1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by 1968XR7GTCat » 04 Oct 2018, 20:26

1968 XR7 GT

Appears to be all original, including 390 engine, GT suspension
and badging, C6 A/T, P/S, P/B, A/C, dark green exterior
with black vinyl top.

Car was stored in a garage in California for over 35 years, so
the interior (see note) in particular is in surprisingly good condition.
Other original parts also include side pinstripes.

Corrections: Interior is XR7 in black. (Air shocks are apparently aftermarket)

As a project, this car will need a few parts (driveshaft, radiator,
starter, coil and wires) to make it driveable, and will need attention to details
plus bodywork and paint to be restored. Now located about a hour's
drive from Modesto, CA.

Testing the market for the right buyer. What would this car be worth?
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Re: 1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by Al Bundy » 04 Oct 2018, 20:54

Air shocks would not be original.

Looks like it hit something pretty hard and broke the grille. Need a lot more details to put a price on it.
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1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: 1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by cyclonelou » 04 Oct 2018, 22:04

If the engine is bad and not seviceable for whatever reason I have a really well built 390 w/$5,200 worth of parts, plus more for $3,500. Engine never fired. 030.w/Scat stroker kit =418 c.i.Disposing of BIL's estate.
Buyer may be interested if needed. I'm 20 miles east of Bakersfield.
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Re: 1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by PacificaXR7GT » 04 Oct 2018, 22:16

It's definitely an interesting Cougar. More photos showing a lot more detail would help people have enough information to help you come up with an asking price. I'm definitely not an expert but I would minimally get some detailed photos of the interior, engine compartment, and any problem areas that are immediately apparent. A photo of the door data plate will help you and others find out what original options were ordered with the car.

Another thing to consider is getting a Marti report which will tell you a lot more than what is shown on the data plate. Marti reports are available here: http://www.martiauto.com/martireports.cfm. The basic report only costs about $20 and gives you and potential buyers a lot of information on ordered options like tires, wheels, tinted glass, bumper guards, etc.

Good luck with the car. It's very similar to my '68.
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1968 XR7 GT 4 speed - Augusta Green / Dark Ivy Gold


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Post by 1968XR7GTCat » 05 Oct 2018, 10:29

From the door tag it is a California car, San Jose build, Los Angeles District delivery XR7 390 originally
in dark green paint. Serial number starts with "500xxx" and the build date is "23H". All glass is tinted.

Under the hood, it appears there is a smog pump on the passenger side (above the alternator),
and there is a 1968 date code on the water pump, so I'm guessing it is original, although the
valve covers say "powered by Ford". The crank turns easily with a wrench, so it is not locked up.

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Post by Al Bundy » 05 Oct 2018, 10:51

Partial VIN on the heads? Air cleaner assembly intact? Any other accident damage besides the front? Some more pictures including under the hood and the undercarriage would go a long way in trying to determine value.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: 1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by xr7g428 » 05 Oct 2018, 12:17

This is a great start but it is going to need a lot of work to be driven again. I would venture about $5 to $6K tops right now. If there is rust it drops a few thousand, really bad rust under the roof, maybe more than that. Worst case, $2500.
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Re: 1968 XR7 GT in Central California

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Post by DeadStang » 05 Oct 2018, 12:39

No guesses as to value, but it looks like a cool project for someone.

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Post by 1968XR7GTCat » 05 Oct 2018, 13:40

The intake manifold says C7AE, so it may be date-correct for an engine built in 1967 for the 1968 model year.
(The chassis number is within the first 150 made for '68).

Seen in the underhood photo, there are orange straps supporting the dual exhaust pipes.
What looks like rust, actually may be dirt, as it wipes away with the touch of a finger.


Questions:

Are the engine ID numbers under the valve cover, and on the lower engine block?
Can you remove the spark plugs on the driver's side of a 390 without lifting the engine?
What would be a range for "good" compression figures (dry and wet) from a 390?
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Post by 1968XR7GTCat » 05 Oct 2018, 13:41

This would be a project car, best for someone who appreciates its originality going into a rebuild.

Option would be as a parts donor car, for someone with a good body shell who wants to build it as a factory-loaded XR7 GT 390 from the ground up.

Only a few parts appear to be needed for it to start up, such as a driveshaft, radiator, starter, coil and wires.
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