Hat trick (in a good way!)

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Hat trick (in a good way!)

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Post by R.B.Phillips » 08 Jul 2018, 11:27

So after finding last weekend the .85 diameter front sway bar I got at a good price was for '65-'66 Mustang (too narrow), I had three "wins" yesterday. First, I used my new old Snap-On tie rod sleeve wrench ($9 on eBay) to straighten my '68 XR-7 steering wheel from the previous owner and his shops. Then I finally got lube to the 4th upper control arm bushing that previous people failed to put a zerk on (the other 3 have zerks!). No more Fairlane squeak. Then I installed a correct but aftermarket .875 bar from Addco that I dirtied up so it would blend in.

This morning I felt so good I installed the correct length rear shocks that WCCC has KYB make batches of periodically. Hat trick +1!
Nice to check off some nice straightforward jobs. After, I took a good long drive of pure enjoyment.

In spring 1970, I bought one of the Ford .85 bars for my Comet Cyclone lookalike for....$13.xx. Ah, the prices of the Nixon years!

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Post by badcatt » 08 Jul 2018, 13:38

R.B.Phillips wrote:
08 Jul 2018, 11:27
In spring 1970, I bought one of the Ford .85 bars for my Comet Cyclone lookalike for....$13.xx. Ah, the prices of the Nixon years!
And everyone was complaining about how high inflation was... Wish I could get gas for under $0.50 a gallon today.
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Post by R.B.Phillips » 08 Jul 2018, 16:22

Gawd, yes! I remember price controls on certain things as an "emergency" measure....summer '71! I was making under $2.00 an hour in the retail shoe store (a good job at age 18!), But I managed to buy the '71 Cyclone new with a co-signer....

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Post by Cougar Bill » 09 Jul 2018, 07:03

Just an FYI for all

WCCC does NOT have KYB make shocks for them on a custom basis.
The shocks are made for all to buy. The part # you are looking for the rear shocks is
KYB # 344052
Rock Auto sells them for $23.79 each Vs $55.67 EACH at WCCC
Why pay twice the going rate to be told a "white lie"...?

Maybe that's why Mr. Vacuum Man stopped selling to WCCC!
He IS still rebuilding & selling rebuilt actuators & check valves! (among many other items!)

http://crittercreekcougar.com/

http://crittercreekcougar.com/shop/head ... ured-1969/

I must say the 69 unit I just put in a 69 SCJ was spectacular!!!!
1970 XR-7 428 Ramair 4 speed (now under restoration)
1970 Eliminator Boss 302
1969 XR-7 428 R-code 4 speed
1969 Std. 428 R-code C-6
1969 XR-7 Convertible 351 AOD
1969 XR-7 Convertible 428 C6
1969 XR-7 351 5 speed "RestoMod" New 525Hp "pacemaker"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBkOzr7N13Y
1968 XR-7 X-code
1968 XR-7 302-4v 4 Speed (J-code)
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Post by Don Rush » 09 Jul 2018, 09:06

Bill... What white lie are you talking about? We as a group here on the forum batted around the different shock listings that best fit a Cougar and came up with the AMC #, WCCC has never taken credit for that nor do we have a direct line with KYB, please refer to the rear shock thread here on the forum. And yes, Rock Auto often sells for less than what we can buy from our suppliers at but when you go to buy 20 of them you find they do not have that quantity available and they have to ship from multiple locations which drives the shipping to a total cost that makes them unattractive. As for Critter Creek no longer selling to us because of misleading folks on shocks or other items, that is just wrong information. Yes we have discontinued some of their products and services and if you need to know more you can call us.

https://secure.cougarpartscatalog.com/k ... attribs=76

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/kyb,3 ... orber,7556

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Post by Cougar Bill » 09 Jul 2018, 09:39

" by R.B.Phillips » Yesterday, 11:27

This morning I felt so good I installed the correct length rear shocks that WCCC has KYB make batches of periodically. "

As Far as Critter Creek, I am speaking from exactly what I was told by him.

So facts only Don.

This thread should not be deleted due to your comments.
1970 XR-7 428 Ramair 4 speed (now under restoration)
1970 Eliminator Boss 302
1969 XR-7 428 R-code 4 speed
1969 Std. 428 R-code C-6
1969 XR-7 Convertible 351 AOD
1969 XR-7 Convertible 428 C6
1969 XR-7 351 5 speed "RestoMod" New 525Hp "pacemaker"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBkOzr7N13Y
1968 XR-7 X-code
1968 XR-7 302-4v 4 Speed (J-code)
1967 XR-7 302 & AOD Green- Wife's Cat
www.cougarbill.com

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Post by R.B.Phillips » 09 Jul 2018, 12:08

So I drew an incorrect conclusion about the shocks, and you hijack the thread? Don is correct - neither he nor WCCC ever told me KYB makes them for WCCC.

Not a good move.

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Post by xr7g428 » 09 Jul 2018, 12:22

A quick reminder, we don't bash people here. If you have an issue, work it out on your own turf.
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Post by Cougar Bill » 09 Jul 2018, 12:37

Look, I only quoted what you said. Also to correct a possible " internet mis-step"
I then tried to show all others in the Cougar Community that the KYB shock is avail to all.
I then showed all that they can be bought and at huge price savings over what you paid.

By the way the thread had already drifted about gas prices.....

So, That's why I asked to leave this thread alone.

No need to get defensive.

I'm here to help all with correct info & maybe save a few bucks along the way.

P.S. Don has great people working for him. He also has a great web site. These cost money. I get it, but then that's why there's Walmart!

Thanks & Happy Motoring!
1970 XR-7 428 Ramair 4 speed (now under restoration)
1970 Eliminator Boss 302
1969 XR-7 428 R-code 4 speed
1969 Std. 428 R-code C-6
1969 XR-7 Convertible 351 AOD
1969 XR-7 Convertible 428 C6
1969 XR-7 351 5 speed "RestoMod" New 525Hp "pacemaker"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBkOzr7N13Y
1968 XR-7 X-code
1968 XR-7 302-4v 4 Speed (J-code)
1967 XR-7 302 & AOD Green- Wife's Cat
www.cougarbill.com

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Post by DieselD » 10 Jul 2018, 09:28

Dont think the issue was the shock comment, It was the dig with the critter creek comment which didnt have much place in the conversation.

I do appreciate the shock numbers. I will need these one day and I had no idea they where different until seeing all the threads here. Its nice to know we have options when buying parts. I for one always cross check other sources and weigh out my options when purchasing, shipping costs and availability play a large role in where to get parts from. Sometimes it can be cheaper to pay more for the part itself when considering shipping costs of the cheaper part might cancel out any savings. Its nice to have multiple options to purchase parts for our cougars, as you know the mustang boys have it easy with dozens of vendors, not so much luck for us cougar guys so the more options we have the better!
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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