View Full Version : Yet another project....could not pass it up though!!

06-16-2009, 06:00 PM
I found this on CL listed at 200.00 or trade for car audio equipment. Ended up trading one of my 3 Sony CDX-C680's for it plus 20.00 cash! This car was probably on it's way yo a JY or to be used as a race car if I had not gotten ahold of it.

What is it? Why it is a 1983 Oldsmobile Firenza Cruizer LX of course! A very small amount of runst on the inside pinch welds of the front two doors & that is IT!!!! On an Iowa Jbody that is very rare. Oh, and 58k original miles too with all repair reciepts going back to the 1990's. It looks like an elderly owner passed the car to a grandkid or something from looking at the paperwork. Thats where the one bad thing comes into play.......said grandkid overrevved the engine and vetilated the crankcase with a rod!!! This car is nice enough that I am going to put a new engine in it......not a used one! Oh, and the sweet original 13" Rally wheels are in the trunk.....I may use these Achiva wheels on the Ciera coupe.....the tires only have 2k on them!

A couple of "On the dolly" pics:




I still cannot believe I got it for essentially free........it will be in storage for a bit whilst I work on the Ciera & also track down a motor for her. Apparently there were two different 2.0's for 83 & I need to figure out which one I have (one has a hole in the block for a vacuum pump)

06-16-2009, 06:16 PM
Forgot to add....here it the CL ad while it is still up:


06-16-2009, 07:08 PM
Hot damn! I'd like to make a clone of the FE3X concept with a Firenza coupe someday. Great find, A1veedubber.

The Mad Hatter
06-16-2009, 07:46 PM
Wow, neat buy! Whatcha gonna do with it?

06-16-2009, 09:03 PM
Holy crap, that's awesome! What a deal (steal) to boot. I'd like to see more pics when you get a chance, never heard of a Firenza Cruiser

06-16-2009, 10:27 PM

06-17-2009, 02:04 AM
Very nice! What car are the 14" wheels originally from?


06-17-2009, 05:39 AM
Drop in a 3.1 V6 5 speeds ;) haha

06-17-2009, 04:18 PM
intressing car. the firebird like front is rather intressing

06-17-2009, 10:33 PM
intressing car. the firebird like front is rather intressing

I agree. The nosecone has a 82-84 F-body look to it, especially from the side. I think the older Sixties Oldsmobiles are the inspiration for the Headlight/parklamp treatment:



06-17-2009, 10:35 PM
Very nice! What car are the 14" wheels originally from?


I think they are from an Achieva, though the prev owner told me he got them off of a Beretta in a Jyard. I am thinking of putting them on the Ciera Coupe though, I like the little 13" Rallys this car came with (all five of them.......the full size spare is a rally too!!!!)

06-17-2009, 10:52 PM
Moar Picts!! (Although they are not grooving in a cave with small furry animals!!)

Right front:


Right side & rear:


Right side closeup:


Left side closeup....see the very small amount of rust on the front door? Thats it!!


I am not sure yet what is in store for this lil' wagon, it just might be a bit too nice for daily driver duty, possibly it will share garage queen status with the 86 coupe & I will keep my plans of using the 88 Ciera coupe + Astro van as my daily's. I got the air working quite well in the Ciera today so it is a distinct possibility that is what I will do.

My wife likes the wagon & I think she has designs on making it her daily driver...........HELL NO!!!! :rofl:

edit: Oh, and the rubstrip running around the whole car? It STILL HAS the clear plastic protective covering on the chrome part!! Mad props to the original PDI tech at Holmes Oldsmobile here in Des Moines IA that forgot to remove it clear back in 1983!!

06-17-2009, 11:15 PM
may i suggest not letting the wife ahold of the car????? :rock: so you're looking to restore the car by swapping a good engine and possibly try having the original 2.0 rebuilt with new crankcase or block?

06-19-2009, 01:10 AM
I have been going through the old repair receipts that I got with the vehicle, and I can confirm that the 58k showing on the 5 digit odo is the original mileage! It was pretty obvious from the cleanliness of the interior though! I will be out at the old house (where the car is) this weekend & will get some interior shots.

06-19-2009, 01:39 AM
barf a 2.0? Those things are the brazilian heaps. for all that trouble you might as well put a 2.8 or 3.1 in it. Great looking car tho! tint them windows!!!

06-19-2009, 02:15 AM
I was kind of wondering how hard that would be....never done an enging swap before. It would be good practice for my planned 3.8 Eurosport though.....

06-19-2009, 04:34 AM
The Firenza pics look great! I'm still hoping to find out if those wheels are original to the car, or what kind of car they came from?


06-19-2009, 04:43 AM
the 14" alloys likely came from the Oldsmobile Achieva (1990+)

06-19-2009, 01:34 PM
Looks really clean, I still can't believe you got it for that price lol. I'm not sure but it looks like from the pics there could be rust behind the bumper skin on the quarter panel? Maybe it's just dirt or the lighting, either way the door rust is absolutly nothing!

Now you have to update your sig again :D

06-19-2009, 06:31 PM
L67 TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha that front end looks sweet! I've never seen one of those before, definitely looks like a firebird wagon, sweet find!

06-20-2009, 11:35 AM
Those are nice cars, those first gen J-bodies are. I had an '84 Skyhawk Wagon with a 1.8 OHC and a Turbo 125C. It's been 12 years since I've had it, but I remember that it handles really well, had good brakes, and surprisingly decent accerlation. The best part was that I got 25 city and 34 on the hwy with it (60 mph). I miss the little wagon. It was very handy!

Ken T.

06-23-2009, 01:53 PM
freakin sweet find! cant wait to see the progress on it, always liked the jbodies