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|It's always nice to see a pristine example of an X-body. This salmon-colored car came out of Oregon and ended up with New Hampshire collector plates. Check out the nice Olds sport steering wheel and floor console shift; this style of shift handle is more typically found in the Ventura and Nova. It still had the original 350 Olds Rocket V8 under the hood.|
firstname.lastname@example.org ) discovered his awesome '74 Omega on this site...
"Hi, I think I own a car pictured on page 2 of the Omega section, the 2003 e-bay car from Ohio with buckets and floor shift and sport wheel. I bought it here in NH a year ago from a guy who bought it in Ohio! I would love to get any other info if it is still available. It is a little strange to run across pics of your car on the internet before you owned it. I dug out the Ohio plates and sure enough they were the same as the pictures. It is a really nice car, I drive it at least 3 times a week during the summer but I think I am going to sell it. It has all the sport options plus the HO 180 hp 350 4bbl . Thanks, Eric"
( I got to looking at the page 2 pic that Eric mentioned, and I realize that it's actually a '74, not a '73 as labelled...whoops! The bumpers are the giveaway. And guess what... the same car is on page 4! -Ro)
Spotted at a local Home Depot...a solid survivor!
(R) This vintage toy was discovered and contributed by our friend Eli Perez. Wonder if his own scale model 74 GTO is done yet?
A LOT of work
went into putting this Omega S back into shape, says ( email@example.com
). A few words from the owner:
"ill tell u a little about it...it has factory paint and decals ..has posi with 373 gears unicase 350turbo tranny 350 olds motor bored 30 over so on and so on...blew up that 350 last month :( 2 rods went out of oil pan rebuilding a 350 4bolt main chevy bored 40over balanced...with 202 heads and more...got 2600stall new interior first car ive ever owned it was a mess when i got it ..if u know how many omega sports were made Please tell me!!!!!!! ive never seen one like mine...u can put these pics on ur site if u wanna...email me back if u got any questions...my omega might be for sale soon so if u know any serious buyers that would be nice..." (May 04)
(R) Let's welcome a European Omega to the
site...this car is cared for by Rene Muis (
RXMUIS@exide.nl ) And now, a few words from across the
nice addition to the site from Jamey Jahner (
the paint on this customized '74 Omega. It's got part of the "S"
package markings, but read on...
"This is my baby, only 54,000 original miles. No rust, all original including the paint. Has the 350 Rocket under the hood. It is not a hatchback or an Omega S, but it is immaculate. Thinking of selling to get 70-71 Chevelle, but it would be hard to part with. Excellent web-site, sending this to you from a small-town in North Dakota (stored winters)! Thanks, Jamey"
|Sometimes you just forget about an entire set of pictures...here's a set from last year!!! This car was for sale at the time but is long gone.|
|Check out this Canadian treasure, submitted for your viewing
"I picked up the car back in July (2004) in Nova Scotia, Canada, and towed it back to Newfoundland. It's a 1974 Omega, with 80000 miles. This is an original car, with surprisingly all details intact. The original color was a lime green, and black interior (which is mint ), with houndstooth seats. The car had originated from Ontario, and the owner had worked in the factory where she was built. There was minor body work needed, but this car is solid.
Work started immediately, and we stripped out all the interior, chrome trim, bumpers, and valances, then sent for paint. Her new color is a GM Olive Metallic Green. I picked up the Rally Wheels cheap and had them blasted and painted black. Then came reassembly. Two months later, this is what she looks like. The new 235 tires and wheels really make the car look sharp. Stage two of the project comes over the winter, where I'll swap out the inline-six and put in something with a bit more punch. The car is a weekend cruiser, so any modifications will stay period-correct with factory options. Your site was a great resource for ideas, and it's too bad there isn't alot of information out there. Well, I'm glad I can add a little to the expanding group of pictures and restoration of a great car. Dave L. Newfoundland, Canada."
|This super '73 was owned by a young lady from Illinois who used the car as a daily driver to school, work, and the drive-in. Her dad had fixed it up over a 2 year period of ownership, but her salary no longer supported the car's appetite for ever-pricier gas, so it was reluctantly sold. It was described as bone-stock, with the original Olds 350 Rocket w/4 barrel carb. The only glitch was that a previous owner had cut up the radio slot for a new stereo.|
|There's a chance that this Seattle-area 2-owner Omega S may come up for sale
on this site...watch that ad section! This car has the distinctive
double-stripe, but not the "S" logo. At some point we may learn if it
was possible to order this car without certain marking options.
Lightly cropped version of an Olds factory photo of a 1974 S model. You can just barely make out some writing at the tail end of the stripe...that's where the "Omega S" logo is usually found.
Mary Antonio ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) forward these shots of their ride: "Hey just wanted to send you some pics
of my 1974 Omega. She has a 350 Olds engine, TH350 trans with a Stage 2
shift kit. I have owned the car for over twelve years. I probably will
repaint it (crimson red)!!. I have alot more I want to do to the car yet,
like steel braided hoses, redo the interior, do a disc brake conversion
(which I have all the parts for), just have to get at it. Hope to get alot
done in the summer of 2005. These are great cars." Best of luck to
Craig for his summer wrenching!
