My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

What to know about a particular Cougar? This is the place to make the request.
guitar74
Registered Member
Posts: 1461
Joined: 11 Oct 2015, 16:55

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by guitar74 » 18 Dec 2016, 15:28

Nice '68.

User avatar
Don Rush
Registered Member
Posts: 2174
Joined: 06 Nov 2011, 20:43
Location: Brooks Oregon
Contact:

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by Don Rush » 19 Dec 2016, 12:40

You could sell it on ebay without much elbow grease for $15k right now, insurance replacement value at $20k based on how hard it would be to find one just like it the day you lose it.

Socalef9
Registered Member
Posts: 144
Joined: 22 Nov 2016, 22:09

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by Socalef9 » 21 Dec 2016, 21:26

Don Rush wrote:You could sell it on ebay without much elbow grease for $15k right now, insurance replacement value at $20k based on how hard it would be to find one just like it the day you lose it.
Copy, Thank you.

User avatar
1967 S Code
Registered Member
Posts: 4241
Joined: 25 Dec 2010, 20:35
Location: Sumter, South Carolina

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by 1967 S Code » 22 Dec 2016, 11:34

Your Cougar looks great. As everyone else has stated it has a great color combo. I like the fact that it's a J code, 4 speed and has factory AC.
Steven
Image

Our Cougars

Image

1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

Steve68Cougar
Registered Member
Posts: 183
Joined: 20 Nov 2016, 18:55
Location: Manhattan, KS

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by Steve68Cougar » 04 Jan 2017, 21:35

Very nice! I've always wished mine was an original 4-speed car. Have fun with it!
68 Cougar -Augusta Green
08 Mustang Bullitt - Dark Highland Green

Socalef9
Registered Member
Posts: 144
Joined: 22 Nov 2016, 22:09

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by Socalef9 » 04 Jan 2017, 22:08

Steve68Cougar wrote:Very nice! I've always wished mine was an original 4-speed car. Have fun with it!
"Fun" so far has been dumping a bunch of money just to get it running reliably lol. I definitely overpaid. Much more wrong with the car than i thought when i bought it. Its been fun, just a bigger expense than i had thought when i bought it

User avatar
xr7g428
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4212
Joined: 23 Dec 2010, 21:02
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Contact:

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by xr7g428 » 05 Jan 2017, 14:22

These car are not hard to work on, and even if you have never done automotive repair before they are a good place to learn. Before you drop cash on repairs post what you are doing and see if you can't possibly do it yourself or save some money by getting good advice here. You have a car that lots of guys would very sincerely love to have... J code 4 speed disc brakes and AC is a super desirable combination.
Bill Basore, Editor / Publisher
Legendary Cougar Magazine
Currently in the Cat House
'67 XR7 GT 390 4 speed, AC, AM FM, Lime Frost Green
'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

guitar74
Registered Member
Posts: 1461
Joined: 11 Oct 2015, 16:55

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by guitar74 » 09 Jan 2017, 10:35

What all have you had to do to it to get it running reliably? If it's basic tune up and maintenance stuff, then a Factory Service Manual and a little bit of time will go a long way to saving you money. That and the fact that when you do the work yourself, you'll find that you will take more care in doing it than a guy who is trying to make rate on a job.

Socalef9
Registered Member
Posts: 144
Joined: 22 Nov 2016, 22:09

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by Socalef9 » 10 Jan 2017, 00:28

guitar74 wrote:What all have you had to do to it to get it running reliably? If it's basic tune up and maintenance stuff, then a Factory Service Manual and a little bit of time will go a long way to saving you money. That and the fact that when you do the work yourself, you'll find that you will take more care in doing it than a guy who is trying to make rate on a job.
Basic maint, had to track down tons of vacuum leaks, rebuilt the carb, ended up buying a Holley after that, the intake manifold had leaks near the heads so i had to re gasket that, installed a pertronix II and changed out the plug wires changed out the thermostat and put in a 3 row brass/copper rad, when doing that, i found out the passages in the engine were blocked with gunk and corrosion and that was a pain to clean, installed rebuild kit on the shifter, color-sanded and buffed the exterior, got new tires, and should be getting some steel styled wheels tomorrow. I still need to change out the strut rod bushings, along with rebuilding the steering control valve, and replacing some various bushings and tie rods. Seems like the rear is sagging too so im gonna have to get some leaf springs.

guitar74
Registered Member
Posts: 1461
Joined: 11 Oct 2015, 16:55

Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

Post by guitar74 » 10 Jan 2017, 18:52

That's quite a bit of work. Yeah, a gunked block can be a pain. I hope you do get to more of the "fun stuff". Did you go with a relay kit for the ignition, or chase back to a full 12v source to power it? God, I hope I didn't just open another can of worms on that one. Anyhow, just look at it this way: It's been a lot of work, but you've also made a lot of progress. That's a pretty big to do list you tackled.

Post Reply