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by R.B.Phillips
16 May 2019, 15:17
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Modern endoscopic wifi cameras vs. What Crank Do I Have
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Modern endoscopic wifi cameras vs. What Crank Do I Have

I have a really nice '68 with a non-original motor. I'm working in the front and top end of what I found (by looking through P.O. receipts) is a 6K mile longblock of untraceable pedigree that has one 1979- and one 1980 cylinder head. So I became curious: which crank is actually in this thing? It occ...
by R.B.Phillips
02 May 2019, 06:35
Forum: By Popular Demand! Show Us Your Cougar!
Topic: 68 xr7
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: 68 xr7

Apologies for being late by a month, but I recall two possible influences on Mercury to call the trusty 390 the 6.5 . First, Pontiac did the same thing in '64 with their 389 for the GTO badge (6.5 litre, misspelled Euro-style). But there was, briefly, talk by NASCAR in the '63 race season of going t...
by R.B.Phillips
28 Apr 2019, 12:34
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: 1967 XR7GT Sound System Upgrade Input Please
Replies: 7
Views: 248

Re: 1967 XR7GT Sound System Upgrade Input Please

Yes! One of my gripes with what I have is lack of modern-type bass and midrange. I'm going to read through that link.
by R.B.Phillips
26 Apr 2019, 05:05
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: 1967 XR7GT Sound System Upgrade Input Please
Replies: 7
Views: 248

Re: 1967 XR7GT Sound System Upgrade Input Please

My XR-7 was an original AM-FM stereo car. I got tipped off that a correct '68 AM-FM was on eBay, so I snagged it. Only AM was working, and I had it repaired (not converted) by Greg Ward, the Alabama car radio guy - 3 failed transistors and a couple capacitors replaced. With the 90s cassette/AM/FM go...
by R.B.Phillips
19 Apr 2019, 05:30
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: Trying to find a value for my Dad's 1 owner custom ordered 71' XR-7
Replies: 14
Views: 505

Re: Trying to find a value for my Dad's 1 owner custom ordered 71' XR-7

I had that drivetrain in a different 1971 Mercury product. Fine choice, 3.25, in those days pre-overdrive transmissions....
by R.B.Phillips
19 Apr 2019, 05:22
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: Check out this video
Replies: 13
Views: 518

Re: Check out this video

This looks like the one I looked over as the featured used car at a Utica, NY Pontiac dealer in spring '71, at which time it still had the wheels...haunting stuff.
by R.B.Phillips
12 Apr 2019, 17:02
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Carburetor Question
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Carburetor Question

I'm actually a fan of the 600 CFM 4300s. I got one as original equipment on my '71 351 Cleveland, and made lots of power in the old NHRA Pure Stock days ('72-'73). You can even still get primary jets for them should the urge arise. They have really crisp off-idle response, and the internet-ballyhooe...
by R.B.Phillips
23 Mar 2019, 15:48
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Increasing HP
Replies: 27
Views: 961

Re: Increasing HP

Yes, nothing wrong with the C4. Internals are still available, common, and plenty strong.
by R.B.Phillips
23 Mar 2019, 10:47
Forum: Classic Cougar Speed Shop
Topic: Increasing HP
Replies: 27
Views: 961

Re: Increasing HP

Is the thing optimized now? You sound pretty knowledgeable, so the answer's probably yes. The centrifugal advance springs have been replaced with lighter ones, and you're satisfied the accelerator pump an overall mixture are to your satisfaction? Speaking for myself, I'd take an original 4100, fresh...