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Buick Nailhead: How to Rebuild & Modify 1953-1966

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Learn how to rebuild and upgrade your Buick Nailhead with the first book ever dedicated to the subject!

In this all-new book from Nailhead racer and veteran engine builder Gary Weldon, you will learn everything you need to know about how to rebuild and upgrade the venerable Buick Nailhead engine. Weldon takes you through each step, including a review of the birth of the Nailhead, the benefits of its unique design, serial and casting number information to source and identify the best project, and a history of the engine in development. Also covered are the processes of rebuilding, including disassembly, inspection, sourcing the best parts, making critical upgrades, reassembly, and break-in. Of course, all the machine shop work is covered, and practical advice on building engines for competition is provided.

The Nailhead was a throwback to the early overhead-valve engine design, and that unique design makes it a popular choice for period-correct hot rod projects. In addition, if your torquey Nailhead resides between the fenders of a Buick Special, LeSabre, Invicta, Roadmaster, Riviera, Century, Skylark, Wildcat, or Electra 225, this book will help you keep that old beauty on the road.

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Learn how to rebuild and upgrade your Buick Nailhead with the first book ever dedicated to the subject!

In this all-new book from Nailhead racer and veteran engine builder Gary Weldon, you will learn everything you need to know about how to rebuild and upgrade the venerable Buick Nailhead engine. Weldon takes you through each step, including a review of the birth of the Nailhead, the benefits of its unique design, serial and casting number information to source and identify the best project, and a history of the engine in development. Also covered are the processes of rebuilding, including disassembly, inspection, sourcing the best parts, making critical upgrades, reassembly, and break-in. Of course, all the machine shop work is covered, and practical advice on building engines for competition is provided.

The Nailhead was a throwback to the early overhead-valve engine design, and that unique design makes it a popular choice for period-correct hot rod projects. In addition, if your torquey Nailhead resides between the fenders of a Buick Special, LeSabre, Invicta, Roadmaster, Riviera, Century, Skylark, Wildcat, or Electra 225, this book will help you keep that old beauty on the road.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 336 color, 5 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255582
Product Code : SA493

Dedication 

Acknowledgments 

Foreword 

 

Chapter 1: Nailhead History 

New Era and New Engines 

Intense Competition 

The Nailhead Design 

Early Nailhead Pioneers

 

Chapter 2: Why Build a Nailhead?

Sourcing Parts 

Parts Interchangeability 

Transmission Options 

Nailhead Upsides 

Light at the End of the Transmission Tunnel 

Engine Dress Up 

Performance Parts 

Parts Selection and Consideration 

Mild Performance Building 

Additional Performance Upgrades 

 

Chapter 3: Identification and Parts Interchange 

The First Nailheads 

Casting Numbers 

Engine Production Codes 

Transmissions 

Bellhousings and Adapters 

Engine Parts Interchange

 

 

Chapter 4: Disassembly, Evaluation, and Establishing a Plan 

Safety

Tools 

Disassembly 

Evaluation and Establishing a Plan 

Final Observations 

The Plan 

 

Chapter 5: Cylinder Heads 

Experimental Heads 

Porting 

Rocker Arms and Shafts 

Machining 

Powder Coating 

Final Assembly 

 

Chapter 6: Prepping the Block, Machine Work, and Preassembly 

Additional Tools Required 

Prepping the Block 

Selecting a Machine Shop 

Connecting Rod Preparation 

Piston Assembly 

Boring and Honing 

Deck Height 

Compression Ratio 

Checking Piston-to-Valve Clearance 

Pushrod Length 

Piston Rings 

Engine Balancing 

Preassembly 

 

Chapter 7: Assembly 

Fasteners 

Short-Block 

Cylinder Heads 

Camshaft and Valvetrain 

Timing Cover 

Intake Manifold 

Harmonic Balancer and Flexplate 

Distributor

 

Chapter 8: Break-In

Engine Preparation for Break-In 

 

Chapter 9: Building a Nailhead Racing Engine 

Getting Started

Rotating Assembly

Pistons and Compression Ratio

Oil and Lubrication 

Redirected Coolant Flow

Camshafts

Hilborn Fuel Injection

Cylinder Heads

Driveline

Final Thoughts

 

Appendix

Source Guide

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