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Hot Rods Wildcat 401 Nailhead in a '57 Chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HotRod28AR, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. '58 Chevy 283 w/4 Deuces

    70 vote(s)
  2. '66 Buick 401 Wildcat w/dual quads

    212 vote(s)
  1. 46chevy
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 371

    from reeds,mo

    go with the buick and be different. i just picked up a 59 el camino and am thinking about a 324 olds in it!
  2. cavemag
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 210


    So true. If you determine the quality of an engine based on lifespan then 392 Hemis must be junk. There is more to an engine than just how long it is made.
  3. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    Quoted for truth! This would make a damn good signature. :cool:
  4. To anyone who didn't dig the Buick mill, I did it, and it came out pretty nice! Awesome street motor with some good power, it's different, and totally period correct. I made the motor mounts and the headers, used a Offy intake and 500cfm carbs, and picked up some nos chrome valve covers, chrome rear sump pan, and Offy velocity stacks.

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  5. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    It's absolutely perfect Dean, awesome choice!!! :D
  6. Verminator
    Joined: Mar 27, 2007
    Posts: 814


    Looks Great !!! Your collection just keeps getting better !!!! Good Luck with this one !!!!
  7. Make that five seven faster -n- a wildcats ass! Buick!
  8. X55GasserMan
    Joined: Oct 5, 2006
    Posts: 81

    from CT

    I saw this car at the Worcester Summer Nationals this year,..great job. I was talking to you about the car at Staples in Shrewsbury because I wanted to hear it run. Didn't know it was a new build,..great job!
  9. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,495


    Dean I have a 57 BelAir 2drsdn. and am glad to see you went Buick "cool move" I have too much invested in SBC stuff to change now. You did a great job.

  10. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,775


    Since most of the stuff on this traditional hot rod site adheres to a '64 cut-off, what other readily-available stock motors in '64 were putting out 325 hp/445 ft-lbs?

    The quick answer is 'not many', so seems perfectly sensible to replace a 283 with a 401 if you had the opportunity... just like the 60's, bro!
  11. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Right freakin'-on!!
  12. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


    Ditto! Love it.:cool:
  13. Country Gent
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 562

    Country Gent

    DO IT!!. Back in the 60s I put a 364 Nailhead and T-10 4 speed in a 55Chevy 210 sedan. Had altered spindles on the front to raise her up a bit. Gave the neighbors a thrill pulling the wheels up hitting 2nd. gear. Go with a 4-speed. DO IT, DO IT!!!
  14. drag_punk
    Joined: Mar 6, 2001
    Posts: 99


    Car looks great!
  15. bangngears
    Joined: Aug 30, 2007
    Posts: 949

    from ofallon mo

    56 just doesnt get it! The poll has spoken,go for the Buick.Anybody can bolt a small block in a tri five Chevy.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
  16. 56sedandelivery is a great guy, and I really dig that sedan delivery. We built a nasty 283 for the In-Bomber restoration so I do love Chevy mills, but I figured this was a pretty nostalgic way to go. Buick, Olds, Caddys, Lincolns...they used everything in the late 50's/early 60's.
  17. Glad to hear your doing up a 283 for the In-Bomber. By the way that's a clean installation in the sedan.

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