Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 22 Feb 2018, 20:16

1967 S Code wrote:
22 Feb 2018, 19:22
Everything is looking good. It's cool to see everything coming together.
Steven
Thanks! Not much free time for car stuff these days with a 1yr old crawling around, but I get out to the garage when I can :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 » 12 Mar 2018, 09:25

Made some good progress over the past week, got the front suspension pulled out. I ended up using a bolt-in spring compressor, made spring removal a cinch. I definitely recommend that for anyone else doing this job. Once I get the spindles cleaned up I'll be doing new control arms, strut rod bushings, spring cradles and probably the 1" lowering springs. I'm hoping the lowering springs will level out the stance, this car had some serious reverse rake going on.

-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 » 10 Apr 2018, 08:51

Cougar is definitely starting to come together. Got the entire front suspension/steering/brakes bolted in, bled and aligned close enough to drive to the the shop. Just need to get a set of front shocks. I really wanted to get this car on the road this summer and maybe to Carlisle, so I had to forego the power disc conversion. I bolted the drums back on for now, and will tackle the brake conversion next winter. This car had really bad reverse rake, but now it sits perfectly level with the 1" lowering springs. My one concern now is the wheels that came on the car don't have enough backspacing, on the front they seem to stick out too far. I'm worried if the contact between the tire and fender lip is going to get worse with the lowering springs. They might have to go sooner than planned (which is fine, I hate the way they look anyway).

Here's some pics of the process:












-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 R Code » 10 Apr 2018, 12:07

Nice progress, looks you have a decent starting point. My '67 is the same color.
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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 20 Apr 2018, 19:32

She lives!!!

Had a few days off from work so I was able to knock out a bunch of stuff. Got the aluminum radiator painted black and installed along with the shroud, fan, belts and radiator hoses. Filled all the fluids, poured in some gas and fired her up! No leaks so far and the motor runs pretty smooth. I did have some trouble with the trans cooler lines on the radiator side, they were contacting the crank pulley out of the box. Took quite a bit of bending to get them to clear.





-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 ssava » 21 Apr 2018, 14:15

Sounds great!
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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 10 May 2018, 13:34

1 step forward, two steps back...

Just got the car home from the shop. Had an alignment done, new axle seals and they got the drums cut and adjusted really well. Went for a drive, everything was going good. When I got home, noticed coolant leaking. Lost the heater core...

Pulled the seat and console out so I could clean up the mess under the carpet and let it dry out. I was planning to take the cougar to carlisle this year, definitely no time or budget to do a new heater box/core/evaporator in time. I will probably bypass the heater core for now and tackle it over the winter.

-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 » 09 Jul 2018, 20:41

Not a good weekend for the Cougar. Got stranded due to an ignition problem, had to get towed home. Went from running perfectly to stumbling/stalling like the flip of a switch. Motor would run normally if I let the car sit for a few minutes, but then it would stumble shortly after. I suspect it's either the Pertronix module or the coil (which is a new Pertronix Flamethrower). Going to replace both and see if that takes care of it.

-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 hanver » 10 Jul 2018, 04:23

I keep a spare iginition module in the car, I also have been stranded once due to a failing module. I was able to get home though, after letting it sit for a while and then restarting I was able to get going again a few times till I got home.

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Re: Sprucing up a '68 Cougar

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Post by mfc133 » 11 Jul 2018, 19:08

Installed a new Pertronix ignitor and coil. Took the car for a long drive, ran smoother than it ever has. Engine temps also stayed much cooler. I think the old Pertronix was not holding timing well.

Hanver I think I'll take your advice and keep a spare one in the car just in case. Cheap insurance.
-Mike

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

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