Augusta Green '68 base

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Augusta Green '68 base

Post by Steve68Cougar » 27 Dec 2016, 23:04

My car officially is turning into a project, so I'll start a thread on what I'm doing to it. I'm looking at doing things in a couple of phases - the first is to get the car back in shape for the road and the second is to make it nice. For the first round I'm working on cleaning it up and getting the underside rust taken care of. I've already done some work on the fender aprons, but this is essentially the "before" shot of the engine compartment:

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I'm working on getting the engine and transmission pulled so I can clean things up and put a new clutch in it. I've got some torque box and floorpan repair to do, which is something I've never tried before.

My second phase may end up being a couple of years down the road. Along with some new (well, different anyway) rear quarter panels, I'd like to get it swapped out to an FE and manual (probably 5-speed) transmission.
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Post by guitar74 » 02 Jan 2017, 08:21

I like the idea of the FE 5 speed. Are you thinking about WAY down the rd. on a big block? The only reason I ask is that in the short term, a stroker kit for that small block would also put a smile on your face when you mash the gas.

Sorry, that's the cheap skate in me talking. Big blocks are a lot of fun, and having driven a friends low perf 390 1/2 ton pickup back in highschool made a believer out of me. For a stock engine with nothing more than duals, that thing would MOVE!!! Yeah, wait and build an FE. they're awesome.

Good luck with the project, and keep us posted.

Al

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Post by Steve68Cougar » 02 Jan 2017, 10:01

I think it will probably end up being 4-5 years down the road. I've been doing a lot of contemplating on engine until that point. I've got several options available, but the cheapskate in me says leave the 289 alone and just drive it. It ran mid 14's when I had it at the track in the early 2000's, so it will at least get out of it's own way. I really hadn't thought of a stroker kit, but that may be a decent option, too. It would probably help out my lower-than-optimum compression ratio with the '69 351W heads I've currently got on it. Another possibility I would have is putting a 302 out of a 2000 Mountaineer into it. I'd have to buy a few parts, but it would still be relatively simple and inexpensive.

I grew up with having a mid 70's F250 around with a '67 Cyclone 390 in it. That's part of the reason for wanting an FE instead of a cheaper and higher horsepower 460. A friend of mine drag races a stock class '67 Cougar with a 390/4-speed and I've always loved the sound of that thing (along with the sub 11 second time slips), too. The other reason is that it's the closest thing I'll have to a '68 Bullitt replica, which wouldn't be proper without an FE and manual transmission.
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Post by Caleb » 02 Jan 2017, 15:55

Sounds like a fun project. I look forward to watching this one

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Post by Steve68Cougar » 02 Jan 2017, 20:50

I'm hoping it will be a fun one. I suppose as long as I don't find too much more rust it will be OK. I've wanted to do this for about the last 15 years or so, so it's nice to finally get started.

Here's my latest:

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I need to get the engine and transmission out yet before I do too much more. As you can see from the picture, I got the radiator support removed. The old one was cut up pretty badly and it made sense just to replace it. I still need to cut the lower part out yet, but am leaving it there for support until the engine is out. I got a new fender apron to replace where the battery box mounts (currently cut out), and I must say the quality is terrible. It's a Canadian made piece, so I expected a little better. The shape is vaguely similar to the original sheetmetal. Fortunately, the area I need to replace is actually pretty close, and will pretty much be covered up by the battery box anyway.
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Re: Augusta Green '68 base

Post by BossElim69 » 03 Jan 2017, 08:01

What ignition box is that?
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Post by zman » 03 Jan 2017, 09:16

BossElim69 wrote:What ignition box is that?
Looks like a stereo amplifier.
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Post by Steve68Cougar » 03 Jan 2017, 10:06

BossElim69 wrote:What ignition box is that?
It's a Crane HI-6. I was impressed with how smooth the rev limiter is on it when I bought it. I'll eventually get something with a 2 step, but I'll probably just use it for now. I'll definitely get another digital unit when I do change.
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Post by guitar74 » 03 Jan 2017, 19:37

Just remember that the city scenes were 289 stangs in some of those sequences. Nothing wrong with a baby Windsor. I have terrific fun with mine.

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Post by BossElim69 » 04 Jan 2017, 06:26

Ok, at first I thought it was a Mark Ten B box from Delta products. Which are collectable when guys are doing period correct day two restorations as that was a good ignition street/strip upgrade back in the day with points. I would think the older crane boxes have some value as well.
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67 Cougar GT
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70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
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