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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Doc.... Could you please write a book on nailheads? I will order atleast 10 of them!

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    nope.....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    well then im gonna be sneaky and save all your tips in a notepad and have my own doc book

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Hey Doc,

    When I was younger, an old timer around my house would build and paint some pretty sweet street racers in his garage. He would paint the underside of his hoods and most all of the engine compartment white and said it helped with the heat instead of being black.
    Im thinking there is some truth in there. Ever heard of or tried it on a car with a beefed up motor?


    Not implying that your an old timer or anything.
    William
    1966 Wildcat


    IF ITS GOOD, IT AINT CHEAP. AND IF ITS CHEAP, IT AINT GOOD!

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    It would almost seem to be the opposite - the white surfaces would reflect heat back at the motor, rather than draw it away and absorb...I think anyway..???
    Rhett

    65 Gran Sport Convertible
    71 GS455 - Unconfirmed Stage1
    73 Gran Sport Stage1 4spd
    72 Pontiac Grand Ville Convertible

    71 GS455 Conv. 4spd Tribute - Sold, now a Swedish citizen
    66 Corvair Monza 140 4spd Convertible - Sold, presumed Hurricane Sandy victim

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Actually I did something similar to this back in the 60's ,,, could not tell any difference in the heat... but it did make it easier to see in the dim light at the strip.... but..... in a little while road dirt , oil drippings... snot, and other stuff made it look absolutely awfull under the car....
    Far better to go with satin black.....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Thanks Doc!

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    1049165_546530818736626_1779793069_o.jpgI read somewhere that for every 10 lb of sprung weight, panels, seats, you, you gain about 1hp. 10lb of unsprung weight, wheels tires, brakes, rotors, ext, about 10hp. 10lb off driveline engine rotating mass, rear gears, driveshaft, trans gears, you get 15 hp. But for every 10lb off engine rotating weight, pistons, crank, flywheel, rods, valve train, pulleys, you get about 30 hp. This is a pretty sound concept, but you have to be careful when you get into the engine. a lite rotating assembly in the engine will be a DOG on the street without the rite gears and converter to move it. Otherwise there won't be enough flywheel energy to get you off the line unless you dump or ride the clutch every time.

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Quote Originally Posted by BuickSmith View Post
    1049165_546530818736626_1779793069_o.jpgI read somewhere that for every 10 lb of sprung weight, panels, seats, you, you gain about 1hp. 10lb of unsprung weight, wheels tires, brakes, rotors, ext, about 10hp. 10lb off driveline engine rotating mass, rear gears, driveshaft, trans gears, you get 15 hp. But for every 10lb off engine rotating weight, pistons, crank, flywheel, rods, valve train, pulleys, you get about 30 hp. This is a pretty sound concept, but you have to be careful when you get into the engine. a lite rotating assembly in the engine will be a DOG on the street without the rite gears and converter to move it. Otherwise there won't be enough flywheel energy to get you off the line unless you dump or ride the clutch every time.
    I've never found INTERNAL lightweight engine rotating assembly to have anything but benefits in longevity. This is no 4 cylinder or small block Chevy. TORQUE rules and it would take a lot to make a 455 or nailhead a "dog" in that department!

    On the other hand, if you were to put a drilled lightweight aluminum flywheel on a 455 it might take something away......

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Ok dont laugh but what is the Difference in a Nailhead and Regular Engine

  11. #61
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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    The Nailheads are the older Buick V-8's.

    The 364, 400, 401, and 425 are all Nailheads and were phased out for the 350/455 which are not Nailheads. The term Nailhead came from how the valves looked like Nails since the stems were so long and the valve heads were so small.
    Ryan
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    1975 455 with 70 heads (on the stand)

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBuickNut View Post
    could I see a pic of #13 done to a 455 manifold??
    If anyone has a pic of #13, it would be greatly appreciated!

    Nice write up


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