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63 Buick Wildcat convertible


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Hey guys, my first Buick was a 69 GS400.  At the time, the car was only 15 years old.  Many Buicks later my daily driver Michigan weather permitting is a 63 Wildcat.  Cold AC and heat. Power windows, seat, antenna, top. Cornering lamps, remote trunk release, Wonderbar radio conversion, Buick vanity mirror and tissue dispenser. Tilt steering column. Electro-cruise and Guidematic added.  Just rolled over 7k on everything new, rebuilt or NOS from radiator to rear axle.  The only other mods on this car besides FM/AM USB BT2 conversion are the stock speaker locations housing Retrosound speakers.  Oh, and the long horns are also incorrect and 63 offered 4 note horns on the 4900 only.

 

This car was treated badly. Cracked block, Ohio salt and a deer along dash wiring harness fused from clock to fuse box including the instrument panel printed circuit board burned. If you ever wondered what installing 'cruise' on your Wildcat looks like...........lol  Yes the brake pedal bracket had to come out, the AC box would not allow me to extract the pivot bolt.

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Resonators, straight and over the axle pipes are NOS, as is the Buick transverse muffler. Head pipes and tail pipes were bent from 'cards' by Marty. I procured the exhaust hangers from James and rebuilt them using conveyor belt. 1" whitewalls by Diamondback. All internal engine parts from Russ.  Driveshaft by Tom @ Precision, Rear axle by DTS, Dynaflow by Leale's in San Jose, CA. 80's style 3 core with Harrison tanks.  The car had fixed fan, no shroud and aluminum radiator, explaining the overheating that caused the block to crack.  I've always ran 4 cores in these cars.  On a 96 degree day with 88% humidity she reached 235 sitting in traffic running the AC.  I've had Nailheads run 250 and as Russ said, they'll do that and its not uncommon. New springs from Eaton all front end components, rebuilt steering box. NEW power steering pump, don't get a rebuild, the new ones offered on Rock Auto must run a slightly stiffer spring and although the car retains its 'one finger' steering, its slighter tighter and feels somewhat modern.

 

Now that I have my driver.  My next project is a 62 Invicta or LeSabre convertible with a Wildcat console and floor shift bucket seat car. Thinking 401 with dual Snipers and modern transmission or 5.3 with 6 speed & 323's.  My 2016 Silverado with that configuration pulled the Wildcat from Staten Island through the PA hills home to Mid MI with ease, it'll propel the big Buick well.

 

 

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