1968 1/2 'R' Code Cougar!

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1968 1/2 'R' Code Cougar!

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8F91R578295... the VIN # off of my 17 year old son's first car! It even has the original 68 1/2 ram air hood featuring 8 mounting locations, as opposed to the 10 found on the 69-70 models. We are very excited about this car and are learning a lot about it thanks to great sites and forums, such as this one. Just wanted to share the find with the community!
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dewgar428 wrote: 06 Oct 2020, 16:24 8F91R578295... the VIN # off of my 17 year old son's first car! It even has the original 68 1/2 ram air hood featuring 8 mounting locations, as opposed to the 10 found on the 69-70 models. We are very excited about this car and are learning a lot about it thanks to great sites and forums, such as this one. Just wanted to share the find with the community!a5.jpg
Very exciting car! Thanks for sharing the VIN, I know lots of people are interested to hear more about this Cougar.
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You are very welcome.. I don't know who's more excited... me or, my son! Here's a few more pictures....
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I’m sure both of you are excited. What are your plans for this rare Cougar?

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Hello, was the car already known to the registry or is it a new find, it was apparently very well kept, nice!
Randy ,Syracuse NY
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I'm pretty sure it was already registered... we just changed the registry info to document my 17 year old son as the new owner as well as the car's new location here in Montana. We're going to take the car this Saturday to, 'Howie's Auto Repair' in, Whitefish Montana, to have all the brakes, fuel system, and front suspension rebuilt/replaced. We actually found a 66 'Q' Code T-bird out here for a reasonable price that we're going to rob the motor/trans out of for the Cougar this winter... Yeah, the car, over-all is in really good shape!
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Be sure not to throw away any of the original parts. The reproduction parts in most cases will do the job but in every case are markedly different in appearance. The fuel sending unit and fuel pump for example have a tremendous value even as a core needing repair. If for example you have the original fuel pump the core can fetch $500. An original XR-7 fuel sending unit might be worth $200.

dewgar428 wrote: 06 Oct 2020, 20:31 I'm pretty sure it was already registered... we just changed the registry info to document my 17 year old son as the new owner as well as the car's new location here in Montana. We're going to take the car this Saturday to, 'Howie's Auto Repair' in, Whitefish Montana, to have all the brakes, fuel system, and front suspension rebuilt/replaced. We actually found a 66 'Q' Code T-bird out here for a reasonable price that we're going to rob the motor/trans out of for the Cougar this winter... Yeah, the car, over-all is in really good shape!
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Oh wow! That is really good to know... I had no idea. I thank you for that! My son is blown away at the CCC... that something like this even exists for people who own these cars is really something to him. Groups like this are making him realize the significance of what he has with this car. I showed him, last night, that someone had commented on his car from, NC... he couldn't believe it! As a father and old gear-head, the look on his face is PRICELESS! Thanks again!
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dewgar428 wrote: 06 Oct 2020, 20:31 We actually found a 66 'Q' Code T-bird out here for a reasonable price that we're going to rob the motor/trans out of for the Cougar this winter... Yeah, the car, over-all is in really good shape!
This may be old news, but if the motor and trans in the car are original to the car and retain their partial VIN stamps, you definitely don’t want to swap them out. They are EXTREMELY valuable.

The VIN stamp on the engine will be on the drivers side, at the rear (closest to firewall) of the cylinder head or just below the head on the block. The transmission will be stamped in different places, depending on whether it is automatic or 4 speed. 4 speed is on the top of the case, frequently on the driver side, right behind the bell housing. Someone else can chime in on the location for a C6 automatic.
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The VIN (8F91R578295) is for a standard Cougar but the roof and back window say XR7. Maybe a good idea to verify the VIN numbers on the inner fenders, dash tag and door tag. What engine is in it now?
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