1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale from North America - Comments

31st Jul 2001, 10:56

I am going to be getting a 78 Oldsmobile Delta 88 from my aunt. (The large four door model) Recently, my uncle passed away and it was his car. They bought the car brand new back in 78' and it is all original with 98,000 miles. It has been garage kept since it was bought and the only items that had to be replaced were the fuel tank, and the radio. This car looks like it did the day it rolled off the showroom floor and runs strong.

11th Oct 2001, 10:41

My car is the greenish blue with the gold stripes.

Recently I blew a hole in piston #5 and all of the other rings are bad, but it did have 205000 original miles on it. But I went to the junk yard and bought another 350 out of an 82 Delta 88 and I'm in the process of building it up. I'm going to have the heads milled to 9:1 compression, new pushrods, lifters, gaskets, intake, 280cam, and rockers. That should liven that old car up, then I will be playing with Z-28s instead of these little V6s.

Thanks, Tyler.

14th Oct 2001, 13:27

I own a '78 Delta 88, paid $100 for it a year ago because the guy had to get rid of it. It had been ridden hard and put away wet. It has the original 350 rocket and needed much brake work when bought. Body and interior are a little rough and I plan to hang on to the car and start restoring it. My biggest surprise was the price of parts for this car, cheap, cheap, cheap!

26th Oct 2001, 11:41

I am getting ready to buy a 1978 Delta 88, 2 door. It is a one-owner vehicle. A tiny bit of rust on the rear bumper; faded paint and the landau top is faded. The interior is like it was when new. Color two-tone brown. It just turned to 79,000 actual miles.

$500.00!

I'm too excited!

27th Nov 2001, 17:56

I have a '78 Delta 88 4 door with 175,000 miles on it. It has a Rocket 350 from a 70 Cutlass & a posi rear. It was my first car and I am still driving it 7 years later & it still tears 5.0 Mustangs to shreds. I will never sell this car as long as I live.

2nd Jun 2002, 00:51

I own a 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 4 door. I bought it in April 1999 for $500.00, from the original owner. It had some minor surface rust at the bottom of the doors, but no holes. I bought it as a temporary replacement for the sport utility vehicle my wife received during our divorce. Within a week of buying this car, I took a trip with my five year old son from Prince Rupert B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, and back, six days of driving and no problems encountered. Since then, I have gladly repainted it, replaced the rear end, alternator, starter motor, exhaust and a radiator. My son and I have driven all over British Columbia in this car. I have never enjoyed driving any car as much, it is so comfortable, and fast. People keep on asking me, "when I am going to buy another car?". I always answer, "why?"

2nd Oct 2002, 10:51

I just bought a '78 oldsmobile delta 88 4 door and I am very happy with it. It has the original 350 rocket motor with 80,000 actual miles and is very clean inside and out. I paid 1000 dollars for it and I had to replace the water pump so far and that is it. It is the best car I have ever owned and it is real fast to and lots of power!!!

10th Oct 2002, 22:41

I just purchased my first car, a 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, for $800 and I'm very pleased with it. With the previous owner put new brakes/brake lines, a new gas tank, and water pump, and recently changed the oil and all engine fluids, I am all set to go. This 350 "Rocket" engine really has some power, this car starts from a dead stop with authority. With 69,000 original miles, I think I can get a few years out of it, no problem. I love this car, it's size, power, and handling. Great car!

16th Nov 2002, 18:55

Hi all! I just bought an all original 1978 Olds Delta 88 Royale for $450 from the original owner's family. It has 79,000 original miles, 350 V8 with the 4-barrel carb, and fairly loaded interior options. It literally has all the original parts from the hood ornament, hub cabs, and most exterior chrome trim. Pretty good kept car! I bought it as a winter replacement for the sports car I just bought. My Olds only has some minor surface rust near all the rears of the tires & undercarriage (poor washing/cleaning/storage from the Chicago winters). Most of these areas are still fairly solid. It also has some light knocking noise in cylinder # 5 which warrants a refreshing rebuild. Although I know the local mechanic who worked on it the past 10 years and the knock has been there since he can remember! The engine was NEVER beat on and the tranny shifts like new! Clean, unscratched glass, and a nice, but dull original blue paint. With this, I'm considering a hot rod project for next summer in honor of my first Olds & first V8 daily driver! It was also a bargain of a price for a very solid current daily driver and future restoration and hot rod project! I really enjoy driving this car from the "one-finger touch" power steering to how smooth & powerful that V8 really is.

As an auto enthusiast, these General Motors V8 rear wheel drive cars from 1977-1989 are really underrated. Cheap parts, great reliability, solidly built, plenty of power, and plenty still on today's roads! They're nothing like the muscle cars of the 60s & 70s, but certainly a bargain for a project car or a damn cheap daily driver!

Hope this helps!

JOE

Chicago, IL.

19th Mar 2003, 13:58

Well, other than the Subaru I bought new in 1994, this is one of, if not THE best car I've owned. Of course, I can't take the credit. When I bought the car from a family friend in Oregon for $750 with only 162,000+ miles (he wanted $1000), I had no idea what I was getting, but could see that he took REAL good care of the car. My grandparents owned a 1974 Olds of the same model so I figured it would be that. This was so much better. A 350-V8 and clean for the most part except for a few dings and paint starting to fade. Now, alas, even though she got me across country from Oregon to Atlanta, her alternator gave up yesterday. I don't know if I can afford to have a new one put in. Any ideas on cost or availability? Please e-mail me at bdobyns@sysmatrix.net. I would like to keep her for a while. Thanks.

Brad Dobyns

Atlanta, GA.

30th May 2003, 10:25

My daddy bought me a 1978 Ols. It has a 455 under the hood. Anyways, I was driving and I stopped at a stop sign and turned left, tapped on the gas, then I went right sideways and the drivers side front tire fell off. It did not break at the lug nuts, but the whole thing came off. If anybody has heard of that e-mail me at GodsGift_71@bay-watch.com

Thanks.