1955 Buick 322 Engine Pre-Lube
Giving the 322 Nailhead engine initial pre-lube before installing the
valley and valve covers. Need to make sure everything is getting oil. I
will pre-lube it again with a full 7 quarts of oil just before starting.
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.
1965 Buick 401 nailhead V8 engine
Test demo of my Riviera engine with only 69,500 miles on it.
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1963 401 Nailhead Engine Removal And Teardown
This was the day when Travis decided to come and visit me. We ended up
removing the engine and dissembling it. We found that the bearings were
taken down to the second metal coating, but everything seemed normal for a
stock 1960's engine with 85k miles.
1955 Buick Century 322 Nail head First Start & Cam Break-in
This is the first start and cam break-in of my rebuilt 55 Buick Century 322
nail-head. The NOS fuel pump lasted about 2 minutes. The box fan I was
using to cool the engine was not giving enough airflow. I had to use the
industrial fan I use for painting. The carburetor that I rebuilt about 5
years ago has some idle jets plugged up. (I must not have gotten all the
gas out of it when I put it in storage) On the plus side, no oil/water
leaks and good oil pressure.
CHUCKLES GARAGE "Strange Bird" Blown Buick Nailhead Powered 62 Falcon Gasser FIRST DRIVE!
This Is the Chuckles Garage "Strange Bird" 1962 Ford Falcon Futura A/GS
The car is powered by a Littlefield Supercharged 401 Buick Nailhead that
was originally in a 1960's drag boat. The motor sports a custom blower
manifold made here at the shop, custom pistons, custom rods, wild Comp cam,
Comp lifters, custom valve springs, custom hi-flow valves, mild port work,
custom pushrods, custom headers made in-house,vintage Weiand valve covers,
dual Buick Wildcat Rochester 4 Jets that were modified for use with the
blower with custom non-progressive linkage, Nicson front cover/engine
mount, custom motor plate, custom oil pan, and its backed by a built switch
pitch ST400 transmission that is from a 65 Riviera. Front suspension is a
Speedway straight axle kit with custom made two position shackles, and
custom panhard. Rear suspension is stock leaf springs with custom 66" long
heavy wall ladder bars. Rear axle is a Lincoln Versailles unit with 4.56
gears. Tires are Hurst Racing Super Cushions in the front, and Hurst 30x10
Piecrust slicks in the back. Wheels are Vintage American Racing Magnesium
spindle mounts up front (no front brakes) and vintage Shelby Cal 500's out
back. Seats are set back almost to the rear seat. Gauges are a Sun Super
tach, and vintage Stewart Warner oil, temp, amp. This is a period
exhibition car, so it will not conform to current NHRA spec. The car is
being built to the 1966 NHRA rule book. It has the maximum crank center
height of 25", and near the maximum amount of engine set back as well.
Maximum setback was determined by the wheelbase. You are allowed 10% of the
wheelbase measured from the axle centerline to the first sparkplug hole.
This engine is set back 10" The car sports a fUll .120 wall frame that will
be tied in to the .120 wall roll cage. It's very sturdy. All work on the
Strange bird is being done at Chuckles Garage.
Hauling Hay with 1926 Ford Model TT 1 Ton Truck
Bringing in the hay with my 1926 Ford TT 1 ton truck. The truck has a New
Zealand 'Colonial' built cab and deck.
What use is a vintage truck if you can't use it?
12 December 2010
(I think over 60 bales of hay was the biggest load)