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|This site is dedicated
to Buicks! Not just the Gran Sports and other Hot Rod Buicks of
history but the “Big Boats”
While Ford Chevy and Mopar hate to admit that it was a Buick Gran Sport that set the fastest quarter mile time for any stock car with a back seat, still the reason we drive on the street (besides getting from point A to B) is to enjoy the pleasures of street driving, right?
Of course a Hot Gran Sport can deliver lots of street pleasure but not in the same way an ol’ Boat from the 40's, 50’s or 60’s can!
site is here to tell the story of beauty, comfort, ride and room to kick
back while still being able to deliver the kind of torque and horsepower
that can give you goose bumps. You'll find lots
of great stuff here. Be sure and check out the Official
I hope you enjoy the Big Bad Buicks site. I will try
to cover as much of the Buick Story as I can. Buick was the King of the
Big Cruisers! I hope to
also feature as many Ford and other Street Rods powered by Buick as I
can also because it was the torque of the motors from the early
Straight Eight to the Nailhead V-8's to the 455 and Turbo V-6's that made
It now belongs to my son, Jake who had the 430 engine overhauled. It has been bored .060 over and now has a front timming cover and oil system from a 455. This almost two and a half ton beast is very hard to catch and it has seen 140 MPH! It is a mild custom with black tuck 'n roll dash and interior. It has a big 2 1/2" exaust system with a pair of glass-packs that'll curl your hair!
This beautiful 38 Buick (left) is the perfect example of an early big, fast, and comfortable “boat” These Straight Eight powered cars could do a little over 100 MPH. These Buicks out ran the V16 Caddies and V12 Packard’s of the time. About the only competition was the ultra fast Straight 8 Dusenberg!
When I was a teenager in
These first Nailhead V8 powered 1954 Buicks (below right) were very
fast. (around 110 MPH) My Dad had a 1955 Roadmaster. I have seen it’s
speedometer move up to way over a hundred MPH many times as a kid when we
I plan to get a
'59 Buick some day and drop a 455 or possibly a more modern V/8 in it
(Keeping the horse power to around 1,000) and put some kind of two speed
rear axle in it. One speed for the ¼ mile and one for the salt flats - I
plan on getting it over 200