where can i order aftermarket parts

LauraA
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Asked by LauraA Mar 20, 2008 at 10:47 PM about the 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Im trying to fix up my cutlass supreme that my ex ruined while he had in his care. When i look online for replacement trim, panels, etc,(mostly needs cosmetic work) all i can find are for the earlier years, or later years. Why am i having such trouble finding parts for this year? I remember years ago having a catalog for replacements parts in different colors (new parts?) for my year cutlass, but have since lost the catalog. I cant find everything i need at the local pick-n-pull(wrecking yard) Please help!! Thanks!!
                                                                 Laura

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littlehorn
24,935

Check out JC Whitney or perhaps www.usapartssupply.com. Also keep an eye on Ebay and look through www.car-part.com.

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casper271
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Google "1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass parts". I am a huge 78 Olds fan, I had a 78 cutlass salon, saidly I had to let it go due to me not being able to find parts. A few years later I "googled" it and was shocked to find what is out there. http://www.yearone.com/ http://www.carpartswholesale.com/v5/models.php?year=1978&make_text=Oldsmobile&x=33&y=38 try these two, best of luck

Alex Nikolov
5

try rockauto.com good luck

Mitch Thompson
75

If you want some radical body kits: www.laureneng.com Restoration Parts: YearOne.com This website has quite a few links: oldsgmail.com (Look under the store section) www.buickgn.com Sells some custom aftermarket parts for the G-Body Cutlass, among them dash plates, etc. Assuming you have a 307 V8, which is unlikely, as most late 70s Cutlasses had Chevy 305s, you could get some good tips for spicing the 307 here: http://performanceolds307.tripod.com/ http://tlentz.oldsgmail.com/ And finally, if you're into the concepts Oldsmobile released in the 1980s, here's their history: http://www.freewebs.com/fe3xconcepts/

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bluRAYwhale
145

I go to pic-n-pul. Pay a buck, stamp your hand and hunt around for half a day. Anyways, I believe the difficulty you're experiencing is due largly to the down-sizing of the GM "A" body line in 1978. It went from a "A" to a "G" body, about 650#'s lighter and 5" narrower and 17" shorter, yet it had more interior room than the "A" body. All the cars in that body platform disignation "G"(Olds. Cutlass/Buick Regal/Pontiac Gran Prix/Chevy Monte Carlo), were basically the same cars, I perfer the Oldsmobiles. In 1979 if you ordered a Cutlass Supreme with the Olds. 350 4bbl. motor(only "G" body with a 350), and TurboHydramatic 350 transmission along with the Ralley suspension parts/wheels option it had similiar performance characteristics as the 1979 Chevy Corvette. But really who cares? It's getting hard to keep these cars on the road. They are prime candidates for the recycling market(lots of metal in them cars)However depending on what parts you need I'm sure they can be found. Last year I saw several similar ones and I believe there is a 78 or 79 4-door or maybe a 2-door at the Lyon Co.Nevada(Carson City)pic-n-pul. I'm going out there tomorrow(3-19-10,I just looked at the date of your post 2 years ago),I'll look anyways, I'll check. I'm guessing you need a front clip, probably headlight assy./bumper/brackets stuff like that. I saw a '84 Olds. 442 someone "Clunkered" last fall, I couldn't believe it, it had 53,000 miles on it and was in mint condition, the interior was gutted in a few days, a week later the bumpers, grille, trans., differential, brakes were gone. I like the the 75-76 "A" body Cutlass's myself, but there is hardly any aftermarket stuff for those either. I had a 210 HP Olds. 350 motor I took out of my '76 Delta 88 I thought would make a great motor for the 78/79(they went to elect. carb. in 80, I think), and there was a posi track diff. in a '83 Gran Prix along with the sway bars and 14X7" HD wheels that would fit your car. However as I kept looking around I realized like you that it would be a challange to find a descent used Cutlass Supreme(I think the Calais/442 in on "X" platform, so the parts don't interchange), fix it up and keep it on the road. I tend to go for the performance parts, they cost the same and greatly improve the way the car drives. I'll let you know what I find.

bluRAYwhale
145

The only one there now is a '79. The fenders are good so is the bumper. The fiberglass facia is wasted however the drivers-side grille and head/parkinglight assy. is good.

78ChevOlds
0

I found this post, and saw the last post mentioned there is a 79 with the light/turnsignal bezels at a pickapart place. How is the chrome finish? I just bought a 78 Cutlass and the passenger's side bezel has a crack.

78ChevOlds
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Sorry I meant to reply to bluRaywhale. I just bought a 78 Cutlass and it needs some cosmetic items. Is that car still available and how is the condition of the bezel of the headlamp/turn signal.

Scott Perinn
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my suggestion. take it to maaco, get an estimate and leave it there for nine months. then it will be done and you'll get a good job and little to no hastle and a reasonable price. scrap metal(73-85), gm cars is in high demand now, it's getting hard to find parts in good shape and get it on your car quickly enough to make it worth your while, two years anr you'r still looking, i admire you dedication, soom though it wont just be body parts, maybe mechanical or something else.

Scott Perinn
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i didn't know if my reply would post cuse i was having a problem loggin in, it did. no the parts are no longer available, there is a four to five week window on these cars then they smash em. i'll keep looking though, they show-up on a regular basis. i'd still go with the maaco thing though. not sure of your situation as far as driving the car goes? in a few more years it will be hopeless to do major repairs on these cars when you can get a whole good one in drivable condition for a few grand or less.

Scott Perinn
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scott and bluRAYwhale are the same people, things got screwed-up somehow. i'm not schitzoid. if i had the inclination i'd get a 1980 supreme and put a warmed-over 403 in it along with a th350 and 3.08 posi diff. throw the ralley suspension on it and a agr 12:1 steering box, car would be a handfull in the snow, whatever. that combo would work in the 78-79, i just like the quad headlights, however if price and condition were a factor, and when aint it? i'd go with a 78/9, not sure if the '80 had that electro-feedback quadrajet in it, i'd stay away from that thing. a '78 set up like that would be fun to drive, get good gas mileage, economy and could get up to highway speeds in 7 or 8 seconds, drawback: finding and convincing a machine shop to build a 9 to 1 comp. ratio 403 bored .010" over with a dual pattern .425" lift cam in it, like aren't 403 olds. motors junk? yeah, three months ago i saw a running '77 buick park avenue at pick-n-pull for $121.00 that had a 403/th400 trans., not bad for a thirty two year old car. don't think i could use the th400 trans. in a g body cuz there's not x-member for it or provisional wiring for the kickdown, and i aint much for fabben stuff, anyways i think a th350 out of a mid seventies a body would be stout enough to hold-up in a 3,200 lb. car with a 280 HP engine.

David Bacon
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try getting a pic of your car instead of stealing a pic of my car!

papa
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why dig up a 3 year old post.doubt that is your car anyway.

Rick Killam
95

Uh,,,your comment was the first one in a year. Why waste your time commenting?

aggustafson
45

well depending on what town you live in. I always found it great to make friends with someone in a body shop.(girlfriend was daughter of a body shop owner and now she is my wife) Body shops car always find aftermarket body panels and molding for your car.

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