I will be the first to admit that I spend a lot of time on the net. Ask my wife and she will readily tell you that I spend too much damn time on the net! She is probably right. My daily rounds include a number of sites devoted exclusively to Oldsmobile content. They are Classic Oldsmobile
. On one of these sites, I think Classic Olds, I stumbled upon a photo of an Oldsmobile that I had never, ever seen. I contacted the poster and his reply is the basis for this article. The poster is a gent named Bill Holtzclaw. He and his Olds are located in Carters-ville, GA. A blurb on his website, The OldsmoBill.com
, pretty much explains his af-finity for the Oldsmobile marque: I specialize in all things Oldsmobile. I buy, sell and trade Oldsmobile cars and parts. I also perform Oldsmobile restorations. I have been doing this for 30 years and I know Oldsmobiles. I have restored well over 15 cars, some to a National Quality Level.
Myself, I have been involved with the Oldsmobile marque for nigh onto 60 years now. The first Olds I can recall was a 2-tone gray 1948 Futuramic. There have been more than a few since then, running all the way up to a 1992 Intrigue. It is safe to say that even though I am not related to Ransom Eli Olds, I do have Oldsmobile in my blood. That I do is why the photo of Bill’s Oldsmobile stood out. At any rate, let Bill speak for himself and tell his own story. Here it is:
Thank you for your interest in my truck. First of all, the truck was created in my mind. A friend and I have done some Oldsmobile restorations in the past and we always talked about doing an El Camino-type Oldsmo-bile. My friend converted a mid-'80's GMC S-15 by using a first-generation Bravada. I thought I would do a late model version. Also, after do-ing some research, I learned that some Oldsmobile dealers actually diverted some Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma models and added the Bravada grille and marketed them as an Oldsmobile S-10 or Sonoma. I decided to go a step further and add the body cladding, grille and bumpers from a Bravada. I wanted the basic truck to be an extended cab with the 3rd door, so I looked for one that was in good condition and had no previous body damage or paint work. Then I proceeded to find an appropriate Bravada to "steal" the parts from. I found a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 that suited me and a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, and then began the transformation. From start to finish, it took about 3 weeks. I took both to a local body shop and told them what I wanted and they agreed to take on the project. After removing the parts from the Bravada, we determined that we would need more body cladding pieces. The front fender and door cladding fit perfectly, but the rest had to be modified. I found cladding readily available on eBay and bought what I needed. I went to a local junkyard and got a rear bumper assembly from an S-10, as my truck had a chrome step bumper on it. After a few weeks of modifying the cladding and test fitting, I picked a gold color for the accent colors and Olds 15" SSII wheels. The white paint on the truck is original paint. We repainted the hood and tailgate, and the bed
The OldsmoBill S-10
ar ollector hronicles
“Myself, I have been involved with the Oldsmobile marque for nigh onto 60 yrs now. … It is safe to say that even though I am not related to Ransom Eli Olds, I do have Oldsmobile in my blood.”