Learn how to rebuild and upgrade your Buick Nailhead
with the first book ever dedicated to the subject!
In this all-new book from Nailhead racer and veteran
engine builder Gary Weldon, you will learn everything
you need to know about how to rebuild and upgrade the
venerable Buick Nailhead engine. Weldon takes you
through each step, including a review of the birth of the
Nailhead, the benefits of its unique design, serial and
casting number information to source and identify the
best project, and a history of the engine in development.
Also covered are the processes of rebuilding, including
disassembly, inspection, sourcing the best parts, making
critical upgrades, reassembly, and break-in. Of course, all
the machine shop work is covered, and practical advice
on building engines for competition is provided.
The Nailhead was a throwback to the early overheadvalve
engine design, and that unique design makes it a
popular choice for period-correct hot rod projects. In addition,
if your torquey Nailhead resides between the fenders
of a Buick Special, LeSabre, Invicta, Roadmaster, Riviera,
Century, Skylark, Wildcat, or Electra 225, this book will
help you keep that old beauty on the road.
• First how-to book ever published on this engine
• Thousands of 1953–1966 Buicks still roam the streets
• The Nailhead is an extremely popular choice for early
Ford Hot Rod engine swaps
Author: Gary Weldon
Author Bio: Gary did his first Nailhead rebuild on a 364 aided by a lot
of mentoring from fellow car club members. He added a
turbocharger and installed it in a 1930 Model A Ford that took
the Weldon family on their annual vacation to the Street Rod
Nationals for several years. Starting in 1981, he made an
annual pilgrimage driving that hot rod to Speed Week. This led
to building a Nailhead-powered roadster with his friend Harold
Watson that they used to compete in land speed racing from
North Carolina to Utah for 20 years. Gary was inducted into
the Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame 2011 and became a
member of the Hall of Fame steering committee two years later.
Gary has built over a dozen performance Nailheads over the
years and still works on them to this day.
Binding Type: Paperback
Illustrations: 275 color photos and charts
Printing Status: In Print
Country Made: NA