1968 Convertible Conversion

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 09 Dec 2017, 12:55

1969XR7Vert wrote:
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.
Bob I just saw your post and that is an interesting fact about burl wood. I've learned something new today. Thanks for the kind words, I'm really pleased with the way the dash has turned out so far.
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1967 Standard
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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 » 09 Dec 2017, 13:23

I've been super busy with family and work so my convertible project progress has been slow, but at least I'm still getting things done. Here is an update on the latest item that I've been working on, the center grille "nose" section. I purchased this red section because I was missing the center emblem section and the aluminum trim pieces. I can't complain because with shipping everything was less than $30.



After removing the trim to transfer to the center section I'll be using I decided to do a slight modification that most people won't even notice except for the Cougar faithful. The aluminum center section behind Mercury's head was faded so I changed it out.



Keeping with the theme of my build, I'm doing a blacked out XR7S grille with my thin custom made horizontal grille bars. I wanted the center trim piece to be blacked out as well void of the seven silver trim bars under Mercury's head. I made an aluminum insert and then covered it in engineer grade vinyl.




Here is the finished product. It's a subtle change but I think it worked out well for what I was trying to accomplish.



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 Zogman » 09 Dec 2017, 14:01

Well done and very creative!
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 09 Dec 2017, 15:38

Another item that I've been working on is the lock latch cover for the trunk. I like the one off latch cover that was used on Cougar #1 before Jaguar sued Ford Motor Company forcing the change to the wording "COUGAR". Here is a tip of my hat to Cougar #1 and the designers that did the logo that could not be used.

I started by making a paper template which I then used to make the aluminum insert. After a lot of filing with a metal file the insert fit the trunk latch well.



I then printed and cut the vinyl walking Cougar logo decal on Roland Versaworks / Signlab-10 sign program and then I mounted it to the aluminum insert. I copied the walking Cougar off of the internet so I hope whoever designed it won't be upset :pray: . I really like this rendition of the walking Cougar.

Here is my finished trunk latch insert.



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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 badcatt » 09 Dec 2017, 16:02

Nice! Be sure to post a picture when you have it mounted and complete.
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 09 Dec 2017, 16:42

Bravo again Steven, love the detailed work you are doing!
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by Yorgle » 10 Dec 2017, 15:28

Nice!
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BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by 1967 S Code » 14 Dec 2017, 22:02

Today I did some work on our sign computer and made some G-TC fender badge decals. I know they aren't the same as the actual GT-E fender badges but it's custom, cost effective and they will match the trunk latch insert I made. Here are some pictures.




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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 BossElim69 » 15 Dec 2017, 06:43

I would move the dot so it reads GT.C
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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

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Post by mo2872 » 15 Dec 2017, 08:09

Agreed......move the dot......unless, of course, this car is going to be a 5.0 TurboCharged G car.......
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