This GM promo shot (available thru Autolit.com) shows us that the Omega offered the camper tent option in 1973. I have an ad in my file for a '73 Nova with the tent, plus a '73 Ventura promo pic with a tent...so that leaves only the Apollo without this option.
|| Most site visitors will remember the name Bob Dischert, former owner of a
popular white '74GTO that has been seen all over the Internet. Well, he's
got a new surprise for us: "Here is my just-acquired
'74 Omega...350 4bbl,
turbo 350, p/s, power disc brakes, a/c, buckets and console. It is a 50,000
original mile car. Only non-original item is white pearl instead of plain
white paint. Bob Dischert" (
He was actually in the market for another '74GTO or a Spirit of America Nova when he found this car, and it was too clean to pass up. Nice catch!
email@example.com ) tells
the story of this terrific-looking '73: " THIS IS MY 1973
B-27, 350ci, 4-BARREL HATCHBACK OMEGA. I PURCHASED THIS CAR IN 1998 IN
MARIETTA GEORGIA AFTER IT WAS DONATED TO A LOCAL CHURCH WHEN THE OWNER
PASSED AWAY. THE CHURCH DID NOT WANT TO INVEST THE MONEY FOR A MINOR TUNE-UP
SO I BOUGHT THE CAR FOR $600. I HAVE SPENT MANY HOURS AND MUCH MONEY TO
RESTORE THIS CAR TO NEARLY MINT CONDITION. MY FATHER (HIS '56 BELAIR
PICTURED) AND I REGULARLY TAKE HOME TROPHIES FROM REGIONAL CAR SHOWS.
I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO THE DRIVETRAIN OTHER THAN REPLACE THE FACTORY .273 GEAR WITH A .373 POSI. BEST EVER QUARTER MILE TIME IS 15.788 AT SILVERDOLLAR RACEWAY IN REYNOLDS GEORGIA. NOT MANY PARTS WERE NEEDED TO RESTORE DUE TO THE GOOD CONDITION OF THE CAR WHEN PURCHASED. SOME RESTORATION ITEMS INCLUDE:
235/60/15 BFG RADIAL T/A, FACTORY OLDS RALLY WHEELS
FRONT DISC BRAKE CONVERSION, NEW NUMBERS MATCHING ROCHESTER QUADRAJET,
PULLED MOTOR/TRANS FOR COMPLETE ENGINE BAY RESTORATION ,
NEW PAINT IN SUMMER 2002 - PAINT CODE GM 75A (ORIGINAL), ALL NEW CARPET
ALL NEW SUSPENSION EXCLUDING REAR LEAF SPRINGS
SO MANY OTHER ITEMS I CANT REMEMBER AT THIS TIME. HOPE YOU LIKE IT!" Oh, we DO... this car really shines, and so does Dad's!
|(L) X-body fan Mike Foye ( firstname.lastname@example.org
contributed this shot of his pristine-looking Omega. Tough
neighborhood, or fake bullet holes? Your call!
(R) Mike is busy with some upgrades to his slick blue Omega. His mini-site is at http://www.angelfire.com/il/mikefoye/index.html The paint on this car just glows!
|(L) Chris Murrah has seen his share of early Omegas,
but he's decided this one's going to be the keeper. "The
'73 is identical to my first car I had when I was 16, I totaled it one
night chasing girls. It's a work in process right now, it has 53k miles
on it and it was molested badly. I currently have it dismantled in my
garage, the only thing good about this car was the straight rust free body.
I could tell you stories about what I found under the hood that would give billy
bob a very bad name."
Chris had a veritable fleet of Omegas being parted out (spring 2005), and this decent-looking 4 door was be one of his unfortunate victims. See one of its stable mates in the Wrecks & Relics section.
|Idaho Falls was the home of this heavy-duty '73 Omega. Check out the skinny T-shaped shift handle, which seems to be the most common Olds design. But some Omegas (like Bob's above) had the round '74GTO-/Nova-style shift handle.|
We've been hearing from a lot of Canadian X-body owners...here's another northern car from
Dave Meier, ( email@example.com )
It's a '74 Omega. About those stickers...
"...That's where the former owner used to work ...the stickers have since been removed.
"Winters are rough on cars up here in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada .... Rust is a bad cancer on our cars. As we were bored one weekend, we tried to fibreglass up some patches, but it was an ugly, ugly job and well ... I have saved up some money over the winter and new metal has been purchased! Just gotta wait now for it to warm up."
Yep, fiberglass can be messy. Let's wish him good luck with the restoration.
Update: Dave has made some changes to his ride:
"The car is sitting in flat black paint at the moment ... Went to Walmart and bought 6 cans of Tremclad Flat Black ... Only took 4 to cover the car, to keep the bare metal from showing, primer from where the paint has peeled ... Just wanted the car all one color :)
"I have also changed it over to a 305 from the 250, as the 250 died over the summer. I traded a trunk lid and a front grill from a 73 Nova for a running 350 ... Which I was gonna originally use, until my buddy decided to get rid of his Parisienne and I knew that 305 in the Parisienne was a good motor.
"I'm now entertaining the thought of either a 355 or a 427. Would hate to butcher the car for the 427. Also thought of putting the 500hp 355 into my 73 Nova and move the 406 from the Nova into the Omega. Either way, I'm hoping to have 2 fast cars :)