Shade Tree Special: 1947 Oldsmobile Dynamic 78

After several seasons under this tree, surprisingly this ’47 Olds looks like a great project with very little rust to speak of. Although this is not a ready to drive machine, this too could be a great opportunity to restore, hot rod, or bring some form of life back to this Olds. This shade tree project is offered for $3,700. Check it out here on craigslist out of Helena, Montana. Thanks to Ken for sharing this great shade tree find!

No details are given on the inline 6, but I think it would be safe to say it has sat for a while. Stranger things have happened, so who knows, perhaps this old flathead is ready to pop off again in the near future. The engine bay appears to be complete and rot free, and also the wiring harness looks quite nice compared to many classic I have seen.

To me the show stopper is the interior. The symmetric dash, with all of the metal work is just fabulous. As mentioned in the ad, the door panels need to be reupholstered, but they are certainly worth the effort for their condition. The seats still wear what appears to be original upholstery, but they are certainly due for a recover. With a some work, this interior would clean up nicely and be quite manageable.

With varying shades of blue, primer, and surface rust, this old Olds isn’t too shabby. There is a noticeable dent on the driver rear fender, but I think a patient person could make good on fixing it. Also there is minor bend along the bottom edge of the driver front fender. The seller claims that the only rot on the exterior of this machine on the left side rocker, and is small. The only other rust to contend with on this Olds is a few small holes in the driver side floor. If that is the case then this is certainly a great find that needs to be revived one way or another. What would you do with this Oldsmobile?


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  1. Fxdaarp

    I owned a 1948 series 66 from the mid 1970’s to about 2009. Great car, dropped in a SBC and auto from a 66 Impala, converted to 12V and used it as my daily driver. We went many miles in all seasons in upstate NY.

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  2. Mountainwoodie

    ” Hey Bob, ya think I can put that car in your yard on Craigslist? If I can sell it maybe we can split the selling price? Whaddya think?”

    “Well I dont know much about it…but go ahead” “Its all original you know!”

    Uhuh…snow tires aka truck tires look good. As a young man I loved cars in this condition. A little Marvel Mystery oil, oil change, battery and you’re good. usually. Of course I only paid a couple of hundred dollars…….

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  3. canadainmarkseh Member

    I’d just do a basic restoration including single stage glose paint in original colour. Id repair as required all the mechanical parts of the car, and I’d also restore the interior. Nice car and it’s a desirable two door sloped back. What a great project car.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    Canadian mark looks like a 4 dr to me. Your plan for the car is good and the extra 4 dr wouldn’t bother me. maybe a tad over priced but still a cool way to get into old cars. I’m thinking an olds v8 or a buick nailhead would be way cool eh?? Good luck to the new owner!


  5. Wrong Way

    For those of you who have experienced the simple mind of a little child, you may get a kick out of this! My little grandson was looking over my shoulder, and commented, grandpa you have to buy this car! I laughed, and asked him why! He looked over the pictures, and declared that it looks like me? Soooooo, I just floated along with it for a while! I asked him, why do I have to buy this particular car? He looked at me kinda puzzled, then he declared that he never saw a car with a mustache like mine? I was puzzled until I looked at the grill! Haaaahaaaa, he’s kinda right!

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  6. James Martin

    Has anybody noticed, that the number 6 cars has a number 4 price tag on them. To dumb or to lazy to fix myself but I do know how to put a high price tag and put it on craigslist. Anybody got any extra chew.

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