Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

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Post by leonbray » 26 May 2017, 17:10

68 XR7. 302 roller cam with roller rockers, stroked to 331. Fitech or MSD Atomic fuel injection. AOD Sanden a/c compressor, dual spal electric fans, evans waterless coolant. 3.5:1 traction lock, 20 gallon fuel tank, quiet mufflers - no drone

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Post by xr7g428 » 26 May 2017, 17:41

Blitz and Leon are on it! Would the stroker be worth the effort? What about reliability?

The air dam makes me worry about the big chinks of tire tread that litter the roads in the southwest...
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Post by cyclonelou » 26 May 2017, 17:55

Rear gears-2.75's or 3.00's. Now this is for a stock or slightly warmed up engine without AOD which is more costly than just swapping gears.
You may think those gears will turn your car into a slug but if the powertrain in front of them is good you'll have plenty of acceleration to merge with traffic,pass a truck on a hill and all of that.
Our '69 with A/C, PDB,PS etc. w/351W4V that's slightly warmed up has gotten right at 20MPG at 70-75 mph on fairly flat land and without headwinds. And yes the tach and speedometer are accurate as is my wife's really expensive GPS unit.

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Post by leonbray » 26 May 2017, 19:27

xr7g428 wrote:
26 May 2017, 17:41
Blitz and Leon are on it! Would the stroker be worth the effort? What about reliability?

The air dam makes me worry about the big chinks of tire tread that litter the roads in the southwest...
331 is a well balanced engine with roller cam and roller rockers. A 5.0 roller would be more than OK for cruising. 331 just gives you the ability to rev it a bit if you want to

Spoiler is more for economy and cooling efficiency. Not sure about how the plastic Cougar one would stack up. 69 camaro might be a better option
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Post by 70 Cougar » 26 May 2017, 20:22

Iphone charger cable.
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Post by contibob » 26 May 2017, 22:14

Years ago I bought a 1957 Ford Sunliner out of Pensylvania. Completely restored to stock. I drove it home to San Diego. 3spd OD, manual steering , manual brakes. Wouldn't have changed a thing. The only thing that went wrong was a headlight burned out in Texas. Got pulled over by the State Patrol to let me know. After talking about the car for about a half an hour, He gave me directions to a Walmart. Put two new headlights in out in the parking lot and drove on. Got close to 20 MPG. One of the best trips of my life with no new technology at all.

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Post by Allen68 » 27 May 2017, 03:25

How about some old school a CB radio?

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Post by johnboy » 27 May 2017, 04:31

forgot about those.
I also have halogen hi-beams on mine. They are a must for night driving
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Post by 1967 S Code » 27 May 2017, 09:57

Ok here goes. 1968 XR7G, 302 w/bolt on EFI, T5 5 speed, AC, rear defroster, upgraded headlights (LED), cruise control, Lincoln MKS seats (heat and cooled), 17" tires w/factory style steel wheels.
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Post by xr7g428 » 27 May 2017, 10:08

Contibob that sounds like an incredible adventure. I am guessing that this was not in the summer when you crossed AZ and Cali deserts?

LED upgrades make a lot of sense. It used to be that the speed limit dropped at night, but today better lighting seems like a must. It seems that most of the upgrades we are talking about are electrical. Maybe a better alternator is a good starting place.

1967 S Code has a good point about larger wheels and I like the idea of keeping a stock look. If you needed a new tire on the road a 14" tire might be hard to find. Road conditions being what they are in some places I think that it might be a good idea to stay with a 55 series tire at a minimum to avoid wheel damage.

So far we haven't come across anything that is impossible, or even not readily available.
Bill Basore, Editor / Publisher
Legendary Cougar Magazine
Currently in the Cat House
'67 XR7 GT 390 4 speed, AC, AM FM, Lime Frost Green
'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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