My slow-build '67

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My slow-build '67

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Post by Huzer21 » 16 May 2016, 14:05

Well, I guess it's time for me to start a built thread. I picked up my Cougar late last summer.The owner needed it gone, and after a few weeks of back and forth, it finally got down to a price I (well, my wife) was comfortable with. For $3,000, I ended up with a running/driving car. Since that time, we've moved, so work on the Cougar took a back seat until we finally got settled into the new place. I finally have the garage in order as of this past weekend. I also needed to pick pick up a bunch of SAE tools. I have a bunch of metric, but few in the way of standard. Ugh! But hey, it's a good excuse to buy tools. Now, I have a handful of additional tools to get me started.

My Cougar is an original Colorado car, according to the Marti report.

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I haven't done much of note to the car since I bought it. The gas tank was replaced, a couple of window molding strips replaced, rebuilt the shifter, and a new oil sensor/idiot light was installed. The wire for the light was hanging loose in the engine bay. I don't like random wires. The PO installed the Edelbrock intake and carb. I set the timing. I've also noted the vacuum for the headlights is not connected to anything, the hose is just flopping unconnected. There's an engine rebuild tag riveted to the block, Bore .060, Rods/mains .010.

I recently located replacement hood trim, a passenger side headlight/grill assembly, and new rear interior panels to replace the ones with giant holes in them. As I find used parts locally that I know I'll need, I've been snapping them up, even if I'm not ready to put them on the car. I'm missing all of the Mercury and Cougar badging for the car, except for the rear fender extension. I have a replacement fender and fender extension that came with the car when I purchased it. Eventually, the paint color will be changed, but for now, it's a decent looking driver. I'll get all of the mechanical in order before body, although I think my first major purchase will be wheels/tires. The PO installed the hood scoop and cut a whole in the hood for some wonderful ram air. :wall: I bought it before he had time to run the wires for the lights he as planning to install in the scoop.

Plans? Resto-mod. Nothing wild. No huge power build, no street touring car. I'm not concerned about being 100% original. Just a fun family cruiser that can get out of its own way, that's my goal. I'm just a guy with a car and a garage. My (now) 6 year old will help turn a wrench on occasion. I don't have any body experience. My mechanical experience with vehicles is decent, but not all-knowing. I'll screw up along the way and make things worse, and will hopefully/eventually make 'em all better.

A few pictures, if you've stuck with me this far. Pictures are from the day it was pulled into the driveway. Appearance-wise, it looks the same, other than throwing out the ratty seat covers.

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A few of the problem areas:

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Interior:

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Post by Local Hero » 17 May 2016, 06:26

It's a much better start than most. Welcome to the gang and good luck with your project. You're in the right place.
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Post by Huzer21 » 17 May 2016, 08:22

Thanks. I thought it was pretty decent overall. Now, I just need the weather get better. Chilly and rainy here for a bit, but nice for the weekend. Now, if I can get my wife to stop spending money on the house, I can dip into the budget and order some stuff for me! Ha.

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Post by guitar74 » 17 May 2016, 09:19

Nice starter. The fact that you can actually get in and drive it for 3Gs is great.

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Post by xr7g428 » 17 May 2016, 09:51

I like it. Actually for $3000 I love it. You have some challenges there, but it will all come in time. Welcome!
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Post by badcatt » 17 May 2016, 11:07

3K is a nice starting point. FYI, I have most of a 67 Standard Parchment interior I'm willing to part with. Any of it your interested in let me know and I'll PM you pictures and prices.
Neal Jacobson.
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Post by Huzer21 » 17 May 2016, 15:07

Thanks all. I figured posting a thread on here might get me kickstarted on doing a little work! Once I get through a busy week of house guests this week, I'll get crackin'!

badcatt, I'd be interested in some interior bits. Send me a PM with your info and I'll definitely take a look. I've sent you a PM as well.

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Post by myhighschoolxr7 » 17 May 2016, 21:10

Looks like you got a good one! Have fun making it the way you want.

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Post by 1967 S Code » 18 May 2016, 08:34

Welcome to the Classic Cougar Community. You've got a great Cougar for $3K. I like the parchment interior, when it's together it will look awesome. I'll send you a welcome letter a little later that will have a lot of valuable information in it.
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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Post by 1967 S Code » 18 May 2016, 13:22

I sent you a welcome message. Check your PM box.
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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