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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Phillips View Post
    Reassembly begins. It is beginning to look like a '63 Buick again...
    One great step forward putting the Wildcat script back on- and that COOL grill! glad to see it. we will have to have my 65 and your 63 together sometime!
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    maybe pete and ted can get the cats to south bend next july,4 bufords from ct

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    That would make one hell of a show Don. I would probably just leave my junkers home in that case.

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    john,made my reservations a week or so ago at the microtel not far from the host hotel,4 bufords from ct

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    More photos as it goes back together. Due to the new floor pan, I need to cut a hole for the gear shift lever. I laid the four-speed shifter plate there for inspiration.
    If anyone has a spare hood lip molding, mine has disappeared.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by imported_Pete Phillips View Post
    I just brought the chassis home this afternoon from being powder coated in semi-gloss black. Will try to attach photos.
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    This chassis looks like chassis black paint to me and not powder coated as powder coating requires heat to temps of 400*F to activate the thermal catalyst. Then that same 400* temp has to be maintained for several minutes to allow the powder to cure. No powder coater would ever do a complete chassis because all the bushings in the control arms would be going up in flames as well as the differential lube and wheel cylinders, springs would be sagging. I am not trying to rank just hope you didn't get taken. Good Lick with your project.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Phillips View Post
    More photos as it goes back together. Due to the new floor pan, I need to cut a hole for the gear shift lever. I laid the four-speed shifter plate there for inspiration.
    If anyone has a spare hood lip molding, mine has disappeared.
    I know other early 60's GM vehicles equipped with 4-speed use a extension panel to cover up the hole in the floor board. Then the shift plate attaches to that (see pic.) This is the one used in 61-64 full size Chevrolet. The second pic is the one in my Bel Air and it was modified on the back side as it needed to be moved back 3" to accomodate the transmission I am using. If you do not have one for your car I would bet this one would fit perfect and make a much cleaner install. You can buy it new here. www.show-cars.com - 60, 4 speed transmission in 0001

    Looking at your early pics before the floor boards were removed it looks like there was a extension panel under the carpet.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    A bit more of the trim is back on the car. Notice the "little gem" on the dolley roller at lower left of photo, which is ready to go back into the car.
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    I was at the Centennial Parade, and I live in Flint, and it is a '63 Wildcat 4 speed, convertible. You're right...the color is cool .

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Anybody know where I can find a transmission mount for this four-speed transmission? Need a new one, and they don't exactly grow on trees! That's my latest hurdle to overcome.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Looking good Pete! Nice to see such care for such a beauty.

    I'm not sure what your mounts looks like for the 4-speed, but I did a quick search and it looks like Steele Rubber (www.steelerubber.com - Automotive rubber parts and weatherstripping for restoration cars, trucks and street rods.) offers 3 transmission mounts for 1963. This one is off the shelf, and lists it is for the Wildcat. If this isn't your little guy, I bet they could revulcanize your old mount.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Pete,
    I bought one for my 65 Wildcat 4 speed. I have a 63 Wildcat coupe 4-speed with full console and a 65 Wildcat custom convertible 4-speed I bought from the original owner this summer. I ran into the same issues finding 4 speed parts as the catalogs don't show them. So I looked up corvette parts and ordered the trans mount and reverse light switch. Just make sure it's for a t-10 4 speed. The mount is an exact match, easy to get and at a low cost. I got #29835 or # 1JA5901E both numbers show on the package. It lists it as manual trans mount 63-81. I just looked up one for a 1980 Corvette from NAPA ( part# BK 6201024) and they stock it for $10. I have a repair shop in Seattle and we work on vintage vehicles often. Some jobs as you know takes longer to find a part then do the repair.
    Cant wait to see it done!
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    Many thanks for those leads.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Pete,
    I would have Steele revulcanize yours. It will be a tiny bit more expensive than a new one, but sometimes the repro mounts aren't exactly the same....and that is on more popular applications than 63 Buick manual trans mounts.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Have been searching for your transmission mount, if you still need one. Have located a new 4spd. transmission mount for a '64 Wildcat. I think, and so does my source, that they are the same. Would have to order, but I can provide you with info and an email picture of said part. Let me know if I can help.

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Kenneth,
    Got one already from NAPA, thanks to the earlier leads. Appeciate your offer to help, though.
    Pete

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Phillips View Post
    Photos taken this morning.

    How did you get the portholes off without taking off the fenders? Thanks...
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Ever notice how some cars are just made to be red and white? Very, very nice, Ron.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Still plugging along on the '63 Wildcat conv. 4-speed. Here's the 425 engine, repainted in proper silver color (425-only color in the full-size cars) and almost ready to go back into the car. Have had a lot of trouble trying to get the 4-speed transmission and the U-joint to fit under the new floor pan/transmission tunnel. Granted, the replacement floor pan was from a 2-dr. hardtop with automatic transmission, but could there have been THAT much difference in floor pans? Got so frustrated, that I finally cut out the top of the transmission tunnel in the replacement floor pan, and will have to take it to a welding shop now to get greater clearance fabricated. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Can't seem to post any photos. I get an audible click and a little cartoon-like exclamation point when I try to post photos.

    Okay, went back and was able to post a photo today.
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Phillips View Post
    Still plugging along on the '63 Wildcat conv. 4-speed. Here's the 425 engine, repainted in proper silver color (425-only color in the full-size cars) and almost ready to go back into the car. Have had a lot of trouble trying to get the 4-speed transmission and the U-joint to fit under the new floor pan/transmission tunnel. Granted, the replacement floor pan was from a 2-dr. hardtop with automatic transmission, but could there have been THAT much difference in floor pans? Got so frustrated, that I finally cut out the top of the transmission tunnel in the replacement floor pan, and will have to take it to a welding shop now to get greater clearance fabricated. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    [QUOTE=Pete Phillips;1188587 Here's the 425 engine, repainted in proper silver color (425-only color in the full-size cars) Pete Phillips, BCA #7338[/QUOTE]

    Pete,

    1963 engines, both 401 and 425, were only painted silver in the Riviera; all other 401's and 425's in the 4400, 4600, and 4800 models were painted the traditional Buick green.

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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Ed, I respectfully disagree with you. I have the 1963 dealer service bulletin that announces the 425 engine in the mid-year 1963 Electras and Wildcats, and it clearly states that the 425 is supposed to be silver when the engine is optioned in those cars. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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    Go Pete!
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    Re: 1963 Wildcat conv. 4-speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Phillips View Post
    Ed, I respectfully disagree with you. I have the 1963 dealer service bulletin that announces the 425 engine in the mid-year 1963 Electras and Wildcats, and it clearly states that the 425 is supposed to be silver when the engine is optioned in those cars. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
    Hi Pete,

    I've looked at a lot of 63 Electras and Wildcats over the years, and don't recall ever seeing one with the engine painted silver. That said, not many came with the 425 option.

    Anyone on here have or had an original 63 with the 425 option and can validate engine color?
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