New member from So. Oregon..

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Post by Brian-1969Cougar » 28 Jul 2013, 16:26

Hello all. Thought I would do a quick post introducing myself to the community...

I am 41 and have owned Cougars since I was 17. I drove a 1967 standard in high school. Owned that car until I foolishly striped it down to do a full restoration on it. Never could get the money to finish it and wound up selling it when I was in college because I needed the extra money. Still wish I had that car and that body style is still my favorite out of the Cougars.

I currently own two 1969 Cougar projects.... One standard coupe, the other an XR7.... I bought both cars as projects without engines and transmissions. The XR7's interior was removed by the previous owner rebadged and used in a Mustang.... It is also missing its rear end because he sold it to a guy who used it in his dirt track race car.... So, yes, I have a lot of work on my hand's to restore these cars. I have another 9" axle under a 65 Comet race car that got thrashed. ( long story but a building fell on it in a wind storm ) I already did the measuring on it to know it is the right one for the Cougar. Interior is something I need to find yet.... I don't really want to use the other car as parts because it is in pretty good shape as it is. In fact, I drove the car with a 302 from a Monarch in it for a number of years before pulling the engine to use in the 65 Comet .. My ultimate plan is to restore the XR7 as an Eliminator clone and do a resto-mod on the standard with a 429 that I got a few years back. Unfortunately, I don't see myself getting to either of them for a couple of years yet. I am a self employed aircraft mechanic and also the sole source of income to my wife and three kids. So, it is pretty hard to find the money to put in the cars. I also have a 1987 dodge shadow, one of 750 converted by Shelby to a CSX that I am in the middle of doing a paint job on... It is the closest car I have that can be on the road with minimal work so I have prioritized it to be done before the Cougars. ( I know what you are thinking, but it really is kind of a cool little car.... Plus it belongs to the wife, so... )

Here is a quick pic I took of the Cougars as they sit.... I plan on getting them cleaned up again before next winter and possibly moved into one of my shop buildings ...
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The 1941 Ford pickup in the background is one of my dads projects... He also restored a 1964 Mercury Comet Calinte that he drives to local shows....

Anyways.... Good to find this forum, and look forward to many more reads of your cars...


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Post by 1967 S Code » 28 Jul 2013, 16:51

Brian welcome to the Classic Cougar Community. It sounds like you have your hands full but you know the direction of your builds. I look forward to seeing your progress. The Dodge is a cool little car. It's a Shelby after all.

Our Cougars


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 myhighschoolxr7 » 28 Jul 2013, 23:09

Cool. Always good to know about Cougar owners in Oregon. What part of So. Oregon are you?

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Post by Brian-1969Cougar » 29 Jul 2013, 21:11

I live in White City... The cougars are located out at my parents place in Sam's Valley... That is also where my business is located...

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Post by Cougar1 » 30 Jul 2013, 05:24

Brian -- As others have and will say, welcome to the greater Cougar Community; you are among friends and allies
here. If possible could you post the vins and the door data codes for your two Cougars, as we would like to add them
to the national database. Thanks.
Jim Pinkerton
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Post by mo2872 » 30 Jul 2013, 07:27

Welcome aboard, Brian! Airplanes and old Cougars.....sounds familiar.
Yup, that guy, the hooligan.

Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe. I think you owe it an apology.

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 31 Jul 2013, 12:55

Hi Brian, welcome to the site! Looking forward to seeing your progress!
Mike B.
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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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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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Post by Brian-1969Cougar » 31 Jul 2013, 21:43

Thought I would share with you guys some of the restoration projects that I have completed at my business as an aircraft mechanic...
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This is our personal Super Cub.... Restored for the third time since my dad got it in 1969... My grandfather bought it originally in 1964...
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Another Super Cub..... This one I did last year.... Unfortunately, the owner had to ditch it in the ocean due to carburetor ice flying in Alaska... The aircraft was recovered and the owner is gathering replacement parts to rebuilt it again.
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If you can't tell, I restore a lot of Super Cubs.... This one is based in Idaho and Alaska.... The owner owns Bristol Bay fishing lodge..

So there you go.... That is what I do just about every day... Currently I have a set of wings that I am covering for a Cessna 170 that I am just about done with. After that, I have more waiting in line.. Fabric work has become a specialty of mine, and I have had jobs from as far away as Colorado to recover their airplanes...


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Post by Al Bundy » 01 Aug 2013, 04:30

Those are very cool.
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 Brian-1969Cougar » 01 Aug 2013, 13:18

At the request of Cougar1 I took the time and ran across the runway to where I have my Cougars stored and wrote down the vin numbers....

The XR7 is: 9F93H590838

The Standard is: 9F91H544149

I don't know how to read these so I would appreciate the run down on them here if you can post it for me.

On another note.... The pic I uploaded in my first post is from about a year ago that I took real quick to upload to my facebook account..... I really have not been out there to look at them closely for a long time. I am completely disgusted/upset/mad at myself for letting them get as bad as they are. They have been sitting for far too long.... If I don't get to them soon they will not be in any shape to restore....

I took some pic’s on my phone and am uploading them to my photobucket account. I will try and get them posted here when I can.


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