Anyone drop in a 502 crate motor in a 70-72 skylark

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by Andrew Skidmore, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise EFI/DIS 482

    That's enough guys.. If anyone wants to put a BBC in a Skylark, I am not gonna lose a minutes sleep over it. You won't find anyone more "Buick to the core" than me, since I happen to own prolly one of the only Buick only shops on the planet, but that has not closed my eyes to other motors. I have always been impressed with the big Mopars with the Indy heads and such, and there are lots of nice parts for the BBC.

    But hey, I'm a Buick guy, so I would put a BBB in it.. maybe he's not, and so be it.

    Now if he was ripping the numbers matching motor out of a GSX to put one in, we might have to send the goon squad out :rant: :spank: but looks like he's just fishing for options on his hot rod. No harm, no foul, I don't own it. But there are lots of folks out there (and this board) that can help him put together a solid motor from the core he already has, and that's really the point of this board. So I can understand the frustration, but I don't think we have to go to critical mass here either. That's most certainly not the point of this board. I am not getting down on anyone that has posted here, so don't take it that way, just throwing that out there.

    Let's move on, shall we?

  2. TWO72"s

    TWO72"s Silver Level contributor

    This hobby that we all have with our 30 year old cars is going to cost plenty. Once you get hooked on horsepower it can be very addicting and a well built street/strip motor will run about $7,500 to 10,000. I am sure you could get a really nice engine ,Buick or Chevy and run great at the track and the cost would be fairly close. That being said if you run a chevy motor in your buick, you will deny yourself the absolute joy of popping that hood and stand there proud as hell,knowing that you tore up that track with pure buick power, as all the chevy , ford and dodge guys drool on your aluminum stage ones !!!!!!:Brow: :Brow: :Brow: :beer :beer :beer When you run fast with a chevy :sleep: :sleep: When you run fast with a BUICK :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
  3. Andrew Skidmore

    Andrew Skidmore Wannabe Trailer Queen


    I just wanted to let everyone who read any of these threads and that did not agree with me know that there is no hard feelings. After all of the responses I recieved on people telling me to go with the BBB, not only did I keep an open mind of both sides with these motors but I talked to a few local folks around my town and I decided to go with the BBB. So after all that I made a decision. I was wondering when crossing this path of building this motor if I could get some opinions on building it for not only street but stip too. I would like to be pulling around a mid ten in the quarter if possible. Any responses to this would be greatful. For the heads on a 455 how would you folks think of a set of some aluminum heads, and could you recommend a good set, among other things.
  4. MGSCP

    MGSCP Guest

    Hee Haw

    :bglasses: way too go andy :TU: :Brow: :bglasses: you won't be sorry :beer :TU:

    and this is what you'll get when your done :3gears:
  5. mjoe7

    mjoe7 In the beginning God...

    502 in Trans Am

    This has been a very interesting thread! WOW! Poor guy.
    My cousin is putting a zz502 in his 80 Trans Am. He currently has a 402 in it. He has spent tons on it and just want's an engine with a warrenty and that is new. Sounds smart to me!
    I tried to get him to put a BBB in it but he want's new! Whatever that means.
    Anyway... I can't wait to ride in it. Anything with lots of power works for me!
    Good luck with your engine swap! I'm sure it will be fun when finished.
  6. ATX

    ATX Guest

    MR.BUICK Guest

  8. 68 LeSabre 4dr

    68 LeSabre 4dr Well-Known Member

    Smart Move !

    Andy , Short & Sweet ! Glad you came over to the Buick side of things ....... :TU: You will be Impressed and happy !! :Smarty: :laugh: :3gears:
  9. walt whitman

    walt whitman Well-Known Member

    I know I come to this one after the fact but how about a 500 cad. engine or a 750hp turboed honda swap the point is if he wants to go fast,have excellent reliability,easy swappability, more parts availability, and a 3-30 warranty you cant beat the crate engine I love the buick too but if I was after 800-850 hp and had 6-8k to do it with I'm pretty sure I would take the chevy put on supercharger of some sort and not worry about the oiling,cam bearings,bottom blowing out,and all the other maladies that come with being different. It doesnt take alot of foresight or talent to get it there with a chevy but you still get there and have the same fun doing it. If I had the dough I'd probably do the unthinkable and by a choke choke "hemi" choke choke, a really big blower and then put in some badass fuel make about 1200 steetabl and basically bullet proff horse power and really smokeum up whatever you do make yourself happy and have a ball!!! Incidently I have a 49 ford coupe 455 4spd dual-4s no power anything and actually thought about a 5.7 diesel at one time instead! used to have a 66gs and a 70 455 gs so better sense got to me! right now the 25-30 mpg ont the road would be nice though!! :beer :3gears: :laugh:
  10. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Andrew,the bbb is by far the better choice for a solid 11 second street car. don't let those hp numbers fool you,its low end torque that gets a heavy car moving and its no secret what make has the most.I can't begin to tell you how many bb brand x,ers i've beaten with my 70 stage one 462 11 to one all iron motor. while they have all the bolt on goodies. If you can't build a quicker bbb for the same, or even less your not doing your home work.
  11. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Andrew, the bbb is by far the better choice for a solid 11 second street car. Don't let those hp numbers fool you, it's low end torque that gets a heavy car moving and it's no secret what make has the most. I can't begin to tell you how many bb brand x-er's I've beaten with my 70 stage 1 462 11 to 1 all iron motor, while they have all the bolt on goodies. If you can't build a quicker bbb for the same or even less, you're not doing your homework. By the way, my car runs 11.70's.
  12. napier

    napier Muscle Car Weboard Addict

    This was way to civil of a discussion. He would have been murdered on ROP :grin:

  13. 70aqua_custom

    70aqua_custom Well-Known Member

    I love my Buick, always have, and the main reason I fell in love with my Buick was the power. With that said I can't understand people getting so upset over a Chevy in a Buick. It's all GM, duhhhh. What year was it when Buick was all Buick... 1908?? Gimme a break! I have an obsession for speed and I absolutely despise losing a race so I'd drop pretty much anything in my Buick in order to win. I'd rather have a Buick motor but winning is the goal. If I can do it with a Buick engine better yet if not I won't lose sleep over it or over anyone's opinion. I'd bet the guy you beat on the street won't care if you have a Buick engine or not. All he knows is he got an ass whoopin from a Buick.
  14. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    I just want to point out the fact that BOP blocks weren't 4 bolt because they didn't need to be. Chevy blocks are typicaly mushy and need all the help they can get.
  15. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

  16. buicksstage1

    buicksstage1 Well-Known Member

    Some People Just Like To Stir Up The Crap

    Please someone pull the plug on this thread :boring: :boring: :boring:
  17. mjoe7

    mjoe7 In the beginning God...

    Pull hard!

    OK!!! I Pulled it!!! ;-)
  18. RonJ

    RonJ Silver Level contributor


    To find love friendship on this site you myst go the other dirrection
    put a Buick into a chevy. S10-455-GS


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