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Non-Originale in Que for "MOT" inspection this week

My Non-Originale 1991 164L moved into que for trip to local Auto Center for annual state inspection (aka MOT in UK me thinks) this week.
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Spent the weekend in NJ.

Apparently, my ability to get long term stored cars going again prompted my brother to fly me out to get his kids '40 Ford Coupe running. Inherited from a relative, it's been stored for 7 years.


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Spent the weekend in NJ.

Apparently, my ability to get long term stored cars going again prompted my brother to fly me out to get his kids '40 Ford Coupe running. Inherited from a relative, it's been stored for 7 years.


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Cool car. The best part is the tag on the front. In Georgia you can actually register that tag and use it on the rear.
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Cool car. The best part is the tag on the front. In Georgia you can actually register that tag and use it on the rear.
That is a 40 Ford Deluxe nice car but I liked the grill on the 40 Ford Standard.

You can register old plates that match year of car in VA, too. I had 65 plates on my 65 Ranchero.
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For some reason Broderick Crawford just popped into my head.

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I thought he was a Black Buick man?

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Black and white actually - Highway Patrol TV series in the 50's, but he made a lot of movies in the 40's too. Thing is there were a LOT of black cars in the 40's and they pretty much all look alike to me

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Black and white actually - Highway Patrol TV series in the 50's, but he made a lot of movies in the 40's too. Thing is there were a LOT of black cars in the 40's and they pretty much all look alike to me
Believe most of his CA HP cars were 57 Buick Specials. I had white 2dr coupe w/3 on the tree and a Nailhead 364 cu in V8 w/4bbl out of a 58 Buick Roadmaster.

The nail head V8 design is what GM sold the rights to for the Rovers and Range Rovers Aluminum 3.5, 3.9, 4.2 and 4.6 engines.

I had a 322 cu in nail head from a 55 Buick Century in my 52 Ford hdtp with a 37 Cad Lasalle floor shaft and 50 Olds rear case and output shaft combined unit.

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That was chips before my time. Probably better than the Erik Estrada days...

Ran out to pick up my daughter after school. The intro to Pink Floyd's "Breathe" came on the radio as I whipped around a corner and I thought the car ate the valve train again.

Anyway, been puttin on miles like a daily driver since there's been no precipitation. Maybe rain tomorrow, so it gets a rest.

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I thought that Rover bought the cute little all-aluminum OHV V-8 that Buick introduced in the early 1960s. That was a sweet motor and GM really messed up by selling it.
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I thought that Rover bought the cute little all-aluminum OHV V-8 that Buick introduced in the early 1960s. That was a sweet motor and GM really messed up by selling it.
They did indeed as far as I know. I like the Rover engines from the 3.9 upwards. The 3.5 is a bit underpowered in a Range Rover, but in sports cars is not bad.

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They did indeed as far as I know. I like the Rover engines from the 3.9 upwards. The 3.5 is a bit underpowered in a Range Rover, but in sports cars is not bad.
Yes they did but it was still the same basic design as the bigger Buick V8 of the 50's. I would buy them because I could afford them and not afford the Chevy V8.

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"The Buick [nailhead] 401s were also used as starter motors for the SR-71 Blackbird, mounted on a trolley."

"The Rover V8 engine is a compact V8 internal combustion engine with aluminium cylinder heads and cylinder block, originally designed by General Motors and later re-designed and produced by Rover in the United Kingdom.[2] It has been used in a wide range of vehicles from Rover and other manufacturers since its British debut in 1967."

"Also called Buick 215 V8
Production 1960–2006"

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Why were they called the nail head?

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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Why were they called the nail head?
Automotive History: The Legendary Buick Nailhead V8 And The Possible Source Of Its Unusual Valve Arrangement

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