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My buddy just picked up a 74 panther 440 w/cat o matic drive. I have never seen or even heard of this. has anyone ever ridden one? If yes how does it go? I am trying to convince him not to scrap it out, all it needs is a carb and new seat...G
 

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It appears to have a pump where the primary should be w/lines running to a large aluminium "box" back to the drive shaft. I will attempt to make it overthere and take some pics...G
 

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My buddy just picked up a 74 panther 440 w/cat o matic drive. I have never seen or even heard of this. has anyone ever ridden one? If yes how does it go? I am trying to convince him not to scrap it out, all it needs is a carb and new seat...G[/b]
Sounds like a VIP Panther with hydraulic drive, check out this site:

http://www.vintagesnowmobiles.50megs.com/1...CTIC_CAT_1.html
 

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Yes that is it. I forgot it was oil injected to. I keep trying to call my buddy but he hasn't been home so I can go out there. Bu tI will keep trying.
 

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I had an old Yamaha Prestige 440 like that. It used a hydraulic torque converter in place of the CVT. It accelerated ok, but the exciter 440 I had of the same year beat the living crap out of it. It was a good sled for my dad in its year (I think the sleds were 77's and they were 8 or 9 years old when I had them).
They made a good pulling sled, but the complete lack of back shift was a weird thing to get used to and It definitely used up brake pads faster than the Exciter.

You may find that this sled is worth more in one piece, there are probably people out there that collect them.
Here is a Yamaha nut (no offense meant)
http://www.acscc.com/gallery/showgallery.php?gid=346

Later,
 
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