Area 51

Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 1970


The recipe is straight forward.

Take a rust free low mileage 1970 Olds Delta 88, carry out a total restoration which includes a superb paint job finished in House of Kolours Cobalt Blue, install a brand new leather interior in parchment, piped blue, new door panels, fit colour matched carpets embroidered ‘Delta 88’, and finish the interior with Dakota digital instruments and a Custom Billet steering wheel. Customise the trunk with the same parchment leather and carpet treatment, add a new convertible top in white, with a glass rear window, and you have made a good start.

Along the way have the 455 ci V8 completely rebuilt with new everything, bored .60 over, now 468 ci (7,669cc) fit a mild cam, Mondello 8 quart oil sump, high volume oil pump, top it off with Edelbrock E-Street fuel injection, Accel Hot HEI ignition module and billet distributor, Edelbrock manifold and valve covers, fit March air cleaner and serpentine pulley system. Take a break.

Mate this lot to a rebuilt 200R4 automatic transmission with electric overdrive and connect to a one piece aluminium drive shaft onto a rebuilt 3.55 LSD rear axle. Whilst under there fit a 2.5’’ stainless steel H-pipe exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers, and admire the underside finished to the same standard as the top side. Then, for good measure install a Champion 3 Core aluminium radiator.  

Fit all new suspension, slightly lowered for the correct stance, add Wilwood 12’’ Disc brakes all round and a new Master cylinder, then bolt on new US Mag wheels. Have lunch.

Fit everything that has been re-chromed and all the new shiny bits. Check your smile in the reflection.

Straight forward? Perhaps for Rigo Diaz in Arkansas USA who built it so superbly, certainly not for me, but Rigo is moving on to his next project and allowed me to buy this one!

This is not a car, it is an Automobile, and a very awesome one at that.

The fabulous Joe Cocker gets the last word –

‘….Said your mine, me oh my, Delta Lady’           (Delta Lady by Joe Cocker, released 1969)

Desert road