68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 12 Oct 2017, 14:39

sfhess wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 14:29
BigNuge wrote:
11 Oct 2017, 19:31
Thanks for the welcome guys....I’m looking forward to the project!
1967 S Code wrote:
10 Oct 2017, 08:41
Jim I'm enjoying the read and pictures so far. Keep the updates coming. It's awesome that your son is helping. It will build memories that will last a lifetime. In reference to your hood, what type of custom vents are those? I'd keep them in place if your father installed them.
Steven
Yeah, those have been on there since I’ve known the car. Not sure if dad got it that way, or put them on after. I’m not a huge fan of them, but that’s how dad had it, so I might just keep them like you said. They are aluminum, and they do a good job of covering the holes in the hood (assuming this car once had a scoop or something on it).

I was wondering, how difficult is a disc brake upgrade up front? That is something I’ve always planned on doing...just not sure what that is going to involve.
Those vents look like they came off a 66 Chevelle SS.

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For a disc brake conversion: http://www.discbrakeswap.com/Mustang%20 ... TALOG.html
Those vents looks close, but the ones on the car look lower profile, and are sort of “swept back” kind of look. In any event, I’ll probably clean them up nice and paint them.

Thanks for the info on the disc swap!
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 26 Oct 2017, 11:23

Well I got the motor and tranny out last weekend. Like the rookie I am, I forgot to drain the tranny.....the shop floor looked like a murder scene. It was the motivator I needed to clean the floor up nice (after the motor pull).







We separated the tranny, pulled everything off the engine (alternator/water pump/PS pump), including brackets. Pulled the timing cover, that still looks great. Flipped it and pulled the pan, still looks good there. I pulled one head, cylinders look really good except for #1 (someone pulled the spark plug years ago and never put it back). I hope I can get #1 cleaned up enough with a big bore having to be done.

For now, we stand back and take a breath. I am in the process of researching the best way to begin pulling all the rotted parts off. I’m going to pull the fenders off, and finish removing the interior. As of now it looks like I’ll be doing a full floor Pan (I could possibly save the center hump and just do the two sides front to back), torque boxes, and front frame rails.

Now to save up for parts and a pneumatic belt sander (seems to be the best way to remove spot welds).
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BossElim69 » 26 Oct 2017, 12:56

Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 26 Oct 2017, 15:41

I’ll check into that spot weld cutter.

I am going to be building a frame dolly to support the front of he car so I can pull the front end apart (I need to be able to move the car in and out of the storage area of my shop). Can anyone recommend a good caster for this dolly? I was going to pick up a couple of 1000# swivel casters....
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by DieselD » 26 Oct 2017, 16:47

spot weld cutter is the ticket! Does the least amount of damage
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 28 Oct 2017, 17:24

And now for a big assessment.....

Got the front end tore apart.







Got the rest of the interior out, and a full assessment of the car.











To me, I think it makes sense to do a full floor pan. I have all the way back to the rear sheet under the rear seat.


Then there’s this little gem....half assed floor pan patch in the rear foot area.

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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 28 Oct 2017, 17:38

Onto the frame..... :shock: :?















The front frame rail on the driver side is worse than the passenger side. In any event, it looks like I need to do complete frame rails on both sides. Given that, I wonder if I would be better off doing the full front apron assemblies. The top flange of the shock towers (where the top edge of the fender bolts to) is in tough shape. Also, I didn’t take a close up photo of it, it I’m going to do the core support.

I’d love to hear from any and all on your take.....I know my hands are full, but let me know if I missed something, or am taking it too far....
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Post by badcatt » 28 Oct 2017, 21:35

I hate to say this; but you might want to consider finding a better body. But if you are interested I have a set of repo torque boxes.
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BigNuge » 29 Oct 2017, 05:23

badcatt wrote:
28 Oct 2017, 21:35
I hate to say this; but you might want to consider finding a better body. But if you are interested I have a set of repo torque boxes.
If it weren’t for it being my dads car I’d try for a new car for sure. That being said, I’m not afraid of doing what needs to be done. I’m actually looking forward to getting into this project to the extreme! Besides, unless I’m ready to strike out hundreds or thousands of miles there are no “project” Cougars around....I’ve only found drivers ranging $13k - $28k

What are you asking for your torque boxes?
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Re: 68 XR7-Dads Cougah

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Post by BossElim69 » 29 Oct 2017, 05:46

If you have the tools and the experience go for it! We all like reading posts on Cougars like this that get brought back to life. How does the rest of the Cougar look? Rear quarters, trunk area. Check the cowl for rust. Cowl isn't hard to fix, but very time consuming. Keep in mind that going this deep into saving the Cougar your going to have more time & money than you will be able to sell it for in the end. As long as you know that going into it the project and your keeping it as it's Dad's Cougar. Then you will be Ok. We can point you toward a few good posts of other Cougar owners that have gone this far to save a Cougar.
Brian Carpenter, President CATS classic Cougar club
67 Cougar road course racer
67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
70 Boss 302 Mustang
1993 Harley Davidson
2004 F250 diesel
2004 Jeep Overland 4.7L H.O.
78 Ford F 150 Ranger
08 Cobalt SS

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