reply, I suppose both of my guesses were kinda right then. "S for either Sport or Second" was my assumption, but that left me confused by the number 1 for First. I'm most definitely going to get a chassis service manual and a fisher body service manual to pair with it for the interior work ahead. My "Grand Design" is to bring a little modern tech into the fold while maintaining original appearance, but making it unique (not at all difficult, I'm the only person in my town with a Toronado) by transforming it into a deceptively fast behemoth. Any suggestions, upgrade recommendations, ideas, warnings, are also very much appreciated

Otto Skorzeny
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Re: New member, 1966

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Tue May 29, 2018 12:57 pm

You don't have to do anything to the drive train to make it a deceptively fast behemoth. These cars flat out haul ass in stock form. Factory rating is 385 hp.

Get your Q-Jet rebuilt properly, replace your timing chain and sprocket set with a modern, non nylon coated one, and you'll smoke the front tires off the car at traffic lights.

Otto Skorzeny
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Re: New member, 1966

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Tue May 29, 2018 12:58 pm

Post some pictures of your car. Where do you live. Also, anyone with a 1966 Toronado is going to be the only one in town no matter where you live!


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