Hello to all the members on here. Although I have never owned an Olds, I have had a couple of hot rods with Olds power. My first car, at age 14, was a '47 Ford with a '57 J2. It left a lasting impression, to say the least. I am currently restoring a '79 Trans Am, originally a 403, now with a '74 455. I am updating it with a set of '71 G heads, a '72 non EGR intake, and a mild cam, with Thornton block hugger headers. My affection for Olds goes way back, and I was heartbroken GM killed them off. A story I wanted to share is about the 455's reputation. I went to work at GM when I was 18, and already a gearhead. I worked at what was then Hydra-Matic. If you ever owned Turbo 400, it came from where I worked. Our assembly line test machines used the 455 Olds engines, and they took a beating. I talked to the mechanics who were replacing one of them one day, and asked why they used the Olds instead of one of the other big blocks from GM. The answer was that all other engines had been used, but the Olds stood the punishment for the longest duration. Pretty impressive, as they were ran through the gears at WOT a couple of times before the trans was shipped to the assembly plants.