68 Rusto-Cat-Restoration

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68 Rusto-Cat-Restoration

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Post by Czechmate68 » 10 Nov 2018, 01:17



I recently purchased my first Cougar! I found a 1968 XR7 that belonged to an older gentleman that had recently passed. It was an all original car with no mods or anything touched or changed which is what I wanted. The car was in descent shape with no major body damage except as small dent in the very front passenger fender, just behind where the fender extension joins. Chrome bumpers were fine with no dents and the interior was in great shape as the seats looked almost new. The main issue I knew I was going to have to face was the roof which is completely toast under the old vinyl cover.



The car originally belonged to his wife's cousin who bought it in high school and her dad wouldn't let her drive it and was parked for that last 25+ years. That would normally be a problem for any car but this one was not allowed in the garage and relegated to behind the barn/shop, outside!



Here in the Northwest were I live, about an hour and half north from WCCC, we get at least 50+ inches of rain a year. So I figure the car has had to endure over a hundred feet of rain fall on it! That's a lot of water. So I knew it was going to have some rust issues to deal with but fell hard for the car when I saw it and decided to take on the challenge to bring it some life back. The owner's wife also gave me her cousin's contact info as she was excited to know someone got it that would restore it. So I plan to share pics with her over the course of things and stay in touch.
I have not ordered a Marti report but here is the VIN info.



The other fun part of the challenge is that I have never restored a car nor do I know that much about cars but got my feet wet helping fix up my son's 81 Toyota pickup. That have my enough initial experience and courage to finally do a project I wanted, and fell in love with the Cougar and had to get one. I do not have a lot of room or big budget with two kids in college. This will all be taking place in my small packed home garage with the small amount of tools and space I have. I have found that YouTube is my friend when it comes to learning and have leveraged that resource as well as many others and plan to do so here as well. My wife and kids think I am crazy and don't understand what is going on! Oh, well, I am enjoying every minute of it and just wanted to start sharing a little of my journey with some other people that are as crazy as me!







So, have started hard and fast to that end.

I began with the engine bay and engine. The car ran, just barely enough to load it on the trailer to get it home. So figure I need to know what I got and that it will work. I cleaned, removed and cleaned, changed all plug wires, plugs, distributor cap, rotar, had the carb rebuilt, cleaned & repainted the original valve covers and air filter holder etc. Replaced bad vaccum lines, water hoses, thermostat & housing new battery cable lines and I am sure more than I can remember at this point. Trying to keep it all original, 302, 2V. Here is what it looked like the day I got it home.



And after many weeks of work I have it spruced up nicely. Just finished with the new master cylinder and all new break lines, front to back as it could barley stop before.



Next I tackled removing the front fenders and getting at the whole wheel well area to redo the breaks, shocks, spruce up the undercoating etc.


With each wheel hub cap I removed, i found a mess of spiders webs and graveyards.


I spent some time cleaning and treating any rust and refreshing the undercoating and a little painting (black) and they are ready to go back on.



All the breaks were also finally completed front & back with new lines and master cylinder.






I have also done some paint work on the inside of the fenders so they are ready to go except my front passenger side fender i have to do some body work on.



Looks so much better with the new shocks and fasteners on top the shock towers!

I have lots more going on still and will be posting more updates as it moves along but I am very excited about where I am at this point!

Brian

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Re: 68 Rusto-Cat-Restoration

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Post by Al Bundy » 10 Nov 2018, 06:13

You’re doing a great job. Looks like a solid car that deserved to be revitalized.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
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Post by fordnutz » 10 Nov 2018, 12:55

Looks like you are doing just fine with your limited space. Good job.
I notice the DSO is 16, which is Philadelphia, PA. I wonder what the story is on the car being sold in the Philly area and then making it's way out west.
If you have not checked out the Cascade Cougar Club (www.cascadecougarclub.com) yet, you definitely should as there's lots of Cougar enthusiasts all around you.
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Post by Sir Ed » 10 Nov 2018, 23:36

Mine was purchased in Virginia DC area.

I got it from a one owner family. His dad was a Air Force Colonel. Got transferred to California.

So possibly military. Philly had has(?) a naval station there.

I don't miss the east coast.
1967 Standard, 289 4 barrel

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Post by Sir Ed » 10 Nov 2018, 23:41

if the interior is all original. just clean it and leave it. Thats my opinion.
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Post by Czechmate68 » 11 Nov 2018, 01:45

I think most of it is original, the seats are all great as they had the sense to remove them from the car and store them inside. The dash pad is toast so have a new one ordered. Don't get know what it looks like under the carpets yet. Afraid I may have to do some pan work there.

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Post by Czechmate68 » 11 Nov 2018, 02:05


I did pull the oil pan out and that. Wasn't as hard as I was expecting.


Now just need to get it ready to fire it up soon.

Brian

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Post by Czechmate68 » 11 Nov 2018, 02:11

I will have to look into the back story on how it made it out to Seattle. I have contact with the original owner and plan to find all that out and share it here. And thanks for the suggestion on the Cascade Cougar club Scott!



Brian

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Post by badcatt » 11 Nov 2018, 10:16

Here is a link to the Cascade Cougar Club's web site.

http://www.cascadecougarclub.com/

Your Cougar looks nice and it looks like your having a good time with it.
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Post by 1967 S Code » 11 Nov 2018, 13:13

Looking great so far. You’ve done a great job sprucing up the engine bay. Welcome to the Classic Cougar Community!

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