Gang - Being a car slut and all (I want to love them - all of them), my attention has swung over to GM turret tops as of late - specifically the late 30's straight 8 valve-in-head Buicks. I've been doing quite a bit of research on them - and they're pretty intriguing. Torque tube driveline, synchro trans, vacuum assist shifting, independent front suspension - lots of neat stuff to start with. But what really floats my boat are the large displacement, long-stroke, straight 8 motor. Damned thing appears to be built like a brick shithouse - and had some interesting features available - like Compound Carburetion. HP ranged from 107 for the 248 single carbie unit to 165 for a high-comp, dual carbed 320. It seems like it would be possible to build up one of these grand old dames so that they generate a fair amount of torque. Granted, you're never gonna spool up a longstroker much past 4 grand - but that's the attraction! Motor makes max torque only a few hundred RPM's off of idle, damned near. So - does anyone have experience with the following: a) refitting Compound Carburetion to an earlier (1937) motor b) non-stock cam grinds in the 248 c) boring the 248 d) piston swap/head milling for increased compression e) refitting later model conrods for modern bearing inserts (as opposed to babbiting) f) Head work - porting, valvetrain, et al. g) exhaust system upgrades, such as a custom header h) and the biggie - anyone attempt supercharging? Crank's got diesel-sized journals - does the material spec hold up to forced induction? No offense to the bowtie gang, but dropping a SBC in is about as exciting as dry white toast, IMHO. Gotta do something *different*... thanks in advance, Chuck.