71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Warning lots of pics

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71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Warning lots of pics

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Post by J_Speegle » 11 Dec 2011, 22:17

Not really a restoration as I'm taking a few liberties with this car. Nothing that can not be correct with little effort.\

As always never progressing fast enough (too many other projects) and had problems with the first paint shop I used.

Hope the pictures and details help someone else along the way with their efforts.

What I started with.

Purchased this Cougar (only older version I've ever owned) back in the 80's when I was buying as selling allot of classics (mostly Mustangs and Shelby's) Got it from a local guy who's parents purchased it originally. He had been a bad a** as one point and had (at time of purchased) started attending a local church and wanted to sell the car to have the tattoo's on his face (did the Charley Manson thing) remove as the other church members were looking at him a little funny.

Car was pretty original (most of the original paint was still there) and fairly rust free (not as perfect as most of the local car but not bad). Drove the car a few months and it developed some piston noise so I parted it with the others for about 25 years.


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Then about five years ago I figured I would rebuild it as my daily driver and the fun began

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Engine went to school with my son as a shop project. A big change from all the little 4 cylinders and import engines the other kids were working on
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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild

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Post by J_Speegle » 12 Dec 2011, 18:08

For the concours types - a copy of the Marti report and some of the paint marks found on the car

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Not restored just cleaned up a bit and stripes reapplied

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Front springs - only found the over/under mark

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Original hose

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Headlight assembly dated

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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by J_Speegle » 12 Dec 2011, 18:13

Current (well fairly) stage of the rebuild

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One change was to a NOS XR7 kilo speedo (export/overseas speedo) I found years ago. Get a fair amount of comments about it when they see "top" speed and think is mph ;)

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Also added an electric/remote trunk latch
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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by J_Speegle » 12 Dec 2011, 18:16

Original paint details that we're reproduce on the car again


Hood edge black out. Dusting over the black from an exterior repaint

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Front valance top and bottom - Original paint

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Front fender black out

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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by RUNnWYLD » 12 Dec 2011, 22:57

more pics please!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


1971 Cougar XR7 351c 2V Bone Stock

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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by Jan-O » 13 Dec 2011, 12:50

Very nice :thumbup:

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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by Sleepycat » 13 Dec 2011, 17:30

RUNnWYLD wrote:more pics please!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Waarning lots of pics

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Post by 1967 S Code » 14 Dec 2011, 05:02

Look great so far, as stated above more pics please. :)
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: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Warning lots of pics

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Post by J_Speegle » 16 Dec 2011, 21:44

More PICTURES!!

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Black out details of the original grill - certain sections of the grill were sprayed black to make them "disappear" from view


Horizontal support bar black out

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Support leg black out

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Grill emblem mounting area black out

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Re: 71 CJ XR7 Rebuild - Warning lots of pics

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Post by J_Speegle » 16 Dec 2011, 21:54

Some additional pictures taken during the process

Found the rear valance blacked out along the upper edge (under rear bumper)

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Original dated AC clutch and pulley assembly

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As mentioned - not a restoration (going to drive this one) so a quick clean up and some new parts. With a few concours details added/retained.

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As found in the engine compartment batch or slop gray was also used/applied to part of the front bumper mounting assembly (as labeled)

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