1968 Oldsmobile 442 (Canadian)

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Joffroi
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#1

Hi all,

Here are some pictures of my 1968 Oldsmobile 442 built at the Oshawa plant. I have always liked the style of the 1968 Cutlasses and 442s and am really proud to say I own a legitimate one. The original 400 engine was factory replaced in 1971. However, the replacement 400 was unstamped and also blew up. It now has a nice 455.


Vehicle Identification Number: 3448781111XXX.
Vehicle: 1968 Oldsmobile 442. Floor mats, cool
Trim: 940 - Black Buckets
Paint: G- Willow Gold Metallic
Stripe: C - Provincial White.
Production Plant: Oshawa Ontario Canada
Production Date: January 10, 1968
Shipping Date: January 11, 1968
Model Number: 34487 - 442 - 2dr holiday coupe
Engine: 400 CID 325 HP 4bbl Rocket V8
Engine Number: 8243162
Dealer: Ross Wemp Motors Ltd., Rexdale Ont
Number Produced for sale in Canada (same model number only) 1,070

RPO Code Description
AS1 - SEAT BELTS: FRONT SHOULDER HARNESS
A81 - HEAD RESTRAINT - SEATBACK
B32 - MATS: FRONT FLOOR
B33 - MATS: REAR FLOOR
D55 - FRONT COMPARTMENT FLOOR CONSOLE
J52 - BRAKES: FRONT DISC
M40 - TRANSMISSION: 3-SPEED AUTOMATIC (THM 400)
N34 - STEERING WHEEL: CUSTOM SPORT
N40 - POWER STEERING
PW8 - TIRE: F70-14-4 PR - RED STRIPE
U29 - LAMP: COURTESY, INSTRUMENT PANEL
U63 - RADIO: AM PUSHBUTTON
U80 - AUXILIARY SPEAKER REAR
Z49 - MANDATORY CANADIAN BASE EQUIPMENT MODIFICATIONS


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Slackcat
Newbie
#2

The minimalist beauty of it.

Joffroi
Administrator
#3
I always thought if I was going to be lucky enough to own a 68 442, I would put the great W36 stripe on it. But after getting this one, the minimalist look of it was just perfect. It did originally have the GT stripe in white I want to eventually get on it though.
dnmfranco
Beginner
#4

wow very nice yeah go w the GT stripe

Joffroi
Administrator
#5
dnmfranco wrote:

wow very nice yeah go w the GT stripe


Do you happen to know if there is a kit for the stripe by chance?
dnmfranco
Beginner
#6

not that I know of because people on co use to ask. But on my ram rod it was about 1 inch from peak moldings then to where it wrapped around.

Joffroi
Administrator
#7
dnmfranco wrote:

not that I know of because people on co use to ask. But on my ram rod it was about 1 inch from peak moldings then to where it wrapped around.

Was it actual paint (like pin stripe) or was it more like a sticker? I don't think I've ever seen a 442 with the GT stripe in person.

allyolds68
Beginner
#8

On the original paint,Saffron,cutlass S convertible I parted out it waspainted

Joffroi
Administrator
#9

Geez, so is it just measured out, taped, and then done by hand? Sounds really easy to mess up.

dnmfranco
Beginner
#10

Wow just figured it out converts were painted , hardtops had a decal. My convert when I first bought had the ghost stripes on the hood and painted red stripe. Now keep in mind this was my first 68 and was always a 69 guy so I assumed those were done after purchase. So Einstein here painted to what I conceived as how it came from factory. Hard tops are def decals my ram rod a small section on driver side fender came off.

Joffroi
Administrator
#11
dnmfranco wrote:

Wow just figured it out converts were painted , hardtops had a decal. My convert when I first bought had the ghost stripes on the hood and painted red stripe. Now keep in mind this was my first 68 and was always a 69 guy so I assumed those were done after purchase. So Einstein here painted to what I conceived as how it came from factory. Hard tops are def decals my ram rod a small section on driver side fender came off.

Thats really interesting. I remember a thread on CO about this and it seemed like there were really a lot of discrepencies. Was the width of the strip 3/16", 1/4", or 11/32"? Can you still buy the correct color (Provincial White) decal out there even? On your ram rod, do you happen to see it wrap around the top window as well like below?


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allyolds68
Beginner
#12

It definitely wrapped around the window on the hardtops. Somewhere I have a pic of a piece of the stripe on that convertible and it was definitely painted

dnmfranco
Beginner
#13

no mine stopped by rear 1/4 molding believe width was 1/4. Body shops are doing it whether it will be exact shade of 68 white is another story

allyolds68
Beginner
#14

The best place to find the answer to exactly where it goes is that thread on ClassicOlds. I never thought it wrapped around the window and up the roof until I saw the original pics that were posted

dnmfranco
Beginner
#15

just checked my old pics of ram rod yes went all the way around my error

1968_Post
Beginner
#16

Was the stripe available on a vinyl top car but ending at the belt line?

dnmfranco
Beginner
#17
1968_Post wrote:

Was the stripe available on a vinyl top car but ending at the belt line?

thats a good question dont know if a ever seen a gt stripe on a vinyl top car

Joffroi
Administrator
#18

I just realized all the pictures I posted were when I had the wire hub caps. I've always loved the look of the poverty caps so I did a quick switch. I figured I would post a picture.

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