Over on the Buick Club forums are a couple threads regarding 263s and the bigger 320s being run on today’s aftermarket fuel injection systems with great success.
Either a fabbed sheetmetal intake manifold or a rare 4 barrel (52 big series only) with adapter Would work for FI. Finding solid crack free exhaust manifolds is an issue. I believe somebody is making Header flanges for Buick’s so you can have headers made.
These are great, torquey engines........ a Buick straight 8 was an NHRA record holder in The D/Altered class in 1966.
Well you have me "hooked" . My Dad was an ' International P/U guy ' (and, I have his last IH p/u after he passed back in the mid 70's - - - going on 43 years, now) (it sets in my yard today, but - I have it sitting on a mid 60's Chevy chassis with a Chevy 250ci - 6, using the old power-glide ) .
So, before my Dad passed (I was still in High School, 1967) . . .At that time he was driving a 50 or 51 IH 1/2ton & we also had an old "burned-out Packard car" (like a 51 - 52 ) , with a good running 'flathead - 8' .
Well, he would not leave things alone, so - we did install that Flathead Packard straight eight into that old IH L-110 truck . And, it did set almost back to the truck bench seat. I can remember that he just made a "home-made fire wall cover" that you might see installed in a Chev type Van of that time. It worked OK . . . but, you never had too use the truck 'heater' after that. Plus, I have been kinda looking for an OHV Buick straight-eight, myself , for some time now. I did have a friend give me a '53 V8 "nailhead" complete motor (really complete: with 'oil-bath & carb, exh manifolds, including the Buick 3-speed trans).
So, I say go ahead & go for-it . . . . you'll be the only one at "cruise-night" with anything even close . And, thanks for th' Memories - - - - jim
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Ed - Buick offered a factory 2 x 2 set-up in 1941 and 1942. They actually used progressive linkage! Many (most?) were removed during WWII due to gas rationing.
For decades, we have been helping Buick owners replace the the primary/secondary carbs with two "normal" carbs for those that drive their cars. Smoother performance, and somewhat better fuel economy.
There are generally a couple of threads running at any time on the Buick section of the AACA forums. The Buick folks are pretty active.
As far as I am aware, this set-up is the only factory multiple carb set-up on an inline engine with progressive linkage.
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Year's ago I went down the same road thinking about a repowered straight 8 project. At one point I bought a Buick for the rebuilt motor and have had it stashed since. After riding around in a buddies roadster I decided someday I needed a roadster and since part of the reason I love the 8's is their looks my thought is to use it in that project. My plan is to build an AD truck roadster. I wanted to get the proportions right so I built a model. The straight 8 model motor was built by cutting two sixes in half so it's height isn't quite right but you get the idea. Last year while delivering parts to a body shop customer of mine I dug a very roached cab out of their scrap pile. After salvaging the only good couple pieces out of it that someone might need for patch panels I started cutting it down to the roadster body.. Someday I'll get back on this project. Mongo