1968 Convertible Conversion

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 05 Feb 2014, 16:30

CATHOUSE wrote:
1967 S Code wrote:How do you remove the center padded section and the walking Cougar emblem from the steering wheel pad? Thanks, Steven
As I recall the center piece is just pressed into place. There is a long stud coming off the backside of the piece on each side that fits into a hole in the foam of the main pad. If you have the main pad removed from the steering wheel you can sometimes see the hole from the underside and can then use something like a punch to help push the studs out. If not gently pry from the topside. Either way try to work each side evenly. Once the center piece is removed from the pad I believe that you will need to do a little grinding to remove the Cougar emblem. If you have purchased the reproduction center piece you will see where the studs are on the backside.

Randy Goodling
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Thanks Randy. I disassembled everything last night. It was just as you said. I didn't see the holes on the backside of the pad where the studs are located. I used a small plastic spatula and gently worked from side to side until it came loose. I ground off the little studs on the walking Cougar and it came right off.
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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by CATHOUSE » 05 Feb 2014, 18:05

Good to hear that you got it apart. I had tried several times over the weekend to post the reply but was unable to due to whatever the site problems were.

Randy Goodling
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 09 Feb 2014, 22:57

While tinkering with Top Cat I noticed that there is "in and out" play in the ignition cylinder, about 1/8". When it is pulled out, power is lost to the fan and turn signals and maybe more (radio is missing and the interior lights at the floor have no bulbs). Is there a way to tighten the cylinder so it doesn't have this "in/out motion". The ignition switch barrel (not sure if that's the right name) is secured tightly to the dash by the bezel.
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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 02 Mar 2014, 06:16

I received the new aluminum radiator. The one that is in the car is really over sized. It is so long the previous owner cut a notch in the battery tray in order to get it in. So along with changing the radiator I have to replace the battery tray. Not a big deal. Here are some photos of the new radiator.
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The price was great also $150 with free shipping.

Here are a couple of pictures of Top Cat in the shop.
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Our Cougars

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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 03 Mar 2014, 20:01

Small things are getting done. I've been working on the steering wheel restoration. I've been pretty set on the direction of the build. I'm going to combine the best styling ques of the GT-E and XR7G. G hood scoop, fog lamps, GT-E black out grille, tail light treatment and grille bars.
Here is the steering wheel pad.
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After a good cleaning I dyed it black and painted the walking Cougar emblem gold like the XR7G.
Here are some pictures of the Lucas fog lamps I picked up from Al. I know they are not XR7G correct but the will work for my application and I can stay in the Lucas light family.
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Our Cougars

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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by ccarney69 » 03 Mar 2014, 22:51

Nice job on the steering wheel pad. I like the direction you are taking with this cat.
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1969 XR7 R Code 4 Speed Yellow/Black Top Black Interior, current project no.1
1969 XR7 Q Code C6 Green/Black Top Dark Ivy Green Interior, current project no. 2
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by leonbray » 03 Mar 2014, 23:50

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The square 8's look good even without recessing them

They'd look even better if they were straight
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 04 Mar 2014, 06:00

ccarney69 wrote:Nice job on the steering wheel pad. I like the direction you are taking with this cat.
Thanks :D
leonbray wrote:
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The square 8's look good even without recessing them

They'd look even better if they were straight
Thanks Leon. I think I'm going to recess them after I make the buckets. The valance that is on the car needs some small body work, so while it's off the car I'll modify it with the buckets.
Steven
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Our Cougars

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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by Yorgle » 04 Mar 2014, 11:30

A GTE-G vert will be extremely cool. Or maybe it should be an XRE-7G. Or maybe XRGTE-7G. Kinda makes the head spin just thinking about it. I'm looking forward to seeing your modifications to the valance for the lights.
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 04 Mar 2014, 19:11

Yorgle wrote:A GTE-G vert will be extremely cool. Or maybe it should be an XRE-7G. Or maybe XRGTE-7G. Kinda makes the head spin just thinking about it. I'm looking forward to seeing your modifications to the valance for the lights.
Yeah Jody all of those letter combinations can make the head spin. I'm thinking along the lines of G-TC. G for Gurney inspired, TC for Top Cat or top convertible. I did a computer drawing of the fender emblem. It's crude but I was just playing with the Idea.

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I'll take plenty pictures of the buckets when I start the metal work. I began the a light weight cardstock mock up today. I fighured it was better than bending a lot of metal to start with.
Steven
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Our Cougars

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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, XR7S Taillight Bars

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