My 70 XR7 Convertible with Eliminator mods

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My 70 XR7 Convertible with Eliminator mods

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Post by Leroy R » 22 Dec 2017, 14:21

This is how she looked when I first bought her.

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Post by Leroy R » 22 Dec 2017, 14:25

This is how she looked after the shipper wrecked her in transport. He didn't chain her down good enough and the chains came loose so she rolled forward and smashed into the trailer every time he hit the brakes and rolled back and smashed into the trailer every time he accelerated.

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Post by Leroy R » 22 Dec 2017, 14:29

How she looks now.

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Post by Leroy R » 22 Dec 2017, 16:31

I didn't get out of Michigan on the road to Texas before the snow came.

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Post by allenrya000 » 22 Dec 2017, 17:12

I'd like mine to be that clean 👍

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Post by propayne » 23 Dec 2017, 06:46

Love it!

It's so gratifying to see a worn out Cougar brought back - great job.

- Phillip

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Post by Leroy R » 23 Dec 2017, 07:45

Thank You guys. I wish I could say I had more hands on doing the work, but it was mostly emptying my wallet to the shops. It still has a number of mechanical and electrical issues that I am going to be able to get my hands dirty on though. Allenrya000 how is yours coming along? I checked out your thread on yours and it looked like you were making a lot of progress for a while, but haven't seen an update to the thread in over a year now.

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Post by zman » 23 Dec 2017, 08:21

Nice looking Cougar.
What caused the damage in the rear.
69 Cougar 351W 4V, FMX Auto, PS,PDB, AC
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Post by Leroy R » 23 Dec 2017, 08:48

In 2009 I thought I was going to be moving back to Michigan so I shipped my cars and all my belongings to my house up there. I told the shipping service not to send anything bigger than one of those 3 car trailers that is pulled by a duelly because anything bigger couldn't get into my yard to get the car and it needed to have a winch because the car didn't run and didn't have working brakes. They sent an 8 car hauler pulled by a semi. I should have sent him away, but didn't have time to schedule another shipper so he parked on the road across the street from my house and we pushed the car over there. He used chains and ratchets to work the car up to the well it was going to sit down in on the trailer. He then only put two chains on it before loading my other two vehicles onto the truck and never went back and secured the Cougar better. At some point the two chains came loose and every time he hit the brakes it rolled forward and smashed into the front of the well and when he accelerated it rolled back and smashed into the back of the well. When he left Austin he went to San Antonio and then to Houston before heading up to Michigan. Somewhere between San Antonio and Houston he figured out what happened, but by then the damage was done. It was damaged in the front and the rear. So it went straight into the shop when it got there so the shippers insurance could take care of repairing the damages. Since it was already in the shop for the insurance work I decided to go ahead and get the restoration going. It has been in the shops up there ever since 8 years and 4 months. When they knew I was coming up they would quickly do something so they could show progress and after I left it got parked out of the way until the next time I came up, so took forever. It cost me a fortune replacing the parts they lost and damaged over the years. My AM/8-track still doesn't work after they knocked it off their bench and broke two of the station select knobs off. I have a 1973 Mustang convertible that needs restoration, but after the nightmare experience with the Cougar I don't know if I want to got through that again.

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Post by zman » 23 Dec 2017, 10:23

Sure turned out nice, too bad it took so long.
How did they repair the rear damage.
69 Cougar 351W 4V, FMX Auto, PS,PDB, AC
55 Ford 2dr Customline 302 4sp
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2012 Ford Fusion SEL
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