My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

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Post by Socalef9 » 10 Jan 2017, 21:21

guitar74 wrote: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.
Direct 12v, but i plan to get the relay because i want some sort of security feature, and i like that you can shut off the ignition

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Post by Socalef9 » 10 Jan 2017, 21:33

Just got some new wheels. The shop owner didnt have any sets of center caps, so he gave me 4 different caps (mustang, merc, cougar). I painted the center on them flat black with plastidip to hold me over till i get a set of cougar or mercury man caps

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Post by Socalef9 » 10 Jan 2017, 21:39

Now i cant decide which color caps to get, and whether or not to paint the argent silver parts matte black. I was thinking about trying plastidip so i could peel it off if it dont like the results

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Post by Caleb » 10 Jan 2017, 22:13

I think the black would look good, add a bit of contrast to the wheels. I would probably plastidip it first though. Your car has the rocker moulding, drip rail, mirrors, luggage rack, etc. All chrome and no black trim. The silver/chrome wheels match your car very well and look really good as is.

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Post by 93RGTE » 11 Jan 2017, 09:48

Welcome in! I'm assuming by your screen name you live in SoCal. Come join us in the SoCal Cougar Club!
I love your car! I'm biased with the color, but 4-speed Cougars really get me going!

You mentioned you are going to replace your strut rod bushings. There was a lot of discussion on the BOSS 302 list about this a couple years ago. Strut rods were breaking with catastrophic results. Turns out people had replaced their rubber bushings with polyurethane ones. The polys are stiffer and transfer the flexing action to the rod itself, causing eventual failure. The BOSS gurus also suggest having your rods magnafluxed to be sure of their integrity.
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Re: My first Cougar (68 Std. 4 speed)

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Post by guitar74 » 11 Jan 2017, 16:21

I like the wheels as they are. I wouldn't touch them.

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Post by Socalef9 » 11 Jan 2017, 23:09

93RGTE wrote:Welcome in! I'm assuming by your screen name you live in SoCal. Come join us in the SoCal Cougar Club!
I love your car! I'm biased with the color, but 4-speed Cougars really get me going!

You mentioned you are going to replace your strut rod bushings. There was a lot of discussion on the BOSS 302 list about this a couple years ago. Strut rods were breaking with catastrophic results. Turns out people had replaced their rubber bushings with polyurethane ones. The polys are stiffer and transfer the flexing action to the rod itself, causing eventual failure. The BOSS gurus also suggest having your rods magnafluxed to be sure of their integrity.
Ive been lurking on your Facebook page and ive been wanting to go to a meeting, but unfortunately i have the weekend shift at work.

I actually bought some replacement rubber bushings from a local Mustang shop so im good there. Not sure where to do magnafluxing.

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Post by Socalef9 » 01 Feb 2017, 01:07

Updating with a few pictures after hours and hours of color sanding and polishing. Car is definitely still a 20 footer, but its looking way better than when i picked it up.

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Post by propayne » 01 Feb 2017, 07:46

Terrific Cougar - thanks for the new pics.

Enjoy it being a "20 footer" as you don't have to stress so much over driving it.

- Phillip

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Post by Socalef9 » 02 Feb 2017, 12:30

propayne wrote:
01 Feb 2017, 07:46
Terrific Cougar - thanks for the new pics.

Enjoy it being a "20 footer" as you don't have to stress so much over driving it.

- Phillip
I'm definitely enjoying it. I've had a freshly painted car and seeing a new nick or dent would but the heck out of me.

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