Here's my 442. The picture is a little funny, but it is a true diamond in the rough for me. I got this car in a pair of 442's, and my little brother has the other one. My plans for restoration include original color, stock 14" wheels and bias ply tires. And I have a NOS set of dog dish caps carefully hidden away! This 442 has so much mystery and coolness to it...It is still carrying it's 400 and 4 speed, has perfect floors, and still had the little build sheet/ trim code thingy stapled to its rear seat bottom. This car will be great, if not tedious, because I plan to apply all of my past learning and mess-ups when I start on this one. It will be cool when done!
Well, you either has good arm strength or absolutely flat smooth roads, because those bias ply tires will be a chore to handle, everything else sounds good, but could we get a picture of the car that some of us old farts can see. I don't even know if someone with good eyes can see that little picture.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2009 17:13:49 GMT -5 by bubbasz1
You all can say what you want, bias ply tires suck, why would you put years of sweat and money in your car and put those lousy, crappy things to drive around on, for the sake of being original. I don't think so, not for me anyway's. I know Bro was pulling my leg because he doesn't have them on his car, and as far as Ramz well, let's just leave it at that.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2009 21:57:34 GMT -5 by bubbasz1
I like the way the bias ply tire looks- it is something that reeks of history and "traditional" muscle cars; original muscle cars. I also realize they don't ride as well as radials! Here's another pic of the clunker 442 from last fall, and I will go photograph the little trim codes tag thingy and post it... And no, these are not the tires and wheels it will end up with.
Sorry for the disappointment, but my wanna-be "build sheet" is just a trim tag copy that the workers at the plant attached to the bottom of the rear seat. It isn't a detailed actual build sheet, but here are some pictures. And the trim tag pictures are just what I keep in my old car file book. I just marked a piece of paper over the tag on the firewall.
The picture of the cool dealer license plate trim thingy was originally on my '62 Dynamic 88 hardtop, which came from the factory with the 330 horse 394. I was considering putting this on the 442, but I think it better stay with it's original source. Besides, the '62 Olds is cool it's self!