• Paint

    Body work, Paint job, and striping were done in 1999.

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    Body Work

    Hood and deck lid were stiped to bare metal, remaining body was already in very good shape.

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    Primer Stage

    Urethane primer used, allowed to cure a couple of days before next stage.

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    Paint is GM code 56 (Sunfire Yellow). This was color matched to original, but single stage/clear coat paint was used.

    A full complete paint job was completed in 1999. It has held up exceptionally well (it is garaged). The work was fairly extensive, with prep work and rust repair performed by myself (usual places in wheel wells). The car was originally from Arlington, Texas where it was manufactured and originally owned. I met the original owner about a month after I purchased the car off a lot in Albuquerque. She mentioned the car has been in Albuquerque since the early '80s.


    Some panels were taken to bare metal including the hood. Urethane primer was used including many stages of blocking and sanding. This paid off in the end. The color is GM paint code 56, Sunfire Yellow. The factory used a single stage paint back in 1972. I decided to go with a Base color/Clear coat finish. This holds up much better to wear and tear from the weather and UV.


    I decided to completely strip the car myself and then reassemble the car at home. I was able to detail all the brightwork. The car was in the shop for at least a month, I drove it home with no bumpers or lights...very carefully :-)

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    W-29 Stripe


    This photo is used by Oldsparts.com in their catalog for their W-29 stipe decal. This was applied shortly after the paint job.

  • Sound

    Features Kenwood Head Unit & Amplifiers along with a custom trunk paneling system

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    Trunk Paneling

    Custom fit panels in trunk. Panels house subwoofers and mounting for amplifiers

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    Trunk houses amplifier for kick-panel and rear deck speakers, a 2nd Class-D amplifier for the sub-woofers.

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    Custom Touches

    442 emblem embossed in panel. Kick panels have built-in high powered Kenwood speakers.

    What's a ride without a sound system, right? I have always loved putting good sound systems in my cars. This goes back to high school with my 6 x 9s and equilizer. Ah the good 'ole days.


    This sound system sadly does not have have an equilizer, those are are built into head units now. I started with a donor 8-track player housing for the head unit to leave the factory AM radio in the dash. The 8-track housing was refitted for a Kenwood unit. The interior is finished off with, yes, 6 x 9 Kenwoods in the rear deck and 5" speaker built into custom kick panels. Total power is about 850 Watts.


    The trunk customization includes custom built panels that are removable for access to the batter, a custom battery shut off and custom '442' emblems in the floor panel.


    Here's the list:

    • Kenwood KDC-252U 88W Headunit
    • Kenwood Dual Amplifiers
    • KAC-2404S 500W
    • KAC-1502S 350W w/80Hz Low Pass Filter
    • Kenwood KFC-100s 150W 10” Subwoofers
    • Kenwood KFC-6984PS 6”x9” 600W in the rear deck
    • Kenwood KFC-1664S 6.5” 180W in the kick panels