1990 Oldsmobile 442

1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais 442

In 1990 I asked my mother to purchase a standard Calais for me so that I could have a new car when I got home from my tour of duty in Germany.  While she sat there finishing the papers on a standard Calais, she kept looking at the 442 there on the showroom floor.  She decided that that car was me, that is what I should be driving around in, a bright red Olds 442, not some "standard" car.  (photos of that car)  I drove the car for 6 years, then my young bride decided that the car "wasn't running right" and that we need to trade it in.  She worked on me for a few days and then we went and looked at the "new" Mustangs.  We decided that the forest green one was pretty sharp and talked to the salesman.  He gave us an incredible deal that just sounded great to us, so we traded in the car.  That Mustang was a huge mistake, and I lost my 442 forever.  About 2005, I did a search on the internet for the VIN on that car.  It was last registered to a woman in Grand Rapids in 1999.  Since then, it has no activity.  That car's VIN is 1G3NF14A9LM724957 if anyone out there has any kind of idea of what happened to my old car.

So, when I couldn't find that car, I set up an Ebay Favorites search.  Every day I got emails with details of 1990 442 parts and cars.  Several cars came up, all of which I had no money to bid with.  Finally in February this car came up.  I bid, I won.  Only problem, I had to go to Harrisburg, PA to get it.  Well, not really much of a problem, I had to go to Dover, DE for some Army Reserve training.  So, the seller agreed to hold the car (after my payment anyway) and I hauled a trailer behind the truck to pick it up.  We loaded it with no problems, it almost fell off before I got out of PA and after another tie down, I made it to Dover.  So, as my life with my new 442 develops, I will be posting progress photos and updates.

My first photos of the car

April 7, 2008

So, if anyone has any info on my old car, please contact me at charliemguard-442"you know what to put here"yahoo.com

April 20, 2008

I got my car home, my kids love it.  They have been fighting over who gets it when they start driving.  I told them that there were three colors of 442s built that year, Red, White and Black and that I was thinking maybe I should look and see if I can collect the other two colors.  They like that idea, that way we can each have one of a different color.

I ran into my first real problem with this black car.  The passenger side window fell off it's track.  I guess I get to try and re-install that this week.  Maybe next weekend.

July 31, 2008

I have been busy getting things fixed on my car.  I wish it weren't so darn expensive.  Here is a chart of what I've had done so far.

Date Complaint  Cost  Action taken
2/17/2008 Purchase on Ebay  $  1,115.00  
4/24/2008 AC check, exhaust leaks, oil pressure gauge inop, fuel filter, wheel hub.  $     610.63 R&R wheel bearings , cups, seals front right.  R&R Oil Pressure switch
5/17/2008 used parts  $     100.00 Trim pieces, steering wheel, shifter knob, door panels, all seats, light control switch, other misc parts
6/3/2008 Oil pressure still inop  $        65.01 R&R oil sender pigtail
6/3/2008 Oil pressure still inop  Warranty  R&R Oil pressure switch
7/18/2008 Trunk seal wore $45 Purchased a roll of seal from JC Whitney.
7/16/2008 AC Service, Fuel Pump pressure off, exhaust smell, new exhaust, O2 sensor.  $  1,589.41 AC (Service, hose, receiver drier, condenser, charge), Fuel Pump, Fuel Pressure regulator, 02 sensor, exhaust pipes and muffler.
7/18/2008 car still misfiring  $     365.53 R&R ignition coils, Ignition tune
7/28/2008 car still misfiring  Warranty  O2 sensor replaced
       
       
Total    $  3,890.58  

I have found that I have a water leak above the drivers side rear side window.  I still have to fix the passenger door window.  I went to two large junk yards in Grand Rapids and they do not have 1990 used cars there.  They tell me it is too old.  I think I have finally overcome the leaky exhaust.  I think it was coming in through the trunk.  So good to have that smell gone.  And I now have AC, wow does that make a great difference.  I still need to fix the tripometer, still need a bunch of interior parts, especially the radio and gear shift console.  I wish someone had one of those for me.

Here is another interesting chart.  This is the fuel MPG chart since I purchased it.  Funny how the MPG was better when it wasn't running quite right.

            Octane  
Date Odometer Miles Gallons price/gallon MPG  Refilled Place
10-Apr-08 217275.8   11.879 3.199      
18-Apr 217408.3 132.5 5.972 3.349 22.18687    
1-May 217702.8 294.5 12.467 3.449 23.62236    
9-May     6.482 3.899 0    
17-May 218068.4 365.6 12.856 3.889 18.90578    
27-May 218416.6 348.2 11.856 4.049 29.3691 89  
8-Jun 218742.0 325.4 12.287 4.069 26.48328 87  
13-Jun 219013.5 271.5 7.657 4.049 35.45775 87  
3-Jul 219343.0 329.5 12.563 4.139 26.22781 89  
16-Jul 219609.9 266.9 10.979 4.119 24.31005 89  
20-Jul 219756.0 146.1 7.02 3.989 20.81197 89  
21-Jul 219978.2 222.2 11.401 3.859 19.48952 89  
21-Jul 220114.7 136.5 7.648 4.119 17.8478 87  
21-Jul 220421.0 306.3 13.355 4.119 22.93523 89  
22-Jul 220614.3 193.3 7.283 4.119 26.54126 89 Dover, DE
24-Jul 220861.8 247.5 13.271 4.069 18.64969 89 Newburg, PA
24-Jul 221080.0 218.2 9.927 4.029 21.98046 89 Mahoning Valley, PA
24-Jul 221285.7 205.7 11.67 3.899 17.62639 89 Ottawa Lakes, MI
29-Jul 221503.4 217.7 11.401 3.859 19.09482 89 Newaygo
29-Jul 221666.1 162.7 6.479 3.859 25.1119 89 Newaygo
31-Jul 221878.0 211.9 7.257 3.859 29.19939 89 Newaygo
9-Aug 222123.0 245 9.56 3.659 25.62762 89 Fremont
19-Aug 222385.9 262.9 9.354 3.849 28.10562 89 Newaygo
29-Aug 222714.5 328.6 11.612 3.789 28.29831 89 Newaygo
17-Sep 223016.5 302 13.271 4.069 22.75639 89 Newaygo
26-Sep 223300.2 283.7 10.641 3.759 26.66103 89 Newaygo
7-Oct 223616.9 316.7 12.505 3.359 25.32587 89 Newaygo
16-Oct 223920.2 303.3 11.53 2.949 26.30529 89 Newaygo
28-Oct 224187.8 267.6 11.511 2.519 23.24733 89 Fremont
12-Nov 224469.3 281.5 12.812 2.029 21.97159 87 Newaygo

 

 

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