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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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Post by Yorgle » 07 Nov 2011, 15:05

With apologies to both CopyCat and Catvert owners, I couldn't think of a better name for my project. (I'm open to suggestions, though). In any event, I plan to use this thread to post a sort of photo history of my first generation convertible conversion project. To start out, here's a brief overview of the project:

The Car: My augusta green/nugget gold 1968 Cougar XR7, J-code, acquired from Don Rush back in 2004 and faithfully daily driven ever since.

The Goal: To make a good-looking, fully functional, daily driver convertible as inexpensively as possible, with as little bodywork as possible, and without substantial down-time (wife gets angry look in eyes when I need to use the van to go to work).

Start Date: Began planning in Fall of 2010. Acquired parts car and top frame in the spring of 2011. Frame mods made and Roof cut off early summer. Point of no return.

Present Status: Can drive in rain without getting wet.

Future Plans: Clean up some body issues created by carelessness during roof removal. Add extra padding in corners of the top to help shape things a bit better. Add extra sound deadener. Make a removable insulated headliner for winter. Finish well moldings. Add Luggage Rack???

Stay tuned for photos.
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Post by 1969eliminator » 07 Nov 2011, 15:16

Look'n good so far!!
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Post by johnboy » 07 Nov 2011, 15:35

Call it Should've (the one they should have made)
68 XR7 J code madras blue/aqua
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Post by jcbingcougar » 07 Nov 2011, 15:42

I've enjoyed following your progress on the other site. Glad to see you're posting the journey here.
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Post by CatVert68 » 07 Nov 2011, 18:17

Yorgle wrote:With apologies to both CopyCat and Catvert owners, I couldn't think of a better name for my project.
No apologies needed for the name on this end. I think it's a clever touch!
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Post by 1967 S Code » 07 Nov 2011, 21:23

Glad you're posting your story here also. Would love to see more pictures and video if you have it. How about a picture of that 6V carb setup. :thumbup:
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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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Post by Yorgle » 15 Dec 2011, 15:18

One big disadvantage of a convertible is that your ratty interior is exposed for all the world to see. I really didn't think mine was that bad until I saw it with the top down. For the past month or so I've been weighing my options. Ideally, restoring my existing seats in repop leather from WCCC or John's would be the way to go. Unfortunately, the cost of doing that is more than my small wallet . Going with repop vinyl doesn't help either as I would still need to order new seat foam and pay for installation. So, like any good cheapskate would do, I startled googling around the interwebs hoping to find some sort of DIY universal leather covers and foam that I could massage into looking good. No such luck. Then I got to thinking... my vert conversion pretty much killed off whatever "original-ness" my car had, so why be so concerned about the seats. It struck me that just about every car built in the last ten years has some sort of tan leather interior, so why not scrounge for something "close enough" from a salvage vehicle. Thanks to google, I found what I believe is the closest thing to the 67-68 XR7 seat pattern: 2002-2003 Jaguar X-type. As luck (or fate) would have it, one of my clients just happens to have an X type so after some quick measurements, I went ahead and ordered a set from a local salvage company. Total cost: $500.00. Will they fit? Who knows. Can they be made to fit? I don't see why not. At least I'm going to give it a try. Stay tuned.
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1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Post by mo2872 » 15 Dec 2011, 16:09

Hey, if SeanD can make GTO seats fit, dunno why those wouldn't be able to! They look very nice!
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Post by leonbray » 15 Dec 2011, 19:18

Nice - looks like it should be easy for a trimmer to reduce the width of the rear seat

I had problems getting new front sports seats to fit on my 69 vert because of the intrusion of the inner frame rail. Managed to find a narrow set from a Japanese car. You might need some work on the lower frame to get them to sit low enough
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Post by 1967 S Code » 15 Dec 2011, 21:15

I agree that is a good looking set of seats. I think you should be able to make them work. Seat height might be something that has to be worked out. I saw pictures of a G car with Porsche seats and they looked good.
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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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