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This Is Going To Be Fun!
Hi, I’m Marty Fay the owner of Motor Works. In March, 1984, Motor Works began serving the DeKalb and Northern Illinois public. We are a one-stop-shop offering every conceivable automotive amenity. A critical part of that commitment is Oldsmobile service and repair.

So, why is taking about Oldsmobiles fun! The absolute neatest car I ever owned was a 1968 Toronado. That wasn’t just my opinion. Almost everybody who saw the car thought so. Please see What A Riot below. I have a lot to say so let’s get going.

This Is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile
This was the advertising slogan GM ran for many years as they tried to change the image of the Oldsmobile product. They apparently viewed the brand as old and stodgy. I don’t know what focus groups GM talked to but they must all have been drunk.

My best friend’s father had just bought a new 1965 Delta 88. What a car; long beautiful lines, a gorgeous interior, power everything. Out for a ride we went and all was utterly serene. That is until we were several miles out in the country. There, on a lonely road, we slowly rolled to a stop, and without any advanced warning, his Dad floored the gas. HOLY CRAP x 2! Smoke poured from the rear tires. The back of the car started to go sideways. Suddenly the rubber hooked up and I was pressed into the back of the seat like an elephant was sitting on my chest. As the car raced forward, the wind roar turned into a shriek. I managed to catch a glimpse of the speedometer, and saw it break 100 MPH. Just as I thought I might pass out, we started to slow. Both my friend and I suddenly realized we were going to live and started to laugh hysterically. No theme park ride we had ever been on could equal this. AGAIN! We yelled. AGAIN! “Nope, just once boys”, his father answered smiling back.

What is clear now, and not then, was that I had just been exposed to a 425 CID, high compression, four barrel carbureted V-8, putting out 370 horsepower in a car that could take it. That opened a door that would never close again. Automotive passion had entered my life at 11 years old.

YIKES! Boy, has this article gotten away from me. If you’re still with me I will shorten it up post haste.

The Bean Counters “Pull The Plug”
In 2004 GM pulled the plug on Oldsmobile, closing the entire division. Motor Works had expended considerable resources in training and tools supporting this brand we admire. Those resources still serve us well. We smile when this old friend comes in the door.

From The Smallest Service To The Biggest Repair
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, “check engine lights” to motor replacements. We are comfortable with all the manufacturer’s models and strive to deliver the service you deserve.

Oldsmobile owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, and our passion. We hope you’ll choose us too.

Schedule Today!
If you would like to bring your Oldsmobile in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak to our friendly staff.

What A Riot!
I apologize, but I am going to “pull the plug” on What A Riot! I write with a stream of consciousness style. That means I don’t always know what will come next. The This Is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile Story is already one riot and it snuck in early on me. No need for two.
Thanks for listening, Marty