The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

From dusty barn find to daily driver, it seems our cars are never really done. This is the place to share your progress on your project car. We will celebrate your victories and commiserate over your tragedies. But most of all this is a great place to learn!
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mfc133
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by mfc133 » 13 Mar 2019, 18:48

Awesome! Nothing like getting in and actually driving the car after all that work, nicely done. How do you like those new wheels, are you keeping them on the car?
-Mike

1968 Cougar Standard, 302 4V, auto, Madras Blue

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Post by Al Bundy » 13 Mar 2019, 19:06

Nicely done Andrew. Next time you need to do a burn out for us.
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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Post by 1967 S Code » 13 Mar 2019, 19:50

Andrew your Cougar looks excellent! That interior is gorgeous.

Steven
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by Blitz » 14 Mar 2019, 11:02

mfc133 wrote:
13 Mar 2019, 18:48
Awesome! Nothing like getting in and actually driving the car after all that work, nicely done. How do you like those new wheels, are you keeping them on the car?
Thanks! I'm not totally sure on the wheels (Legendary GT5). They are a sample set that Don bought tires for, mainly to use for pictures and such. So I don't own them. I think Don's plan is for me to get used to them and end up buying them :lol: I do like the look of them, but I was originally planning on going the "classy" route with skinny whitewall tires and either nice hubcaps or styled steel wheels. Not sure yet, we'll see!
-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Post by DieselD » 14 Mar 2019, 11:49

Nice work! Even that slow speed short trip is very rewarding isnt it?

I personally like the wheels you have on it now
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Post by Blitz » 03 Apr 2019, 14:38

Short update, not a whole lot to report, but here ya go.

One of the things I had to button up was the parking brake cables. I found the various pieces and cleaned them up, except for the original front cable, which I never removed. That's one of the few things on the car that's still old and ugly. Not worried about it... I did get a new adjustment rod because I couldn't find mine. And yes, I did install the rubber plug for the leaf spring bolt after the 3rd pic was taken. The adjuster / equalizer touches the exhaust a little so I'm not sure if that's going to be a problem, it's something to keep an eye on. My exhaust system was done by a shop about 10 years ago and I just left it alone. A correct H pipe would probably solve this but I don't think I'll mess with it unless it becomes a problem.

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Next a small update on the sill plate saga. We got in the Scott Drake version of the stainless steel sill plates and decided to switch over to that version. On the pro side, they have a better / more correct cutout for the windlace and therefore fit better. As a small con, they have some stamping wrinkles near the outer corners, so they aren't as "perfect" looking as the Dynacorn ones, which are very flat. But in reality, I think the SD ones look more factory correct, with the added benefit of being stainless steel.

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Fit is better, though admittedly still not perfect on the DS. For some reason the PS fit better in my case.

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Of course the finishing touch was to add the Ford decals.

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Lastly and probably most significantly, today I took the car on its first real maiden voyage! Drove it to the nearby small town to get the front end aligned. It needs it badly, camber is off and the steering wheel is way to the right. I told them to just get the geometry right, and if I need to pull the steering wheel off to re-center it, I can take care of that. But she ran pretty well overall and it was pretty cool (and a little surreal) to actually drive it a meaningful distance on the road. It will take some getting used to, but will feel better once aligned and tuned.

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My to-do list is getting shorter all the time! Some things I still need to address in no particular order:

- Source and clean up good original horns, install
- Dash re-do (waiting for vacuum plated bezels, should arrive next week)
- Repair dash face pad crack if possible, reinstall
- Install radio, glove box, ashtray
- Clean up spare tire jack, find appropriate spare wheel & tire
- Install taillight protectors
- Black out paint for pinch welds / lower body
- Touch up white overspray on undercarriage (fog over with chassis black paint...)
- Get exterior paint final detailed / wetsanded / buffed
- Get pinstripes done
- Install restored wheel lip mouldings
- Install stainless vinyl top retainer strips
- Install heater hoses (currently just looped off)
- Get carb and timing dialed in by someone who knows what they're doing

...and that's about all I can think of right now. Not bad! The timing with the season is pretty good, looks like I'll actually be able to enjoy it a bit this year.
-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by R Code » 03 Apr 2019, 18:18

It looks really nice Andrew, you must be proud of how well all your hard work turned out. Enjoy!
- Chris

1967 Std 4 speed conversion
1989 Merkur XR4Ti

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Post by 70 Cougar » 04 Apr 2019, 19:01

Congrats Andrew. She turned out spectacular. Cant wait to see more photos especially with your photography skills.

So whats going to be the next project car? Can't stop now with this build under the belt.
- Steve O

1970 Mercury Cougar
2004 SVT Cobra

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by DieselD » 04 Apr 2019, 20:50

Looks great Andrew. That first real road test drive is an amazing and terrifying experience worrying if anything is going to fall off cause you missed it along the way :lol:
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Post by Messenger » 22 Apr 2019, 08:43

Andrew, How did you finish your A pillars? Is that just paint and the little pillar trim clips?
Les
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1967 Cougar, ex-XR7, 302-2v

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