Chevy, Olds, Pontiac and Buick V8 engines are not the same!
Evidently a segment of the automotive enthusiast population does not believe that the four main GM divisions had their own versions of a V8. In addition there may be people who simply never knew that fact.
In this video I show photos of a 350 cid engine from Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Chevrolet and highlight the differences in each. Buick and Pontiac V8 engines went out of production in 1980, Oldsmobile's in 1990 and of course the Chevy versions lasted a lot longer because they were cheaper to produce and easier to smog/mpg certify.
I challenge anyone to video themselves removing a Chevy SBC head and then installing it on a Pontiac, Olds or Buick engine.
Pontiac 350 - 350 Horsepower For Less Than $500.00
A short video describing the modifications done to the 65,000 original mile
Pontiac 350 engine in my 1975 Formula. Using heads, cam, pushrods, rocker
arms and an intake that I had laying around, this Pontiac 350 developed 353
horsepower and 385
lbs/ft of Torque, for less than $500.00 invested.
Information about Oldsmobile V8 engines
In this video I talk about the "late" Oldsmobile V8 and offer tips on how
to identify them by number.
"Late" in this instance means 1964-1990. Early('49-64) Olds engines are an
entirely different block, etc.
Sometimes my info gets a bit twisted when it stays inside my head for a
while, so a correction is that '77-80 heads are 3A, not 4A. 4A heads are
Also, to clarify and avoid confusion, this...7 A is a 350 head, this...7A
is a later 307 head. You can also tell the difference easily by the ports.
Late 307 and 260 ports are half the size of any other versions.
Trivia: The Olds 403 was used in 1977-79 Pontiac Trans-Am's, but not all of
Of note...the engine in the video is painted the incorrect shade of gold,
which appears to be the Krylon generic gold. The proper shade is slightly
darker and less "glitzy"
389 Pontiac On Simtester
Watch John Edwards as he describes the Simtesting of a 389 Pontiac GTO
engine at Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine. (949) 631-6376 Be sure to
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409 Chevy Engine Build -- Part 2
This Chevrolet 409 build is meant to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. We
stroked the rotating assembly to up the displacement from 409 to 440 cubic
inches and then replaced the stock heads with much more capable units from
Edelbrock--but painted them to disguise the modern aluminum castings. The
end result is 505 horsepower and 507 ft/lbs of
Watch the video here but for more information, including Dyno sheets and the rest of the
series, check out http://www.horsepowermonster.com/2010/4
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9 Second Buick GSX Stage2 GS Stage1 9.51 @ 140
We originally built this car with Frank Urbinati back in 1996.It debuted at
the GS Nationals where it won the GS Pro Street class races. It was also
the 1st GS Pro Street class car to break into the 9's at the time.Thanks to
Frank this project came to life. Fast forward to 2010 and the car has been
taken over by Bob Ortolani,the car still looks great and Bob decided to
bring it up another level. We were happy to have the car come back to our
shop and to have the opportunity to work with Bob and put together the new
powerplant. The video shows the results of our 1st day out to tune the
engine. The 1st two passes were shakedowns to check fuel/oil pressures and
get a feel for the new combo. By the 3rd run we had posted a 9.62 @ 138
hitting the 7100rpm rev limiter chip! The 4th run was a 9.52 @ 140. On the
5th run it went 9.51 @ 140.65! After a good cool down and a timing
adjustment we were ready to try for a 9.40 run, launching right off idle
the car gave us a nice big unexpected wheelie! The wheelie sure lookes cool
but we know we can go quicker with a little more suspension work to
straighten out the launch and try to keep the front down. We're sure it'll
go into the 9.40's yet and maybe even 30's after everything is worked out.
KRE WARP 6 headed 535 cid Pontiac engine idel on dyno
This is the fist KRE WARP 6 headed 535 cid Pontiac engine at idel on the Dyno. This engine is
built using a K&M Performance Parts MR-1 block, with KRE's canted valve
WARP 6 cylinder heads. This is a fully machined casting with water jackets
that flows over 400 cfm as cast. This is the ULTIMATE Pontiac cylinder
Proformance Unlimited 400 Pontiac Crate Engine
A seasoned 400 Pontiac block
Bored And Honed With Deck Plate
Mains Have Been Align Honed
Block Has Been Decked
Dura Bond Cam Bearings Installed
Brass Freeze Plug And Oil Galley Kit Installed
Block painted with 3 coats of high temp ceramic engine paint customers
choice of color
A Precision Ground Micro Polished Cast Iron Crankshaft
Performance rod and main bearing (Clevite, King or Federal Mogul)
Eagle I-beam Connecting Rods w/ARP rod bolts
High Performance Pistons (Speed-Pro, Keith Black, SRP, Or Mahle)
Performance Rings Hand Filed To Match Application
New three piece true double roller timing set
Comp Cams Custom Ground High Performance Street Camshaft With A Muscle Car
Set Of Tie-Bar Hydraulic Roller Lifters
Edelbrock Performance Aluminum Cylinder Heads
A Set Of High Performance Valve Springs And Retainers (To Match Camshaft)
7/16 Screw In Studs And Hardened Guide Plates
ARP Head Bolts
Manley Chrome Moly push rods
Scorpion aluminum roller rockers
Engine will be assembled with all new bolts
High volume oil pump and screen
Chrome oil pan
Chrome dip stick and tube
A new valley pan
Professional Products performance balancer
Fel-pro performance gaskets
The complete rotating assembly will be balanced
Edelbrock Performer RPM intake manifold
New chrome thermostat housing
Edelbrock carburetor w/ electric choke
New chrome air cleaner
MSD Pro-Billet distributor
MSD Blaster II coil and bracket
MSD 6AL Ignition Control Box
Auto-Lite spark plugs
Custom fit Taylor 8mm ignition wires (color of choice black, red, blue,
yellow, green, orange no extra charge)
High flow water pump
Chrome valve covers
New chrome breather
Fel-Pro Performance Gaskets
Flex plate (for auto transmission)
Engines are photo documented during the building process so you can see the
quality of parts and workmanship that goes into your engine
Each engine is tested, timing set and carburetor adjusted for optimum
We video tape your live run engine and send you a copy
350 cid 5.7 liter Chevrolet V8 engine
Rebuilt complete SBC 350 cid engine, low miles, bored .030" over, stock
cam, truck heads, 4 barrel Quadrajet, HEI ignition. Runs like new ! Aprox
200-220 hp 300-340 ft lbs torque. It appears to be a Mexican built block,
say's Hecho in Mexico and 84 stamped in the back. I assume it is a 1984
Mexican block with one piece rear main seal. It weighs 750-800 lbs.
Trade me a rusty old microcar for this sweet jewel of an engine.
Talking about the Buick 231/3.8L
Most everyone is familiar with the Buick 3800 and it's 3300 and 3.0L
But before it was a modern FWD engine, it was a RWD engine that was
developed way back in 1962 using the same architecture as the aluminum 215
V8 but in iron and with a different bore/stroke.
The rest, as they say, is history.