Shizzle sticks! We run into some problems on our Buick Straight 8 | Redline Update

We're back on our Buick Straight 8 today and also points didn't rather go as prepared. As Davin says, there was a back page to the homework? We believed we did all the preparation as well as planning we needed to in order to begin putting this engine back with each other, however we're discovering also and also we missed out on a number of things. With the variety of engines Davin works with there are always new challenges we have not seen before, so here's to more problem-solving in the future.

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42 Replies to “Shizzle sticks! We run into some problems on our Buick Straight 8 | Redline Update”

    1. You can rest assured, Davin will see this through to completion as always.
      A big part of why I love this channel is Davin himself- excellent at presentation,
      but thorough and willing to share with us the entire process all the way through
      to completion.
      -Ed on the Ridge

  1. I was going to ask how you remain so calm and patient. I can really relate to the problems your having with this head. I’ve been in situations where I thought I had everything perfect and realized at the very end that I didn’t. My first reaction was always to yell and throw things. Maybe you edited that part out.😊

    1. His problem is that the nearest things at hand to throw are all mega-buck tools/gauges! LOL. New shop should have a shed out back full of junk just for this purpose of relieving stress. Glass objects preferred, especially old cathode ray TV screens for their wonderfully brisk and musical breaking sound. LOL

  2. Davin is the reason I watch these. That guy is awesome. I used to be a mechanic and understand the process. He trusts himself double checks the machine shop and ends up with quality above any factory built motors. Keep it up bud. Stay blessed. Help people and keep these old cars in the road better than new. Your preserving history.

    1. Listening and watching him mesuring to the thous of an inch, I said to myself ” No way those engines were assembled with all that care and precision.” The “Good enough” syndrome was in full swing ! This very engine will be the very best ever ! Kudos Davin !

  3. Not gonna lie, I watch a lot of these videos, and I’ve seen head work in person. However I was confused when Davin kept talking about “Serdi function”. Finally figured it out after a couple re-winds and saw the name of the machine at @1:34

  4. Don’t know about Chevy’s that old, but in the 60’s and early 70’s they used a resistance wire to the points to drop the voltage from 12V to 6V. If your Chevy doesn’t have that resistance wire, you will need to install a ballast resistor like the Ford’s and Chrysler products use. Otherwise you will have a very, very short points life. Less than 500 miles with Bosch points, 1K with Standard points (Blue Streak or Red Streak)…. Found that out the hard way when I had to almost completely require an Opel GT under the hood….. Worked great after I added a ballast resistor.

    1. I think the Chevys were only 6 volts until 1955. My 53 Pontiac was 6 volts, my 55 was 12. On the 12 volt systems, there was an R terminal on the starter solenoid to provide 12 volts to the coil while cranking. Once the engine started, that circuit opened, and the coil got its power through the wire William tells about. (Have I got that right?) You can add my name to the list of those who don’t miss breaker point ignition atall, atall.

  5. Without the cameras, this wouldve been just a frustrating setback. With the cameras, it becomes an interesting learning tool (if not still a bit frustrating). Really appreciate Davins knowledge in these videos, always great stuff.

    1. Back in the day, 15k was a lot of miles. Cars with 50k were considered high milers and by 100k they were worn out.

      People just drive too much today.

    2. Loved them but the key is a good quality dwell-tach meter to more accurately set them to allow secondary coil to perform it’s function. Otherwise, yeah, you need to be a dedicated weekend wrencher.

    3. @The Big Picture Yep, like changing shocks every 2 years, exhaust & points, cap and rotor too. Did all this on my Dad’s Chevy Biscayne. His treasured ’68 Grand Parisienne too ( gas guzzler but man, this 327 4 barrel had real oooomph ! 100 mph late Friday nights to our cottage were epic. Dad had this strange smile on his face ) !

  6. I like how clean you keep things as you work on this assembly. I teach my son the same thing. Work clean and especially if it’s going in the engine.

  7. Actual factual knowledge and applicable tips and tricks for any era of equipment really. Love the content. True master of your craft🤘😎

  8. The Makita tools, grease and block color are coordinated. Sending this channel to my daughter as a fashion channel!

  9. It’s good to see even the best mechanics have to stop and say “hold on a minute, somethins not right here” 😎

    1. No one is nor ever will be perfect, but the moments of “hold on a minute” makes that one is bit by bit closer to perfection.

    2. @wilkesjournal yep, better pay attention or pay the price later…even with replacement parts you can’t assume things will fit/work.

  10. I really don’t have the time or patience to watch the other Hagerty videos, but I would never miss one of these. Having worked on and rebuilt heads back in the early 1960s I was delighted to see Davin’s discussion of the situation and the problems that can turn up when doing this work. Thanks very much for this.

    1. you need to find time for the barn find hunter video series by hagerty it is one of the few american car shows I can bare to watch. most of your other stupid yank car shows are filled with overly dramatic deadlines, grown men screaming like little girls at each other and throwing parts or tools across the shop.

    2. @David Galea I’m in Germany and don’t own a TV, so I limit my “car shows” to YouTube. The barn-find videos generally don’t interest me because the cars are not generally ones I would like and there is too much “human interest” introduced, just like in almost all US shows or videos. I am really only interested in the technology of internal combustion engines, not why someone has left a 1947 Dodge rotting in a barn.

    3. @Bruce Boschek I understand what you mean..3 months ago I bought a ford 71 ford capri mk1 it is made in your country germany cologne..

  11. Causes me pain to remember as teens back in the late 50’s early 60’s we visited local junk yards with good batteries to ask to see any cars that were still potential runners but were otherwise junkers. One of our group had a large farm and we would work on those cars to hold our own wrecking races in one of his unused pastures. The only rule was 1st and reverse only, no corner hits to driver’s doors, the rest was open season. God when I think of some of the old beauties we trashed – sometimes with our fathers cheering us on from atop the fence rails – I can remember using a 37 Nash Lafayette for two full summers before it finally died the death of a thousand hits. We’d all be subjects of child welfare services if we even verbalized the desire to do that today.

    1. Sounds like a lot of fun and I bet you have some good memories of it. However thinking about all the old classics that was destroyed this way makes me feel sick at the same time.

  12. I really like that you ran into this issue, because of it I learned like ten new things! The thought process behind all of that, inspiring!

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