Here is a sampling of the feedback we get from our clients:
Russ last winter you did you magic on my intake. After getting it back I polished it and the valve covers as well as plug covers. This little car is ugly fast. I have been to 25 shows and have 21 trophies. The MSD distributor solved some problems as well. Whenever I get into discussions regarding nailheads or parts I give them your name. This last month I went to Ocean park Washington to the Beach Barons “ Rod run to the end of the World” Three-day event with about 1000 hot rods One of the best I have attended. It rained sat. Afternoon and I drove the car back to where I was staying in an all-out downpour. Sunday Morning Got to my spot on the huge grounds and proceeded to clean the car up. Firstvisitor was Dennis Gage (my classic cars) complimenting my car and of course the nailhead 425. Just after he left a young reporter Kyler Lacey came by and wrote a story on my car. What thrill to end the summer. This summer I attended about 25 cruise ins and got 21 trophies. Most given to the little blue roadster with the 425 Buick nailhead. So there are enough old hot rodders left to appreciate the car.
Have had a few Chev. powered coupes and rods challenge me And if I can get traction it never goes well for them.
Thank you for your guidance and machine work. A very happy nailhead guy in Gresham Oregon.
Thanks again for your fine parts and tech info. This change to Twin Fours worked really well and is a pleasure to drive. But when the hood is opened, well they never expect to see a Super Wildcat intake and carbs on a 1962 Buick Lesabre 4 dr hdtp. Thanks.
Well hey Russ.
The quad set up arrived today! So, now I know that if Russ tells me that something is good = It's Good! Thanks Russ! Everything is GREAT as Explained! I could not be more pleased! A pleasure doing business with you.
Mr Martin; once again, I have to thank you for your help. It is hard to find folks like you these days. Most won’t talk to you unless money is involved. I will be your best advertiser!!
A satisfied customer
I am thrilled with the parts I received today!!!! I will be installing them shortly.
I just wanted to let you know that I received my fuel pump today and it looks terrific! Thank you very much for the great service. If I need anything in the future I'll be calling you. Thanks again!
1955 Special Riviera 264
Not to long ago I was diagnosed with macular degeneration and I'm slowly losing my eyesight. Part of my bucket list was to rebuild my 1955 Buick 264 nailhead. After removing the engine I did some research and found you on the internet. Over the course of the year I bought just about every engine part you had for my car. I took your advice on what to do and what not to do. The other day we installed the engine and she started rite up running perfectly. I just want to say thank you for all your great parts and your expert advice.
The parts arrived today, many thanks for the great service. I'm on my third Riviera now, Had two '65s in the late sixties/early seventies. Now have a '64 "survivor", all original, including paint, and rust free. Got your name in Riviera forum, and would just like to say how much I appreciate the wealth of information you have posted.
Cheers, Dale Engine Details: '64 Riviera 425, matching numbers
Got the engine back in the Model A with your rubber crank seal and fired it up a little while ago, ran it for 10 minutes, different rpm and shut it down, let it stand for 15 minutes, then started it up again, for 10 minutes. NOT A DROP OF OIL, was found. If I were your neighbor, I'd be coming over with a case of beer. Thanks for helping this old hot rodder out.
I want to thank you for all your help on my nailhead for my 59 buick wagon. I told you that I already had my comp thumper cam. I installed it. It sounds crazy BUT the drivability sucks. No vac for my brakes and it is so over cam-ed. Can you sell me something better?? Let me know.
Thank you. Nelson
Just wanted to drop you a line and report that the 401 you built for me was put to the heat test last weekend and passed with flying colours. Great job on that motor! I drove it 500+ miles across the desert and up mountain grades in 100 deg. heat with the a/c on the whole time. While not intentionally being reckless with the car or anything, I just wanted to see if the cooling system could handle it. The radiator on it is new as of October 2013 and the fan is stock. I kept it under 60mph and watched the temp gauge (Autometer brand) very carefully. On flat highway the water temp ran around 195 - 200 most of the time, edging up to 210 - 215 going up hills and mountain grades. It even got up to 225 - 230 very briefly (3 - 5 minutes?) going over the 405/Mulholland pass in LA, which is a steep grade coming from the San Fernando Valley. It made me very nervous at this point and I thought this might be pretty stupid of me but since the pass is pretty short,I hung in there and the temp went back down to around 210 pretty quickly. When I got to my destination 1/2 hour later there was no evidence of any boil over. I ended up going with a new Edelbrock 750 after we spoke briefly about having you rebuild my AFB. The motor loves it. The mpg on this trip averaged 15 - 16, which blew my mind. I never went over 200 miles on a tank of gas on this car, ever. So anyway, loving my Riv and I'm so glad I went to the extra trouble of having you build the motor. Well worth it.
Thanks again, Russ. John Rittermal
First, thank you! Everything you said to do during my low-mileage 425 Nailhead repair (from an all original 2x4 1964 Riviera) worked like a champ and I have you to thank. The parts you sold me were also perfect. I have recommended you to all the local Nailhead owners.
Attached are the pictures of the nailhead I just finished. Thanks SO much for all of the technical help, and fine quality parts you supplied me with. Being my first nailhead, I truly could not have done it without you. The parts I had purchased before meeting you paled in quality compared to yours, amd all were discarded. This motor is going into an all steel '33 Ford roadster, it has a Tremec 5 speed, and a Speedway Engineering polished SS quick change. Thanks again, you will always be my ONLY nailhead supplier.
The only parts that I have ordered for my project that FIT THE FIRST TIME was from you. I tip my hat.
Russ, I wanted to follow up and let you know I did get the front crank seal installed in the timing cover. I also got the old Invicta running again. I can' t thank you enough for your help on my project. After you asked about my water pump, I looked very carfefully at it,seems fine. I do now know what you were referring to the long shaft on the pump and how thin the pump is and how close it fits into timing cover etc. anyways another buick lives on thanks in large to you and your knowledge!!!!
Your parts are on my car and your advice is in my head. You were right, don’t listen to small block guys. They bitched the whole way through this build. I had to show them your web site tech info and they still questioned it, till it fired. Now I’m out running them ,it is so much fun…. Thx again for your help and being patient with me and my question’s.
I got back to work today and my package was there waiting for me. I am really impressed, super impressed, well actually I don't know the words to tell you how impressed I am with the quality of the bits and pieces. You won't buy stuff like that here for ANY american car let alone an old Buick! So, once again, thanks a heap!
...Chris Morus .. Australia
The valve covers and valley cover is exceptional and set off the 63 Riv.
Thanks again, Bob Melani
Thank you for the great service, the parts (3 groove pulleys) were as described.
Regards, Art Gaynor
I got my motor back together today. I just wanted to thank you for the valuable information you shared with me as well as the great tech info on your website. I am convinced I would have made 4 critical errors without your input.
Thanks again, Bob - Engine Details
Thanks for your Tech section. I am restoring a 64 riviera with a 425. I have found There are a lot of people who will tell you what they think you need to do with nailhead engines only to find out they don't know what the hell they are talking about. It is good to find a place where someone truly knows the nailhead engine.
Again, thanks. David