That's an interesting parallel story to my young and tender years...LOL! In TX we could get a full DL at 15. My first car was a '57 Chevy 210 2-dr with a 283. My stepdad was a recreational drag racer in a club in San Antonio, TX, and we started modding the car as soon as I bought it...had started working at a local grocery store chain at 14 after school, so had a chunk of cash burning a hole in my pocket. While looking for some "fuelie" heads in the junkyard for the 283, the owner asked if I'd be interested in a complete 409 Chevy engine...the 425hp dual 4-bbl version. It was downhill from there...LOL! I didn't blow up the engine, but I went through a few OEM chuck-style rear ends until installing a complete 12-bolt rear...LOL! What did your Buick 425 come out of?