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Buick 215 Rover 3.5L ??

Hey everyone,

I have been thinking of doing a light weight T-Bucket or Jeep rod. I was considering a the Buick / Rover v8. I'm curious what kind of HP can you get out of them?

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they dont make much HP with out a lot of money
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GM rover power

When they were more common you could switch parts among the various Gm builds. pistons for higher compression etc. The Volunteer Ranger at the St Anthony Sand dunes has an aluminum Rover that puts out over 300 HP, a lot for a dune buggy and plenty for a T bucket. With a t bucket you can get the engine back enough in the chassis to get plenty of traction and still look right. . (Ps) I have A buick V 6 in one of my T projects. Different cam and Holly 4 barrel. plenty of power.
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Really neat idea for a super lightweight rod. The Olds 215/Buick215/Rover 3.5 all alloy block and heads will make a neat package. Just remember, they're only 215 cubic inches, so even at a stressed out 1 hp per cubic inch, the motor would only make 215 horsepower. I liked the Buick best, because of the vertical valve covers. I seem to remember that the crank from a Buick 300 (3.400" stroke, compared to the 215's 2.800" stroke) would drop in. Not sure about rods and pistons to fit though.
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Hey everyone,

I have been thinking of doing a light weight T-Bucket or Jeep rod. I was considering a the Buick / Rover v8. I'm curious what kind of HP can you get out of them?

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I've owned two cars with this engine over the years. a stock 62 Buick F-85 with 215HP, factory 4 speed, buckets, console etc. I wish I still had the car, as it was fun. more recently I installed one in a model A coupe. also with a T-10 4 speed. that car was also very fun. the Little Buick isn't a big HP engine, but it might surprise a few guys with it's flat torque curve. has a very strong bottom end, good economy, light weight, great all around performance. what's not to like?
I still have a set of stock heads out in the shop somewhere if you need a set
The New Buick Aluminum Engine

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Uh, that would be an OLDS F-85, and the only version with 215 HP was the turbocharged Jetfire. I really like these little motors, they are different and only weigh 320 lbs fully dressed. I also get really tired of the comments that any engine except the belly button SBC is "really expensive to build". By the way, the Rover 4.6 liter version is externally identical to the 215 and has some cool features like cross-bolted mains. I'm building one of those right now to go in my 62 F-85 with a T5.
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Uh, that would be an OLDS F-85, and the only version with 215 HP was the turbocharged Jetfire. I really like these little motors, they are different and only weigh 320 lbs fully dressed. I also get really tired of the comments that any engine except the belly button SBC is "really expensive to build". By the way, the Rover 4.6 liter version is externally identical to the 215 and has some cool features like cross-bolted mains. I'm building one of those right now to go in my 62 F-85 with a T5.
Ha ha, yup, yer right Joe. I meant to say Olds. that was in the late 60s, so some brain cells were being randomly rearranged at the time.
The only thing that surprised me when I was putting the Buick in my model A was the physical size of the motor. it's physical size is not relative to it's cubic size. actually pretty close to the working dimensions of a sbF.

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