Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Predator Buick V8 Chain Saw

One of the attractions at the Island County Fair weekend before last was the Logging competition, where loggers climbed poles, chopped, threw axes, set chokers, rolled logs, and ran chain saws against the clock.

In the "Hot Saw" class was this V8 Buick powered monster called the Predator. One guy stood at each side of it to lift it up and saw through the log. It didn't take very long! The day before the saw chain broke while sawing the log and a piece of it hit a buddy's truck tailgate, denting the tailgate and gouging out a piece of metal. Not too surprising, except that the truck was a dump truck.....

V8 Chain Saw

Not exactly a pruning saw, but it sure does cut!


At Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:19:00 PM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

That engine is probably the old, '60's Skylark V-6, or maybe an Olds aluminum V-8, but I don't think Buick made an aluminum V-8. Those guys are fairly husky, but they wouldn't be able to hoist an iron-block V-8 like that. It has to be an aluminum engine.

At Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:25:00 PM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

On second look, counting the pipes, it isn't a V-6. I'm betting the Olds Cutlass F-85 aluminum V-8. Those rocker covers don't look even remotely familiar, except on a big block, but I've only ever seen one F-85, and that was 40 years ago.

Don't suppose that thing is a racing Cosworth? They were fairly light.

At Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:45:00 PM, Blogger Bruce said...

Right now, there's a state legislator, somewhere in Massachusetts, working on a bill that would outlaw the possession of that fine cutting instrument in the Commonwealth.

At Sunday, August 05, 2007 2:16:00 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

It IS a Buick. 215 cubic inches. They were one of, if not the first aluminum block V8's. In the mid 60's Buick then sold the rights to Land Rover who just recently discontinued it.

At Sunday, June 22, 2008 10:24:00 PM, Anonymous bob k. mando said...

That engine is probably the old, '60's Skylark V-6

can you not count the exhaust stacks? of course it's a v8.

or maybe an Olds aluminum V-8, but I don't think Buick made an aluminum V-8.

the Olds 215 v8 is a version of the Buick 215 v8. GM had them in production from 1961-63 and they were also used in the base Pontiac's.

in 64 GM sold the aluminum v8 designs and tooling to British Leyland and that engine lived from 1965 until 2004 under the hood of Land Rover's the world over.

At Saturday, July 19, 2008 5:29:00 AM, Anonymous Mark Thompson said...

I built several of these and the BOP variatons all had unique features including the Olds Jetfire
Turbocharged 215. Rover/Leyland UK
used these and the little 215 has grown to a 5.0 liter. 318 lbs was the advertised weight in the early 60's. The Buick 215 had larger valves but had less head bolt bosses while the Olds had smaller combustion chambers for higher ratio. Pontiac even had a version for thier Tempest with rope drive shaft. There are still plenty aftermarket suppliers including one in Michigan who builds all out racing engines. The Triumph TR-8 had these.

At Thursday, September 25, 2008 12:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Monday, September 05, 2011 2:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buick did make an aluminum v8. The olds f-85 v8 is a badge engineered version of that engine. Buick designed it as a more palatable alternative to a v6. To this day, Land Rovers are still powered by the old Buick 215. We may not see it in the states much anymore, but it's the longest running interchangeable production v8 of all time.

Buick sold the design to British Leyland not long after it's introduction, and it became one of the most popular racing engines in history. Mickey Thompson himself drove a 215 in F1, and it's been featured in nearly every other racing series, routinely in rallies, overland competitions, and boat racing, in Rover form.

To this day, it's the lightest v8 ever produced, and more than capable of being lifted by two burley men. Indeed, a suitably strong man could lift it's dripping wet 300 pounds alone.

At Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the first time seeing this video with grainy resolution I knew it was a buick nailhead hands down.

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