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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.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

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.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 324 b/w
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781934709870
Product Code : SA146P

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: Blocks 

Nailhead 

Small-Block 350 

Big Blocks

V-6 Turbo 

Main Bearing Cap Studs

 

Chapter 2: Pistons, Rods and Cranks 

Crankshafts 

Main Seals

Connecting Rods 

Rod Bolts 

Pistons

Piston Pins 

Rings 

 

Chapter 3: Oiling System Upgrades 

Disassembly and Modification

Crankshaft Mods 

Close Bearing Tolerances 

Oil Pumps 

Rear Oil Pressure Gauge Installation 

Oil Pans

Motor Oil Considerations

 

Chapter 4: Cams and Timing Covers

Cam Bearing Options 

Oiling System Upgrades

Timing Cover Options

Oil Pump Booster Plate 

Cam Thrust Control 

Distributor Gear Oiling 

Front Main Seal

Lifter Bore Reinforcement

 

Chapter 5: Cylinder Heads 

Gasket Port Matching

Blending the Bowls 

Exhaust Porting

Valve Sizing

Valve Jobs 

Combustion Chamber Polishing 

Heat Crossover Vent Modification 

Flow Testing 

High-Performance Head Parts 

Big-Block Heads

Big-Block Head Porting

Nailhead Cylinder Heads 

Aftermarket Head Options

 

Chapter 6: Valvetrain

Rocker Arms 

Pushrods and Lifters

Camshaft 

Lifters

Timing Chain 

Retainers, Keepers and Springs

 

Chapter 7: Ignition and Fuel Systems 

Distributors 

V-6 Turbo 

Electronic Timing Boxes 

Fuel Systems 

Engine Cooling

 

Chapter 8: Intake, Carbs and Exhaust

Carburetors 

Intake Manifolds 

Sheet Metal Intake Fabrication

Headers, Manifolds and Exhaust Systems

 

Chapter 9: Race Engines

Block Preparation 

Rotating Assembly 

Camshafts 

Heads

Induction 

Oiling System 

Factory Racer Kits 

 

Chapter 10: V-6 Turbo 

Turbo System Porting 

Turbo Replacement 

Intercoolers

Downpipes and Wastegates 

Intakes 

Fuel Pump

Electronics 

 

Appendix A: Source Guide

Appendix B: 1953-1955 Nailhead Engine Specifications 

Appendix C: 1953-1971 Engine Specifications

Appendix D: 1987 3.8L V-6 Turbo Engine Specifications 

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