Bad-Ass Buick: 1955 Special - /BIG MUSCLE
• Harry Fisher
In stock form, the 1955 Buick Special could best be described as a "nice"
car. It's not drop dead gorgeous like a 1959 Impala, nor does it have the
panache of say a 1956 Chrysler 300. You see the '55 Buick Special was a
working mans car. It had room enough for the whole family, a decent
power-plant thanks to its 264 cubic inch V8, and style that was, well...
above average. Harry Fisher or "Uncle Harry" as most people know him, saw
the old Buick a bit differently though. He knew that with a few little
touches (like a 502 cubic inch big-block, modern suspension, and a new set
of wheels) that this old Buick had the potential to become one of the
baddest hot-rods around.
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.
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Buick GS 455/462 plenty of power, 2009 04 17
Start of a long testrun. About 20km :-) first one for ages.
Nice weather and a fun car.
This testdrive was going to a friend who will help me to finish my right
Everything with my car worked for 100% at this testdrive.
Buick - History Documentary (1995)
This video is a wonderfully-done documentary, written and produced by
Michael Rose, on the history of Buick as presented in 1995 from the History
Channel's archive. Here is Michael's description of the video verbatim:
"No one would have believed that the tinkering of a plumber would turn into
the foundation of the world's largest corporation. But it did. David Dunbar
Buick invented a process to adhere porcelain to tubs and other bathroom
fixtures. But the Scottish immigrant dreamed of making a mark out of the
bathroom, and set to work building a car. By 1900, he enlisted the aid of
another inventor, Walter Marr, and they built their first vehicle. Their
invention attracted the attention of one of Michigan's wealthiest men,
William Crapo Durant, the president of the world's largest buggy-building
business. As soon as he drove one of Buick's early creations, Durant
realized that the days of the horse and buggy were over. He teamed up with
Buick, and the two went on to make history. By the thirties, Buicks were
regarded as some of the finest cars ever made. From the first Buicks
through the birth of General Motors and into history, this is the
compelling story of the partnership that eventually became the basis for
the largest company in the world."
buick GS 455 stage 1 first startup on engine stand
This is the first startup of my 455 stage 1 after rebuild! It crashed few
months ago :((.
Exhausts on this teststand are the
stock cast headers. carb is a beautyfull barry grant 850 demon on an
edelbrock 455 performance intake. cam is a SP 1165R, 112LC. Later, we
replaced it with a stock GS cam for smoother running. TA 1.65 red roller
rockers. heads flowed and ported. SP/FM hypereutectic pistons. Kenne Bell
valve covers. they look kinda cool, don't they?
This should push around 390HP with the stock cam and around 430HP with the
SP cam! runs like a baby :). listen!
1965 Buick Gran Sport - #126 NDY - Gateway Classic Cars - Indianapolis
For sale is a numbers matching 1965 Buick Gran Sport located in our
Indianapolis showroom. In 1965, Buick introduced the Gran Sport option to
the Skylark producing roughly 15,000 during this first year of production
with only 4,500 being the hardtop coupe like this one. This 1965 Buick
Gran Sport is powered by its original numbers matching 401 CID "Nail Head"
V8 engine, backed by Super Turbine 300 2-speed automatic transmission with
89,741 actual miles. The 401 "Nail Head" on this sharp GS came from the
factory putting out 325 horsepower and 445 ft./lbs.
of torque that will pin you to the seat. Options on this 1965 Buick Gran
Sport for sale include: AM Radio, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Seat
Belts, Vinyl Interior, and Raised White Letter Radial Tires. The exterior
is painted with a vibrant red paint and is topped with a black vinyl top.
The interior is decked out in black with front bucket leather seats and
center console along with a newly added headliner. Finishing off the
factory look are the correct 14" Buick Road wheels on all four corners. The
owners have recently added a new 2 1/4" Exhaust system which sound awesome as you step
on the gas. This Buick has been very well taken care of and has always
been garaged by its current owners. This car turns heads wherever it goes
and will sure to make the next owner proud as they are out enjoying this
car. To view this 1965 Buick Gran Sport in greater detail, including a
high def video, please visit www.GatewayClassicCars.com or our Indianapolis
showroom. For more information please call (317)688-1100.
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