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Old 12-03-2015, 04:03 PM
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I looked for years before I found my BB Nailhead! Been looking even longer for a decent 348/409... they're *really* hard to find here in Tejas... unless you wanna sell the farm or pull out the Platinum card (which I don't have)!

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That figures, but christmas time isnt the time for me to buy another engine. And thats a good haul from me.
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http://nashville.craigslist.org/pts/5326578934.html

This one is closer, I may call them.. damn it..
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:22 PM
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My Dad bought a 56 buick special and I had no clue how to start it ,,, he said just give it the gas and it will start starter lever was under the gas pedal.... cool .. but his was a strait 8 in it ,, and I never seen on of them either
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56 would have been a nailhead. Last straight 8 was 54.
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it had a strait 8 ,,, may not have been original ?? i dont know but it had 16 inch wheels on it and was rusted completely out
56.jpg this was her
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:27 AM
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Yeah 56 would have originally been a 300hp 322 Nailhead. Cant believe someone swapped it out with a fireball 8. When I bought this 55 there was a 49 Roadmaster next to it with a Straight 8 in it. Ive heard one before and they sound great to me.
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Yeah 56 would have originally been a 300hp 322 Nailhead. Cant believe someone swapped it out with a fireball 8.
I probably know why, same reason I swapped out a 348 in a bubble top 61 Impala to a 283, when I was 17.
I was broke that's all I had and needed it to go to work
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:13 AM
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Actually the last year for the straight 8 was 1953, and only in the special. The super and roadmaster had the 322 nailhead. The straight 8s were very smooth running engines and were very reliable.
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