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Old 02-01-2008, 03:15 AM
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Buick 350, build or swap?

I have a 1970 Buick Skylark 350, 4 bolt main. Would you guys with knowledge recommend building the existing engine or swapping out for an engine with more readily available parts (eg. Chevy)?

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Keep the buford,, It is lighter and can be modified to perform very well. Plus every body uses sbc engines.
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I agree, keep the Buick in the Buick.
The only thing I would consider swapping with would be a 455.
Many years back I had a 70 GS Stage 1, I will always regret selling that one.
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Not to cause a problem but are you sure its a 4 bolt??? The reason I ask is I don't recall Buick ever making a 4 bolt 350, I know they made some 4 bolt 455 stage 3 blocks. If it is a 4 bolt then someone might have slipped a 4 bolt chevy in there?

Just called......According to T/A Performance and Poston Buick Performance ...350 Buick 4 bolt block? no such animal. Whatever it is keep it a Buick, the 350 can be built to run, call the 2 above outfits, they can get you the right parts.
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yeah those buick 350's can be built to run...check out v8buick.com theres a thread there where someone built one up to 1000hp, so they have plenty of potential where is your distributor located? front of the engine or the back?
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There is a guy on V8buick.com who has developed a bolt on twin turbo kit for the Buick 350 engines and he is also developing a new intake manifold. Also there is only One Buick 4 bolt main block in the world and it's an experimental 455 engine. it's currently in a Museum along with the other experimental parts. A buick 350 weighs far less than a SBC even though it is dimensionally larger.
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One of my favorite engines in the world is the Buick family, particularly the huge bore/short stroke 455.

Keeping it Buick might be a little more expensive, but it will be worth it with ease of transition. You wont be chasing down part numbers for headers that fit, motor mounts, making sure you have the right bellhousing bolt pattern for your tranny, etc.

If you want to swap, go for it, but there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned Buick engine.
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Thanks to all!

Thanks guys. I'm not mechanically minded. In fact it's illegal in 3 states for me to even pick up a tool. I was told my 350 is a 4 bolt main. I guess he made an honest mistake. I'll focus on building the engine that came with the car. Best wishes to you all. Steve.
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A stock 455 with a mild rv type cam would be lots of fun.

find a complete 455, still running in an old Buick. Pull the engine and scrap the car. It very important to get all the pulleys and covers.
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A stock 455 with a mild rv type cam would be lots of fun.

find a complete 455, still running in an old Buick. Pull the engine and scrap the car. It very important to get all the pulleys and covers.
Save the whales! keep the other buick/sell to a guy for parts/project... they aren't common anymore. I love those old bufords! On the other hand, I despise these little minnow-cars they make us drive these days that get good gas mileage, and are no fun to drive, except around turns.
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Check the date... a year and a half old.
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THE BUICK 350 WILL HANDLE WAY MORE POWER THAN A 455 BLOCK. We are safe over 1000 hp with the Buick 350 block. Mine is twin turbo charged, MPFI, forged pistons and rods, iron heads.
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