Scotsbass

Recommendations on 425 Nailhead rebuilder...

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Hi,

 

I live in Portland, Oregon and have a '64 Riviera 425 in need of a motor rebuild.  I am planning to have a local restorer pull the motor and then ship it where required. I'm not necessarily wanting a massive power increase, but a few extra hp never offends. I really just want someone who knows these motors and will do the job properly.

 

Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted.

 

Kind regards

 

Keith

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

Russ Martin in Grass Valley, CA

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Agree with the Russ suggestion since you are on west coast. http://nailheadbuick.com/   You could probably even take a trip and deliver it. Regardless of what any local shop will tell you, unless they have a proven track record with nailheads, its worth sending to someone who does......no matter the cost of shipping.

I know a guy who just had a 425 done by Russ for his 66. He said it was a good experience and engine was just broken in and so far everything is good.

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Many thanks, Guys. I've just dropped Russ a mail - No doubt, I'll be back to get some ROA input on the various options :)

 

K

 

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Jason is right.  You really need someone who has experience with a nailhead and Russ Martin has a good reputation.  There are others out there as well.  These are not small block Chevy's!

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Dave Inglis in Bend Oregon. He built a 425 motor for me in High School back in 1980.  I just recently had him rebuild a 425 for my 64. PM me if you want details. 

Kraig

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Scotsbass, like the look of the deep wheels on your '64 but can't see the centers. Got another photo showing them? Are they 15"?

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Hi Scottsbass,

read your post out of interest but...... Is that a nice looking Riv or what! The gold ( bronze I think it was called ) is absolutely stunning! I'm with Slosteve, need more photos. Wikid!

just mtbw

Rodney

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Thanks for all the input, Guys, much appreciated. Also for those who wanted to know about the wheels - they're chrome 15" with a small smoothy cap modded to take a three spoke spinner with R logo in silver. 

The paint is original 'Tawny Mist' with fawn and saddle interior.

 

Thanks for the help....I'll be back for more.

 

K

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Hi.  I'm a new member #15068, and I've got an original 63 barn find with a 401.  Even though it's only the base model, I want to keep it stock.  The engine is a little long in the tooth and I'd like to get it rebuilt, but I'm in FL.

Any advise?

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