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Old 12-13-2010, 01:30 PM
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I am looking at a old 55 chevy pickup, And i really not sure what engine is in the thing all i know is it has a chevy firing order. The distributor is in the front and slanted to one side. I posted a few pics so maybe someone can help me identify it. Thank's in advance for any help.



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Old 12-13-2010, 02:01 PM
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I have been told by another member here that it's 455 buick engine pre '74 or '75 cause of the point distributor. And i have done alittle research also and i think he hit it right on the head.


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Old 12-13-2010, 02:58 PM
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It looks to be a buick or a olds to my eye. While the points distributor could be a sign it`s a older engine, it`s also possible that`s what they used since the ignition system on the truck was already set up for points.
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Thank's DV, I have been doing some searching as i didn't think to get the # off it All i noticed was it had a chevy firing order and looked as stated Buick or olds, I was leaning toward Buick and after looking around, I came down to 350 or 455 Buick and by the valve covers it looks to be a 455.
I do know that the Buick 455 has 5 valve cover bolt's and the Buick 350 has 6.
But not really sure if i can tell %100 percent by the valve covers i can rule out the Buick 350 but i am not sure what other engines have 5 valve cover bolts.


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Most definitely a Buick engine. The ribbed valve covers are the biggest, quick glance, give-a-way. Too bad about the broken out rear glass in the truck; it looks to be in pretty good shape other than that.
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It is a Buick 1967-1976. It could be a 400, 430, or 455. These things were way under rated given the fact that they were installed in huge cars. A friend of mine had a 430 Wildcat when we were in high school. I could pull him out of the hole with my 64 Impala 340Hp. 409 but once we got rolling 70MPH on it was all over for the Impala.
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