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Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Dan Hatch » Thu May 16, 2019 10:21 pm

I have heard of a Buick piston used in in a Model T. With a Model A rod. Any idea which one? Thanks Dan.


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Dan Hatch » Fri May 17, 2019 5:24 am

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Joe Bell » Fri May 17, 2019 7:39 am

I pulled one down once that had Olds. pistons from the 260 mid 70's that where in this one. Hope this helps.


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Kohnke Rebabbitting » Fri May 17, 2019 10:46 pm

We have used 312 Ford Forged Pistons in the 26-27 T Blocks.

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by modernbeat » Fri May 17, 2019 11:42 pm

The Ford 292 Y-Block piston looks like a potential winner.

3.75" bore
1.760" compression height

The wrist pin is 0.912", which could be fixed by adding a bushing to change the piston from a fixed pin to a swivel pin.

For the bigger bore engines, the 3.80" bore of the 312 would be used
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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by D Stroud » Sat May 18, 2019 12:21 am

My old Buddy/Mentor used 292 Ford Y block pistons on at least one build, about 35 years ago or so, long before we had the internet and other info available. Some mods were done as I recall, but very doable. JMHO Dave
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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Dan McEachern » Sat May 18, 2019 3:14 am

Using 292 pistons requires cutting and welding the connecting rod if you use A rods. Plus, they have very little dome on them so your compression ratio is going to suffer.


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by John kuehn » Sat May 18, 2019 9:34 am

To each his own but what is the reasoning using other pistons when the Model T pistons are readily avaliable? Just wondering what’s the advantage.


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Les Schubert » Sat May 18, 2019 11:07 am

The problem as I understand it is that pistons for A crank A rod T engines are no longer being offered. For those of us capable of doing the work ourselves this is a great economical solution

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Henry K. Lee » Sat May 18, 2019 11:25 am

Too funny Les, LMAO!

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by ModelT46 » Sat May 18, 2019 3:51 pm

50 years ago many used the piston from 55 Chev. V8 They pin opening was bushed to use a Model T Ford pin.

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Charlie B in N.J. » Sat May 18, 2019 5:18 pm

John Steinbeck wrote about T's in a couple of his novels. In Grapes of Wrath, while the truck the Joads drove wasn't a Ford, Tom Joad goes to a junk yard at night and finds a replacement piston from another make vehicle to replace the piston & rod that went bad in their truck. This business certainly isn't new.
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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by DickC » Tue May 21, 2019 8:40 pm

I have a 22 with 55 ford alum pistons.


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Dan Hatch » Wed May 22, 2019 6:54 am

Where this going is I am looking for piston to use with a Scat Stroker and A rods. See my post about this crank with Scat rods. Looks like the A rods will hit the cam also! So, back to drawing board. Dan


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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Randall strickland » Wed May 22, 2019 6:48 pm

Dan Hatch wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 6:54 am
Where this going is I am looking for piston to use with a Scat Stroker and A rods. See my post about this crank with Scat rods. Looks like the A rods will hit the cam also! So, back to drawing board. Dan
Hey Dan rods will not hit cam I have these in my engine and I know of at least one more running the same parts
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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Randall strickland » Wed May 22, 2019 6:52 pm

Forgot to say you do have to go down with a end mill and cut a little clearance on the front cam boss on the block not hard to do,hope this helps Randall

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Re: Buick piston used in Model T??

Post by Henry K. Lee » Wed May 22, 2019 7:21 pm

Besides what Randall stated, the only other nicking was on a Roof 310 cam for me. Nicked the rod just a little, then re-balanced the others to match.

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