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Old 06-29-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default buick nailhead casting numbers???? help

i just bought 2 buick nailhead motors and i am trying to find out exactly what they are. the casting numbers that are on the back of the block near the belhousing are 1165752 and the other is 1135752. i was told they came out of a 54 and a 56 buick. if anyone can help me with this i would appreciate it. i found the head numbers on the internet and it came up as ether a 264 or a 322. please help if anyone could tell me what i have.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:25 PM   #2
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i just bought 2 buick nailhead motors and i am trying to find out exactly what they are. the casting numbers that are on the back of the block near the belhousing are 1165752 and the other is 1135752. i was told they came out of a 54 and a 56 buick. if anyone can help me with this i would appreciate it. i found the head numbers on the internet and it came up as ether a 264 or a 322. please help if anyone could tell me what i have.
You are correct. One is a 264 and the other is a 322.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:42 PM   #3
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how can you tell and which one is which?

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You are correct. One is a 264 and the other is a 322.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:46 PM   #4
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the 1954 is the 264 and the 1956 is the 322 thats for sure atleast
afaik 264's wasnt made in 1956
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:51 PM   #5
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that helps but we aren't even sure that is the exact cars they came out of or if they were the original motors in the cars. is there a way to decifer the casting number.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:53 PM   #6
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if it is an 1956 322, you got the best 322 nailhead atleast.. i mean the 1953 wasnt so good, much more heavier then the 1956 one, and ahwell..
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Old 06-29-2005, 04:53 PM   #7
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Post the numbers stamped in the block deck opposite the dip stick and I can tell what it is, 57 and later motor will be stamped just in front of valley pan.
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:11 PM   #8
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numbers are v6546044 and i2947334
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:26 PM   #9
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This page on Buicks.net should help you figure it all out.
and here's another casting numbers for the newer Nailheads...
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:33 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=kikinrods]numbers are v6546044 and i2947334
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The first one is a 264 from a 54 Special the second is a 264 from a 55 Special
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:37 PM   #11
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so is a 264 a good engine or do i have a pile of junk and can i find parts for them.
now don't tell me they are junk and you'll buy them to take them off of my hands.

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numbers are v6546044 and i2947334
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The first one is a 264 from a 54 Special the second is a 264 from a 55 Special
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Old 06-29-2005, 06:04 PM   #12
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i'd buy one. you got the tranny's for em?
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not for sale yet!!! no trannys.
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:53 PM   #14
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Easy way to tell the difference between a 322 and a 263 is a 322 has a harmonic balancer. The 264 does not.

I've got a 264 in the 32 right now. It runs good but wasn't easy getting parts or info on it. I had to figure a few things out for myself. The tranny (manual) was my buggest pain in the ass.
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Clark loves Nailheads...
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:23 PM   #16
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Nailheads SUCK!!!

Hopefully I get my first long distance run in the thing next week
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Easy way to tell the difference between a 322 and a 263 is a 322 has a harmonic balancer. The 264 does not.

I've got a 264 in the 32 right now. It runs good but wasn't easy getting parts or info on it. I had to figure a few things out for myself. The tranny (manual) was my buggest pain in the ass.
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not all 322's had balancer I know of a 53 322 here that doesn't (O didn't it is getting one during rebuild)
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Old 06-30-2005, 09:07 AM   #18
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Judd ...this is one of the reasons I hate nailheads. I get conflicting information all the time. Even from the experts (nailhead message board).

When I was trying to find out what my motor was the expert told me you can't tell by the casting #s. The best way to tell is by the balancer.

I guess I'm back to not knowing what's in my 32.
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Old 06-30-2005, 09:36 AM   #19
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well i don't think the harmonic balancer bit is going to help me. both of mine don't have one but one is just a short block and the other is missing parts off of it, and both have a threaded and keyed crank. any other clues? does anyone have any stock valve covers i only have one for both motors, need 3 more.
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:46 AM   #20
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I guess I'm back to not knowing what's in my 32.
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if its the nailhead out of 1096's truck,,then i do know its a 1955,,,cuz i took it out of my buddies 55 buick special. he was supoosed to install a BBC in his car(car is still sitting),, it was a 2bbl engine.. it was in great running shape when we pulled it...i think i read you rebuilt it though,,

but to make things even more confusing,,i believe that motor or heads may have been replaced or rebuilt at some time since it had the lil "hot " tags on the heads(the tags that engine rebuilders put on rebuilt motors to know if you got them hot or not if there is a waranty issue..

sorry ,no help,,but i was kinda thinking it was a 264 since it had the 2bbl on it..

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