Factory service manual for the Oldsmobile Series 88 1949 all versions. The type of information contained in this workshop manual include general servicing, maintenance and minor repairs, advanced repairs and rebuild guides. Topics include Engine, Gearbox, Differential, Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Interior Fittings, Exterior Fittings, Body Panels and Electrical Systems with wiring diagrams.
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Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to complement the existing 76 and 98, and took the place of the inline 8-engined 78 in the model line. The new car used the same new B-body Futuramic platform as the 76 with straight 6-cylinder in-line engine, but paired it with the new Rocket V8 303-cubic-inch (5.0 L) engine producing 135 horsepower (101 kW). ). This combination of a relatively small lightweight body and a large, powerful engine made it considered the first muscle car. The Rocket 88 jumped Oldsmobile from a somewhat serious and conservative car to a model that became the best on NASCAR (National Stock Car Racing Association) circuits. He won six of nine NASCAR late-model divisional races in 1949, 10 of 19 in 1950, 20 of 41 in 1952, and was eventually overshadowed by the mighty Hudson Hornet, but he was still the first real “King.” NASCAR. “This led to increased sales to the public. There was pent-up demand for new cars in the rapidly expanding post-WWII economy, and the ’88 attracted many ex-military personnel who were young and had operated equipment. powerful military.
The 88 enjoyed great success, inspiring a popular catchphrase from the 1950s, “Make a Date with a Rocket 88”, and also a song, “Rocket 88”, often considered the first rock and roll record. Starting with the 1950 model’s trunk lid emblem, Oldsmobile would adopt the rocket as its logo, and the 88 name would remain in the Olds lineup until the late 1990s, almost to the end of Oldsmobile itself.
The 1949 model was equipped with an ignition key and a starter button to activate the starter motor. Pressing the starter button would activate the starter motor, but if the ignition key was not inserted, unlocking the ignition, the car would not start. The car was equipped with an oil bath air filter. On the lower edge of the front fender, directly behind the front wheel, was a badge that read “Futuramic,” identifying an Oldsmobile approach to simplified driving and the presence of an automatic transmission. Oldsmobiles V8s were automatic only in 1949 as Oldsmobile lacked a manual gearbox that could handle the torque from the new engine. 1948 Introduction of the Oldsmobile Futuramic In 1950, Oldsmobile offered a modified Cadillac manual gearbox for V8 models. The 88 now outsold the 76 six-cylinder lineup, which was abandoned entirely after the 1950 model year. It had a 40-foot turning radius. Hershel McGriff and Ray Elliot won the 1950 model and won the 1950 Pan American Race.
By 1951, the 88 was now the entry-level Olds with the discontinuation of the six-cylinder 76 line, which meant that all Oldsmobiles were powered by Rocket V8s. An internal manual transmission replaced the modified Cadillac gearbox, but as the 1950s progressed, manual transmission became increasingly rare in Oldsmobiles and could normally only be obtained by special order. New this year was the more exclusive Super 88 line in GM’s new B body, which included redesigned rear body panels, a more luxurious interior, and a slightly longer 120-inch (3,048mm) wheelbase compared to the 119.5-inch (3,035 mm) wheelbase that had been standard since the introduction of the 88. The truck was discontinued and would not reappear until the 1957 model year. New was an I-beam frame. Power windows and seats were optional.
In 1952, the base 88 shared the rear body panels and wheelbase of the Super 88, and came with a Rocket V8 and a two-cylinder carburetor, while the Super 88s came with a new four-cylinder carburetor that increased power to 160 hp (119 kW). Other mechanical characteristics were unchanged with styling changes amounting to new grills, taillights, and interior revisions. New was the optional automatic headlight control.
For 1953, the base 88 was renamed the DeLuxe 88 for this year alone, while the Super 88 continued as a more exclusive version. Engine and transmission offerings were the same as in 1952. In late 1953, a fire destroyed GM’s Hydra-Matic plant in Livonia, Michigan, which was then the only source of Hydra-Matic transmissions. The temporary loss of Hydra-Matic production led Oldsmobile to build thousands of its 1953 models with Buick’s two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmissions until GM commissioned its Willow Run transmission plant to resume Hydra production. Matic. This year’s new options in
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