I’ve made my personal fascination with the Buick/Olds aluminum 215ci V8 known here on many occasions. Aside from gracing some of GM’s most awesome evolutionary dead ends of the early 60s, it lived on in one form or continent or another 40 years. That said, this swap constitutes new and unprecedentedly awesome ground. You from the pictures and title know we’re talking aluminum 215 in a 2002, but hit the jump for the details that seal the deal.
All too often we come across swaps that seem good in concept, but the execution lacks massively. Specifically, over-carbureted American lumps backed up by three speed autos in proper sporting cars. Not the case here, as the seller’s equipped the dainty 3.5L Buick motor with four downdraft Webbers on a custom manifold, then backed it up with a five speed T5.
Thankfully, the seller hasn’t gone crazy with appearance modifications, keeping stock bumpers, mesh wheels and a relatively mild widebody kit. The widebody’s probably the most disappointing aspect, but it’s probably worth it for the extra tire width it affords. We wish there were a few more pictures of the interior, given the what the seller says is in there:
…times are tough and I no longer have the space to store her nor the money to finish her. This is to date the cleanest car of its kind I have ever seen. The collection of parts on this car took me years to track down one by one and now are nearly impossible to find. The shell is a 1967 1600, the engine is a all aluminum 215 ci Buick V8 from a 1961 Buick Special. Its got (4) downdraft webber 2 barrels plus custom intake manifolds that have been ported/polished/flow tested, a center force clutch, all aluminum t5 transmission from a 1985 Camaro Irock Z, custom driveline, custom one off stainless powdercoated dual exhaust, posi rear differential, all wheel disk brakes(giant) hurst airheart, boge adjustable struts, recaro seats, momo steering wheel, custom padded role cage, deep sump oil pan plus remote filters, completely custom cooling system, marshall ampulex headlights, all wiring has been completely redone head to toe, battery relocated to the trunk, brand new door panels and window regulators and more. Anyone who knows these cars can tell by looking at the pictures that no expense was spared on this car it just never got finished due to a change in my priorities at the time.
While there’s not doubt a ton of money’s been sunk into this kickass hybrid, the $30,000 Buy-it-now suggests it may do a few laps of the eBay-go-round before supply and demand intersect.