Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

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Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

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Post by xr7g428 » 26 May 2017, 13:31

Lets say that your ship comes in and you have time and money to drive a classic Cougar and really see the USA, and Canada. The ultimate road trip.

What modifications would you make to insure that the car was reliable, comfortable, safe, and most of all fun to drive for 10,000 miles?

There are a few rules: every modification has to be reasonably reversible. The car has to be more Cougar than anything else. No Mustang II font end swaps, no Coyote engine swaps. The car has to be serviceable on the road. This is not a race car. This is a car you could drive for 700 miles in one day and still be able to walk when you parked at the end of the day.

Even though you just won the lottery, price does matter. What would give the greatest bang for the buck? It would be helpful to put a price on each mod.

Priorities would also be a good idea. IF some one decided to use this as a guide, what would you suggest they do first?
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Post by xr7g428 » 26 May 2017, 13:35

I would start with a '68 XR-7 302 2V, C4 automatic, 3L0 rear gear, with AC front disc brakes and power steering.

The first thing I would add would be a hump hugger console with cup holders. $125.
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'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Post by mo2872 » 26 May 2017, 13:47

One of those bolt on EFI systems..... $1-2k
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Post by xr7g428 » 26 May 2017, 13:51

mo2872 wrote:
26 May 2017, 13:47
One of those bolt on EFI systems..... $1-2k
On what car? and why that first?
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'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Post by mo2872 » 26 May 2017, 14:11

Oh, I was just adding to your base platform.

Reliability(no adjusting needed in mountains).
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Post by johnboy » 26 May 2017, 14:26

I like mine just fine the way it is. I am not beat at all after a 400 mile trip with only gas/pee stops
302-4V
C4
no AC
no Cruise
I do however have a crappy radio that reads a usb key with mp3 files
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Post by zman » 26 May 2017, 15:04

Some late model buckets.
Not sure from what, but they would be out of a Ford.
My old bones need comfort.
Seats in my wife's Fusion are comfortable.
Told her I wanted to pull one out try it in the Cougar.
For some reason she didn't agree.
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Post by xr7g428 » 26 May 2017, 15:28

Good seats would be a must. Upholstered to look like stock, probably cost $800?
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'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Post by Allen68 » 26 May 2017, 16:16

I'm going to like this thread a lot. This is kinda the theme I have for my car. I would think if it's a 67/68 a 70 fuel tank would be a must.

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Post by Blitz » 26 May 2017, 16:49

AOD would seem like a must for long road trips. Screaming along in 3rd gear is not ideal. I also agree that EFI would be nice for reliability, maybe one of those FITech setups.

Good sound deadening and a good stereo setup - gotta have tunes on the road!

I'm used to not having AC in any of my cars, but since this is a wishlist, it would be really nice to have working AC, probably with a modern Sanden compressor. Rear defog would be nice too, but maybe not essential.

As much as I prefer originality, I have to agree that comfy seats would be a big deal for long trips. I've seen good examples where people have upholstered them to look like stock, and it can look good.

Oh, how about brakes? Safety is worth thinking about... while I chose to use stock equipment on mine (1970 discs) I would think that a Wilwood or similar modern setup would be good to have.

Upgraded lighting - plasma LED taillights, relays for the headlights and H4 halogen bulbs. Electric headlight conversion for reliability and so as not to waste vacuum.

Those are some initial thoughts... too lazy to figure out the cost :P
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