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Thread: 1976 Cutlass S vs. 1976 Cutlass 442

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    1976 Cutlass S vs. 1976 Cutlass 442

    Dear Friends, Hello to all!

    I have a question please, and I would like someone to help me with this.
    I have been looking for the longest of all time to find a 1976 or 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. In the beginning, I thought it came with a 455 4 spd option. Well, I found out after being educated with time that the only way you can get a manual transmission in these two years is to get it coupled with a 260 V-8 and it would be to my surprise not a 4-speed but a 5-speed overdrive.I almost bought a 76 442 260 V-8 with the manual tranny, but it got sold to another fellow. Now, I came across a Cutlass S with the sloop nose and it is the exact car as the 442, only I don't know the detailed differences there are between the tow cars.
    So......After this lengthy story (please excuse me for that friends)

    My question is this:
    What are the true differences between the 1976 Cutlass S and the 1976 442
    with both manual 260 V-8's?
    Are they the same exact equipped cars minus the 442 decal badging option?

    Please if anyone out ther knows these cars kindly let me know.
    Also, if anyone has a 76 442 unrestored with the manual tranny please let me know too.

    I appreciate your valuable time in reading this question and taking the time to respond.

    God Bless.

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    The cutlass s is the same car as the 442 of that year minus the stripe package in 76-77.The 442 may also have a slightly stiffer suspension package but it is not noticable in my opinion.I have had a few 442,s and a few cutlass supremes and they are both sloppy handelers. I would grab it if I was you.Fyi,Stencils and stripes unlimited in Illinois makes the reproduction stripe kit and trunk decal to make it a 442 clone.Phoenix graphics in phoenix az also makes stripe kit.Joe

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    The only difference between a '76 442 and 'S' is the W29 appearance and handling package on the 442. It was basically paint stripes and numbers [the decklid "442" was a decal, the sides were painted on] HD suspension and sway bars. There wasn't any performance gains in these years and you could get any engine combo in both. It would be very easy to clone an 'S' into a 442, the only real way to tell is if you had the build sheet.
    Todd

    '76 H/O {Concept}

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    The 260 needed a 5 speed because it was such a slug. They are very rare.

    Its a very rare option. Not because it was super cool like a ram air.

    Do you just want it because its rare?

    I would take a 350 auto running on 7 cylinders vs a 260 5 speed any day of the week.

    260 manual was really the cream of the crap.
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    Dan

    My 76 442

    http://v8cars.hu/73-77cutlassregistr...=4d1f71e2c73a5

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    Thank You friends. All of you. You are very kind and I appreciate your input.
    I don't want to make a clone. This is one thing I never understood nor do I feel comfortable. I like original cars. This year is my favorite. Ok the 73 is cool of course. No it's not that it is only rare. It's that it is the only way to get a factory manual stick shift set up. The 260 is probably only good for the mileage especially now that the gas is reaching almost 6 bucks a gallon. What insanity??? When we were younger we thought $1 a gallon was insane.
    If any of you fellows, knows of anybody with a 76 442 260 stick, please let me know. my email is gtx71fanatic@yahoo.com

    Thank You again for chatting. It was a pleasure to write to people who care about these old but not forgotten cool cars.


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    Here is a nice 76 Cutlass S with a 5spd. I know you don't care for clones but it would look awesome with black 442 decals on it. Although I love it as is to. Seems to be nicely priced. See link below.

    http://roanoke.craigslist.org/cto/2343093014.html

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    The 260 I believe was actually a good motor and was damn near bullet proof.
    The stick Im sure was no rockcrusher but as long as a person was respectable to it Im sure it would last along time.

    I see your point on milage nearing $4 a gallon here.

    With a rare combo like that and add in the 442 I hope you have a 1 with some zeros behind it in the neighborhood of $10k or better.

    Does it have to be a 76 or will 77 be ok too?
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    Dan

    My 76 442

    http://v8cars.hu/73-77cutlassregistr...=4d1f71e2c73a5

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    I'm not sure mileage would be much better with a 260 as opposed to the 350 or 455. It would be interesting to know. I've never checked my mileage - I guess I really don't want to know!

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    When I think of old cars Milage is the farthest thing from my mind.
    I just want to get mine running and driving at this point.
    Im sure the Geo metro down the road will make a tank last a couple weeks and my 455 will be lucky to make it a day on a tank.
    Im sure my smile will be much bigger.
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    Dan

    My 76 442

    http://v8cars.hu/73-77cutlassregistr...=4d1f71e2c73a5

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1BADOLZ View Post
    When I think of old cars Milage is the farthest thing from my mind.
    Just adding a side note, not a hijack on the thread.
    What ever 442 or S you go with, just find one and have some fun!!!

    $5 a gallon is not to far fetched this summer for premium fuel. I know that is what burns best in my car, but the crappy summer blend they run up here does it no justice. I cant remember whether what percentages of alcohol/blends that are increased up here in the summer months.
    What ever they do, its getting worse.
    The price we pay for pleasure to drive our cars is only going to get to be more expensive as years wear on. Its a hobby and not one I am about to stop doing based on gas prices. I'm lucky if I do 500 miles a year.

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