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Old 09-12-2008, 03:34 AM
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Buick 401 Value?

Hey everyone,

They just got a 65 Buick Wildcat at the local U pull it. Engine is complete minus the carb, pulled the valve covers and looks really clean. Any idea as the the value? Looks like a really cool engine and might be worth getting for a project down the road Any ballpark figure as to the value?

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get the whole car! bufords rock, especially the wildcats (think rich man's GTO.. might be different frame GM built them on though..., much as an Acura Integra is a rich man's Civic. But no matter which way you look at it, the Integra and Civic drive the wrong set of wheels, are missing four cylinders, and sound like ******* with a performance exhaust on them.)
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If im not mistaken, a 65 COULD have had a 425 Nailhead...465 lb/ft torque from the factory!
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I think the Wildcat only came with the 425, but I'm not sure
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Wildcats and Rivs had the 425. Pick up the Nov Street Rodder for a Buick Nailhead article including identifying the 401 from a 425.

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moving this to Hotrodding Basics
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Base engine in the wildcat was the 401. in 66 if the engine was a 425 then it came with a Q-jet carb and intake. in 65 the only induction available was the carter AFB. a good 401 core is worth 300.00. keep in mind that the wildcat has a center sump oil pan and the rear sump pans which would be required for most hotrod projects are only found in 65-66 Skylark GS cars and 59-60 cars. the rear sump pans are tough to come buy and a bit pricey.
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I think it might make a cool engine for a rod.....gobs of torque. Even though it's a center sump, if you didn't have the ability to find a rear sump, I'll bet you could make a baffle to weld into the pan behind the pickup, to keep the oil where it belongs.
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the sump location causes problems when installing a car with a crossmember that runs right under the motor. if the car has a front crossmember then it's not an issue
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Thanks for the help. Well I went back today and someone all ready pulled it. Actually im glad to see someone got it rather than going to the crusher!

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