The August 2017 Ride of the Month is Brian Carpenters '69 Boss 302 Eliminator

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The August 2017 Ride of the Month is Brian Carpenters '69 Boss 302 Eliminator

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Post by xr7g428 » 07 Aug 2017, 16:56

The August 2017 Ride of the Month is Brian Carpenter's 1969 Boss 302 Eliminator!
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August is hot but not as hot as Brian Carpenters '69 Boss 302 Eliminator!

Brian tells us the story of his Competition Orange Cat!

During the summer of 2001 I had some extra cash and was looking for a unique Cougar like a GT-E, G or an Eliminator. After investing about three months searching for the right Cougar and coming up empty. I spotted an ad in the Yahoo on-line classifieds. At that point, the ad was already two months old and it offered no details about the car beyond saying, "For Sale: 1969 Mercury Cougar." Figuring that, if the car was anything special, the seller would have said more about it in the ad, I was about to pass it by when something made me send the owner an e-mail requesting more details.

What I got back was almost too good to be true. The Cougar was described as being a Competition Orange, four-speed, Boss 302 Eliminator with a white interior. I didn't want to get my hopes up too high before confirming the car's details and condition, but I was beginning to get the feeling I'd struck gold. The owner sent me a bunch of pictures that represented the Eliminator's condition, along with some of its history. Originally sold in Missouri, the car then moved to Arkansas, Georgia and, eventually to New York. Generally, the interior and exterior of the Eliminator were in excellent condition.

Still, I wanted to know as much as possible about the Eliminator before buying it, so my next call was to Frank Bowers, the Eliminator Registrar. I gave Frank the VIN and asked him if the car was in the registry. The Eliminator was registered and, better yet, Frank knew about the car. In fact, Frank said he had considered buying it himself, but already had too many Cougar and he was more into the 70 Eliminators. Frank also gave me a few production details concerning the car. According to Kevin Marti's classic Cougar database, Mercury produced 169 1969 four-speed Boss 302 Eliminators. Of those, only about ten of the registered cars are considered road worthy.

There was, however, a good news/bad news element to the deal. The bad news was that the car's original Boss 302 was missing. It had been replaced with a 1970 stroked Boss 302, which the owner wanted to keep. The good news was that the owner had collected engine parts with the correct casting numbers to assemble a correct engine for the Eliminator. What was even better yet is that the owner had managed to collect all the hard to find early 1969 Boss parts. All the 69 Eliminators that I’ve had contact with in the last 17 years all have the Boss block with the casting C8FE-6015-B. The Eliminator has the early production intake manifold—the one with the word "firing" misspelled in the firing order. It was spelled "FIREING," and the mistake wasn't corrected by grinding out the "E" until the next batch of manifolds were cast.
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I called the owner, we agreed on a deal and I hooked the trailer to my truck in preparation for a trip to New York the weekend of September 15, 2001. The only problem was that September 11, 2001 would come first. The tragic events of that day upset the plans of many people, including mine. My route from Michigan to New York involved crossing the Canadian border, which was suddenly closed. My trip and the Eliminator would have to wait another week.
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Brian's Boss Eliminator still on the trailer from the ride home.

With the car finally in my garage and winter only a few weeks off, I decided to begin rebuilding/assembling the Eliminator's engine. Since I find the engine work one of the most enjoyable parts of restoring a car, it seemed like a great way to spend the winter. Besides, the rest of the car was in very good shape, so once I had an engine, I'd be pretty much set to go. I bored out the block .030" over to clean up the cylinder walls, then discovered that TRW .030" pistons were unavailable because TRW had filed for bankruptcy. After six weeks of searching, I hooked up with a guy in Australia, of all places, who had an NOS set of the pistons still in the box. I rebuilt the cylinder heads by installing stainless steel exhaust seat inserts, new guides, 2.23" 429CJ stainless steel intake valves, and 1.71" 351CJ exhaust valves. These were topped off with dual springs, chrome moly retainers and 1:72 Harland Sharp roller rockers. I installed MPG port plates to improve air flow through the ports and add low-end torque and horsepower.
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Next I designed my own camshaft profile to match the engine set up and had the cam ground by Thundermaker Cams. Nothing beats the sound of a solid lifter valve train singing its tune under the hood. I balanced the engine's rotating assembly and blueprinted the motor to make sure all the clearances were in spec during assembly.
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Because the Boss 302 has an aluminum bell housing, I gave safety a little boost by installing a Centerforce steel flywheel, and a dual friction clutch to get the power to the rear wheels, while making the clutch pedal a little easier to push. I’ve been driving and enjoying the Eliminator since 2001. Since I got it on the road in 2001 I haven’t done nothing to it except maintenance. I did re-install the correct argent wheels and some new tires before the Cougar 50th anniversary in Dearborn this past spring. I have collector all the NOS parts to do a full restoration, but will keep it as a driver once restored. To me this Cougar Eliminator checks all the box on the driving experience of a 60’s muscle car.
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Re: The August 2017 Ride of the Month is Brian Carpenters '69 Boss 302 Eliminator

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Post by xr7g428 » 07 Aug 2017, 17:02

What a cool Eliminator! I love the way this car is optioned out, Comfort Stream Ventilation and even a Rear Seat Speaker.
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Post by 68PUMA » 07 Aug 2017, 19:13

Congrats on ROTM Brian, it was nice seeing you again (met you at Tulsa) and seeing a '69 B302 Elim. for the 1st time. :)
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Post by 7.0 Litre Kid » 07 Aug 2017, 21:12

Nice Catch! and nice to meet finally you in Dearborn.

Cool Car Brian, Congrats!

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 07 Aug 2017, 22:18

Congrats Brian! Was great to finally meet you in Dearborn!
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Post by Comp Elimn8r » 08 Aug 2017, 04:22

Nice Eliminator!
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Post by jcbingcougar » 08 Aug 2017, 07:25

Great car. Congratulations!
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Post by SuperCJcat » 08 Aug 2017, 08:37

Congratulations Brian!!! Very cool Eliminator and really like the mods, Must be a blast!
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Post by badcatt » 08 Aug 2017, 08:52

Congratulations Brian. I enjoyed meeting you and seeing this Cougar in Detroit.
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Post by mo2872 » 08 Aug 2017, 08:52

Way cool car, and story.
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