Project Nailhead Log


DEERSLAYER LINKS including vendor sites for parts and tools as well as sites for old truck and hot rod organizations


TINKERING WITH DEERSLAYER chronicles the day-by-day maintenance and improvements episodes for Deerslayer, a '37 Chevy farm truck hot rod.

CRUISIN' WITH DEERSLAYER Roadtrips, cruise-in's and truck show stories and tall tales.

TONY'S DUNGEON Tony Pascarella's forum entries at regarding Deerslayer, particularly the 302 GMC engine build in his farmhouse basement.


DEERSLAYER MAINTENANCE Ever changing detailing, oil change, lube, etc. maintenance routines specifically developed for Deerslayer, including required tools, materials and procedures.

PROJECT NAILHEAD Chronicles the rebuild of a 1954 Buick Roadmaster 322 nailhead engine as a future replacement for Deerslayer's Jimmy 302.

When I purchased Deerslayer from Tony and Joy Pascarella, I had so much fun with the truck that I made it my daily driver. In the seven plus years since then, more than seventy thousand miles have passed under the wheels. I'll probably live long enuf to wear out the Jimmy 302 engine. Knowing how slow I am with my projects, I decided to find and start rebuilding a replacement engine so it will be ready when Deerslayer needs it. This log will be the story of that engine build.

1. Research 01.16.2012
2. Cleanup and Investigation 02.03.2012
3. Bottom Line 02.16.2012

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Issued Monday January 16, 2012

Updated Friday September 16, 2016

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