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by Steve68Cougar
13 May 2019, 16:48
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Let’s talk repairing door panels
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Let’s talk repairing door panels

I feel your pain. I've been looking for either base or decor '68 panels for quite a while now. I had Light Ivy interior and have (mostly) converted it to black. I ended up using '67 door panels for now, but there are definitely some drawbacks beyond not being "correct" for the car. The arm rest and ...
by Steve68Cougar
27 Apr 2019, 20:50
Forum: The Project Forum
Topic: Augusta Green '68 base
Replies: 145
Views: 13172

Re: Augusta Green '68 base

Haven't posted anything here in a while. Today was the first major road trip in a long, long time. I went to the car show in my hometown, which is about 120 miles from where I live now. The total trip was about 250 miles or so. Didn't have any issues and looks like it got around 14mpg running 65-70 ...
by Steve68Cougar
20 Apr 2019, 19:13
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Increasing HP
Replies: 27
Views: 954

Re: Increasing HP

Just a cautionary note here, the standard 289/302 Windsor's have very weak con rod bolts, they tend to stretch under high revs, and these engines do love to rev. I suggest that a cheap alternative to aftermarket rods is to replace the 5/16 rod bolts with the Chevy 3/8 rod bolts. Then have the rod b...
by Steve68Cougar
19 Apr 2019, 17:57
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: Input? Rebuilding Cast Iron 1967-8 Door Lower Hinge
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Input? Rebuilding cast iron 1967-8 Door Lower Hinges

I haven't rebuilt one of these, so I don't have any experience with this particular setup. That being said, my take is that both methods of removing the pin have their own merit. I'd probably do the method that you use with heating it up, but that's because I have a torch setup. It's possible to wea...
by Steve68Cougar
16 Apr 2019, 21:20
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: rear drum brake replacement?
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: rear drum brake replacement?

Unless you're going to make the car high horsepower and drive it fast, I wouldn't worry about converting to discs on the rear. It's very doable, but a pretty involved process. A large percentage of the braking is done with the front brakes, so rebuilding the fronts with new components will improve t...
by Steve68Cougar
13 Apr 2019, 20:31
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Is it worth swapping from 8" to 9" rear end
Replies: 21
Views: 488

Re: Is it worth swapping from 8" to 9" rear end

Always measure to be sure, but often switching out the differential yoke from the typical Mustang/Cougar style to the shorter pickup style will provide the necessary clearance without modifying the driveshaft. 800|510|2019|4906.jpg Well, that makes sense. I did an 8" to 9" swap a while back and did...
by Steve68Cougar
01 Apr 2019, 16:16
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: 289 intake manifold help.
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: 289 intake manifold help.

There are several different water port setups through the years on small block fords. The one you' have looks more like a 351W setup. I think the 289 water ports are narrower and don't have a bolt hole through them (someone correct me if I'm wrong). There are 3 or 4 different configurations, so it's...
by Steve68Cougar
28 Mar 2019, 15:51
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Almost ready to wake her up - What part is this question.
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: Almost ready to wake her up - What part is this question.

Torque box replacement is pretty involved. Mine looked similar to that, and it required cutting them out and replacing them. There are several layers involved, so it's probably not a matter of just replacing the lower piece and having it fixed. Water/debris gets in the holes where the fuel line goes...
by Steve68Cougar
26 Mar 2019, 15:05
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: 1968 Cougar will not Start, No Spark?
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: 1968 Cougar will not Start, No Spark?

You might check the dwell angle if you have a dwell meter. From what I've read it should be in the 27-31 degree range. That is how we used to always set them (before everything got converted to electronic). If there is enough play in the distributor shaft then the .17" gap may not be correct, as the...
by Steve68Cougar
24 Mar 2019, 19:29
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Increasing HP
Replies: 27
Views: 954

Re: Increasing HP

No problem. I was on a pretty tight budget when I put mine together, so it didn't all happen at once. Unless the engine needs rebuilt anyway, I'd start with converting to electronic ignition first (I initially did a Duraspark conversion - it can be done for less than $100) then see about exhaust upg...