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    Hi, everybody!

    My name's Matt, and I am about to begin a custom project. I will not mention what type of hull I plan on running, as I am sure people will look at me like I have seven heads, but the plan is to use a small 8 in a 14-15' craft. The engine I most desire to use as of now would be the Oldsmobile 215ci aluminum V8, made famous by the Y-Body GMs of 1961-1963. I plan to use an Olds mill because the Buick/Rover variant is a nailhead, and can be tough to find parts for, even in comparison to the Oldsmobile engine. Also, I have two friends who both have project cars which feature the plucky little alloy V8, and we could trade parts around.

    The question is this:
    Has anyone on PBF used an Olds 215 in a non-stock application, and what kind of luck have they had with it? I am also curious as to what type of hull it was in , the size of the hull, and the type/brand driveline used behind it. Details on the engine build are also more than welcome.

    Thank you,
    Cobrawannabe
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    no info on the 215 , but welcome to the boards ...............Eric

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    Sounds cool. What about using the Buick/Rover variant, but one of the newer ones? I've had two Discoverys and the 4.0 is a torqey little motor, parts would be available everywhere since there are so many crashed out Discos...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alkyexpress View Post
    no info on the 215 , but welcome to the boards ...............Eric
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    Sounds cool. What about using the Buick/Rover variant, but one of the newer ones? I've had two Discoverys and the 4.0 is a torqey little motor, parts would be available everywhere since there are so many crashed out Discos...
    Hey, that's not a bad idea at all! I am leaning a bit more towards the 215 though, as it has a history in marine applications, and holds a bit of nostalgia. I would, eventually, use a 4.0 crank and Buick 300 heads to make my own 265, though

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    Nobody else?

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    Ran a turbo 215 in an early pad bottom Beismeyer jet. Ran great but before EFI was available so it was a Hiborn setup. Hard to start and wouldn't idle at certain times of the day. WOT it was fast. Around 80mph. 22 lbs of boost with a single V trim T-4. Used Isky tapered valve springs and a Crower cam. I still have Nicson log style exhaust manifolds. These engine were used on early Berkley pumps that had a plate with an oval nozzle that slid left to right to steer and down below the boat for reverse.

    That will be a great engine. Let me know if you want the logs. I'll scan some pictures and post when I get time.

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    Here are some pictures. 16' ~400 lb hull with an A/B cut impeller.
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