Went to the junkyard today looking for a driverseat that was in great
shape in a 91 Olds 88.( maroon ) It was there July 30th And I probably
should of taken it then, but now the entire car is gone...anyway I was
thinking maybe they moved the car so I start walking around the yard to
see if I can find it. End up in the back of the yard where the rear
wheel drive cars are and I still didn't see it.
They must of scrapped it or somebody bought it whole. The body was in
fantastic shape ..
So, I walk around the back end of a 83 Caprice because I spotted a 63
Wildcat 4 door hardtop I wanted to look at and what the hell is sitting
directly to the left & behind the Caprice but a brown 2 door 1978 Olds
Holiday 88 with a tan bucket seat / console floor shift interior. My jaw
So I began to talk to the car .
HF - Hello Car ! I had one just like you loooooooong time ago.
78 Olds - You don't say !
HF - Mine was the same color as you, I even had the same interior color
78 Olds - Really !?
HF - Hey, you got a flip up / removable sunroof just like I had. Ziebart
78 Olds - Yeah, mine is glued shut with Silicone cuz it leaks.
HF - You even got the landau roof mouldings running over the roof
outlining where the vinyl used to be before it was torn off. I had the
roof re- repainted on mine.
78 Olds - My roof was repainted too! I think it was over Memorial day
HF - Hey you even got the 74 Cutlass chromed hood louvers on the rear
quarter panels like my Olds had.
78 Olds - Yeah, what the hell are those for? Is that to make the car
look cool or something ?
HF - Jesus Christ car you got the same exact color body stripes running
down the body crease and up over the wheel openings just like my car had
78 Olds - There all cracking & peeling now.
HF - Hey Car, your Sport Mirrors got a pin stripes wrapped around the
mirror body like my car had. I stole that idea from Burt Reynolds Trans
Am in Smokey and The Bandit.
78 Olds - Oh a copy cat, eh !
78 Olds - HELLO ! - I AM YOUR OLD CAR ! Go around back and look at the
trunklid to confirm what I just said.
78 Olds - So how you doing fuzz face ? You still got that shiney new
black Bonneville ?
HF - Yeah I still got it but its not shiney new anymore. Its almost 13
years old and got 266,548 miles on it.
78 Olds - LOL ! Someday it might be parked in here with the rest of us.
HF - SHHhhh don't say that !
Anyway , I walked around to the back and looked down at the trunklid and
sure enough there's the round stainless steel 4 inch diameter plate my
dad made to cover the hole in the trunklid under the key hole where the
thieve's punched the lock out when the car was stolen in November of
1986. The dealer sticker was still readable on the left hand side,
Steele / Hoff Olds - Blue Island, IL.
I could not believe my eyes that I was looking at " MY " Olds that I
sold in April 1991 two months after I bought the Bonneville. It had
196,000 miles when I sold it to Lou, a trucker driver who delivered
locomotice crankshafts to my dads machine shop.
Lou -Lou, as we called him bought it for $900.00 I know he had the car
at least 5-6 years ( Maybe more ). His son told me at 225,000 the rear
end had to be replaced and the power steering pump went out around that
time.. Lou Lou & the Olds were now living up in Wisconsin.
After 1996-97 I don't know what had happened to the car.
The car today has 29,491 showing on the odometer. I'm going to assume
the car has 329.491. I know Lou Lou run it past 225,000. At 99,00 the
older cars odometer resets back to 00000. An employee at the junkyard
looled in their records and the car came in July 23, 2003. The last
owners name was not Lou.
There are no floor pans under the rear seat or front passenger side. The
front passenger side has a hole from the front seat bolts to the
firewall and about 18 inches wide There is less than average surface
rust for a 25 year old car. The driver door was rooted off from the
inner portion where the pinch over seem is.
The fenders & quarter panels were solid as was the trunk floor. Front
nose was fine, tailights were not broken out. Trunklid had a little rot
out on the pinch over seam on the inside, Both bumpers were rusted out.
Fiberglass header panel was intact as were the grille & lights.
Hood was fine. Interior was shot - Headliner was dry rotted, carpet was
water rotted away. Vinyl Buckets were all cracked. Dashboard had 1 crack
in it. Door panels were still in good shape. Even the cloth three
pocket storage thingy I screwed into the drivers door panel was still on
there. I took that with me..I also had the add on assits straps to aid
in closing the door, those were still there too. Even the decals I stuck
on the inside of the glove box door were still there and looked new yet.
Now I know where my 2" x 3" Auto Meter Gauge's decal ended up. I had
been looking for it around the house about a month ago.
WIndshield had a crack, and 1 quarter window was busted out.
Transmission & Radiator was gone. Engine was all there except the 4 bbl
carb & air cleaner assembly. I assume it still had the original engine.
It was the blue Olds 350 engine.
Sadly, in BIG yellow letters written on the side of the car were the
WATER IN OIL - MOTOR JUNK !
I just stood there looking at the car. I sat in it. I thought about all
the people that rode in the car, the places we've gone, all the good &
bad times we've been through together. It was mind boggeling to be
reunited after all these years.
After I saw the car I had to go home and get the camera. Call me crazy
but I took 2 rolls of pictures of the car, 8 with me in the photo posing
with the car. I still can't believe I saw my old car today .
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE