Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

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Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by Natew » 03 Feb 2018, 21:06

Hey guys new to this site as of today. Figured I’d post something here as the project begins. The cars been sitting for close to 20 years but ran when it was parked. The shifter was just really loose so my dad parked it and lost interest in it. He finally signed it over today as he is realizing he will never put any money into it.
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I’ll take some better pictures once I get it into my garage.
-Transmission slips and leaks
-Shifter Loose
-Exhaust leak at header
-Interior lights not working
-Minimal rust inside trunk
-Runs very rich

Don’t think it’s too bad of a list to tackle. The fun begins.

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Re: Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by 1967 S Code » 03 Feb 2018, 21:13

Welcome to the Classic Cougar Community. What color is your GT? It almost looks like a root beer color.
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Re: Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by Natew » 03 Feb 2018, 21:22

It is black cherry. The original paint color was yellow. At some point my grandpa had painted it because he didn’t like the color. This will be a fun project for myself and my son. I’ve never been attempted a restoration before so parts of it scare me but I think it’ll turn out good in the end. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of questions for you guys.

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Post by ccarney69 » 04 Feb 2018, 07:48

Looks like a very nice car, get it running and driving and enjoy. Modest list to start. The wheels look like centerlines that are blacked out with spinners. Nice looking cat, did I say that!
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Re: Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 09:16

Thanks man. Yeah we will see how the list evolves once I get to working on it. This will be my first project to date but have always had a mechanical mind and am not scared of a challenge. Plus with all the resources out there anymore for information it makes it that much easier.

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Post by zman » 04 Feb 2018, 10:33

Welcome.
Nice Cat.
Where bouts are you located.
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Re: Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 10:54

I’m in North east Indiana. Any good resources anybody knows of for the Great Lakes area as I’m just getting started and am getting a feel of where to begin.
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Post by SPLINEHEAD » 04 Feb 2018, 10:56

zman wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 10:33
Welcome.
Nice Cat.
Where bouts are you located.
Hmmm, there is a heater and a snow blower in the pic. Natew, take a look into CATSCCC,com and Welcome.

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Re: Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 11:04

Thanks. I’m going to need all the advise and support I can get. First muscle car I’ve ever owned so you all can call me a Noob.

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Post by xr7g428 » 04 Feb 2018, 12:17

This very important. Open the gas cap and smell the gas. If it has a funny odor, like old paint, do not start the car again until you have replaced the tank and fuel lines. Old gas turns into shellac. It is very sticky and it will cause the valves to stick resulting in a rebuild. When old gas burns it will smell very rich and the exhaust will burn your eyes. If the old gas was allowed to evaporate in the tank and then you added new gas, the new gas will dissolve the shellac layer and it will do the same thing as old gas. I am speaking from $$$ experience.
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