1968 Convertible Conversion

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70 Cougar
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 70 Cougar » 19 Aug 2017, 23:58

Looking good Steven. Like all these small details.
- Steve O

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by JcodeG » 08 Sep 2017, 14:23

Great work you've done there Steven. Your game is wired tight. I'd like to ask you a quick question. I've got a replacement driver side quarter panel on my G car, it fits great to the door but is riding high at the hood and cowl. What do you think would be the best way to correct that?
Thanks, Ray.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 10 Sep 2017, 20:07

JcodeG wrote:
08 Sep 2017, 14:23
Great work you've done there Steven. Your game is wired tight. I'd like to ask you a quick question. I've got a replacement driver side quarter panel on my G car, it fits great to the door but is riding high at the hood and cowl. What do you think would be the best way to correct that?
Thanks, Ray.
Ray thanks for the kind words. Without seeing a picture of your Cougar I'd have to guess. You might be able to adjust the hood and or flange area of the fender or even the inner fender apron where the fender bolts up.
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

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by JcodeG » 11 Sep 2017, 17:10

Thanks Steven,
If I told all of what I think of your skills, folks would think I was a brown noser! The inner Fender apron had crossed my mind, and it'll help to have my ducks in a row when I start visiting body shops. Hope to have my car back sometime this week, and I'm excited to see how it handles. Thanks again. Keep up the good work TC.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 19 Sep 2017, 17:29

Here are a couple of updated pictures of my dash with the Mustang mini-tachometer installed. I also used the gold Cougar portion of a reproduction XR7G dash emblem. Now I just need to get my toggle switches and A/C vent installed and this part of my project will be complete.







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

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by Yorgle » 20 Sep 2017, 07:28

Very classy. Love the new woodgrain.
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

Post by DieselD » 20 Sep 2017, 08:39

great attention to detail, nice work man!
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by JcodeG » 20 Sep 2017, 19:06

That is a great-looking project you got going Steven. That instrument cluster looks... I can't even think of an adjective to describe it. I wish you were working on mine!
Ray.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 20 Sep 2017, 20:12

Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words. Next on my list is restoring my console.
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

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1969XR7Vert » 21 Sep 2017, 08:11

Great work on the burl Steven!

I recently found out something very interesting about burl, from a farmers market vendor who was selling items fashioned from this sort of wood. Burl is caused by a tree virus that make wood grow weirdly. Apparently burl can be found in many different woods for this reason. I never knew this and thought I would pass it on.
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