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Working on our Buick Straight 8 again | Redline Update


In the latest Redline Update, Davin's taking a quick break from the Redline Rebuild 1950 Chevrolet 3600 pickup and instead forging ahead on the Buick straight-eight. The tear-down has been long completed with plenty of delays, which kept Davin and the cylinder head away from the machine shop. Luckily, he made his way over to the Thirlby Automotive machine shop and is making headway—pun intended.


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Nice work, Davin! I've done the same "Pocket Porting" and gasket matching (I saw what you did!) on a few dozen heads, and besides making them "prettier", I've found that just that simple clean-up gives you enough additional torque that you can feel it in the "Butt Dyno"!


It's dirty, messy, LOUD work, but IMHO is worth it.


- Jim