The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tb33anda3rd, Sep 3, 2017.
When better cars were built, Buick built them!!!
I never owned a Buick car, but I had a 54 Century engine with a 3 speed, in a 47 Chev, and that engine was indestructible. I over revved it once, (missed a shift), and the valve kissed the piston blowing everything apart above the piston pin bosses. There wasn't a scratch in the cylinder. I put in a new piston, and I was good to go. The nailheads were my favourite engine ever.
while working on the valve covers I found out these were held on using studs and nuts. I was told 54 was the only year that the nail head did this. all of the others used two bolts to hold the covers on.
and for the record, this screw is left hand threaded. I tried and tried to get it off gently. sometimes a stuck bolt will come loose by trying to tighten it, so I turned it clockwise. it gave a snap and turned, I thought I broke it. I twisted it back and forth and then realized it was not normal.
The one that all the numbers matched....body went down the road but still have most all the numbers stuff...it was the 80's and we never thought it would be a big deal....also my 1956 frame with a little Hemi engine modification....could have fixed that - it was the original for my Fury but my parts car had a stout 277/overdrive - so that's what went under it.
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