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by 1970puma
09 Dec 2019, 11:39
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Are suspension upgrades worth the cost?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Are suspension upgrades worth the cost?

For a cruiser, I might not want to spend that kind of cash for a major suspension update. Some minor upgrades in good quality shocks & urethane suspension bushings might get most of what you need and should be way under $1k. You can always add some added bracing to stiffen the front towers (especial...
by 1970puma
07 Dec 2019, 10:01
Forum: The Garage
Topic: spark plugs
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: spark plugs

If you can find a USA made Craftsman spark plug socket, that should also fit. In a 1970 with a 351W (taller deck height version of your 289) I could always manage with only 1 or 2 "&%$&%$^#" words. The last plug on that side is a bit tight if you have a brake booster, so I would do 1 that last. I ha...
by 1970puma
26 Nov 2019, 10:28
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Choke heat tube replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Choke heat tube replacement

Certainly correct to match the original heat tube choke with an Autolite carb, but I gave up and went with an Holley 2v/electric choke. Runs great with better performance at 500cfm - just have to remember to turn OFF the ignition key so that the choke will reset. In a 351W I also moved the ignition ...
by 1970puma
18 Nov 2019, 10:42
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Uninvited guest
Replies: 25
Views: 1152

Re: Uninvited guest

Very difficult physically to keep them out - they squeeze thru the smallest holes. I've had great luck repelling them with cedar chips or blocks in the car and scattering a few moth balls in the garage (since they have quite a smell I would not suggest putting them inside the car). A bar or few chip...
by 1970puma
14 Nov 2019, 11:07
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: 67 & 8 wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: 67 & 8 wheels

I bought a set of Magnum 500's from Cooker Tires in TN that worked great for me/never an issue with balancing or the general appearance of the rims/quality of the plating. They do offer a repro of the specialty wheel 67-68 and 69-70, but I cannot say if they are any good (I wanted an 8" wide @ 14" d...
by 1970puma
25 Oct 2019, 09:19
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: West Coast Classic Cougar...
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

Re: West Coast Classic Cougar...

Agreed.
They have some of the hard to find parts and repro's that help keep the gen 1 Cougars going. I was especially pleased with the look of a pair of C-pillar emblems for a 70 XR7 I used.....

Wish we had an outlet on the East coast....
by 1970puma
14 Oct 2019, 04:04
Forum: Classic Cougars for Sale
Topic: 69 cougar sport special
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: 69 cougar sport special

I'd love to see some pictures/hear about the overall condition (especially any rust or significant interior issues). Looks like a NY number, so not too far from me in Southern NH....

See if you can attach to an e-mail & send to 1970Puma@gmail.com.
by 1970puma
14 Oct 2019, 03:49
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: 1969 Wheel Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: 1969 Wheel Questions

I had 14 x6 with 21560r14 front and 14x8 with 24560r14 rear on a 70 XR7. Width of either cleared easily - rears could have gone much larger but not available in 14's. Front was about as big as you could go and clear on a full turn (front to back). I imagine 69 would be able to use the same (not much...
by 1970puma
01 Oct 2019, 10:07
Forum: Classic Cougar Maintenance Restoration and Repair
Topic: Read my spark plugs
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: Read my spark plugs

Do you have old style cork manifold gaskets? I believe they work better than new synthetic ones, but may need to be replaced or re-torqued - especially on the side where that bottom picture of plugs came from. Get a good low range inch/lb torque wrench (especially if you have aluminum covers) and yo...
by 1970puma
01 Oct 2019, 10:01
Forum: Classic Cougar Community Discussion
Topic: My First Cougar
Replies: 15
Views: 802

Re: My First Cougar

That original and in very good condition (from the pictures) is quite rare - even if a standard model (a 390 GT/4 speed would be rare & XR7's were always less common). I would keep it original for as long as possible... Magnum 500's look good (especially if you get the Cougar center caps) - you may ...