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    Default 1977 Buick Estate wagon

    Well, my uncle just picked up a 1977 Buick Estate wagon and he's wanting to pick up some aftermarket junk for it. I tried doing some research on the engine and I've found sites saying it could have a Buick 350 or an Oldsmobile 350 in it. I'm not even ruling out the fact it might be a Chevy 350...
    From what I've been able to find, the Buick 350 has the distributor in the front, and the one on this engine is on the rear. I guess my thing is that I want to make sure it's an Olds 350 before I start buying stuff for it and I have no idea how to positively identify it. Is there some tell-tale thing that yells out OLDSMOBILE? Or should I just go ahead and order whatever says it'll fit Olds stuff and stop worrying about it? I just don't want to have to mail parts back to Summit...

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    Olds engines are easy to tell. They have a tall oil fill tube coming out of the front of the engine slightly on the passenger side....impossible to miss. It's nearly the tallest thing on the engine, aside from the air cleaner. The valve covers also have about 10 or so bolts holding them on.
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    Chev has the oil filter on the drivers side in the rear of the block.
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    As mentioned,the 350 and 403 Olds engines are easy to pick because of their oil fill tube.The Buick 350 oils through the valve cover and the distributor is at the front.Going by my '79 manual,those were the options on '79 with the 4bbl engines.I believe that the '77-'79 shared the same options for engines on the wagons but I'm not 100% sure of that.
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    I am super envious. I have been looking for a 77 Wagon for several years. My 77 Skyhawk needs a tow vehicle.: If you ever decide to sell it let me know. Is it blue?

    Feb 79 PHR horizontal.jpg

    The wagon in the background supposedly made it to the crusher.
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    John - I dont think the wagon in your picture is an Estate Wagon ... but a Century Wagon

    here is another Century Wagon

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aroundourarea/5403506462/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69GS400s View Post
    John - I dont think the wagon in your picture is an Estate Wagon ... but a Century Wagon

    here is another Century Wagon

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aroundourarea/5403506462/
    Yea, it is. An Estate Wagon that is.
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