My slow-build '67

From dusty barn find to daily driver, it seems our cars are never really done. This is the place to share your progress on your project car. We will celebrate your victories and commiserate over your tragedies. But most of all this is a great place to learn!
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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by Huzer21 » 18 Aug 2016, 12:25

Replaced the alternator, harness, and belt today. Discovered a charging issue last week and bought an alternator. In the process of removing the old one, I noticed the old harness was in a sad state. Not only were the connections barely hanging on (two of them by one lonely strand of wire), but the previous owner had wire nutted parts of it together. The harness showed up from WCCC yesterday, and I got it all back together with a new belt as well at lunch today. Seeing those wire nuts, I'm quite scared of looking under the dash and seeing what he managed to do under there. He installed a cheap stereo, 3 pod gauge kit, and a cheapie tach. So enough wires back there to really mess something up, I'm sure. All 3 will eventually be coming out.

One fear I have of project cars is once it becomes a non-runner, it stays a non-runner for some time. Thankfully, this was a cheap, quick fix. The Cougar is my neighborhood pool commuter car. We went to the pool earlier this week and my son asked if the Cougar was fixed yet. When I told him no, he asked "Well, how are we going to get to the pool?". Haha. Today is his first day of school. If it wasn't walking distance, I'd drive the car up to get him and surprise him.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by Huzer21 » 29 Jan 2017, 22:53

Not much to report project wise. The starter bit the dust, so i replaced that with a PA Performance mini starter. I also replaced the battery and starter cables while i was at it. Today was a nice 60 degree day, so I took it out for a little cruise. I'm planning my order for the front end and brakes this week. Hopefully some warm weather stays around so I can play around comfortably in the garage. A couple of shots from my drive today.
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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by guitar74 » 30 Jan 2017, 18:03

It's good to see you're not just fixing it, but driving and enjoying it. The wire nuts would give me a moment of pause too. For your sake, I hope they didn't get too creative installing the stereo and gauges.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by Huzer21 » 03 Feb 2017, 11:55

I've ordered my first big batch of mechanical parts for the car since I've owned it, other than directly repairing things that broke. I'm hoping that I can get started either this weekend, pending parts arrivals and weather. My list is all for the front end of the car.
  • Wilwood Classic Series front disc conversion. New master cylinder, proportioning valve.
  • Opentracker Street Performance Upper and Lower control arms, Roller Perches.
  • Grab A Trak 1" Sway bar kit and 1" drop springs.
  • Moog steering components and bushings (tie rods, etc, etc).
  • Export brace, shock tower bracing (weld in metal braces...I'm lucky here, for all of the other crap the previous owner did, no holes drilled for greasing, no rust, no cracks on my towers).
Anything else to do "while I'm in there"? I've already replaced the shocks a while back. I'm in no hurry. Although I don't like down time on the car, I want to make sure everything gets done correctly. A radical departure for me, I'm usually not terribly patient.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by jcbingcougar » 03 Feb 2017, 13:53

Since you're going with the roller upper and lower control arms and perches, you may as well use their adjustable strut rods too. They are made by Street or Track racing but are the same quality as the parts made directly by Open Tracker.
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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by guitar74 » 07 Feb 2017, 10:15

Damn! I thought I was done with mine. Thanks, guys. Now I have a new list to get together for mine too.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by guitar74 » 13 Feb 2017, 16:37

I have the classic Series kit on mine and can tell you that this has been the best thing I have done for this car so far. They install easy, and will DEFINITELY give you more confidence in traffic. Just remember to bleed both sides of the caliper (ask me how I know this-lol).

Sounds like you have the suspension addressed. My next moves are rear sway bar, export brace, and Borgeson box.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by Huzer21 » 14 Feb 2017, 10:04

guitar74 wrote:
13 Feb 2017, 16:37
I have the classic Series kit on mine and can tell you that this has been the best thing I have done for this car so far. They install easy, and will DEFINITELY give you more confidence in traffic. Just remember to bleed both sides of the caliper (ask me how I know this-lol).

Sounds like you have the suspension addressed. My next moves are rear sway bar, export brace, and Borgeson box.
That's good to hear. I appreciated the Wilwood kit I had on my Miata, but that was just going from disc to disc. I imagine a bigger difference going drum to disc. I'll start working on it next Monday. I just need to pick up some fluids, a short line for the proportioning valve, and I'll be all set.

Once I get this stuff installed, I have floor issues to deal with, and the rear suspension/brakes to address. Other than maintenance and break/fix, that'll probably wrap up the significant mechanical work this year. Engine build and transmission will come next year, unless I find a smokin' deal that I just can't refuse.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by guitar74 » 14 Feb 2017, 10:32

It's sure is coming along. I still can't believe you got that car for so cheap. Great find.

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Re: My slow-build '67

Post by Huzer21 » 17 Mar 2017, 09:01

I mentioned this was a slow build, right? I have the front end taken apart. Only broke one bolt and had two rounded hard brake line nuts. I went ahead and ordered a new hard line kit for the car. Cheap enough for the kit since I want it to look decent and my skills may be slightly less than precision when it comes to bending. I will make my own little short line to add the proportioning valve, so at least I can say I fabricated something.

It's been a tale of two sides. The driver's side has been slathered in years of oil and gunk. Every bolt, nut, connection has been easy to break free. The passenger side is dry dry dry, and I had the most difficulty on that side. That's where the aforementioned broke bolt (LCA bolt snapped, but thankfully at the nut end. I was eventually able to get it out without any further damage. I ordered a set of Global West bolts/camber plates to replace the stock pieces. Of course which side did I start on? The passenger side. At least I was prepared for the worst on the driver's side and everything was easy-peasy there.

While I wait for the hardlines to ship and arrive, I can take a break and figure out if I want to strip off the crusty old undercoat and paint or not. I'm only going for a driver car, and nothing "show" or "resto". Still, the old stuff in there looks pretty ratty. I am, however, in a simple attached garage, so to keep my wife happy, I need to keep the dust/dirt/odor to a reasonable level.

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