For Sale: 1955 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 in Sioux City, Iowa


Vehicle Description

Extremely high level, frame-on restoration of asolid 1955 Olds 88 Holiday coupe. Excellent condition both inside and out. Allthe bright work, stainless, chrome and pot metal has been restored back to itsoriginal brilliance. The paint is equally incredible. Powered by a 324 CID'Rocket' V8, which is mated with an automatic transmission. Power steering,power brakes, factory radio, two-tone paint and continental kit all completethe vehicle! An impressive amount of provenance and documentation come with thevehicle, including the original conditional sales contract, sold by Leo RuleOldsmobile in Compton, California, along with registration(s), repair invoices,etc. In addition, it was discovered via ourinspection that the engine had a lower end issue. We performed a major engineoverhaul including disassembling the block completely. Block, heads andcrankshaft were sent out to a machine shop. Block was cleaned, crack checkedand line bored. The cylinders had been bored and honed to .040oversized. The cylinder heads have been cracked checked andmachined. Both heads have new valves, springs, valve guides and seals. New freeze plugs have been installed in both the block and heads. Blockwas then put on stand to start the rebuild process. Assembled new stylerings on new .040 oversized pistons, connected pistons to connecting rods withnew wrist pins and snap rings. Installed pistons into the block. Installed polished crankshaft into the block with new bearings which have beenplasti gauged to specs. Torqued down rod and main caps to specs. Installed new camshaft bearings and new camshaft, new timing gear set with newtiming chain. Rebuilt engine oil pump, primed and installed. Installed new rear main seal, rebuilt cylinder heads and torqued tospecs. Rebuilt rocker arm shafts with new rocker arms, installed newlifters, new water pump and repaired engine oil pan and painted to specs. Sandblasted all external engine parts including intake manifold. Assembled engine to complete finish and painted engine and all parts tospecs. Blasted exhaust manifolds and painted to spec. Installedmanifolds with new studs. All gaskets and seals are new. Installednew plugs, wires, distributor with new points and wiring to coil. Repaired wiring to generator and ignition wires to coil and resistor. Rebuilt carburetor and adjusted, timed engine, adjusted all carb, throttle andtransmission linkage to specs. Flushed radiator and heater core, new thermostatand coolant temp sender. Transmission was also removed and disassembledvalve body and polished up sticking shift valves. Installed new pangasket, side cover gasket with new side shift seal. Installed new torqueconverter seal and touros cover seals. It would be very difficult to find one as niceas this and the car now drives like an absolute dream.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-905199
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Oldsmobile
  • Model:Holiday 88
  • Exterior Color:Turquoise
  • Stock Number:Q1653
  • VIN:00000000557C11146