73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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gotgraham
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73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by gotgraham » 07 Jul 2018, 20:13

(I just realized this should be in Classic Cougar Experience)

A couple years ago I bought a 73 XR7 Convertible from WCCC. I drove it down from Portland to Reno, NV. It's been a great car. Last week, my wife and I took a road trip to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and chose to drive the convertible. I figured I'd share some highlights. The car ran great. Zero issues. It was a good test as elevation varied from 0 to 7300 ft over 800 miles. It's essentially all stock and unrestored.

The first day we drove from Reno, NV to Santa Rosa, CA via I80 to Hwy 12 through Napa-Sonoma area.

Starting line at home in Reno
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Santa Rosa!
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Second day was Santa Rosa, CA to Monterey, CA.

This is just south of Half Moon Bay on Hwy 1
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Next day was Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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The last day was back home!
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Re: 73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by CatsRock » 08 Jul 2018, 05:14

Glad to see your out enjoying one of your phat cats, I thought maybe you jumped ship since there haven't been any blog updates on the hard top :poke: Thanks for the pics and the share sounded like a great time :smoke:
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Re: 73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by xr7g428 » 08 Jul 2018, 07:23

This is what owning a classic Cougar is all about. Congratulations on the anniversary!
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Re: 73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by gotgraham » 08 Jul 2018, 08:34

CatsRock wrote:
08 Jul 2018, 05:14
Glad to see your out enjoying one of your phat cats, I thought maybe you jumped ship since there haven't been any blog updates on the hard top :poke: Thanks for the pics and the share sounded like a great time :smoke:
Thanks!

Haha yeah I've been really bad about posting updates. The hardtop is running great - 427 stroker, motec fuel injection, traction control, launch control, nitrous. I put some better tires on it. It sounds like a handful, but with all the electronics it makes for a really pleasant driver. I'll get some updates up!

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Post by badcatt » 08 Jul 2018, 13:31

It is nice to see you and your wife are enjoying the convertible. That looks like it was a good time. When you have the time it would be nice to read what you have done to the hard top. And maybe some iof the other things you showed me at your shop. How did the display in then entry come out?
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Re: 73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by gotgraham » 10 Jul 2018, 17:34

badcatt wrote:
08 Jul 2018, 13:31
It is nice to see you and your wife are enjoying the convertible. That looks like it was a good time. When you have the time it would be nice to read what you have done to the hard top. And maybe some iof the other things you showed me at your shop. How did the display in then entry come out?
Thanks! Yep the office / shop is all done. Here's a pic of it, along with a recent pic of the hard top. I'll get to updating that blog!
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Post by Don Rush » 10 Jul 2018, 18:28

So cool that you are using it and not just a garage trophy. Bet you had people approaching you to chat non-stop!

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Post by Blitz » 10 Jul 2018, 18:36

Awesome! I remember that car, and got to drive it around when I was taking photos of it. I remember it being a very nice cruiser. Glad you're getting it out and enjoying it!
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-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: 73 XR7 Convertible Road Trip

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Post by gotgraham » 10 Jul 2018, 18:51

Don Rush wrote:
10 Jul 2018, 18:28
So cool that you are using it and not just a garage trophy. Bet you had people approaching you to chat non-stop!
Thanks! It always gets a lot of compliments! It's been a great car.

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