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Technical 215 Buick engine?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Old GW, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Old GW
    Joined: Feb 21, 2016
    Posts: 31

    Old GW

    I have a chance to pick up a aluminum engine out of a boat. I"m wondering about rotation, if it"s worth fiddlin with, where to get parts, etc.+
    I"m looking for info. Thank you.
  2. haychrishay
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 951


    Ive got the Olds version with a factory 4BBL complete starter, aircleaner,generator etc, I was going to build a roadster around it, I would take 450 for mine
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  3. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,704

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    I had the Olds version (Same block, but different heads) in my 37 Ford for several years. Pretty good little motor. About 10 years ago, I decided to "upgrade" the entire car and sold the 215 for $800.00 to a guy who was going to put it in a Mazda Miata (I guess kind of a modern day Sunbeam tiger set-up). There's a guy in SW Michigan who specializes in the 215 (D&D Fabrications.
  4. Gary Best
    Joined: Oct 23, 2016
    Posts: 2

    Gary Best

    Check rotation on boat engine,if single engine boat should be same as car. But if duel engine boat one will be counter rotation. Olds 215 engine is better than Buick 215 , but easier to get Buick parts as engine stayed in production much longer. Used in UK well into the 1990's.

  5. Legendlives
    Joined: Mar 4, 2016
    Posts: 203


    Same (essentially) as the Rover 3.5 as fitted to sedans, Land Rovers and Range Rovers.
    Good little engine, but parts (particularly performance parts) are way more expensive than Chev/Ford/Mopar, so if it needs a rebuild it may be more economical to pass and go with a more 'mainstream' motor.
  6. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,780


    Wonder if you could polish one? I really like that engine. My dad had a '63 Olds F85 with the turbo'd 215 when I was in high school and the thing would scoot.
  7. dodored
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 640

    from Concord NC

    Same motor as in the HSE Range rover up to 1995. Put one in my Model A roadster and total weight was on 2200 pounds. 2015-08-30 20.31.05.jpg 2012-02-21 10.40.13.jpg 2015-11-07 18.04.24.jpg
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  8. Frames
    Joined: Apr 24, 2012
    Posts: 3,857


    Dare to be different. And a 4 speed trans to boot. You gotta love it.
  9. dodored
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 640

    from Concord NC

    It goes a lot faster than it stops!
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  10. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,836


    Did you buy or make the header flanges? Love the car!
  11. Raunchy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2007
    Posts: 379


  12. boudin
    Joined: Jan 17, 2018
    Posts: 6


    If you pick up the boat engine and its reverse rotation please let me know, looking for a cam and dist gear for reverse rotation, thanks
  13. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,812

    Marty Strode

    A friend has a 215 in a '32 four door, had me build the headers. I know 5 & 7 shouldn't be Y'd together, but I didn't have much room. I have a 215 Buick for a Topolino/Simca project someday. IMG_7991.JPG IMG_7993.JPG IMG_7994.JPG
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  14. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 3,020

    Alliance Vendor

    Those are really nice Marty.

    How does the owner feel about the power in that size car?
  15. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,812

    Marty Strode

    Bruce, he hasn't driven it yet, still a few things to finish.
  16. Donuts & Peelouts
    Joined: Dec 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,192

    Donuts & Peelouts
    from , CA

    Be careful about corrosion. Alot of boat engines due to water, sea water is worse will ruin an Engine.
    The 215 being all alluminiun has an even worse chance surviving in the water. Pull the intake and look at the valley to make sure she's good.

    Sent from my SM-J727T1 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  17. av8
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,716


    I'm looking forward to taking over this project soon -- '58 AH Bugeye Sprite with upgraded suspension, steering. and disc brakes. Should be a decent performer; stock curb weight is under 1500 pounds, friend who built it says it's gained no more than a couple hundred pounds.
  18. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,015


    We built a 34 Vicky at Masterpiece in the late 80's for a customer.Holley 350,headers,with a turbo 350,3.20 gears,2800 stall torque converter.The car was a dream to drive.Surprised us all.
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  19. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,812

    Marty Strode

    Wow Mike, what a great project, very professional job !
  20. av8
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,716


    Yes. it's tidy and very clever. The pal who built it built a number of successful sports racers in the wayback as well as a kick-ass BBC-powered CAN-AM racer.
    He opted to use the original exhaust manifolds and route the headpipes down through the frame boxes to keep everything tidy. My thought is to port-match the exhaust manifolds and then open them up as much as possible and polish them internally.
    The engine is fresh from the machine shop with all the essential bits clean and certified. There's also an extra set of perfect heads and the entire rebuild package, less the intake manifold gasket. There are some interesting cams available, plus a bit of head porting is in order. I think it looks to be a rather lively little "hot rod" in spite of not being entirely HAMB correct.
  21. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,884


    I lost oil pressure on my last Olds engine. The spare also came out of a boot. Just swapped them last week.

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