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I'm new here and would like to introduce myself and say hi. I've had a love affair with the 1964 Wildcat for as long as I can remember. Hopefully, in the near future, I can seriously start looking for a project car for restoration. In the mean time, there's a lot to learn.

A '64 Wildcat was our family car for 16 years, purchased new in March of '64. It was Claret Mist, 425 "nailhead," 2 X 4 carbs, auto, A/C, cruise, "WonderBar" radio, tach, bench seat... Dad ordered it loaded!

I'm not searching for <span style="text-decoration: underline">that</span> car, or even a clone, as nice as that would be. Just a nice '64 of my own.

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You might want to start with the easy ones first...then you'll be able to tell the Buick Nuts from the posers (I'm one of the latter for knowledge, although I do love Buicks). <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Welcome to the forums. Hopefully you'll be able to find your answers. I can definitely understand why you might be hooked on '64 'Cats with that upbringing.

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Welcome, A 64 cat is a nice one to be looking for, I remember my buddies cat. He bet me he could lay rubber "past the intersection and beyond the cemetary" I looked at the distance and the size of the car and informed him it could not be done. "Roll down your window" is what he said next. When I asked why he told me it was to keep smoke from filling the car. That cat laid rubber like you would not believe. Then came the occasional trips to the bone yard as he would twist driveshafts off. Hell of a car.

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I purchased a 64 Wildcat 2DR HT last year and am in the process of determining a game plan for restoration. It was running when I bought it but I've taken the top of the engine off to clean and repaint it. It is royal black with black bucket seats and a console. It has the 401CI engine, which ran good before I took it apart. It appears to have led a tough life, though. There are lots of little dents in the body, it has a lousy repaint, and I found pieces of broken glass under the rear seat. But, all in all, I like it and plan on a decent restoration. I will try to find a few pictures to post.

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Thanks, Bruce and TX. I know the feeling, Bruce. That 425 purred like a kitten on 105 octane av-gas. Quite a few Trans Ams, Z-28s, and 260Zs feel to her in the quarter mile. I had the tickets to prove it, too!!!

TX, I'd love to see pictures of your '64. I'm especially interested in knowing if you're planning to go with hardened valves and seats for the engine overhaul. I've been running that through my mind trying to figure it out. Let me know what you think.

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