1968 Convertible Conversion

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by cougartracks351 » 08 Sep 2016, 20:48

Some really good ideas and craftsmanship.
your car is coming along and looking good.
I need to get back to mine it has been sitting, waiting,,,,,,,,,,,,

DE Mick

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 08 Sep 2016, 23:18

Yorgle wrote:The front valance looks awesome! As for the trunk lid emblem, I forget, what color will the car be? If it's a dark color, I'd go with a walking cat on the red background. That would really pop.
Jody I'm going to paint my Cougar white. I have always thought white shows off the classic lines of the Cougar very well. I'm really leaning towards the walking Cougar on the black background. I might make one of each color and see what looks better from 3-4 feet away.
Al Bundy wrote:Looking good Steven. The one thing I noticed is your walking cat on the decal looks a little thick in places. Makes him look like he has hooves in the back and a Jay Leno chin.
Al my "thick cat" was a quick mock up I did during lunch. I can thin it up in my vector drawing in the sign program. I could use some help form you if you have time to give me some measurements of your GT-E emblem. Overall Height and width of the emblem. Then the height and width of the walking Cougar and the 7.0 Litre insert.
propayne wrote:Holy Cow Steven - I don't know how I've missed this thread.

Terrific work!!

- Phillip
Thanks Philip.
cougartracks351 wrote:Some really good ideas and craftsmanship.
your car is coming along and looking good.
I need to get back to mine it has been sitting, waiting,,,,,,,,,,,,

DE Mick


Thanks Mick. I really like all of the different elements of the 1st generation Cougars design. From the prototype ideas to production. I'm just trying to blend a little of each into Top Cat. It's my "what if" Mercury Cougar.

Steven
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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 Al Bundy » 09 Sep 2016, 05:16

1967 S Code wrote:
Al my "thick cat" was a quick mock up I did during lunch. I can thin it up in my vector drawing in the sign program. I could use some help form you if you have time to give me some measurements of your GT-E emblem. Overall Height and width of the emblem. Then the height and width of the walking Cougar and the 7.0 Litre insert.


Steven
Sure, I'll measure that for you today.
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
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 09 Sep 2016, 10:05

Al Bundy wrote:
1967 S Code wrote:
Al my "thick cat" was a quick mock up I did during lunch. I can thin it up in my vector drawing in the sign program. I could use some help form you if you have time to give me some measurements of your GT-E emblem. Overall Height and width of the emblem. Then the height and width of the walking Cougar and the 7.0 Litre insert.


Steven
Sure, I'll measure that for you today.
Thank you
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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 Al Bundy » 10 Sep 2016, 10:14

Steven

These were done with a ruler since I didn't have any calipers handy. They should be pretty close. If you need better let me know.

The stand where the insert goes is 4 3/8" x 1 3/8". The inside dimensions are 4 1/8" x 1 3/16".
The length of the cat measured from his front paw to the back is 3 5/8". His height to the top of his head is 1 1/4". Height to the top of the tail 1 3/8"

Hope this helps.
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
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 10 Sep 2016, 13:58

Al Bundy wrote:Steven

These were done with a ruler since I didn't have any calipers handy. They should be pretty close. If you need better let me know.

The stand where the insert goes is 4 3/8" x 1 3/8". The inside dimensions are 4 1/8" x 1 3/16".
The length of the cat measured from his front paw to the back is 3 5/8". His height to the top of his head is 1 1/4". Height to the top of the tail 1 3/8"

Hope this helps.
Thanks Al that's a big help.
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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 677litre » 08 Mar 2017, 23:36

1967 S Code wrote:
21 Jun 2016, 20:26
677litre wrote:Holy cow Stephen, we must be psychically linked somehow! :) I think I did most of your build about four years ago but sadly it's only 80% done due to some medical issues the last few years. It was interesting reading through the build and seeing how someone else approach everything, a lot of it was the same!! The rear valance for instance. ;)

Regards,
Chris

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Very cool Chris I love the look of the rear valance. I can't wait to see my parts in paint... It's been a slow process. I'll snap a picture of my rear valance with the new reverse lights and the full trim rings for the trumpet tips to get a good visual. The build that you are doing is this your XR7G tribute car? What other mods have you done?
Steven
Hi Steven, no not the G tribute, I sold that a while back to help pay for this new project. It looks like we are "almost" on the same path but I'm reluctant to post pictures due to the rarity of the car until it's closer to being restored and not let the cat out of the bag so to speak. :D I very rarely have time to visit this forum but will update when I can.

Keep us posted, your cat looks awesome so far.

Cheers,
C.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by guitar74 » 10 Mar 2017, 15:12

Love the things you're doing. On the white car I would do the walking cat with a black background.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 13 Jun 2017, 20:27

I know it's been a while since I posted an update so here are a couple of before and after pictures of the gauge lenses that I polished.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the Trumpet Tips that I will be using for the "GT-E prototype look".

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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 jcbingcougar » 14 Jun 2017, 06:29

Great job on polishing the lenses!
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