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Richard/SIA
Richard Brengman
No. Nevada
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01/17/2014 07:47PM

Main British Car:
1969 Triumph GT6+ 225" Buick V6

Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: Richard/SIA
Date: December 03, 2020 02:27AM

Found an original 215 Turbo Olds for sale complete but apart.
Not so common as Buick, parts for rebuild?
Expect some update to Turbo should easily get an honest 215 HP.
Looking at this for a Locost build so may want to relocate the turbo.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: December 03, 2020 08:34AM

The first vendor that comes to mind is D & D ...that's where I sourced engine parts for my Olds 215 (non-turbo).
Mark may have some Olds turbo stuff on the shelf.
[www.aluminumv8.com]


joe_padavano
Joseph Padavano
Northern Virginia
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02/15/2010 03:49PM

Main British Car:
1962 F-85 Deluxe wagon 215 Olds

Re: Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: joe_padavano
Date: December 03, 2020 08:53AM

Jim Noel is the go-to guy for Jetfire parts and knowledge. Eric Jensen is a close second. Personally I would not recommend the Jetfire setup for anyone other than someone restoring one of those cars to stock. The turbo setup pushed the limits of early 1960s technology. There are about a dozen very finicky, vacuum or pressure operated circuits that are bandaids to crutch the system through very specific operating conditions. The vacuum diaphragms used in these various actuators are no longer available, so expensive rebuilding is usually necessary. I have a friend with one of these setups, and the car requires constant fiddling to keep it running successfully. I always wanted a Jetfire, but that has cured me.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: December 03, 2020 11:29AM

Even back in the 1970's the parts were not very plentiful. I had one on my car in the mid 70's but I did away with most of the factory pieces (carb, water injection system etc) and just retained the factory waste gate. With a stronger spring and an adjustment device I was able to control the boost between 12 and 15 psi. I had the system installed on a low compression Olds with just under 9:1 compression. I used a 2" SU carb with a much simpler home made water/methanol injector and it ran really well. The difficult parts to find today would be the rotating pieces and the wastegate diaphragm and if you were able to find them, what you would have is a very outdated and inefficient turbo that would not hold a candle to the units available on eBay for peanuts.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(6008 posts)

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10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 03, 2020 12:16PM

Mine had significant lag which put me sideways several times when I didn't want to be.

Jim


joe_padavano
Joseph Padavano
Northern Virginia
(138 posts)

Registered:
02/15/2010 03:49PM

Main British Car:
1962 F-85 Deluxe wagon 215 Olds

Re: Olds 215 Turbo parts sources?
Posted by: joe_padavano
Date: December 04, 2020 09:24AM

If you want more Jetfire info, start here:

[oldsjetfire.com]


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