1964 Wildcat $4700

Discussion in 'Cars and Parts For Sale Leads' started by 1972Mach1, Jul 13, 2018 at 3:34 PM.

  1. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

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  2. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

    That is the prettiest unopened can of worms I’ve seen in quite a while.
     
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  3. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Well-Known Member

    This would be a fairly easy fix...well worth it!
     
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  4. Roadmaster49

    Roadmaster49 Well-Known Member

    That is awesome-when one considers how nice the interior is. 1st, especially since it's a four door - nobody is going to restore an interior that would be ratted out. The car essentially would die and be crushed if the interior in this was trash. In this case, that's also a rare deluxe interior in medium saddle. To restore that interior would be $10,000 easy.

    Next - body and chrome are nice originals, no need to do anything there except elbow grease. That leaves the motor and 1st year TH400 bullet proof transmission. I would pull and rebuild the motor, reinstall and you would be in the car to $8500 or so. Not bad.
     
  5. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Keith Bleakney

    Really nicely equipped. This would be a fun one to see how nicely it would detail out as it sits - if after it was gone over and brought to the best it can be, then it could be well worth a paint job if needed. If all is as it appears, this could be one of the better candidates we have seen for a while. It's an honest car, not one that has been pissed with.
     
  6. lrlforfun

    lrlforfun Well-Known Member

    OK V8 Buick People: Price sucks. Aside from that, if one wanted to do a hearty mechanical oh_haul this is a really fantastic cruiser. Even a do it yerself guy with a high skill set would be in the mechanics almost 10 grand as parts and machine work are expensive. 10K sound high? Add up what parts cost and you'll see that it's close. The body? Paint and a few doo-dads to give this ho hummer some personality? Again, not cheap. Knock the hair off it and
    get it reliable? Yeah, much cheaper but.....it's a crap shoot on the amount of dough you could spend. Mitch
     
  7. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Keith Bleakney

    BS
     
  8. lrlforfun

    lrlforfun Well-Known Member

    OK Keith: Why the anger over my post?
     
  9. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Keith Bleakney

    No anger, I’m just calling BS on your $10k estimate
     
  10. lrlforfun

    lrlforfun Well-Known Member

    OK Kieth: Let's say this thing will run and hit on all 8. Can we do a parts inventory? Exhaust....$300. Front suspension including brakes....$1700. Gas tank....$300. Tires.....$400. Servicing.....tune up stuff, oils, filters, wiper blades, all the penny antie stuff that ain't penny antie..... $500. So far there's 3 grand just for starters gettin' it reliable. Perhaps my 10 grand might be overly cautious, I'll give you that. Now, remember, we're not countin' labor. What if it might run, but poorly? There's where the real expense comes in.

    Basically, I'm saying that while these things show promise, almost every one needs a LOT OF MONEY thrown at it. If one is a half assed mechanic like me it's gonna get real expensive fast!!!! Mitch
     
  11. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Keith Bleakney

    Yeah, been at this 39 years, I understand how it works. Overly cautious? You think?
     
  12. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Well-Known Member

    I'm going to have to agree with Mitch on this one; - there are a lot of ways this thing could get expensive fast. I would hazard a guess that it probably wasn't running all that hot when it was parked, - which is why it was parked in the first place. People just don't park useful cars and forget them, not too many people have that luxury. More often than not, it blew up and the owner just never got the money together to do the work. By claiming it doesn't run the seller now can absolve himself of any previous knowledge; - like a con-rod was rattling or it constantly overheated and blew smoke or that 3rd gear just never quite came in. This way he can say "It ran when parked" and then when you're looking at a total powertrain overhaul just to get it to move right he can just shrug his shoulders and it's all on you. My Electra was a similar story; it had a good body, it ran well enough to move, and the deal looked right. In the end, I've sunk about $10 K into it to get it to do what an Electra should do and I'm not finished. I've ended up having to start at the rad cap and replace or rebuild everything from there down, I did most of the work (except the rear axle) and the car looked like the one above too.
     
  13. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Keith Bleakney

    I guess I’m looking at this car more intelligently, number one you wouldn’t dump that kind of money into this car, number two if it needs an engine, you don’t spend five grand to get it rebuilt, you get a good donor engine and Swap it out. I don’t think anybody ever talked show car but more a decent one of the cruises etc. I would venture that you could buy this car for $3500 If you showed up with cash, and probably put about that in to it And have it running and driving and looking decent
     
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  14. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Well-Known Member

    No question, if one had a donor powertrain "laying around" this would be an easy and cheap flip.
    People getting into the hobby would most likely be taken in by a car like this, not someone who is "seasoned" and has an idea of what he's doing. The guy who'll end up breaking the bank is a middle-aged guy who bought this on a whim because he's not getting any younger and he always wanted a classic car but can't afford the Nova he really wants so has to settle for this.
    He's usually a chequebook restorer, had no real mechanical skills to begin with because he was smart and went to school while the rest of us where hammering junk together to go to work. This car looks too deceptively easy; and it will take in a neophyte who will part with a lot of money and put some serious strain on his marriage just to get it to the point where he promised it would be. That will be the guy who spends $10 K on this thing or passes it off at a loss to someone else.
     
  15. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    No matter what's wrong with it, I'd have it running, driving, and presentable for under 2k. And I mean no matter what. If you couldn't, well.......
     
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