Esmerelda...

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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Re: Esmerelda...

Post by badcatt » 16 Apr 2018, 09:58

I like the Cougar air cleaner and valve covers. The little details like the wood grain inserts on the door pull straps make the car look good.
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Post by mfc133 » 16 Apr 2018, 10:09

Good stuff, looks like you guys are having fun :thumbup: Motor looks really good with the aluminum intake and the walking cat air cleaner.
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Post by ccarney69 » 16 Apr 2018, 10:56

You’re doing a great job on the car and it’s really looking good. I’m glad to see that you have the boys involved and that they are enjoying it!
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Post by ssava » 16 Apr 2018, 13:07

Thank you all!
Lots has happened since this. Will post more shortly.
"Esmerelda"
'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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Post by ssava » 16 Apr 2018, 13:14

In February, my cousin Chris came out from California (he works as a car restorer for a company called Canepa) to help us out.
First thing we did was replace the Master Cylinder (I had to pump the brakes 3 times to get any stopping).
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Then we did the shocks. My cousin did the driver's side and my son did the passenger side.
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And finally... we got the sequential tail lights working!
"Esmerelda"
'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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Post by ssava » 16 Apr 2018, 18:49

So much JB Weld on the radiator. But she's still working fine. I was going to upgrade to the 24 inch kit... but West Coast Classic Cougars didn't have it in stock. SO I guess I'll keep using the JB Weld for now...
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Then we replaced the lights in the overhead console.
Still can't get the park brake light to turn off... so we needed to disconnect it.
The gas light doesn't work either. We'll have to look into that at some point.
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'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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Re: Esmerelda...

Post by CougarCJ » 16 Apr 2018, 19:03

There is a grounding switch mounted to the hand brake, probably needs attention.
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Post by ssava » 17 Apr 2018, 05:38

CougarCJ wrote:
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There is a grounding switch mounted to the hand brake, probably needs attention.
THanks. I checked and ours doesn't have one. So we're going to have to figure that out at some point.
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'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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Post by ssava » 17 Apr 2018, 08:25

On March 3, 2017... the 289 died.
I was coming home from picking up dinner when the engine just stopped.
I tried starting her over and over again... but she just wouldn't turn over. I waited 3 hours for a tow truck.
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When I got home... I checked the engine out as best as I could.
The insides were all goopy. Like coffee.
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The working theory is that antifreeze got into the oil and one of the pistons seized up.
Being that she's my daily driver... I needed to get her back up and running quickly. So a buddy of mine offered to take her to his shop and I ordered a new engine from Summit.
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The engine was a 302 crate with roller cams and cost about $2,800. Yikes. We put it on the credit card and in 3 days... it came in.
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My buddy took out the old engine and put in the new one.
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'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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Post by ssava » 17 Apr 2018, 08:32

He then brought it back to our place so my son and I could take part in the rest of the work.
Putting in a new Pertronix Flame thrower distributor...
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And a new Alternator.
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It took my boy and I 2 days to figure out the alternator... but we finally got it working right.
Eventually... we got her up and running again. 10 days from the day it died.
"Esmerelda"
'67 Cougar XR7 purchased September, 2017 to work on with my twin (14) year old boys
Franklin, TN

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