Bruce Clippinger’s 1971 Olds Cutlass Supreme Convertible
“I found this car by the side of the road and because it is a Cutlass Supreme Convertible it is quite stealthy, a number of people have been very surprised by how fast it is. It is a joy to drive. Thanks Joe and Lynn.”
– Bruce Clippinger
Engine: Olds 455ci .030 overbore to 461c.i., align honed, balanced, stud and strap kit, oil restrictors, valley tray and short windage tray, Mondello 7qt oil pan, high volume high pressure Mondello oil pump.
Induction: Edelbrock Performer dual plane, Holly 4150 double pumper with mechanical secondaries.
Heads: GM iron “C? 3 angle valve job, mild porting on the exhaust side, stock springs and valves, Mondello SAR 455 roller tip rockers with oil restricted hardened pushrods, guide plates, ARP studs.
Camshaft: Mondello JM 20-22 hydraulic .512 exhaust lift and .496 intake lift.
Pistons: TRW forged, Mondello #2060.
Rings: Speed Pro Chrome Moly. Crank: GM nodular, polished and turned .010/.010.
Rods: GM, polished and resized.
Ignition: Accell Blueprint HEI with Accell supercoil, Crossfire cap, MSD spiral core plug wires, MSD 6AL box, AC rapidfire plugs.
Timing Chain: Cloyes Tru Double Roller
Lifters: Sealed Power High Rev.
Water Pump: Mondello Aluminum.
Radiator: Griffin double tube aluminum.
Exhaust: 442 ZX factory manifolds, 21/2 inch pipes, H pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Megs SS Tips.
Trans: TH 350 with Mondello Launcher 2200 stall converter, Shift Kit, B&M Trans Cooler, Hurst Dual Gate shifter, and over/under drive unit.
Starter: Mondello Mini Starter
Rear End: Chevy 12 bolt posi track with 3.55 gearing.
Misc: K & N air and oil filters, Mobil 1 15W50 oil, Prolong oil treatment. Wheels and Tires: Olds SSII 15×7, with BF Goodrich Comp TA 255/60/15 Radials.
Restoration: In addition to all of the above I did a frame off restoration on the frame, all hard lines, lowered 1 inch with new Hellwig springs, Hotchkiss boxed lower control arms, front disc brakes with stainless steel lines, polyurethane suspension bushings all around, and all exterior sheet metal except the doors has been changed and repainted to a dark Polo Green, new carpet, and interior trim. Scored 940 pts at the 1998 Olds Nationals.
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