69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 01 Mar 2013, 14:07

That is cool! I love those keychains!

I've been looking for a cool Cougar keychain to replace the one that came on my '70 keyring - it is a bottle openner from a Ford dealership. Which I guess is the sign of a different era for sure, but it doesn't really speak "Cougar" to me when I'm grabbing for the keys.

BTW ~ I won't hold it against you that you are using a Cannon camera either (I work for Nikon) :-)
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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
Cat Bites Man!

Looking for an Eliminator? Then be sure to check out the "Eliminators on the Market" thread in the Classic Cougars For Sale section of the forum!

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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by BossElim69 » 11 Mar 2013, 20:24

Got some garage time in this weekend. I got the intermittent no start problem fixed. Couldnot find anything wrong and concluded it had to be corrosion in one of the cables. Replace the cables and so far so good. A little more carb tuning and it's running smooth, just need to play with the auto choke a little yet.

Time to move on to the next step which is the cooling system. It has anti freeze in the motor which I checked by pulling lose a heater hose. No anti freeze in the radiator as it is bone dry, but looks pretty darn clean for sitting for so long. Decide to fill it with anti freeze and see what flushes out of the motor. After running for a few minutes watching the temp gauge climb just past half way and no flow. I shut it down and figured a stuck thermostat. Also started getting a little leak in the seam of the top tank on the side, so radiator has to come out and fixed. Pulled the radiator and moved on to the thermostat. Whoa...wasn't expecting to see that. It appears the water evaporated out of the top hose leaving the gel/waxy residue plugging the thermostat. Cleaned and check the thermostat and it doesn't work, so time to install a new one. Also got a good picture of the original power steering belt.
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68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
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69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by badcatt » 12 Mar 2013, 18:34

Mike_B_SVT wrote: BTW ~ I won't hold it against you that you are using a Cannon camera either (I work for Nikon) :-)
Mike,
you work for Nikon? Cool, I have a couple Nikon's. Love the old F2, but 35mm film and related expenses are out of my plans. So I got a D5100. Not top of the lie but fun and takes great pictures.

Now back to the previously scheduled thread.
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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by BossElim69 » 12 Mar 2013, 19:42

Bad news on top of bad news!

Got the radiator off to the shop to fix the one leak it had in the tank seam. Once they flushed it out and applied pressure it start springing more leaks then the SS minnow! So I'm in need of a 69 radiator C9ZE-AF1 3 core 24"if you have a good one let me know :wave: My backup plan is to use the one out of my 69 standard then replace that one with a new repo.
So, moving on I figure since I have a new thermostat I would get that installed. Upon cleaning all of the leftover antifreeze gunk out of it I could tell some of the metal inside had started to corrode. A little more scraping with the screw drive reviled a couple thin spots and a hole. Checking my parts supply, I don't have an extra water neck. So, I'm in need of a C9AE8594E 390 FE water neck as well. It's better to find this stuff out sitting in the garage vs along side of the road in a puddle of anti freeze.
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67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by fastmerc » 13 Mar 2013, 01:30

Brian,

Radiator shop can't fix you up with a new core for your tanks??? If not, I'd check in with some of the vendors selling radiators..... This car is such a wonderful time capsule that I wouldn't do much except the minimum to make it safe to operate! You would need to have your tank straps moved over....but I would bet that your top tank says AUTOLITE on it or similar.....that the new ones may not have!

My CJ Eliminator was scheduled for E5 build date. Fenders were dated 4-28! About 1600 cars after yours! (They were PUMPING them out at that time!)

I used to have a lot of big block parts hanging out....if I run across a good T-stat housing I will let you know!

Steve
Caring for Cougars since 1978. Picking classic parts from junkyards well before that!!

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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by BossElim69 » 13 Mar 2013, 05:37

I have yet to find a shop near by that will recore the radiator. Seems to be a service that most shops no longer offer. They just want to sell me a new one.
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
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67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by BossElim69 » 18 Mar 2013, 12:39

Good news! I have a radiator shop now that will re-core my original radiator for $500 which isn't bad from some of the prices I've seen for this service. Local shop not too far away and really gave me a good feeling he knew what I wanted, and the best route to go.
I ever got some radiator education I'll share:
My original radiator has 3/4' tube size, so a three core ends up being 2 1/2" wide. You can no longer get a core with 3/4" tube size. But, what is available is a 1/2' tube size which will make the width thinner around 2" wide for a three core. If I move up to a four core the width comes out the same at 2 1/2" wide. The only way you can tell the difference is to look inside the radiator and see the extra core. from the outside it will look the same as the original three core, so this is the route I'll take. Also you can change the fine count per inch to improve the cooling as well. I elected to keep the same fin count so it will maintain the original look. When completed from the outside it will look just like the original and maintain the original tanks and brackets. I'll post up some pictures when I get it back from the radiator shop.
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
08 Cobalt SS

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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 18 Mar 2013, 15:15

Very cool! So are you going to recore your original and put it away for safe keeping, or just go with a new 4 core?

That picture of antifreeze sludge is scary...
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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by BossElim69 » 19 Mar 2013, 06:19

Mike_B_SVT wrote:Very cool! So are you going to recore your original and put it away for safe keeping, or just go with a new 4 core?

That picture of antifreeze sludge is scary...
Recore the original and use it. The goal is to get the Cougar road worthy and maintain all the original parts that I can.
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
08 Cobalt SS

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Re: 69 XR7 S code bringing it back to life

Post by ccarney69 » 19 Mar 2013, 21:28

That's a beautiful car you have there. Good information from the radiator repair shop.
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