1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible
I bought the Delta 88 in March/1983 as the second owner in Seattle,
Washington. It had ~90,000 miles at that time and in the next 10 years, I put another 55,000 miles on it ... but now that I have a family, that's steadily
decreased to about a 1,000 miles/year ... although my kids love riding in it.
On Sep 28th, 2014, it hit (1)75,000 miles ... so it that rate, it will rollover in 2039.
The Delta 88 Convertible is garaged and has stayed in pretty good shape and
hasn't required much mechanical work
(here's the maintenance log)
although the gas gauge stopped working on me
a few years ago and I found that out the "hard" way! There is no tripometer,
so I now carefully write down the mileage when I fill it up.
As some people know, I'm a bit ... uhhhh ... "stubborn" (!) about putting
up the convertible top, and in fact, am often asked if it has one or even works.
The true answer is YES to both ... but again, Alek is a bit stubborn and it
hasn't been up in years. It's actually not bad in the weather as long as you
since due to the airflow, all the water/snow/whatever goes behind you! ;-)
Some highlights/pictures of the Olds Convertible:
Some other misc. trivia/stories:
- First day I bought it, 8 of us went crusing from McMahon Hall across the UW campus.
- No ski rack required - just pop the skies in the back seat! ;-)
- On its 10th year of ownership, I parked it at work and unknowlingly backed
and buried the tailpipe in the grass behind the parking spot at work;
the old potato in the tailpipe trick - ooops! I had to get a ride home
from work that night since we hadn't figured it out, but the weather forecast
was good, so I wasn't worried about it raining on it. Unfortunately, I had
parked the car right in the path of a broken sprinkler head that sprayed a
perfect fountain of water into the back seat. Suffice to say, my co-workers
thought that was pretty funny when I showed up for work the next day as the
Delta 88 Convertible was doing double duty as a bathtub! ;-)
- In 2016, the transmission started to make some howling noise (even in Park) ... so I ended up
having it rebuilt - it now purrs like a kitten.
Since the car had to stay for a week+ at the auto-shop, I had to put the
convertible top up ... it's been over a decade since I've done that.
I un-hooked it, plugged the fuse back in, hit the switch ... and CLICK ... that was it! Turns out this is a common problem for Oldsmobile tops ... so the solution was to disconnect the drive cables and manually lift it up. It's a pretty big/heavy metal scissors arrangement, but with help from Wendy, Dirk, and Kyle, we got it up ... and then stretched it a bit to click it in -
here's a very rare picture with the top up. After the tranny rebuild, the 1972 Oldsmobile
Delta 88 runs whister quiet and
still looks pretty snazzy for a 44 year old car as seen in pics
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