Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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anthem75
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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by anthem75 » 08 Sep 2017, 16:40

Thanks! Neither colour is original. It came factory burgundy with a cream-coloured (vinyl roof). What you see outside is how I bought it. Will probably change the rims someday when the budget is a little fatter, but for now I can live with the spokes. I like the 17" look.

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1967 "S" Code GT

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by JcodeG » 08 Sep 2017, 17:16

Sorry for sending other message twice. I've looked better.
Never understood why so many cougars shared colors inside and out. Always been a fan of contrast for the most part. Good luck with your car.
Ray

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by anthem75 » 08 Sep 2017, 17:34

I agree with the contrast. Best to you Ray!

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 08 Sep 2017, 18:51

JcodeG wrote:
08 Sep 2017, 16:12
Nice cat! I have a 68 myself. Fell in love at 10 when they first came out. Is that the original color? I like it! Would look great with 15" styled steel repro wheels from WCCC.
Ray.
If you're talking about mine, yes it is the original color (recently repainted) Madras Blue metallic. Actually the 15" styled steel wheels are next on my list once I get the suspension/brakes finished up. I think they'll compliment the paint nicely.
-Mike

1968 Cougar Standard, 302 4V, auto, Madras Blue

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Post by anthem75 » 08 Sep 2017, 19:05

Sorry...I didnt mean to hijack Ray's question/post. I love the Madras Blue BTW...very nice.

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 09 Sep 2017, 10:08

anthem75 wrote:
08 Sep 2017, 19:05
Sorry...I didnt mean to hijack Ray's question/post. I love the Madras Blue BTW...very nice.
No worries at all, nothing wrong with being proud of our cats! :ylsuper:
-Mike

1968 Cougar Standard, 302 4V, auto, Madras Blue

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 11 Sep 2017, 09:03

I noticed that one of the P/S hoses was partially melted from contact with the exhaust manifold, so I wanted to switch to the "big block/1969" hose routing that runs under the motor. First step is to install this insulator/bracket. When I redo all the power assist stuff over the winter I'll reinstall with the new hose routing.

The holes are pre-punched on the outer steel of the frame stand, but not all the way through. The good news is you know where the holes need to be, the bad news is you have to drill them out the rest of the way. Unfortunately there is only 3" of space between the frame stand and oil pan, so you need to get creative drilling the holes. I ended up using a right-angle drill adapter and a combination of regular drill bits and step bits. The hole towards the front of the car doesn't have to be perfect, it's only for the tab on the bracket.


The one towards the rear of the car is where the fastener threads in. The bracket comes with a 5/16" self-tapping machine screw, so this hole must be drilled to 1/4" and as straight as possible for that to work.


I was a bit worried about the length of the fastener provided, I didn't want to have any issues with it contacting the lower control arm. So after I used it to cut the threads I went with the shorter bolt from NPD.


Needless to say this is a much easier job with the motor out of the car, that's the way to do it if you can.
-Mike

1968 Cougar Standard, 302 4V, auto, Madras Blue

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by JcodeG » 24 Sep 2017, 14:02

Wow 133,
Can't believe how much our cats share. I have misalignment on the same fender. Rides high, at cowl and hood, but gap spacing is okay. It's a replacement Fender and a head scratcher. I just replaced my leaf springs with Scott Drake's. About the only thing he has left made in the USA. Coils, shocks, upper and lower control arms, export brace, and brakes, completes the repair list for this year! There was some confusion with another member. I asked about the original color of your car. Good luck with the Cougar, it looks to be a nice solid example.
Ray.

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 24 Sep 2017, 14:20

JcodeG wrote:
24 Sep 2017, 14:02
Wow 133,
Can't believe how much our cats share. I have misalignment on the same fender. Rides high, at cowl and hood, but gap spacing is okay. It's a replacement Fender and a head scratcher. I just replaced my leaf springs with Scott Drake's. About the only thing he has left made in the USA. Coils, shocks, upper and lower control arms, export brace, and brakes, completes the repair list for this year! There was some confusion with another member. I asked about the original color of your car. Good luck with the Cougar, it looks to be a nice solid example.
Ray.
How did your ride height come out with the new coils and leaf springs? I'm looking to get the car sitting level/have a slight rake to it. Right now its got the typical cougar reverse rake in a bad way.
-Mike

1968 Cougar Standard, 302 4V, auto, Madras Blue

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by JcodeG » 25 Sep 2017, 16:41

Hey 133, I got the Moog coil springs from Summit, about $80. And I got the leaf springs, Scott Drake, from Summit also. These are still manufactured in the USA, for now. I was real happy with the way the car sits. The front came up about an inch because the coils were compressed, and the rear came up 2 - 3 in. It now sits just slightly higher in back, which was just what I was looking for. On the leaf springs, I went with the four leaf regular. I hope they're still made here when you order them. This is just the ticket for you. Good luck.
Ray.

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