Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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wawazat
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Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by wawazat » 29 Mar 2017, 19:40

Hi all,
I just joined though I've owned my car for about a year now. Living in the Motor City and within a few miles of Woodward Avenue I'd been looking for a classic Ford/Lincoln/Mercury convertible for a few years. I was specifically not looking for a Mustang as I've owned a bunch of them in the past, all Fox bodies. My car came from Utah and is a base Cougar convertible equipped with the 3 speed transmission, manual drum brakes, and converted to power steering and a rebuilt 351 Cleveland by the previous owner. Originally yellow with black interior the previous owner fixed up some dents and dings and repainted her red and replaced the top. A perfect blank canvas car ad one which will be modified to my preferences with an eye on ability to revert back to stock if ever required. My family and I enjoyed it all last summer even after she blew off the lower radiator hose at a gas station on Woodward during the Dream Cruise :oops:. I knew the exhaust system needed some love when I bought her and it fell apart last summer as well so was replaced with a set of long tube Doug's headers and Borla SS exhaust for a Mustang that was adapted to the car by PowerGrid Inc.

My plans are to make this a long trip worthy car with better handling and braking performance and a European GT car feel/vibe. As such I've purchased a TKO-600 transmission, a complete suspension, braking (Wilwood 4 pistons), and R&P steering conversion from Unisteer, and a set of 17"x8" T.A.R.E. Superlite wheels. D&D Performance supplied the transmission. Street or Track here in Detroit supplied the suspension, brakes and R&P kit and I worked with Trans Am Race Engineering directly for the wheels. I also am using Flex Form monoleaf composite springs for the rear. Mike Maier Racing is supplying the one piece combination Monte Carlo bar/Export brace. I'm installing the Recaro seats from my autocross Subaru, a MotoLita steering wheel, and reupholstering/recovering the back seat for my two boys.

Installation starts next week and I'm excited by the changes in store my car. Regardless of the state of the conversion I will be at the Detroit 50th Anniversary show as it's only a short trip from my home. Pics to come as I figure out how to post them on this site :lol:
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Re: Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by 0F94M » 29 Mar 2017, 20:49

Sounds like a fun project! I'm from the area too (scs) and own a 70 convertible. I'll keep an eye out for your car!

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Re: Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by R Code » 30 Mar 2017, 11:39

I like it. Welcome!
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Post by BossElim69 » 30 Mar 2017, 14:05

Nice list of speed parts! Welcome to the forum and I'll see you in Dearborn
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Re: Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by waterlife » 31 Mar 2017, 16:55

Welcome :beerchug:
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Re: Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by guitar74 » 31 Mar 2017, 19:05

Welcome. I think you'll like the 4 piston Wilwoods. Installed them on the front of my '68 a year ago and love them. Smooth quick pucker free stops!

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Post by wawazat » 04 Apr 2017, 15:17

Thanks guys. I'm breaking her out of storage this weekend to begin the transformation. I scored a complete 9" 3.70 Auburn posi center section last Friday so that's going in as well.

Good to hear about your Wilwood experience guitar74! Now I need to start selling all the other brakes parts I'd been collecting over the years for other projects Stoptech and Brembo stuff mainly.
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Post by wawazat » 23 Jun 2017, 21:29

Well, due to carb issues I wasn't able to drive to the 50th meet in Dearborn. Tonight I finally got her fired up with the FITech system I installed. Got to tidy up some install stuff Sunday and put on some miles.
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Re: Detroit area 1969 base convertible

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Post by Caleb » 23 Jun 2017, 22:08

Hurry up and get some pictures up. Haha. I look forward to seeing your build

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Post by 69XRRR7 » 25 Jun 2017, 16:33

Welcome to the forum and congrats on you scoring what sounds to be a very nice Cougar sometime soon. Lots of great people and knowledge here. Yes, pics would be great!
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