1996 Chevy HurSSt
Owner: Bill Gelinas
I for some strange reason or another love Oldsmobile's, must be because the
first car I bought was an Olds. Now I have never been a normal person following
the roads usually taken. Instead of buying a Cutlass like most 16 year olds
might have if buying an Olds (most would have bought a Chevy I know ...) I
bought a 1971 Olds 88 two door. Yes a big ugly pig of a car, with a 455, fully
loaded, and to most eyes, a heinous machine. Not to me, I never have owned a
Cutlass, or a Hurst Olds of any kind, but I just love being different. Every
one of the 30 some cars I have owned have been modified and tweaked in a way
that might be normal but the cars have never been typical.
I am 33 years Old and I am in sales, but I am a certified welder fitter,
machinist, technician, and a bunch of other stuff. I always try to make
everything myself or come up with my own solutions, usually it's because no one
else had done something this weird. I worked for 5 years for a local Fabrication
company called Wolf Racing Products, we built vintage auto racing
components/reproduction originals for all the big wheels. Wolf also specialized
in taking care of the needs of car, motorcycle, planes, boats, snowmobile
BLA BLA BLA.....back to the Olds.
Why you say ?.....well yes I am an Olds nut and everyone has an Impala SS.
And why not? It's one of the best damn cars ever made. Too bad Olds never had
this idea, I think it would have been a nice option in the Olds line, and it
might have helped them make a comeback instead of making mambe pambe front wheel
drive sleds that led them to demise. An Olds needs to be big, and comfortable,
and on a good day a muscle car. The weird thing is I got the idea from another
car I had, a 1978 Olds Delta 88, it was black and a four door and I lowered it,
gutted it, put a full welded cage, a 450 hp 455 Olds motor, an aluminum interior
that resembles a Winston cup car, four wheel disc brakes, 16" low profile
rims with Bridgestone Potenza's and so on. It was actually built to GT1 road
race specs and raced here in Canada, it was also badged as a Hurst Olds, just
because ! The second reason, was because on a trip to Florida one year to go
jet skiing I saw something you lucky US residents have that we unfortunate
Canadians never had.. ! The Oldsmobile custom cruiser wagon, not available up
here. Being the freak I am, I thought those damn parts will fit my Impala, and I
could make an Olds out of a Chev. It was all over at that point.
It started with an e-bay trade of my Impala SS grille for an Olds Custom
Cruiser wagon grill from some other kind freak who was converting his Olds wagon
to an SS wagon (sinner) but had been done before, boring, just kidding. Believe
it or not the Olds parts and Chev parts are interchangeable, no mods required,
just bolt it too the hood. The only part hard to find is the rubber end caps for
the Olds grille where it meets the headlights...I just used ones from the Impala
grille, they glue right on.
Under the hood needs some work it's very much stock and looks clean but just
needs to be organized and detailed. I am thinking some sort of Oldsmobile stuff
there. And when I really loose my mind I think the Ram air hood from SLP will
make it look even more like an Oldsmobile.
The rest that followed as far as modifications to make the 1995 Hurst Olds
are fairly simple.
- Center caps and rim detail - simple custom made stickers from a sign shop.
All current style Olds emblems are from a Silloutte Van, just stick em on,
except for the trunk a backing plate to hold the emblem had to be made - tricky.
- Front Headlights are the stock Chev just painted to look like 3 lamp style
Olds covered with clear 3M tape to protect them, the bulb arrangement has been
altered to have the main headlights and 2 running lights to simulate 3
headlights, plus the door lock and unlock signal wires have been used to signal
additional lamps in the headlight capsules and rear brake lights to show lock
and unlock visual confirmation.
- Rear tail lights are clear bolt on jobs, just to get rid of the red Chevy
trimmings, with Oldsmobile stickers
- Front seat are from a 1990 Olds Cutlass Calais, grey leather....same as
Impala (almost) they bolt on to the Impala power seat bases just like all GM
seats they share the same bolt spacing with some slight over drilling of the
holes, so the power seat works from the door as usual, they are way more
comfortable than Impala seats and they hold your ass from sliding around when
- Impala emblem above the radio has been rebadged with a custom sticker
again, they are so good you can not tell it's not original, the stickers are
laser printed multi color and very thin.
have mounted a 3" Eqius tachometer in the dash, to the right of the speedo
cluster, this car is a 95 and the 96 has the analogue version tach, so I
combined the two worlds by installing the guts and face only of a 2" tach
right into the cavity where the idiot lights go, so the tach fits in behind the
clear lens and flush with the black plate, and is back lit by its own original
lights, it's tedious work to make this fit but the end result is factory looking
and clean. you just have to be willing to gut the idiot light area, and have no
need for a few lights you will loose.
- Both air bags have been de-activated
original 1984 Hurst Olds 3 stick Lightning Rod shifter is found in the center
console. Finding this shifter is a brutal task, mounting it was almost as much
work, a custom bracket was made to hold the shifter and a two piece chrome top
plate was made to cover the top of the original console. I used a stock 84 Hurst
Olds shifter cable and some modified shifter levers on the tranny to make it all
work. It works great, looks wild and suits the car way better than a column
shifter, which was removed. Sorry but with this mod you loose your drink
- The steering wheel was replaced with a Dino 3 spoke black and aluminum
wheel complete with Hurst Olds center cap...again a sticker.
- I also run a permanently mounted G-tek meter above the mirror that is wired
into the ignition switch power, so I can test the beast at will !!
- Exhaust is Walker Turbo mufflers and tips from a 69 Chevelle, looks good
but needs to be redone one day along with headers and a cat back system, which I
will make, complete with mufflers and tips all in stainless.
- Future mods will be a custom header and full exhaust.
- Brakes on the front are quite wild (not seen in these pictures) Inspired by
the 13" Porshe kits for $ 5000.00 Canadian !!! I made a similar kit with 13
rotors from a 2001 Vette and 4 pistons calipers form 68-82 Vette. Same style
hubs made out of old rotors with Vette rotors slipped over longer studs.
- A heavy duty ball joint upgrade to the 5/8 units came from a donor 96 9C1,
along with the lower control arms and spindles. I fitted new factory ball joints
and bushings. The spindles were machined to accept brackets for the Corvette
calipers and rotors. Works great, looks tough and cost $ 500.00 in parts for the
brakes and larger ball joints.
- Home Plate Delete
- First Base Delete
- K&N Filter
- Chrome Sewer Pipe
The rear windows have been upgraded to stronger slides - so they don't fall
off track... as they will!
Rear differential cover seal was replaced with the Fel-Pro unit- mine was
wrong and the car had 80K on it when I got it!
I love the B-body no matter what face it has - the last real car ever
- The side Hurst Olds stickers are replicas of original 84 Hurst Olds
- The ownership for the car has also been officially changed to read
- Canadian police 9C1 wiper blades are used - much better than stock and
- Custom Badging
- Oldsmobile Grille
- Tinted Windows
The stereo is a mild cost effective but reliable system. The stock fronts I
find work quite well. The system is rated for 250 w, whatever... it sounds
great has solid bass and does not overpower any of the components. Although I
did install a 6" micro fan to keep the Sony amp cool.
- JVC KD-S730 Remote Control Deck
- Pioneer 3 way 120w 6x9's in Rear
- Proton D230 amp powers the rear channel
- Stock front speakers
- Sony MX754HX amp w/6" fan powers the subs and front channels
- 10" Subs
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