Larry Ewing's 1950 Oldsmobile
1950 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe owned by Larry Ewing of Redwood City, California. Prior to the Olds, Larry had a 1940 Ford that he had fixed up. "It wasn't fast enough so I bought a ’56 Olds engine with 240 HP," he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in November of 2020. He sold the Ford early in 1959, before he had come around to swap the engine.
Car without an engine located
The Olds engine was still in Larry's garage, and his goal was to have ’49 88 coupe much like one of his classmates, Dennis Milani, had. "The word was out and I soon got a call from Bill Leonheart having a ’50 88 coupe less engine for $125. Not a ‘49 but a perfect fit for my ’56 engine. My idol at the time, besides Milani, was Gene Adams that ran a ’50 Olds in Southern California that was in Hot Rod magazine almost every month setting the ¼ mile record constantly in an Engle Cam ad."
"It was quick!"
Kensington Green, chromed and reversed wheels, and big and little tires
The Olds was a stock medium to dark Ivy Green. "With my experience prepping the ’40 I started in on the Olds. Choice was to paint it the darkest metallic green, which was Kensington Green from ’59 Cadillac. With a little help from Richard again it was painted and buffed out. I had the wheels reversed and chromed, put on big and little U.S. Royal Master tires with flat ’60 Pontiac poverty caps. It got beautiful!" Larry separated the rims from the centers himself before he took them to Santa Clara Plating. "$75 for all 8 pieces. Then I went to a welding shop in Palo Alto and had them welded back together for $6 as I waited. I did not change the valve stem location so now the stem was on the backside of the wheel. It looked cool but was a pain to check the air."
"After a few years, I had so many speed tickets in the Olds that the court was about to take my license away so it went to my younger teenage brothers, Mike and Tom." Fortunately, Mike kept the car for 25 years and Larry was able to get it back and restore it to show condition. "In 1995 it won Best of Class at the Oakland, Now Grand National Roadster Show. It now had a ’57 Olds J2 engine with a floor shifted ’37 Cad LaSalle transmission and with an even darker green, called Black Emerald pearl from ’88 Cadillac/Olds."
- Larry Ewing
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