3/26/12 3:50 p.m.

I was wondering if anyone knew a lot about 1966 oldsmobile toronados. Im trying to do ass much research as possible before getting it and wanted to be confident in my decision. What are some main problems associated with the car and is it expensive to maintain? Thanks

SyntheticBlinkerFluid SuperDork
3/26/12 3:56 p.m.

For a first year Toro, anything can be expensive as would any Oldsmobile of that era due to rare parts.

The biggest issue I know of is the chain drive in the Trans being worn out.

Streetwiseguy SuperDork
3/26/12 9:17 p.m.

The last one I worked on was a decade or so ago, and it was really tough to find some of the transmission seals and other bits of the front wheel drive.

I think they are a spectacularly beautiful car. Buy it, even if you just use it as sculpture.

SyntheticBlinkerFluid SuperDork
3/26/12 9:33 p.m.

This is my bosses Toro. I have loved this particular car since I can remember. His '66 has a 455 and a '67 nose.

Streetwiseguy SuperDork
3/26/12 10:45 p.m.

Truly brave designers. Classic.

FlightService SuperDork
3/26/12 10:51 p.m.

Cool cars, I always loved the inside dually offset on the wheels.

mad_machine MegaDork
3/27/12 12:30 a.m.

the toronado was always a cool looking car.. even towards the end when they were more mainstream looking.. they still stood out as something special.

My father tells the story of seeing one of the first ones drag racing.. He thought the guy had blown the engine for all the smoke coming from the wrong end of the car

JFX001 SuperDork
3/27/12 12:34 a.m.

What a sweet looking car. I'd do a google on Toro clubs, see if any Vendors are associated and pick their brains for info.

Good luck, and I hope you get the chance to save it.

novaderrik SuperDork
3/27/12 6:17 a.m.

it's an American car built in the 60's- any drivetrain or suspension parts can probably be found at NAPA if you have a guy that knows how to dig thru the books and you'll be able to install the stuff if you know how to properly hold a wrench..

interior and exterior parts may be more tricky, but it's made out of heavy gauge steel and chrome, so you shouldn't need to worry about it too much.

jrw1621 PowerDork
3/27/12 6:21 a.m.

They have a cool dash
Highlighted by the rolling drum speedometer.

spitfirebill SuperDork
3/27/12 7:39 a.m.

I love them and feel they are iconic, just like the Eldo of the same era.

Several years ago they auctioned Nancy Moore Thurmond's (Strom's wife) Toronado that she won for winning Miss America. It went for crazy cheap money. If I had known it was going up for auction, I might have bid.

I remember in the day they hooked one to a trailer with an equalizer hitch, removed the rear wheels and drove it around.

I'm guessing you need to look for rust.

curtis73 SuperDork
3/27/12 7:51 a.m.

Dont be afraid of expensive parts. Tranny parts are cheap and easy to find. Many engine parts are just a phone call away to PAW, Summit, Jegs, you name it. The maintenance and common failure parts are all available at Auto Zone - water pumps, alternators, starters, brake pads, ignition parts, etc.

Its a Honkin' V8 with a TH400-based transmission. Buy it, drive it, love it.

Gasoline Reader
3/27/12 11:50 a.m.

If it is a '66 w/ the 425, it has a factory forged steel crankshaft. Kinda cool.

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