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Post by 1jarhead2 » 11 Jan 2018, 11:13

Dont know if an introduction is required but here goes. I fell in love with Cougars when I was a young Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. I bought a 67 XR7 from another Marine, she was red with a black vinyl top and had keystone classics. I thought that I was king of the hill with that car. I got stationed in Okinawa Japan so I left my beloved Cougar in a buddies garage instead of the fenced in open parking on base. While I was overseas, my buddy found out that his wife was seeing another guy so a huge fight broke out and they divorced. She got the house and he moved back to Florida. I had no idea that this was going on as it was 1986 and no social media like today. She had my Cougar towed and I never seen it or my buddy ever again. Fast Forward. After 14 years of the Marine Corps, I decided that I needed to build cars to be happy. So I opened up a shop in the quiet little metropolitan area of North Pekin,IL(2700 people). 12 years later I see this pro touring black Cougar at Ohio Goodguys and this stirs up memories of cruising PCH1 in my 67 and checking out the beaches. I post that fond memory on Facebook and get a phone call from a buddy that collects tri5 chevys. He tells me that he has a rust free 1967 Cougar 390 gt car sitting in one of his barns and he would like to get that Ford product out of his collection before it infests his Chevys. I load up my truck and trailer and head south and arrive to an unbelievably rust free 67 cougar in bare steel so no secrets hidden under bondo, primer or paint. I am so shocked at how solid it is that I dont even check numbers or if it runs. I gladly pay him,load it up and get it home. a quick metal prep and sealer and I feel better that she can sit for a few more months before I will be able to bring her back. I take a few quick photos and start running numbers and its not a GT, she is just a plain old 289 4 barrel c4 auto Cougar from Los Angeles and spent most of her life in Louisiana. I run numbers on the engine and trans and I already knew it was not and FE or a 289. It has a fresh rebuilt 351c out of a 69 Cougar and is backed by the same year C6. Well that explains the horrible fitting 69 Cougar center console and 69 Cougar high back bucket Not sure what direction that I will take with this never wrecked super solid 67 Cougar but I am so happy to have one back in my life. Derrek Johnson is my name. Building cars and enjoying life is what I do.

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Post by Leroy R » 11 Jan 2018, 11:21

Welcome, sounds like you have a fun project going.

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Post by SPLINEHEAD » 11 Jan 2018, 11:22

Derrek, I first and foremost would like to thank for your service to our country. Secondly, welcome back to the insanity. There are a lot of good people here in this community. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck with your project.


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Post by ccarney69 » 11 Jan 2018, 11:31

I'm glad that you found another Cougar. Keep us posted on the progress and post some pictures as you go.

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Post by BossElim69 » 11 Jan 2018, 11:52

Thanks for your service. If you have the vin number from your first 67 Cougar we can check the Cougar database and might be able to locate it.
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Post by zman » 11 Jan 2018, 19:06

Welcome Derrek. :beerchug:

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Post by 1967 S Code » 11 Jan 2018, 20:00

Derrek welcome to the Classic Cougar Community. It is always great to have another new member. Overall the story of your fist Cougar is pretty cool loosing it the way you did really stinks. It's great that you have another Cougar to help feed your passion.

PS. Post some pictures, we all like pictures. :thumbup:

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Post by 69XRRR7 » 11 Jan 2018, 20:16

Welcome Derek and thank you for your service. Great but sad story about your old Cougar. Glad you have another Cougar back in your life and we would all enjoy hearing more as your progress goes. We do love to see pictures!! A ton of good info and people here in this forum.
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Post by 69XR7Vert » 11 Jan 2018, 20:44

Welcome Derek. I too have a 67 GT (as well as a 69 XR7 convertible). Where in Pekin is your shop located? I live in the Dallas area but we own a company in Bartonville so I spend a whole lot of time in Peoria.

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Post by GavinS » 11 Jan 2018, 21:49

Welcome Derrek, and thank you for your service. I have a few cars from Oceanside, CA. Unfortunately not the one you have lost. Do you happen to have the title or VIN#, can you research it from your insurance company? If it was in your name and exists, I would think there would be a way to have it tracked down.

Have you checked out Phil Parcells who runs the National Database would be a great resource in looking for you previous 67.

There are a lot of great people here as well as in your local club that will be great help to whatever you may need.

Please reach out to me if I can help in any way.
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