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Old 11-09-2002, 03:33 PM
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Ok Gearheads, I've got the "hots" to build a '32 Ford roadster with a 425 nailhead Buick motor. I've build plenty of rods and street machines so I know whats in store. I just don't go out and buy a bunch of after market parts and bolt something together. I build them. Build my first Model- a Coupe about 40 years ago when I was 15 and I haven't stopped. Here's the question. I want to run a chevy 4-speed behind this motor ( if anyone knows how I could use a Ford tranny let me know). I don't have the manual flywheel for a Buick (1961-66) I've been told that there could be 3 possible sizes? (Bolt holes where the flywheel mounts to crank posssibly 1/16 inch difference??) Do you guys have any info or flywheels? I've located an early bellhousing, probably a '55 Buick. I don't have a Chevy at this time,gave my last one away...think a Chevy bellhousing may work? Thanks

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its been a long time but i used to run nailhead buicks all the time, when i was a kid you could buy one in good running condition from the boneyard for $35.00, first one went into a studie coupe, second one in a 27 t roadster, then a 425 in an anglia, flywheels were hard to find then, if i remember correctly the bellhousings are different from 322-364, i always used 364-up with an offy belhousing, being near flint mich,(Buick city) the flywheels were around but scarce, the last one i did was a dual 4bbl 425 and i had to use a Hays flywheel,(I think they made about 3!) with a ford long style pressure plate and a gm arm and throwout bearing, muncie 4spd. all that torque in a 2200 lb short wheelbase car was a hand full on the street, my passenger had to hold the door shut on a full throttle expressway pass, don't try to make it an rpm motor it wont work! 5800 redline. i never got any 1/4 mile times on the car because it didn't have a scattershield on it and wouldn't pass tech because of it. but she would scoot.
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Thanks for the info...I'll keep digging!
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