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Old 08-28-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default Betting on the Buick: The Nailhead

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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Oh yeah.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: Betting on the Buick: The Nailhead

...and they're nearly bullet proof, too.

Don't forget one of the coolest nailhead builds in recent memory - 401-powered "Strange Bird".
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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Default Re: Betting on the Buick: The Nailhead

I think the nailhead is the next hemi. Hemi's are over priced and getting harder to find! Thats why we put the 401 in the 30 coupe. Plus they look way better imo!
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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Nailhead's are too cool, they're really growin on me
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #7
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Ditto.... I just picked up a 401 for my '27. Or maybe for the Hudson. It's nice to have options. :-)
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:18 AM   #8
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You know my favorite...

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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I love a nicely done nailhead.

That's why the Chemical City Coupe will be getting a 401 very soon.

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:55 AM   #10
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The nailhead is my choice for the Company Hauler
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #11
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I got bit by the nailhead bug in 1996, it was my freshman year of high school and i started shop class, in the back corner of storage room in the shop was a red buick nailhead with chrome valve covers and a 4bbl intake, i knew i had to have it but had to figure out if it was obtainable. So i set up to talk with my teacher about it, he said that they were planning on using it as a learning tool buy taking it apart in front of class. i asked if it just had to be a motor or if it had to be the nailhead? he said, i dont know why? i offered him a 305 i had in trade for it as id love to have the motor to put in a hot rod in the future, he said yes! so i got my first nailhead when i was 15 years old! it hid out in the garage for a few years as i really didnt have a car to put it in yet but i was in the process of building a T-bucket with my dad, fast forward to 2000, i had finished my t-bucket and had it at back to the fifties, got a wild hair to put it for sale as i knew of a 31 tudor, well the car sold in the first 3 hours i had it for sale, now i had a bunch of cash burning a hole in my pocket! come sunday morning id find a part that would set my nailhead and speed equipment obsession in order, i found a wieand drag star 6x2 intake for my motor, a deal was stuck $180 for the bare intake. later that week i went and purchase the 31 tudor and of course it got the nailhead with the 6x2 intake. the rest is history, since that point ive always loved nailheads and have used them here and there in cars and i collect any nailhead speed part i can find! i was 18 when i build the 31 tudor.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #12
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Default Re: Betting on the Buick: The Nailhead

My 322" pulls my wagon around with power to spare.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #13
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I've got a 322 that will go into a new Ford 5-window w/5-speed and open drive banjo that's on the back burner once I get my avatar straightened out and a 40 p-up I have in the works built!
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:33 PM   #14
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I've had one in the classifieds for a while.
63 401 from a Wildcat. I cant use it.
They area very pretty motor.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #15
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The first hotrod I saw in person was a 46 Ford business coupe with a Buick of unknown size to me. I was a kid. It was my cousins car. 4 years older than me, he chased me around the garage with a Vertex magneto with the cap off and just the "dick" sticking up. I quickly learned that a magneto does not need a battery to throw a spark. This was between 58 and 60? I can't remember any other Buick speed equipment on the car but that Vertex is stuck in my brain. Part of that time he drove a 55 Buick 2 dr. HT 3 spd on the column as a daily driver. I loved that car too...black with a white top.

I bet a Buick Vertex would bring a pretty penny today.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #16
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nailheads rule, a cool motor indeed.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:11 PM   #17
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #18
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Just picked up a 401 for the Nash! They are out there, but you gotta look hard and be patient. Check craiglist in your area daily, talk to everyone you know and put the bug in their ear that you are looking for one. They may know someone...
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #19
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Default Re: Betting on the Buick: The Nailhead

I've been a nailhead junkie since 1996 when I bought my 56 wagon.. Now I have 5 nailheads in my shop waiting for cars to be built around them.. haha.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #20
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I heart nailheads... by far my favorite motor. I have two, and want more.
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