My slow-build '67

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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 18 May 2016, 17:49

For some reason when I see the thread title I start singing, "Slow build, take it easy...." to this diddy.
'68 Standard Cougar - 302 4v J Code 4 spd (1 of 536) *SOLD*
'73 F250 XLT Ranger - 390 *Also SOLD*
'63 F100 Stepside - *NEW PROJECT*
'14 Camaro SS vert
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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by Huzer21 » 18 May 2016, 18:22

1967 S Code wrote: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

Thanks, and thanks for the PM. I like the parchment interior as well. I've had a couple of people telling me it'd be easier to switch colors, but I prefer to stay with parchment.

I've picked up some replacement interior panels for the rear. When the PO put the speakers back there, he shattered the plastic, as well as putting 2 giant holes in the panels. The ones I picked up aren't the correct color, so I'll have to vinyl spray, or keep searching. I do wonder, though, is it possible to reinforce those panels somehow? Fiberglass? That 50 year old plastic sure is mighty brittle.

I figure I'll also add what started by blue oval disease. This was my '67 6cyl auto convertible, circa late '80s.

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My dad was a dirt tracker when he got back from the war. This is what he ran around in northern NY:

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Anyway, looking forward to getting the Cougar getting back into shape. It'll be the second Cougar in the family. In his later years, my dad had a '90, dark blue, that he eventually trade in on the '93 T-bird that's in the background of that Mustang picture above.

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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by Al Bundy » 18 May 2016, 19:36

What's your dads name?
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: My slow-build '67

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Post by Huzer21 » 18 May 2016, 20:57

My dad is John Hughes. Died in '99, he'd be 95 today. He was a top turret gunner in a B17. Here's a shot of his crew from Rattlesden. Pretty proud of the old man.

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He and his brother Joe used to race. I'm not quite sure when he stopped, as that was a bit before my time.

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Post by Huzer21 » 19 Jul 2016, 09:33

I rolled around under the car for the first time last night (usually I do that on the day I get something home, so this truly is a slow build). Passenger side floor pan rust, the spot welds on the inner fender are the worst of it. I'm pretty sure the floor rust is from a leaking windshield. The cowl is rock solid. Rockers are solid, and I don't see any signs of collision repair anywhere. I have to fix the passenger front where the PO dinged it, but nothing major there.

My current plan is to have the mechanical where I want it within 3 years. My family travels back to my childhood camp in NY every other summer, and I'd like it to be in reliable, safe driveable shape for the next, next time we go. If I wrap that stuff up early, I can move on to bodywork a little sooner.

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Post by Huzer21 » 06 Aug 2016, 10:39

I replaced the nasty old wheels yesterday. It was also the first time I've had the wheels off since I've owned the car. I already knew this, but pretty much everything needs replacing. With wider tires up front, I rub when I hit and type of bump, as the shocks are blown. When I let the car down off the jack, the front end stayed in the air until I pushed it down. Ha! So, next up...suspension and brakes.
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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 06 Aug 2016, 11:29

Rims look good with that color red.
'68 Standard Cougar - 302 4v J Code 4 spd (1 of 536) *SOLD*
'73 F250 XLT Ranger - 390 *Also SOLD*
'63 F100 Stepside - *NEW PROJECT*
'14 Camaro SS vert
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Post by Huzer21 » 06 Aug 2016, 14:01

Thanks. The gray matches the stripe as well. I already managed to sell the old wheels. Guy that picked them up is going to use them to roll his project Mustangs around as most of them have flats. I thought that was fairly resourceful of him, I didn't think I'd get any bites on those wheels.

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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by Don Rush » 06 Aug 2016, 15:26

That is a very sharp looking car, great choice for wheels and tires and thanks for sharing the historic photos!

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Re: My slow-build '67

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Post by guitar74 » 10 Aug 2016, 09:41

Love the new wheels and the old photos. My Grandad (I never met him as he died in a plane crash when my Stepdad was 9) was a b-29 pilot in WWII, and we have some amazing photos taken from the bomber as well as beside it. Those guys were absolutely fearless, and in my opinion probably our toughest generation. Thanks for sharing the old photos. That car is a great buy for 3gs, and looks great with those wheels.

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