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1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119642

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Here's one I stumbled on today. It's a rock solid unmolested original, pretty rare, turn key ready to use and I got it fairly cheap. It's all wood but the gold color is actually vinyl...very different. I guess I'm just a sucker for vintage inboard V8s.





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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119644

Nice one Jan !
How is the cruiser coming along ?

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The cruiser is just sitting for now. It's in the open air boathouse and I'm too busy with the Dee Wite and too much of a sissy to work out in the cold. Things were going great for awhile. I remade the entire windshield, the cabin door, the helm...and then I ran into the bad keel and chines. That's tough work for an old man with no help. I'll get back to it in the Spring.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119646

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Is that the one that was on E-bay a few weeks ago? I know the feeling if I could find one for the right price and the right model I would have one,well....maybe a few lol.
Great find and good luck with it.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119648

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No...this is a different one. I found it locally in Upstate SC.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119649

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Jan, Nice find on the CC. The Century Saber had simulated vinyl on the gunwales, I put the real stuff on when I rebuilt it and found out that if someone or something drops, hits, nicks or otherwise "molests" it ya get a small triangle tear. Dock bumping is out of the question!
Was going to ask about the cruiser. I think you last post about it solicited a few comments about the leaky keel and a Bondo fix.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 11 months ago #119673

Wow, great looking Cavalier Jan!!!!!! Yep really can't beat the inboards!

Bob

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 10 months ago #119929

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I got her home and out in the sunlight. There were only 50 made in 1964. This one is #5 and is an unmolested original. Not bad for being 52 years old! She needs a little gussying-up but mechanically, she's ready to drop in the water and go.







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Nice score Jan!

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WOW! Looks almost showroom condition. A little "spiffin'" and she's a show winner.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 10 months ago #119939

Very nice, Jan
What motor is that?
I want to here it run. Love the V8 sound.

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The engine is a 283 but that's plenty of power. CC claimed 40 MPH with the 283; 45 MPH with the 327. I don't really need that extra 5 MPH. The engine starts at a touch and idles beautifully. Bonus: She has the optional factory fiber-glassed bottom. They must have known what they were doing. It's looks perfect. This boat was always hung in boathouses it's entire life. I'm only the third owner. I put it up for sale in the Glassifieds but plan to play with it this summer if not sold. Can't keep everything.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 10 months ago #119947

IMHO the 283's are one of the best engines ever built.

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Re:1964 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 1 year 10 months ago #120112

Jan, that is a great boat and a bargain for someone who wants to get into the hobby for a very reasonable price. We have a golden arrow here on our lake although it is not as nice as yours. Great find! How does it handle?

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I haven't had the boat out on the lake yet. We have some health issues here and it's been raining for days. Besides, it's cold and I'm a sissy. I'm going to give her a good paint job and buff before we launch.

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"Never allow logic to interfere with a boat purchase." - J. S. Hadley
"Vintage quality beats new junk every time." - J. S. Hadley
"Anything supposed to do two things does both of them half-assed." - J. S. Hadley
"Success makes...
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