Putting a ’71 Cutlass on the road after sitting in a field for more than 35 years isn’t exactly a recipe for success, but common sense has never been a driving force for most hot rodders. Just ask their wives.
YouTube muscle car fanatics Jed from Scott’s Speed Shop and Jon from Mad Scientist Garage thought it would be a neat idea to put an Oldsmobile with one foot in the grave back on the street in just a couple days with secondhand parts and dumb luck.
Whether it worked out or not is entirely dependent upon your definition of success and “drivability”…
Other than being a mouse motel in a former life and lacking any sort of transmission, driveshaft, or signs of compression, the Olds is a pretty solid start for a muscle car project.
Armed with a Suburban full of used parts and a little determination, it came down to fighting a few decades of gremlins and neglect to get it back on the road…
Was the build a success? In a sense, big time. Good times were had, a forgotten muscle car left running after sitting neglected since the ’80s, and in spite of all the rust and mouse turds, a couple of guys became good friends.
At the end of the day, trying to revive a battered muscle car like this with friends and family is what the gasoline hobby is all about.
Stay tuned to the Mad Scientist Garage YouTube Channel or themadscientistgarage.com for more updates on this clapped out Cutlass project.