Idaho GTE

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Post by Cougar1 » 30 Nov 2019, 04:32

Double checked the production information and the factory says this car did not have headrests. So … we can speculate...dealer installed? previous buyer installed?...or factory records mistake?
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Re: Idaho GTE

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Post by GavinS » 30 Nov 2019, 15:04

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Previous owners, brother had an XR7G that was wrecked and parted. I would add to Jim’s speculation that the seats could have been swapped for the seats in the wrecked XR7G.

Hard to say with 50+ years and a few owners.

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Re: Idaho GTE

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Post by ClawIt » 02 Dec 2019, 06:32

CATHOUSE wrote:
29 Nov 2019, 20:39
Just wondering, the photos show headrests on the front seats but there is no mention of them on the Marti report. Should the headrests be listed on the report? A mistake on the part of Kevin? Swapped out seats? Or?? Again just wondering.

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The defogger is also missing from the Marti.

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Post by badcatt » 02 Dec 2019, 18:12

I laid eyes on this car today. It has a CJ top end on the engine. We looked for the VIN on the back of the block. But with the car on the ground we were not able to see one.
Casting number on the intake is C8OE-C. Correct for a CJ or a Police Interceptor.

I'm thinkiong the casting date on the intake, March 10 1968, should be good for a May built car.


I could see the -N on the heads, but not get a picture of them.


None of that proves this is the born with CJ. Or even a CJ bottom end. But does help with value over having a 390 in it.

They are working on getting her fired up and have the incorrect Holley off for freshening up.


Detain to note on the hood scoop,


As you can see it has headers on it, it does not have correct exhaust tips. Somebody added the rear window defogger and head rest seats. Also removed the Power Steering. I may be more a 1970 Cougar guy; but I would love to own this Cougar. It's going to need some rust repair, but looks better than many.
Also, the body buck tag is missing and the core support looks to have been cleaned up(extra holes filled) So it this was a Brass tag car it is long gone. I could see the top of the L/H apron VIN. Of what I could see it looks correct.

Thay will have it up on there lift in a few days. When we were looking at the back of the block/head we think we saw a "R" But that may not be part of the VIN. e were using a Cell phone key hole camera, from above it is hard to get a good angle in it. I did not get under the car to look at the date code of the block. I should have.
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Post by Royce » 02 Dec 2019, 18:52

The VIN should be on the rear of the driver side cylinder head if it is there. The VIN will only have the plant code and the sequential number. It looks like this (my car):
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
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Post by Royce » 02 Dec 2019, 18:55

The block casting date should be a month or two prior to the car being built if it is typical. Looking up from underneath the car you can see it. Right next to the oil filter adapter. Again an example from my car:
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Re: Idaho GTE

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Post by Royce » 02 Dec 2019, 18:56

The block is also stamped with an assembly date. Again an example from my car, it is 8E3:
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Re: Idaho GTE

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Post by Don Rush » 02 Dec 2019, 19:14

CATHOUSE wrote:
29 Nov 2019, 20:39
Just wondering, the photos show headrests on the front seats but there is no mention of them on the Marti report. Should the headrests be listed on the report? A mistake on the part of Kevin? Swapped out seats? Or?? Again just wondering.

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The previous owner (Darin Felton) installed them in the 90's. This car has some rust and has been changed around a bit. The asking price is $60k

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Post by badcatt » 02 Dec 2019, 19:20

Yours is 569384 and this is 569383. I'm sure they were not built one after the other though. How do the build dates compare?

I plan to go back and look at it when they have it up on there lift. I will check the engine casting date and see if I can find the build date As well las hopefully verify the VIN on the head/block.
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Re: Idaho GTE

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Post by Royce » 02 Dec 2019, 20:11

Mine was built May 15.
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
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