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PostPosted: June 14, 2018, 4:23 pm 
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Here's one out in the Los Angeles area. Looks like a good base to build on. Don't know how much you're looking to spend though.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/6617012647.html

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Wish I'd seen that before I blew my tax refund

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I talked to the guy that bought my uncle's Kelmark at a local show and shine today. He hasn't done anything with it yet, but said he's going to put an Olds 455 in the back with a Riviera transaxle. He must have meant a Toronado transaxle, the Riviera was rear wheel drive. Apparently there were about 10 or so originally built like that back in the day. The guy does lots of car restorations and customer fab work, so he should be able to pull it off.
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good grief, Charlie Brown.... 455 is a torque monster. I think I'd take four plugs out before starting that one up

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Raccoonman wrote:
I think I'd take four plugs out before starting that one up
There was a joke/story about a Lotus with an engine swap, don't recall the details but most any Lotus and most any engine would "fit" the story...

"They put a small-block Chevy in an original Lotus 7 chassis. Started the motor, blipped the throttle twice... And bent the frame." :mrgreen:

*EDIT* After reading that, I think just setting the Chevy down in the frame would bend it, no starting/blipping required! :rofl:


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turbo_bird wrote:
Olds 455 in the back with a Riviera transaxle. He must have meant a Toronado transaxle, the Riviera was rear wheel drive.


'79-'85 were FWD; common platform with the Toro/Eldo. I don't know which transaxle they used, but at least one had the BOP bellhousing pattern since the Olds V8 was the base engine, and those were never available with any other bolt pattern.

[edit] one of the car pages says the engine was "longitudinal". It may have used the original Toro/Eldo transmission. Those were monsters with Turbo 475 guts and 12-bolt differentials.

Anyway, if a 307/350 will bolt up, so will a 455; all had the same bolt pattern.


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Eldo 500 should be no problem..... replacing seat cushions will get expensive

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