1922 Oldsmobile 43A Touring Car

The Olds arrived with the engine out and several pieces broken, missing or worn out.  Over the years many repairs had been done without regard for maintaining original parts.  Wiring had been cut, spliced or replaced with modern wiring.  Bolts and brackets had been lost and replaced with whatever was available.  There were even a few Metric bolts being used.


Photos taken before engine was removed and car was brought to BCC.


Electrical tape was being used to connect the warm air hose to the carb since the original adapter had been lost.


The original wire bracket had been lost and replaced with a strip of perforated steel screwed to the valve cover and electrical tape.


While the search was on for replacement parts, the engine was painted with POR 15 paint to ease cleaning.  The exhaust manifold and elbow were treated with POR 15 grey manifold paint.  Non stock bolts were replaced with replica units.


The oil pump and distributor drive mount were broken and needed replaced.  After much time was spent searching for replacements without sucess, the decision was made to make new parts from scratch.  Both parts were measured on a Coordinate Measuring Machine, drawn in CAD/CAM and machined from solid stock on our vertical machining center.



New gears were machined for the oil pump and distributor drive.


The distibutor was rebuilt using a custom stepped bushing to eliminate play that was causing the point gap to vary.  Point gap would change .023" as spark adjusted from retard to advance causing the car to lose a considerable amount of power.


The factory carb had been replaced with a Zenith Bendix unit in the early '80s.  The original carb and warm air hose adapter had been thrown away.  A search is on for a rebuildable stock unit and adapter.  As a stopgap, the Zenith carb was disassembled, ultrasonic cleaned and assembled with a rebuild kit and an adapter was made from bar stock to give a stock appearance.


The modern silicone plug and other non period wires were replaced with cloth covered wires and brass terminals.  A new wire bracket was made, based on old photos, to replace the original that had been lost long ago.


The final product is a clean, stock appearing car that starts and drives as it was intended.




If you are in the Dayton area, the car regularly attends Ketterings Holiday at Home celebration on Memorial Day, the Dayton Concours d'Elegance around Labor Day as well as other parades and festivals.