It's Murphy's Law that says, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong," and, boy, could that saying hit home with a lot of car builders out there. It seems that sometimes when building a car you just can't get things right the first time, and, of course, you always run into problems! Well, that's how it was for 22-year-old Marcus Alberto of Hialeah, Florida. A sales associate by day, he spent a full nine months in his backyard every night, making sure that his '87 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme would come out as perfect as possible, of course, not without a few roadblocks.
The original purchase price was a mere $800, which is small potatoes compared to the thousands spent bringing it to what you see today. Most of the work was done by either Marcus or his pals right in his own backyard in sunny South Florida. Probably the first thing that you'll notice about this particular Cutlass is, well, it seems to be missing something. Your eyes aren't fooling you; this Cutty is missing a top, and, no, Oldsmobile didn't design a convertible Cutlass in 1981. Marcus cut off the top in his backyard and replaced the gap with a convertible top from a Cadillac Eldorado.
Even though this build-up was problematic ("Everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong," says Marcus), the end result has had no problem grabbing attention wherever it goes. Marcus even gets some attention from car show judges, winning Sweepstakes at the Miami, Florida, LRM Tour show in 2005!
Tech SpecsTopless CutOwner: Marcus Alberto
Vehicle: '87 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
City/State: Hialeah, Florida
Club: Rollerz Only C.C
Engine/Drivetrain: Marcus did his own engine work, dropping in an '87 Chevrolet 350-c.i.d. engine along with a 350 Turbo transmission. To spice things up, he added chrome accessories as well as an Edelbrock carburetor and Hedman hedders.
Body/Paint: Marcus and friends, including "Chico," cut off the top and built a convertible Cutlass using the top from a Cadillac Eldorado. Before taking the car to get sprayed, a few more body modifications were lined up. Marcus had Chris AKA "Gringo" shave the trunk and firewall for a nice clean look. R&D in Miami, Florida, was commissioned to lay down the House of Kolor teal, where Ricardo loaded up his spray gun and worked magic on each body panel one by one. Reed custom pinstriped the car for an added touch. The chrome plating was done by Action Plating in Opa Locka, Florida, and Hialeah Plating in Hialeah.
Interior: An all-teal vinyl and tweed interior was stitched up over custom-built seats in the car. Jorge from Lotto in Miami sewed up the custom seats and also put in a custom-made center console.
Sound System: Some of Marcus's local Hialeah buddies, Jayson and Michael, wired up a Polk Audio sound system, custom mounting Polk speakers within the interior.
Setup: The hydraulics was another backyard boogie installation at the owner's house in Hialeah. Marcus did the chassis work, reinforcing the frame and the crossmember, and extending the upper A-arms by 2 inches. His friend Danny installed the setup, which includes three Pro Hopper chrome pumps, three Italian dumps, 8-inch cylinders up front, 14-inch cylinders in the rear, 4-ton springs, eight batteries to power it, and four switches to control the action.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Champion
Wheels: 13x7 teal dished McLean