1979 Hurst Olds Vehicle Description:
The 1979 Hurst/Olds was a limited production vehicle of which a total of 2499 were produced. All came with an Olds 350 V-8, auto transmission and most options. Exterior paint came in two color combo’s, White & Gold and Black & Gold. The colors were generally evenly produced. Interior options had white & tan vinyl or tan velour cloth. T-tops & a Sunroof were an options. Exact numbers of produced T-top & Sunroof cars are not exactly known. It has been estimated that “537” T-top cars were produced of the 2499 made. But that estimate is based on total Cutlass production of which 20% came with T-tops and applying that 20% production to the total production of 2499 Hurst/Olds’. So there could be more then the 537 or less then that made. What survives today is anyone’s guess as these cars have not been well cared for over the decades and many have been lost to the time & elements.
This Hurst/Olds was purchased in the summer of 2009 from a local metal recycling/auto yard (Hence the Salvage/Rebuilt branding on the title by the state now after restoration was completed and the State Patrol inspected the car) . The body was generally straight, had minimal to no rust and had the original drive train still in place. Over the course of the next years I completed a frame off/rotisserie restoration of this rare car. It currently has less then 200 miles since the completion.
As mentioned, the body was generally in good condition, but there was a crack found in the upper area of the drivers front pillar where the T-top meets. That crack was welded when body & paint were done. I upgraded to the “aluminum” package to save considerable weight. The aluminum package consisted of an aluminum hood & front and rear aluminum bumper supports behind the bumpers.
With the body off the frame, I confirmed that the frame was in solid condition and was the original frame with the VIN stamped twice on the driver’s side frame rail on the outside portion. The frame was striped and rust coated then painted. Eibach springs were installed (lowering the car about an inch), with new brakes, rotors, polyurethane bushings & body mounts, Bilstein rear shocks, new front shocks, steering components etc.
The number matching Olds 350 V-8 was taken to be rebuilt to generally stock specifications, but I did have roller rockers, Dbl roller timing chain, Edelbrock intake and other minor upgrades done to it. Of course, all components were replaced or rebuilt IE: water pump, alternator, rebuilt Rochester carb, fuel pump, brake booster & master cylinder, A/C compressor, etc. Ceramic coated headers.
New aluminum radiator, hoses, heater core etc. installed
Original TH350 rebuilt, new torque converter & shift kit installed.
Axle gears examined and in good/great condition, new oil & seal(s) done.
Original tan velour seats (material not reproduced). NOS center console Hurst/Olds shifter surround used. Rallye gauge cluster had to be replaced as the one in the car was trashed. All gauges work except the speedo displays half way at freeway speed and not at all at lower speeds. Odometer works fine. I set the odometer to “zero’s” to track the mileage since the restoration completion. Wiring overall is good. I did have to have a small jumper wire installed near the wiring block (under the dash) to get the tail lights working again. Clock is there, but is not functioning. Air conditioning system has not been charged and thus not functioning (new compressor and hoses tho).
High grade Oil & Filter, brake fluid flush, custom dual exhaust with X pipe to replace the two into one exhaust from the factory.
Photos should show the quality, but there are two blemishes. One on the corner of the passenger front side marker light and the second in the middle of the driver’s door (scratch)
Front bumper is NOS. Rear bumper is a good original unit but does have minor imperfections.
The car will come with two sets of T-tops. The T-tops in the photos are slightly newer than 1979 units (probably early 80’s) as they have key locks. I purchased these as they were in better condition than the tops on the car. The ones 2nd pair are usable spares.
Original 350 cast intake manifold, Original Rochester Carb, Exhaust manifolds ( have them and will come with car)
This is a great driving/cruising car. Has not been shown and really not seen in the last 12-ish years.