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
first 20 years I've owned it, I've put about 70,000 more miles on
on the Oldsmobile Convertible.
I've been averaging less than 1,000 miles/year the last several years now that
I have a family ... so it doesn't get driven as much outa the garage.
The Delta 88 Convertible has stayed in pretty good shape and hasn't
required much mechanical work; 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 know 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! ;-)
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