Long Neglected Cougar Project

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Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 06 Dec 2014, 22:02

Car Parked in around March 1983 with a rod nock. The motor was a fresh build (Specs Below) with less than a 1,000 miles when it developed a rod nock during a pass at the Terminal Island Race's. At the time I wasn't aware I should of been running 6 quarts of oil instead of five, or running oil restrictors in the heads to keep from filling up the valve covers with oil during a pass thus starving the bottom end.

Anyways, I have been collecting pieces over the years to get her running again, and will add up dates as I go along.

SPECS:
GT 390
428 SCJ heads
Offy Port A Sonic
Cam - Old Gus Davis - Greg Foreman Grind .612" lift 258 deg @ .050
Hooker 2 1/8" Adj Drag headers
Built C-6
3,500 Stall
Locker with 4:57's

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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by leonbray » 06 Dec 2014, 22:19

Welcome Richard

Nice collection of 914's. always liked them and an XJS as well -- good taste

Good luck with the restoration - we will follow along
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 06 Dec 2014, 22:45

Thanks. The teeners had become my favorite and drove'em for years, but the Cougar got passed over for many many years, so it's finally time I finished her. Then the Jag, but it runs & drives, it just needs body work, but what I love about the Jag, cruising 80 mph, punch the V-12 and it gently pushes back in the seat.

When the Cougar gets running, it's going to Daily Driver Status, for quite a while.

And you missed the RX7... :)
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 S Code » 06 Dec 2014, 22:55

Richard welcome to the Classic Cougar Community. You Cougar looks to be in good condition for sitting that long. With headers like that you'll have one great sounding daily driver.
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1967 Standard
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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"
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 08 Dec 2014, 00:22

The car had been in storage since 83, so pretty much out of the elements. I think it was about 10 ten years ago pushed it out of the garage and threw in a battery and fired it up, but the rod was still nocking... :lol:

I have been collecting engine parts ever since I parked it, but it seems a new project always put this one on the back burner till now.

One of the items I picked up was a 67 Side Oiler block, and that was probably over 25 years ago, that I just recently picked up after being in the shop for 10 months . First I had it acid dipped, then I mocked up the main caps with main cap studs and found that some of cross bolt spacers were loose, so I had new spacers made, this was done to expedite getting the block line honed (long story), then I had it decked & squared, then finally had it honed out to 4.250' bore with deck plates.

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The crank, I bought last year off of Ebay, it's' a C4AE-6303-G, my research has found it was used in the 64 HR motors the T-Bolts and was in the over the counter 7,000 RPM kits, and this one has 2 extra counterweights added off the center main to help smooth out vibrations that crack the blocks around the center main on SOHC motors used in the NASCAR program for how ever short that was. This crank I had cleaned up, the mains came grooved that I had welded up, then the mains & rods ground to my spec's, then I had the leading edges of the counterweights Bull Nosed & the trailing edges Knife Edged, then it was sent out to be nitrided.

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For the intake I decided to go with the Sidewinder, that I just recently had all the carb stud holes time serted since they were all stripped , then I had the carb pad dressed.

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The 427 is gonna take a little longer to finish than I want, so about 3 months ago I bought some ones unfinished 390 project motor, fresh .040" over bore with new forged pistons, re-sized 390 rods with new no name bolts, that I am switching out for ARP bolts, with all new bearings & rings. I bought a new cam, an Isky EE-391: .560" lift with 250* @ .050", and I have a NOS set of shell lifters, that I will be needing longer push rods for, I'm going to lap the valves and re-spring my SCJ heads for the cam I just bought throw on the Port-O-Sonic and go driving after 30 years.

Sounds real easy doesn't it.
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 06 Sep 2017, 11:38

This is still an ongoing project, but I had to save a long time for this big ticket item.
I've had these items finally show up at my door. Heads are the NHRA legal casting CNCed Edelbrock Pro Ports, with stock location exh. Shock Towers made it necessary to go with stock location exh, due to how tight the 2 1/8" adjustable headers were, I couldn't take the chance with having the headers re-flanged for a relocated exh port, then dealing with fitment issues.

Then I had my "J" Sidewinder matched ported

Flow numbers @ .600" lift cam: 330 Int & 232 exh with no pipe.

Intake valve 2.200 BP spec Ferrea
Exh. valve 1.650 BP spec Ferrea

There's this guy on one of the other Ford Forums that has a program, that from engine and car spec's, allows the program with a fair degree of accuracy to determine an engines Torque & HP and how the car would run in the 1/8 & 1/4 mile, including a 60 ft.

Spec's: 67 Cougar, C6 3500 stall, 4:57 locker
427 @ 429 ci. flat tops @ 10.5 CR with Pro Ports, matched ported Sidewinder with an 850 Holley
Crower cam: 604/618 lift & 263/272 @ .050", with 108 LS - 104 IC
Exhaust 2 1/8 adjustable Hookers

Engine & Car Ratings:
427 car
Torq 560 at 4600
Powr 594 at 6100
1.60
7.18 at 96.7
11.22 at 121.1

Close to 600 hp on paper, but I was figuring on around 500 hp compared to comparable builds that have been dynode.

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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 01 Jan 2018, 15:15

New Year's Update: Still collecting engine parts, Canton Alumnium 8 Quart Road Race pan & Pickup

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Originally, I was going to run a Holley 850 DP, but because of intended daily driving, I was looking for a Vacuum Secondary carb around the same CFM, and came across this NOS Holley 1,050 CFM 3 Barrel, so I will see If it's any better.
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by SuperCJcat » 01 Jan 2018, 18:16

Very cool project with a nice collection of new parts, going to be fun cat for sure!!!
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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 S Code » 06 Jan 2018, 19:33

Richard I figured I'd ask the question but won't the dual plane manifold interfere with the three barrel carburetor secondary? I know three barrel carburetors can be made to scream with a big block and a low gear ratio but I have heard they can be a pain to dial in past the initial bog down at wide open throttle. Has this been your experience or am I mistaken?
Steven
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Our Cougars

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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

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Re: Long Neglected Cougar Project

Post by 1967 XR7 GT » 15 Jan 2018, 22:18

Hi Steven

Yes the secondary would hit the divider, but I had already worked out that issue, I am modding a 1/2" phenolic spacer plate.

I haven't ran the carb yet, but have read about tuning issues and the bog. Apparently, when the carbs came out a fix was dual primary secondary squirter tubes ? But I am going to try something else, so today I just bought a 3 barrel 950 center section fairly cheap, to play with. The 950 is just a re-numbered 1050, the straight leg tubes were replaced with downleg boosters in the rear restricting flow dropping the CFM to 950. I'll update & post pics when I get it worked out.
1967 S Code wrote:
06 Jan 2018, 19:33
Richard I figured I'd ask the question but won't the dual plane manifold interfere with the three barrel carburetor secondary? I know three barrel carburetors can be made to scream with a big block and a low gear ratio but I have heard they can be a pain to dial in past the initial bog down at wide open throttle. Has this been your experience or am I mistaken?
Steven
Richard

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