Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A Supercharged 1950 Buick Straight Eight!

I know I’ve said this time and time again, but we have the best readers on the internet. Want Proof? Well, we received this tip from EscortsForever (Thanks Man!) about a 1950 Buick with a Supercharged Straight Eight, with a video! You will have to make the jump to see the it though, and there is a surprise near the end….

This is just one of those motors that you would never expect to be Supercharged, but here it is, and its awesome!

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11 responses to “Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A Supercharged 1950 Buick Straight Eight!”

  1. K5ING Avatar

    That was one of the best things I've seen in a long time. Except for the end of course. Was that fuel injection I saw on there?
    I used to own a 1953 Buick Special with a straight 8 engine. It was the last year for the Straight 8 with only the Specials getting it. Every other Buick got the new V8. Very smooth and nice running engine. Watching it run with the valve cover off was awesome.
    <img src="http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s141/K5ING/Misc/buick01.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="1953 Buick Special">

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I'm pretty sure it was a EFI system with coil packs too. About the only thing traditional was the car and the fact it was a straight 8.

  2. tonyola Avatar

    Those old Buick straight eights had a wonderful burbling sound from the exhaust.

  3. speedygopher Avatar

    Love when people take these engines that have no real aftermarket support and make a monster out of them. Takes cash to be sure, but more than that, it takes ingenuity and hard work. Sucks that it went out like that.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    That engine sounded amazing, like a WWII fighter. Too bad about the ending of the video.

  5. EscortsForever Avatar

    Just finished watching some old race that takes place in Florida, Got online to see this posted, now I think I need to continue this 'Murican streak and go for a drive in my 5.0 Exploder
    Go 'Murica! Yeah!
    *looks around* sorry, was that a little much? I'll try to dial it back a bit…

  6. TX_Stig Avatar

    Actually, from what I read, supercharging straight 8's was not terribly uncommon. It helped to alleviate one of the issues that a single carb manifold on such a long engine produced. The cylinders farthest from the carburetor were often a little starved for fuel. A pressurized manifold, though… Plus it adds lovely supercharger whine on top of fantastic I8 sound. Almost bought a 53 packard that was an inspected, insured driver with that in mind. Curse you evil Car Note!

  7. RegalRegalia Avatar

    So who's gonna track these guys down and do a road test for the site? May I present myself as the first volunteer?

  8. discontinuuity Avatar

    Are those Corvette coil packs? I like it, but I think that supercharger was a bit much. Those long cranks tend to get a bit wobbly.
    Whenever the topic of straight-eights comes up I like to post one of this guy's videos:
    [youtube LaS8TpQsMQQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaS8TpQsMQQ youtube]
    I would do bad things to get my hands on that roadster.

  9. ron baumgarten Avatar
    ron baumgarten

    well i have to say that is Bad Ass straight eight, i own a 1941 Buick Super been sitting around for thirty five years . And this was parked in the Pacific Northwest not running . Picked it up last July at my daughters wedding. new head gasket, fuel pump, battery purrs like a kitten 47,000 miles on this coup. Supercharged engine is on my mind for this project . how expensive ?

  10. Tom Bombadil Avatar
    Tom Bombadil

    I think Mercedes and Bugatti got over the problem of crank flex in their racing straight eights by having 2 four cylinder blocks coupled together. But who doesn’t lift when they hear detonation is what I wanna know?

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