The trunk floor/area look good. Quarters are good, I remember my father having them done in the late 80’s before it was painted. Rear frame rails have surface rust but are solid.BossElim69 wrote: ↑29 Oct 2017, 05:46If 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.
The upper cowl looks good. Lower cowl has surface rust, but solid. The only “cab” area that I feel like I need to do some work on (other than the floor pan) is the bottom of the firewall. I’m not sure how far up the firewall the new floor pan will reach, but I need it to be at least 4”. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to either get a patch, or make a patch.
As for experience....nope. I’m diving into this and learning as I go. I know how important dimensions are, and I’ll be doing things as carefully as possible. I’ll be starting with a frame jig and dolly to keep parts where they belong, and return new parts to where they belong. I’m very interested in reading about how others have done major front clip work, and kept the dimensions correct.
Tools, I am at a good starting point. I know I don’t have everything, but I’ll get it done one way or another.
Ultimately, I’m doing this as a project with my son. I’m going this far because I’m looking forward to the challenge, and it being my fathers car means I have no plans on selling it. Not into this for the money....just the fun.