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Old 11-04-2012, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1975 Arctic Cat 440Z Factory race sled

Ive got a 1975 440Z factory race sled, Chassis is in great shape, still has all the original parts inculding the aluminum cleated track. A crank bearing went out of it about ten years ago, I pulled the motor out and put the entire chassis, pipes, carbs, ect into storage and had the engine in our garage, well the garage burnt down :-( Long story short i have a near mint chassis I either want to sell, or find an engine for to make it original again.
Whats what i have worth? or does anyone have an engine?

I found eltigre engine but I know the z's had a different topend for sure and I'm not sure what else.

Any input would be appreciated
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Should have saved the original engine. It could most likely have been redone. Unless the fire was hot enough to melt it. Value on a complete original rolling chassis could be well into $5k+ to the right person. Factory PDC sleds are very rare in general and hard to find parts for. Probably another engine out there for it but not the correct one. Would be one that belonged to another racers chassis that may be gone now. Check over at Vintagesleds.com there are a few very knowledgable cat guys there (the guy who may have driven that sled originally)

EDIT: If what I've seen about them is correct, only 1 of them made it out of the factory complete in 75. And it was just on Ebay and did not sell at $14,000. I think you have some homework to do and some pics would go a long way into helping you figure it out.

Unless you just have a regular Z, then all of that above is irrelevent.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I belive its the factory race sled for 75, its not one a liquid cooled one though, 440 twin, free air with the 2 plugs a cylinder, twin pipes, mic carbs, like a three gallon gas tank, original seat that almost looks like a sportbike seat, alluminum cleated track with no rivets, when i ran it was fast, i was setting it up for vintage ice drags then it blew that bearing.
Ive got it in my uncles cold storage next time im out there ill take a few pics,
thanks for the info
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Either way it is a desireable machine to many. Parts are out there for them as well, just have to search.
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Let's see some pics to see what you got going on with this thing


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If yours is a free air than you have a 75 440z el tigre. Not as desirable as say a actual z like a 77 440z that's liquid cooled and was a factory oval sled on the day and bring big bucks these days
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If yours is a free air than you have a 75 440z el tigre. Not as desirable as say a actual z like a 77 440z that's liquid cooled and was a factory oval sled on the day and bring big bucks these days
True, They didnt have an oval sled back in 1975 did they? What was this one built for? its seriously only got like a 3 gallon gas tank on it. Couldn't have been their crosscountry, or I500 sled.
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They did have a oval sled back than just like my 75 Pdc Polaris. Post some pics up and we will be able to help you mpre


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Old 11-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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lots of them made ....my neighbor had the 1975 340 z back in the day ...same set up as yours and was wicked fast for the day ...keep looking for parts there is bound to be a few engines left around
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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lots of them made ....my neighbor had the 1975 340 z back in the day ...same set up as yours and was wicked fast for the day ...keep looking for parts there is bound to be a few engines left around

Lots of Z's made. Only a handful of factory race PDC sleds built in 75. But it sounds like he is unsure of what it is he actually has and without pics it's impossible to figure it out.
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