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Wounded Warrior Project ’68 Mercury Cougar Restoration

1968 Mercury Cougar Warrior Restoration ProjectThe Warriors of the Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) need your support to complete the restoration of a Classic 1968 Mercury Cougar. Mr. Tony Torango, owner of Body Masters Collision Repair Shop, El Paso, TX graciously donated his facility and his time to guide the Warriors through the restoration process. As you can imagine the restoration is quite extensive. Because of the scope of the project, along with the attention to detail needed, the soldiers must stay focused. This focus has basically served as work therapy allowing them to heal quicker. The project is progressing very nicely but we are near the end and need assistance with parts and funding to finish. Continue reading Wounded Warrior Project ’68 Mercury Cougar Restoration

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G-Force Cougar: The G Car That Could Have Been

What If Team Cougar had won that last race in 1967 and become the Trans Am series Champs?

It would have been difficult for Ford to pull the plug on Team Cougar. Perhaps Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Ed Leslie would have gone on to win again in 1968. We will never know of course, but for certain, Mercury would have tried to make the most of the victory, and the best way to do that would have been with a commemorative vehicle. Continue reading G-Force Cougar: The G Car That Could Have Been

XR7-G Blueprints

The way they did things back then…

1968 Cougar XR7-G Blueprints: Cougar Horn Emblem

The original design drawings for the special components that were used to turn a regular Cougar into an XR7-G are now available in the documents section of this site.  The documents are downloadable PDF files and were produced from scans of the original 40-year-old blue prints.

It amazes me that these documents survived for all of these years.  From what I have been able to piece together, this story begins in about 1970.  The engineering group responsible for Shelby Automotive, was being disbanded.  Shelby Mustangs had hit the end of the road, with no new cars being produced after 1969 (the ’70’s were actually left over ’69 models!).  In the process of shutting things down, one of the engineers decided that the trunk of his car was better place to put a box of the XR7-G design drawings, than the dumpster for which they were intended.   This box also included several of the California Special design drawings and even a few others.  The box migrated from his trunk to his basement, and there the papers sat for the next 38 years.  Fast forward to early 2008.  In an effort to clean out the basement, the papers one again saw the light of day, and again bypassed becoming just a little more landfill.  The papers were passed to an eBay merchant, who began listing the drawings in his auctions.

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Unicorn Found: The Cougar That Couldn’t Exist, Does

They never installed a 427 in anything but a GT-E in 1968. Except when they did…

Okay, so what if I told you that there was this guy who says there was a ’68 XR7–that’s not a GT-E–built with a factory W-code 427 (impossible), has factory Whisper Aire® Air Conditioning (not available with a 427), painted white (of course, all unicorns are white…), and that it was ordered by a dealer in Texas for a retail customer, built on the assembly line, and it may still be in the hands of the original owner?

Riiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhtttttttttttttt……..

I’ll bet you a beer that I’m not making this up. Make it two beers if you are really confident I am full of horse pucky.

The story begins many years ago. Rumors of a W-code XR7 begin to circulate. Story has it that it is a GT-E that is minus trim. Even the slightest chance of finding another lost GT-E is always worth checking out. It turns out that several guys claim to have seen the car, but no one can pin it down. A trip to where the car is said to be located finds no car, and only the remains of what may have been a house. Over time, the story fades to black, and the forgotten, missing, maybe-a-GT-E, fades from memory.

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We are using an open source program called phpBB to support the forum. This does lots of great things for us. First of all, open source software can be modified to meet our purposes. We aren’t stuck with the way the developers’ believe things should work. We also benefit from the thousands of other users’ experience and efforts in extending the basic software by developing code that adds features–called “mods” with phpBB–so the Forum does more and we don’t have to spend our hard-earned money paying for it. Since phpBB is also on an open license, we don’t have to pay for the software license, and even more important, all of the constant upgrades and support fees. And here is the real kicker: the most popular paid software is actually based on phpBB! So we get all of the good stuff, and we can put the money into better, faster hosting and things that make a difference for the users.

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New Forums at ClassicCougarCommunity.Com

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The forum is run by and for Cougar enthusiasts.  Our main focus is making this the best place for Cougar hobbyists, not advertisers.   You have to be a bit of a web geek to fully understand what this means, but we think everyone will find the results speak for themselves.

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