Just got my dads 1968 gt s code Cougar today.

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

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Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 12:47

Thanks for the tip as I’m trying to avoid a rebuild if at all possible as it only has 24000 original miles on it as well. I’ll be sure to check this. Now you said something about even if it evaporated (will it still have this smell) when adding new gas it can cause the same issue?
Would it be wise just to start by replacing the tank and fuel lines regardless?

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Post by xr7g428 » 04 Feb 2018, 14:20

You won't notice the smell at first and it will be less noticeable. That is how I killed my second 390... The smartest thing to do is to replace the gas tank and fuel line first. They are relatively cheap and you will probably end up doing it in the end any way. Solves all of the rust issues at the same time. Also new gas with methanol will eat the old rubber hoses very quickly.
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Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 14:39

Thanks now I know where to begin. Now to find the best place to get the tank and lines. By the end of this I can turn my Noob status into amateur maybe.

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Post by stevie thompson » 04 Feb 2018, 17:22

I had that same issue with my car u should change the fuel pump and filter to.
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Post by Natew » 04 Feb 2018, 17:30

Filter was a given. But we will see about the fuel pump as well.

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Post by stevie thompson » 04 Feb 2018, 20:09

Also change your fuel filter
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Post by 70 Cougar » 04 Feb 2018, 22:59

WCCC literally just published a video that is worth checking out for your fuel system re/re.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOP_6CF2D4
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Post by R Code » 05 Feb 2018, 07:41

Natew wrote:
04 Feb 2018, 17:30
Filter was a given. But we will see about the fuel pump as well.
Echoing what others have said about old gas. My buddy trashed a decent F350 dump truck project by not heeding this advice.

Do the fuel pump too (easy/cheap). Check the #s on yours to see if it is original, and if it is, have that one rebuilt.

Same advice for most of the components you will service from the car. Have original parts rebuilt vs. turning them in for cores.

After the fuel system, tackle the brakes.

Good luck, great project!
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Post by Natew » 05 Feb 2018, 09:08

Yeah it’s almost all original except for the oil dipstick and a few odds and ends so this is where the fun is really going to begin. Thanks for all the advise and help so far!

Also awesome find on that video. These are the things that make this so much easier nowadays. Learning from other people’s mistakes/how-tos

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Post by Don Rush » 05 Feb 2018, 11:32

Welcome! We just did a video on reviving a 68 390 fuel system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOP_6CF2D4

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