My Former '86 Cutlass Salon

Here's a front 3/4 shot of my '86 Salon after I purchased it.

I bought this car in August of 2002 to be my daily driver. It's dark metallic blue with a blue cloth interior. It was very well optioned, including power windows and locks, air conditioning, reclining bucket seats, Astroroof, 307 V8, 200-4R automatic, F41 suspension, and a 2.56 posi rear. It also had the RallyPac gauge cluster, 442-style blacked-out trim around the headlights and grilles, and 14" versions of the 442's SSIII wheels. Another thing I really liked about my Salon was that it did not have a vinyl top.

I installed the Kenwood CD player that was left over from my Sebring convertible, and did a full tuneup with new wires, cap and rotor, fuel filter, plugs, and greased the frontend. Jim and I replaced the worn-out original carb with one from a junked '86 Cutlass and added a K&N air filter from the same donor vehicle.

The only bad part about the car was the interior. The previous owner had a dog, so there was fur stuck everywhere (ugh!). My wife loathed the car and would not even get into it, so I started the first stage of its restification.

I pulled the seats and center console out so I could vacuum and shampoo the carpet. Then I disassembled the console and thoroughly cleaned it with Armor All Cleaner (great stuff!). I also swapped in some new dash trim, cleaned out the vents, and restored the instrument cluster with new bulbs and some silver trim paint. While I was in there, I decided to fix the erratic tach too. My Cutlass also received a 3rd brake light from an '87 Monte Carlo LS since the original top cover had melted.

Here she is all cleaned up.

Another shot of my fresh interior. Not too bad for 16 years old!

To get it ready for the next part of its restification, my buddy Jim and I swapped out the rusted and peeling orginal hood for a clean junkyard piece, and I also changed out the torn rear bumper cover.

Click here to check out the prep and paint stage!