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! ;-)
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