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Author Topic:   Buick or Pontiac motor?
long17
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted January 09, 2002 12:42 AM
Hey guys...i'm planning on building a chevy engine for my Hobby stocker...but, what about racing a Buick or Pontiac engine? ....That sure would discourage "claimers"!..any comments?
Does anybody know of any BUICK or PONTIAC racing websites that could help?.....i know this sounds INSANE!

long17
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted January 11, 2002 04:32 AM
I might go with a Buick engine...maybe!

YAZ
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted January 11, 2002 08:04 AM
my dad started out racing pontiac.
he went through alot of motors.
there a good motor but they cant
take the rpm like a chevy.

Pit Bull
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted January 12, 2002 04:33 PM
I had a pontiac motor in a cruiser for a while. The thing about the pontiacs is that there are only a handful of good 400 heads, and getting decent compression is hard to do. Last season in cruisers I built a 455 buick for mine. It is the lightest of the big blocks, but requires work to the oiling system. I put a mild speed pro cam in it, and it pulls VERY hard off the corners. I had a big quadrajet carb on it, and ran an aluminum radiator to keep it cool. I turned it 4500 rpms. A good source for buick parts is www.taperformance.com You must remember that buick parts ARE NOT CHEAP! Good Luck!

dirtracer50
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted January 18, 2002 11:12 PM
I have run a 455 pontiac in my 79 camaro hobby stock for the past two seasons and never had a problem with it. The most important thing to remember is to keep the rpm's down in the 5000 to 5500 range with the stock rods and heavy pistons. A friend of mine runs a 455 buick and has been for 6 or 7 years took a while to work all the bugs out but is allways a competitor. We also run these motors to discourage a claim and neither of us have had one claimed yet. Kind of fun to run something different and beat up on the chevy guys once in a while.

Racer111
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 54
posted January 19, 2002 04:11 PM
Not useing a SBC you are just creating a headach for yourself.

wkramer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 37
posted January 19, 2002 05:29 PM
i agree w/ racer111 not to mention the walletache

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