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  • kmac530
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    53k, no need to be sorry. No harm, no foul here. I was just confussed at what I was reading and what I was seeing....ALL Good

    Jon,
    GOOD call. I agree those oval tear-dropish headlights would look really cool.

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  • Sdude
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    What would really make that car cool would be to replace the headlights with the Studebaker oval lights from that era.

    How about one of our photoshop guys showing us what that would look like.

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  • junior
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    That's one sweet hi-boy! Different from the usual Model A and Duece roadsters that you always see running around, not that wouldn't take any those. Regarding the McLaren-Ford v-8 connection, never heard of that one before. SBC, and BBC in the Can-Am days...in-house v8, Mercedes and BMW connections in more recent times, but had no idea about any connection to the modern Ford v8. Regards, Junior.

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  • 52-fan
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    I usually don't like open wheeled cars with independent front suspensions, but that roadster is sweet.

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by kmac530 View Post
    Wierd that a 4.6L ford McLaren has Buick nailhead valve covers on it....printed right there on the side of the VC's.
    After I looked closer and determined those were plug wire covers, the nailhead became pretty obvious.
    Is it possible it HAD a 4.6L ford motor in it before and he swapped it out now to this NH, or that these are old pics from before he installed the 4.6L ford?
    Because those pics ARE Buick for sure.
    Sorry, I should have highlighted the McLaren text and snipped the rest since I was only addressing the '54 custom.

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  • kmac530
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    Originally posted by 31Streetrod View Post
    kmac, the engine in the 31 is a 1965 401 ci Buick nailhead. The 4.6, 4 valve Ford engine is what we are installing in the 54 custom that we are in the process of building.
    Thanks for the clarification 31sr. I thought my eyes were fooling me. You posted that while I was loading those pics.
    Beautiful car and very cool alternative powerplant. I LOVE the NH. My dad had a couple of them, he was a Buick guy growing up.

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  • kmac530
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    Here is some pics of a ford McLaren 4.6L engine, it is a model but scale accurate. Notice the valve covers look and style and angle as well as the exhaust manifold port lay out:

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...=0&FORM=IDFRIR

    This is a Buick Nailhead, notice the VC, wire covers and exhaust port layout:

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ad&FORM=IDFRIR

    So whatever the car has in it NOW, those pics are of a nailhead.

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  • 31Streetrod
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    kmac, the engine in the 31 is a 1965 401 ci Buick nailhead. The 4.6, 4 valve Ford engine is what we are installing in the 54 custom that we are in the process of building.

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  • kmac530
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    Originally posted by 53k View Post
    I'm pretty much a dummy when it comes to special engines. I will learn a lot when I see the '54 custom, but the engine is a 4.6 liter Ford V-8 as used in McLarens.
    Wierd that a 4.6L ford McLaren has Buick nailhead valve covers on it....printed right there on the side of the VC's.
    After I looked closer and determined those were plug wire covers, the nailhead became pretty obvious.
    Is it possible it HAD a 4.6L ford motor in it before and he swapped it out now to this NH, or that these are old pics from before he installed the 4.6L ford?
    Because those pics ARE Buick for sure.

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  • studerex
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    Did that start life as a 31 Coupe. Studebaker used that body is 29 and 30 as a cabriolet and 31 as a coupe. If it was a 31 president coupe I can see Quinn shaking his head.
    Last edited by studerex; 01-08-2012, 09:44 AM.

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  • showbizkid
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    That is one righteous ride! To echo Drew's note, it's very rare to see this kind of style applied to something other than a Model B of some variety. Cool stuff!

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by kmac530 View Post
    Very nice, I have never seen that motor before, now you just gave me some home work to do researching that interesting motor.
    Anyone know more about it? McClaren is that like the Mercedes Formula 1 race team? As in Bruce "McLaren"? His Can-Am cars were incredibly cool.

    That motor looks like it has 2 valve covers on it. Very different. It says Buick on the upper section, like a nailhead, but I do not recall that lower finned section on a standard nail head? Maybe I just have not seen enough of them in open engine compartments.
    I'm pretty much a dummy when it comes to special engines. I will learn a lot when I see the '54 custom, but the engine is a 4.6 liter Ford V-8 as used in McLarens.

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  • rockinhawk
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    I guessing AMC 360 with a B/W FOM(Flash-O-Matic) behind it.
    Originally posted by aarrggh View Post
    I wonder what motor is in that " Matador " . . ( rolling eyes smiley here ) .

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  • drew72mgb
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    Originally posted by mbstude View Post
    That's my kind of hot rod. I almost regret asking for photos. Now I'm just jealous.
    That is just too sweet. You don't see too many non-Ford high boys, but that is a nice one. I only hope they cut up a totally non-restorable 'hulk' to build it. Better to see any kind of car hot rodded, than crushed!

    Beautiful!

    I liked the Lark, too! That is closer to my vision, albeit - I want a 1963....


    Drew

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  • Pat Skelly
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    Originally posted by kmac530 View Post
    I looked at bunch on line and it has some kind of finned spark plug and plug wire covers on it. That is what was throwing me I guess, They seem pretty common, but my dad's Nailheads have never had them on his motors. I had never seen them up close.
    Nice looking motor and beautiful car.
    The finned wire covers are Buick, and will fit a Stude V-8. Rick Courtier had a set of them on his C cab.

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