Skylarks, GSXs, Grand Nationals, Rivieras, Gran Sports; the list of formidable performance Buicks is impressive. From the torque monsters of the 1960s to the high-flying Turbo models of the '80s, Buicks have a unique place in performance history.
During the 1960s, when word of the mountains of torque supplied by the big-inch Buicks hit the street, nobody wanted to mess with them. Later, big-inch Buicks and the Hemi Chryslers went at it hammer and tongs in stock drag shootouts and in the pages of the popular musclecar magazines of the day. The wars between the Turbo Buicks and Mustang GTs in the 1980s were also legendary, as both cars responded so well to modifications.
How to Build Max-Performance Buick Engines is the first performance engine book ever published on the Buick family of engines. This book covers everything from the Nailheads of the '50s and early '60s, to the later evolutions of the Buick V-8 through the '60s and '70s, through to the turbo V-6 models of the '70s and '80s. Veteran magazine writer and Buick owner Jefferson Bryant supplies the most up-to-date information on heads, blocks, cams, rotating assemblies, interchangeability, and oiling-system improvements and modifications, along with details on the best performance options available, avenues for aftermarket support, and so much more. Finally, the Buick camp gets the information they have been waiting for, and it's all right here in How to Build Max-Performance Buick Engines. The photos in this edition are black and white.
"As the title implies, the book is geared toward high-performance and racing, not restoration, but even experienced Buick hands are bound to learn a thing or two from this volume that can be applied to any Buick engine." -Musclecar Enthusiast, October 2008
"It's a great resource if Buick power plants are your thing." -Ol' Skool Rodz, reviewed by Alan Mayes, March 2011
Jefferson Bryant is a life-long automotive enthusiast. At 6 years old, he first laid eyes on a 1978 Pontiac Firebird, and he knew he would be a car guy for life. For the last 15 years Jefferson has pursued the automotive arts, reaching a long-time goal 5 years ago of writing for automotive hobbyist magazines such as Car Craft, Rod and Custom, MuscleCar Enthusiast, and Super Rod.