Have 1965 F85 Cutlass sport coupe 442 barn find 20815 miles. Has `67 400, TH400 automatic, 12 bolt diff 2 vin searchs indicate 442, one does not. Mice got into it and just found little pieces of build

Asked by Feb 10, 2019 at 02:36 PM about the 1965 Oldsmobile 442

Question type: General

Should I stay original  on my 1965 442 frame off restoration as so far doing so
even though engine,trans and diff are all 3 from same 1967 442?
have no repair history on original engine an auto transmission

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I think a frame off restoration on a non numbers matching car might be a waste of money. Keep it original, including paint if possible, just get it cleaned and detailed, if the 400/TH400 are in good shape keep them or build them. A very clean low mileage body is worth some money, but without a numbers matching drive train it'll never be a museum piece. That lack of original drive train might also make this a good candidate for a resto mod, or pro touring or pro street, which can make it worth more than as it sits now.

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