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Well picked this project up at a hobby show in Taunton Ma basically because it came with a lowrider bicycle that I thought was pretty cool!  Well it's going along pretty well so far but not exactly sure what Ima do with the paint and interior!  Here are a few pics:

frame and underpan:

 

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Few engine shots:

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looks like this will be interesting, we'll be watching the progress on this build

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Nice...I'm not the least bit into lowriders but I can't pass up a Buick...looking forward to seeing where you go with this one.

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Nice...I'm not the least bit into lowriders but I can't pass up a Buick...looking forward to seeing where you go with this one.

hey with a name like mr Buick, I've got a ??? for ya! Every picture I find of the nailhead online has a fuel pump attached to the front of the motor by crank case but this kit didn't come with one attached or a loose peice to b installed! It should have one on the front passenger side of the motor right? I may have to rob one from another kit

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Yeah, it should.

I thought so! If u look at the motor pics you'll see I still need to add the main fuel line from the pump up to the front carb to complete the plumbing! I only have a line connecting the dueal carbs to one another

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What paint is that pretty blue on the frame?

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Just say it has an electric fuel pump on it . 

I guess I could do that! Where are electric fuel pumps located? Firewall/fender wells?

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What paint is that pretty blue on the frame?

that's testors star spangle blue out of a rattle can! I usually always airbrush my parts but got lazy on this one and had half a can of blue that's been laying around so I figured I'd use it

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I guess I could do that! Where are electric fuel pumps located? Firewall/fender wells?

Usually anywhere the person who installed it decided to put it, but the two most common areas are in the fuel tank, or along the frame rails. Typically, with an electric fuel pump you want to keep it as far away from heat as possible to minimize pump failure. The "best" place is in the fuel tank because the fuel helps keep it cool, but it's more common for people to put it on the frame rails if they aren't using a fuel cell or didn't modify the existing tank.

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Just to add to what Colby has stated, they are a better push pump than they are a suck pump. The closer to the tank the longer they last. My 80 Capri had one about halfway back in the car when I bought it. It failed early so my friend ( a mechanic) told me we need to put in the back right next to the tank. Much better that way. 

 

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Love the color on the X frame. It makes it stand out.

thanks! Plan to do some of the interior that color as well

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Looking good Matthew. Can't wait to see more. 

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Very Nice!  That's some great detail painting ... this is a beauty!

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About that fuel pump ,, on my 1/1 '69 Riv, it was in the tank attached to the float for the fuel gage. Came from the factory like that. Now that was a 430 engine, not the 425 nailhead like in '66 so I'm not sure all that generation of Riv was like that. My '72 Riv had a standard mechanical pump on the engine as did the other 4 Buicks I had. 

 

update ,, it seems just the '69 and '70 Rivs had the pump in the tank but you could say one was refit to the '66.  ;)

[BTW, I'd be more worried about the lack of headlights than the fuel pump.]

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About that fuel pump ,, on my 1/1 '69 Riv, it was in the tank attached to the float for the fuel gage. Came from the factory like that. Now that was a 430 engine, not the 425 nailhead like in '66 so I'm not sure all that generation of Riv was like that. My '72 Riv had a standard mechanical pump on the engine as did the other 4 Biucks I had. 

some pics show it attached to the block and some don't! Prob depends on the application/ car it's going on

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Few more pics of my progress tonight!! BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH I forgot the rearview mirror!!! DOOOHHHH

 

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Nice paint. Came out really nice. 

I need to get me a pair of these headers for the Nailhead. 

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    Matt,

  That looks so incredible, and shiny, and the detail!

You are a very "lets go at it" kinda builder. I wish so

bad that I could be that way.

  I spend more time in the hobby room just sipping

Java and thinking about all the things I want to do!!

  Awesome build Matt, I just love it!

    David S.

P.S.- That bike is pretty cool also!!

 

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