1971 455 stage 1 engine

Discussion in 'Junkyard Jewels' started by bigblockbuick, May 11, 2013.

  1. bigblockbuick

    bigblockbuick 66' Buick Skylark

    I have a 455 stage one engine i'm needing to find a value for sale and i cannot find anything online or any others for sale to reference casting numbers on the engine and heads match 1971 numbers in the stage 1 registry i seen the TS vin number with my own eyes before i had it machined i didn't document it though because i thought i would never sell it but given special circumstances its going up for SALE complete with everything except harmonic balancer carb and exhaust manifolds some price info would be greatly appreciated :pray: 036.jpg
  2. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    Would have been great if you would have documented that TS stamping. Just saying.
  3. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    Perhaps you can provide a picture of the cylinder heads-close up of the valves in the combustion chamber area
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    71 casting numbers are the same for all 3 versons of the 455 engine --non stage 1 , HP and stage 1. In other words all the engines used the same castings for the heads, the block, and the intake. What are the carb and distrib numbers?
  5. bigblockbuick

    bigblockbuick 66' Buick Skylark

    ill get a better picture of the heads up soon. As for the actual TS vin number I called the machine shop that worked on my engine they documented it, but the boss was out and didn't have it readily available when I called, so ill have stage 1 or not proof soon. I know it has the bigger ported heads than stock and the intake manifold air journals appeared larger than normal but i've only had 1 455 buick and been though dozens of ford engines so who knows, but as I find out more ill post more and when its completely documented it will be for sale as complete as possible with better pictures up also. the oil pan is in great shape just has a stripper applied to it and haven't painted yet and all parts are kept in oiled bags to prevent from rusting and were only laid out for pictures yesterday. 043.jpg
  6. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Since Buick used the same castings for non stage and stage 1 engines, the bulk of any additional value is in the carb and the distrib. You indicate the carb is not for sale. This just leaves the distrib. Until you post a pic of the numbers on the distrib no one can tell you much.
  7. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    For '71 the VIN last digits are stamped on a pad on the front of the motor. No need for the shop to have machined those off. The main value would be if the car it came out of existed that matched that VIN. As there is no factory paperwork available for '71, and the TS has been decked, along with some production codes, there would only be special value if the build sheet for the original car existed to prove it a Stage 1.

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