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I just saw my very first Buick straight 8!

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I just saw my very first Buick straight 8!

Post #1 by Guest » Sun Dec 29, 2002 11:50 pm

Damn, what a sweet lookking engine it was. Can't remember the year/model of the Buick, I just kept starrin' at the engine. It looked killer and a lot smaller that what I imagined it would be...a whole lot different that what I imagined.

I noticed that on, they have a Buick L8 on the front page. Are they a rare engine to find or expensive to buy/hop up?

Man, what a cool deal that was...I think I'ma gonna go searchin' for some info on that powerplant....

Chevytown and his 'ol cuz Buicktown :beer:

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Post #2 by StrangeRanger » Mon Dec 30, 2002 12:41 pm

The old Buick used to be a hotrod engine of some repute and in the early 50s there were quite a few of them going quite fast. We used to have a member about 2 sites back who had a Pontiac I8. Similar design, similar mods. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of speed parts available for the few that remain outside of museums and collections. EXCEPT at Bonneville. In 2001 there were about a half dozen Buick I8s running at Speed Week. I recall seeing them in Lakesters, Streamliners, a Roadster or two and a couple of full bodied cars, one of which set some records. If you like old hot rods as well as new and a total absence of the cookie-cutter mentality you should make the trip to the salt. You won't regret it. BTW spectator admission was something like $20 for the whole week which includes access to all pit and paddock areas.


Post #3 by Guest » Mon Dec 30, 2002 2:32 pm

Sup Strange...

Hey bro, I dig it all man...This show was cool, best thing about it was that I was going to the Farmer's Market and there it was...Like a dream. All these old antique cars...very cool morning indeed...

I'm gonna start looking/investigating out for these events more closely. Damn what a cool engine that there was...



Post #4 by Guest » Mon Dec 30, 2002 7:51 pm

They had their problems. Like the super long crank was enough of a problem.
But the sound of an I-8 that's been modified for racing is just unreal. From idle on up, it has a song all its own.


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Post #5 by addo » Tue Dec 31, 2002 4:43 am

A little off-beam... These cars were rare in Sydney. But I remember one dumped about twelve years ago, in the back streets of the city... I think the Council crushed it in the end. It was a sound car, just out of registration. Always seemed a shame.


I just saw my very first Buick straight eight!

Post #6 by Guest » Sun Jan 12, 2003 2:00 am

Years ago I owned a 1948 Buick straight eight. The car was a fastback and weighed tons but the 8 had loads of power and lots of torque. It also had a dual carb manifold from the factory with two big single barrel Rochesters. It rode like a dreamboat....


Post #7 by Huntersbo » Sat May 10, 2003 10:14 pm

I think that I saw somewhere that Ford made a straight eight.


Post #8 by Guest » Sun May 11, 2003 7:56 am

There is a book " How to hotrod Chevy and GMC sixes and the Buick 8" it was printed in 1953 but it can still be found in old book stores.

Worth a shot

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Post #9 by 66Monterey » Sun May 11, 2003 11:30 am

Wasn't the Buick straight eight the first U.S. car to offer dual carbs from the factory? 8)


Post #10 by Guest » Sun May 11, 2003 10:03 pm

Now that's what I'm talkin' bout....

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