Factory service manual for the Oldsmobile Series 98 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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Third generation (1948–1953)
For the first time since 1940, Oldsmobile offered totally different styling for a single model year. The top of the line 1948 Oldsmobile 98 was largely based on the Futuramic styling concept that would be used in all 1949 Oldsmobiles. Standard equipment for the 98s included a solenoid starter, fender skirts, mirror EZl rear view mirror and foam rubber seat cushions. The 98s also included front and rear bumper protectors, vacuum booster pump, plastic radiator trim, two horns, two sun visors, and a cigarette lighter. The deluxe team added front and rear floor mats, deluxe steering wheel, wheel trim rings, rear seat armrests, and hydraulic window, seat and roof controls on all convertibles. The upholstery was cloth or leather. The standard tire size was 6.50 x 16. With the introduction of the new post-war styling, the Custom Cruiser 98 was renamed the Futuramic 98. The Custom Cruiser name was revived to denote full-size Oldsmobile pickup trucks in 1971. The New style was apparently popular with a record 65,235 98 sold, surpassing the number of 90 sold in 1940 for the first time.
The following year, the new style was joined by a new engine, the now famous Rocket V8. In February 1949, several months after the model year, General Motors introduced three highly-styled hardtop convertible coupes, the Oldsmobile 98 Holiday, the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville and the Buick Roadmaster Riviera, the first hardtop coupes ever. manufactured. The Holiday was exclusive to the 98 series that year. Available in four special holiday colors, as well as four two-tone combinations, it was priced the same as the convertible and was similarly equipped, with hydraulically operated windows and seat. Only 3,006 Holidays were sold in its first year compared to 20,049 Club coupes. Total sales reached 93,478 in 1949, setting another record.
The 1950 Oldsmobile 98 repeated its 1948 precedent of previewing some of the following year’s styling cues for the 88. The 98 was redesigned after just two years. It was the first fully side slab Oldsmobile and the first sedan with wraparound rear windows. A 4-door fastback 98 appeared for just one year in 1950 and was called the Town Sedan, selling just 1,778 units. Standard equipment included bumper guards, dual horns, parking lights, dome light, rubber floor mats, aluminum sill plates, foam seat cushions, chrome interior trim, lined luggage compartment, and weighted trunk lid. The Deluxe 98 kit includes rear seat armrests, Deluxe electric clock, Deluxe steering wheel and horn button, specialty door trim, and stainless steel wheel rims. Upholstery options ranged from nylon fabric, striped cloth, or leather. The standard tire size was 7.6 (193) by 15 inches (381 millimeters). In 1950, Oldsmobile stopped naming the 98 series and from then until 1996, with the exception of 1957 when it was called the Starfire 98, and in 1961 when it was called the Classic 98, it was simply known as the Oldsmobile 98. Sales of the 98 Holiday almost tripled at 8263, approaching the 11,989 Club coupe sold. Given the growing popularity of the Holiday 2-door hardtop, 1950 was the last year for the Club Column Coupe. Total sales set another record of 106,220.
The 98 topped the Oldsmobile line again in 1951 with three available body styles. The 4-door sedan and convertible came with Deluxe trim only, while the Holiday hardtop was available with a Deluxe or Standard trim. Standard ’98 equipment included bumper protectors, cigarette lighter, dome light, rubber floor mats, stainless steel trim, lined trunk, lighted ashtray, foam seat cushions, and additional chrome trim. Luxury equipment was a special hatchback trim, rear center armrests, Deluxe Electric Clock, Deluxe steering wheel with horn ring, and special chrome trim. Upholstery options were nylon cord, nylon fabric, and leather. The Column Club Coupe was no longer offered. With the only option on a closed 98 2-door now the hardtop, Christmas sales nearly doubled to 17,929 units.
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