The “Wayback” Machine:

1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wayback
Not pictured: the ashtray above the lockable storage.

The Barrett Jackson themed weekly car show at the Pavillions had a larger than usual contingent of wagons -that is to say, more than the usual zero. This time:  1986 (+/-) Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.  This is near and dear to my heart because:  

  • How do I know the year – there is a third brakelight, which came on line for 1986.
  • We owned a ‘78. Yay for red vinyl seats!.
  • I had a ‘79 Pontiac Catalina. Same car as Dad’s, other than the tail lights and fiberglass front end, better adventures.
  • Shenanigans in the “wayback.”
1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
No longer does the fake wood follow the wheel arches.

1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser dash
Why would you want a big legible speedometer?

1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser engine
Let’s play parts bin grill roulette!

1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
Be grateful your rear windows move at all, Bourgeosie swine.

1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1978 Oldsmobile Custome Cruiser
Red vinyl seats and an FM radio = mad luxury

Oh, look, it’s the University/Harold Ziegler Lincoln Mercury used car lot.  This looks familiar… for a couple of reasons.


  • “This is the most luxurious car I have ever owned (to that point)” – Dad, ca. 1978 (Dad’s frame of reference was kinda limited.)
  • 12/25/79 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture with Chevelle.
  • Same day, Total station for gas

me: are you open?
clerk: no
me: *leaves without buying gas*

[I thought they made somebody stay on site like a security guard or something]

Karma: you WERE a fucking idiot, weren’t you?

  • New front end. Why? Milquetoast tried to pull into a parking spot. Missed. Ford pickup with a diamond plate bumper was completely unhurt.
  • ~October 1979. Rainy night. Second solo flight in the car. Left turn (to eastbound). Front heavy V-8 car with no traction= donuts. In the middle of a 4-lane road.  Spun sideways across a driveway ramp, facing oncoming traffic. Good times…
  • ~1991 – told pops about this episode in his super luxurious Olds. Myocardial fakeout ensues.
  • (No, not really. Just an ulcer. Sorry, pops.)

1977-February 1980