1968 Convertible Conversion

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Al Bundy
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by Al Bundy » 05 Mar 2014, 05:52

Why not keep the 7.0 litre portion and drop a 427 in there? That would be fun!
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 » 06 Mar 2014, 05:19

Al Bundy wrote:Why not keep the 7.0 litre portion and drop a 427 in there? That would be fun!
It's much easier to change the emblem and it dosen't cost near as much as a 427. :D
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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 » 07 Mar 2014, 22:03

I pulled the valance, taillights and rear bumper yesterday.
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Today I started mocking up the front valance for the fog light bucket modifications. With the curve and shape of the valance it took a little longer than I expected to get everything laid out. The measurements I used are shown in the photos and seem to look good with my Lucas Square 8 lamps.

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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 » 10 Mar 2014, 19:49

I cut the valance on the passenger side and checked my fog light bucket mock up for fit. It seems to fit pretty well so now It's time to transfer my mock up template to steel.
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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 » 11 Mar 2014, 05:37

Nice job Steven. I'm looking forward to seeing them installed. Especially since they're the only parts I've sold!
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 Yorgle » 11 Mar 2014, 15:32

Nice work, Steven. I don't suppose there would be any chance of borrowing those templates when you're done with them? I never got around to making the buckets for mine.
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 » 11 Mar 2014, 20:04

Al Bundy wrote:Nice job Steven. I'm looking forward to seeing them installed. Especially since they're the only parts I've sold!
Thanks Al. I'll keep the pictures coming.
Yorgle wrote:Nice work, Steven. I don't suppose there would be any chance of borrowing those templates when you're done with them? I never got around to making the buckets for mine.
Thanks Jody. I don't think sending you some templates would a problem at all. As I stated before they are not exactly concourse XR7G buckets but they should do just fine. After I get mine complete and check the fit on the car I'll get a copy of the templates to you.
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 1967 S Code » 14 Mar 2014, 04:48

I cut the steel for the fog light buckets. I then fitted and tack welded the pieces together. I will do finish welding after both buckets are fitted to the valance and the car. This way I will know if I have any clearance issues and it will make fixes easier.
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 1969XR7Vert » 14 Mar 2014, 06:41

Fab work! FABulous FABrication Steven! :beerchug:
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by mo2872 » 14 Mar 2014, 07:40

I'll echo FABio's comment, Steven. Nicely done.
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