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My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 27 Feb 2018, 20:43
by Bryan Owsley
I've been working on restoring my first car, a 1967 XR7. I bought this car in 1994 with the money I earned from my summer job. Over the years I've done some good things to it, and a few things I wish I hadn't. I converted it to a manual transmission, a top-loader 4-speed. I recently put some steeper gears in the rear end and it's been living in the body shop for about a year getting all the rusty holes patched and crooked metal straightened. This car was my first real love and hopefully I can put her back together in the way she always looked in my head.




Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 27 Feb 2018, 21:25
by Bryan Owsley
Here's another pic of the front. The lower cowl has been replaced, new floors, the trunk filler panel and the driver's side quarter panel have also been replaced. I thought I had a solid car until it came apart. I regret leaving it parked under that tree for 10 years.


Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 28 Feb 2018, 07:04
by Bryan Owsley
While my car has been in the shop I've been putting together some parts to install when she's out:



These are some original hinges from a '68 that have been reworked with Zerk fittings added.



This is a power disk brake conversion kit for the front. The car originally had manual drum brakes all around. Since I put the 4-speed in I'd have to push on the brake pedal with both feet to keep from rolling backwards when stopped on a steep hill. Not very comfortable.



I'm going to replace the vacuum headlight system with these electric ones. For most of the time I've owned my car my headlights have been of the manual variety with me having to get out of the car and pull open the headlight covers by hand when it was getting dark. It's ok when you're a teenager but its kinda embarrassing now.



Misc. parts. A new valance, an export brace, an old tunnel ram and some interior pieces. What else would you store in a garage?

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 02 Mar 2018, 18:46
by Bryan Owsley
The good news is...I found a hood with only surface rust. The bad news is...it looks like someone was dancing on the hood.The price was right so I'll take it to the shop and see what the body man says.

The Good


The Bad


The Ugly

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 02 Mar 2018, 21:04
by fordnutz
Good luck with your project. I'm sure you can't wait to have it all back together and take it for a drive.

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 03 Mar 2018, 09:41
by Bryan Owsley
Thanks! Progress is slow but steady. It should be a fun car when its all done.

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 18 Jul 2018, 19:44
by Bryan Owsley

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 18 Jul 2018, 19:51
by Bryan Owsley


Here's an update on the Cougar! I have two small kids, so my free time is limited. I was hoping to have the car ready to go back to the body shop this month but that is definitely not going to happen. I work on it when I can. I'd just like to get the paintwork done so I can start putting her back together.

Re: My 1967 Cougar XR7

Posted: 18 Jul 2018, 19:58
by Bryan Owsley

Engine out, need to clean the engine bay and prep for paint.

I pulled the Toploader out and had a look. The internals look good. The clutch assembly, not-so-much. I put this transmission in the car 20 years ago. Now it's coming back out...for now.