Car of the Week 1958 Oldsmobile 98 J2 Old Cars Weekly

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Car of the Week: 1958 Oldsmobile 98 J-2

| June 24, 2009

1958 98 Holiday hardtop

Oldsmobile’s models were powered by its V-8 that rightfully holds a of tremendous stature in American history.

Introduced in 1949 a displacement of 303.7 cubic and 135 horsepower, the Rocket grew to 324 cid in and to 374 by 1958. All 1958 engines had a compression ration, up .5 from New conical valve springs also used. Whereas the Olds 88 engine was rated at 365 hp @ rpm and 390 lbs-ft. of torque at 2800

It was fitted with a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts. The power option for 1958, the J-2 consisted of triple two-barrel carburetors. It’s power were 312 hp @ 4600 rpm and 415 lbs.-ft. of at 2800. Except for the carburetors, all engines were identical for

Their compression ratio was and an identical cam was used throughout the


1958 Olds 98 four-door

The center carburetor on the J-2 was very to that used on the standard Rocket 88 engine. The outer were connected by a progressive and a driver who used the J-2 with discretion would enjoy consumption figures comparable to of the less-powerful 88 engine with the feature of having considerably power on tap when needed.

88 models were available a three-speed manual transmission. Olds buyers, however, for the Jetaway Hydra-Matic, which was on the 98. The four-speed automatic transmission had introduced in 1956.

Although sometimes dismissed as another chrome-laden late-‘50s car, the Oldsmobile 98 was a surprisingly vehicle. Hot Roc magazine, which had knowledgeable road racers on its noted after testing a 88 in its July 1958 issue “we honestly believe the 88 or Super 88 will hold its own any current stock American car on roads or highway curves A set of shocks and most of the so-called sports cars would know which way they Perhaps Oldsmobile wasn’t too far off the by calling its 1958 styling Mobile Look.”

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1958 Olds 98 convertible

Of course, the Olds 98 was a big road with a 126-inch wheelbase and lengthy of 216.5 inches. Its shell was GM’s B-series, was also used by the small models.

Straight line of the 98 with the J-2 engine comes as a to many who heaped ridicule on for its 41 lbs. of chrome trim. Trend, in March 1958, a 0 to 60 mph time for its 98 test car of 8.6 seconds. The required 17.1 seconds @ 88

The 98 convertible wasn’t Oldsmobile’s popular model for 1958, a total output of only units, but Olds was the top seller in its and the 98 convertible was one of its crown jewels.

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(SUPER SERIES) V-8. Cast-iron Overhead valve. Bore and 4 x 3-11/16 inches. Displacement: 371 Hydraulic valve lifters. ratio: 10.0:l. Brake hp: 305 at rpm. Torque: 410 Ibs-ft at rpm. Carburetor: Quadra-Jet

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