20141227_163140Oldsmobile was one of America’s great car builders until General Motors mercy killed it in 2004. Legends of Americana were produced by the car firm. The Rocket 88 is one of the more memorable for me. Olds seemed to build a brand based around the awesome engine’s namesake. “eighty-eight” was stamped on car models all the way into the 90’s. It worked well too! sale figures for Oldsmobiles hit all time highs during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Good reviews, solid build quality and snazzy marketing helped the public see that these were pretty stout cars.

Tyler has been gifted an Old Delta 88 from the peak of Olds popularity by his dad. He definitely makes sure to #hoonthebeater and puts the car through some torture tests. Jumping, drifting, mudding.  It’s what Oldsmobiles are meant to handle right?

Check out Tyler’s beater:

When did you get your beater?
My dad bought the 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88 about 30 years ago and gave her to me about 2 years ago.

What do you like about your beater?
I really like the body style of this old beater, it’s built right, runs really good with a rebuilt 307 and 350 transmission, it’s a tank on wheels basically.

What do you dislike about your beater?
The thing I don’t like about her is she’s temperamental, she has her moments, that’s how she got the nickname Christine.

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What is the funniest thing that has happened in it?
The funniest thing I’ve ever done in this car by far is when I jumped it. Got about 6 or 7 feet off the ground and went about 50 feet. I also take her mudding and drifting. (Jumping the beater is becoming a recurring theme)

Have you been on any roadtrips?
I haven’t really taken any road trips in her.

Has it ever broken down on you someplace sketchy?
It’s only broken down a few times but it’s been around my home town.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve had to fix or take it to the mechanic for?
The only weird thing I’ve had to fix that I can think of is I was cruising the strip one night and the back half of my exhaust decided to fall off and skid across the highway.

[Video Bonus] Check out this Olds Commercial from 1976!

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