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posted July 18, 2002 09:37 PM
I was wondering what the difference is between the chevy 350 & the buick 350? Is there a visual difference? Our rules state the motor must be of original or factory option. I'm looking at the buick reagle and was wondering if I could run the chevy motor?

posted July 18, 2002 09:49 PM
also, the bell housing for buick transmissions is different. i.e. on a buick tranny bell housing all of the bolts don't line up with the block.

posted July 19, 2002 07:51 PM
The distributor is in the front and on the trans the bottom 2 bolts and alignment pins line up,but you will have to make an adapter plate for the rest of them.

posted July 19, 2002 08:58 PM
I was wondering if I could drop a chevy 350 in a Buick & race it being the rule states original or factory option?

posted July 19, 2002 09:48 PM
just do what AC156 said: get a monte carlo nosepiece and put on the car, and tell them its a monte

Brad haddix
posted July 19, 2002 09:57 PM
What year is the car? I'm thinkin' the metrics could be had with a small displacement sbc but I'm not sure. Anyone?

posted July 19, 2002 10:20 PM
as far as i know besides deisles no metric car had anything bigger than a 307 olds in them if it were me i would run the chevy just cover up the codes on it and say it's a 305 they did have those as for putting a nose off a monte on it you would have to get a aftermarket one and i'm sure if you have to run a stock motor more than likley they aren't gonna let you run that

posted July 26, 2002 01:06 PM
What they are saying (spelling?) is most rules say manufacturer to manufacturer, but they also will let you put a 350 chevy in a buick metric car. I have a 79 monte carlo that I race, that came with a V-6 buick engine in it, I have a 350 in it now. Some Buicks came with chevy engines in them. ITS ALL GOOD. A 350 should bolt up to a Buick like it was made for it, the frames from Pontiac, Olds, Buick, and Chevy were all the same from the metric years. Don't worry about numbers from engines or nose pieces, If anyone gives you any static about make to make tell them it is all GM and GM is the maker, pontiac olds buick and chevy are divisions of GM. Look in the performance body catalog, some of the Street stock cars are buicks or Olds and they have a Monte carlo nose on them. its the only nose they make and need. So the answer is, Yes you can run a Buick with a Chevy Motor in it. Look at your track, I'll bet you there are many cars there with a combo of buick olds and chevy parts.

[This message has been edited by uforacing51 (edited July 26, 2002).]

Nic McMillin
posted July 30, 2002 06:55 PM
your right nic they do make t-350 that will bolt up to any gm motor thats what i'm running right now not sure what mine came out of i do know it was a v6 metric car tho

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