1968 1/2 'R' Code Cougar!

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Re: 1968 1/2 'R' Code Cougar!

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The turn signal relays mount just underneath the trunk mat where it sits in your pic. Also the hood scope on your car looks to be a reproduction as origional parts didnt have reinforcing ribs molded into them as the one pictured has.
67 XR7 6.5 liter auto AC tilt pdb ps thermactor vinyl roof console SS wheels lime frost 68.5 XR7 428CJ
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dewgar428 wrote: 07 Oct 2020, 19:28 The car was sold new in, Cleveland, Ohio... sometime between 1968 and 1980, the original 428 CJ met it's unfortunate demise. There is a very old sticker from, Dragway 42 (Ashland, Ohio) in the rear sail panel window that says, 'Class Winner'.
I spent many weekends at '42' in the 70s racing a 67 stang coupe. Many Cougars and Fords there at that time, Fast Eddies hangout. I would take my 68.5 R to Thompson dragway because it was a GM haven and it was so much fun to beat them. You should get a Marti report and see what dealer it came from. Wyatt Lincoln-Mercury in Cleveland was one of the top Cougar sellers across northern Ohio.
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It looks like this as you lift the floor mat and then the cover:
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dewgar428 wrote: 07 Oct 2020, 19:28 Yep! XR-7 it is not... My son and I have been plugging away at the historicity of this car since it arrived here 4 weeks ago. Here's what we have discovered... The car was sold new in, Cleveland, Ohio... sometime between 1968 and 1980, the original 428 CJ met it's unfortunate demise. There is a very old sticker from, Dragway 42 (Ashland, Ohio) in the rear sail panel window that says, 'Class Winner'. One can only assume that, that victory was a direct result of 428 when it was whole. I have included some more pictures...

The car was owned for many years by the late, Tim Slagle. My older brother, Jeff, actually knew this guy and apparently, he was 'The 'R' Code Cougar Guru' for Northern Ohio back in the day, having a number of rare Cougar cars and parts. I know for fact that our long time family friend, Jim Roepke, a Ford nut from WAY back who has, over the years, owned a many CJ vehicles including more than one of the highly sought after Shelby cars... he actually bought the original, blown up, 428 from this car in 1980 from, Tim Slagle.

After that, the Cougar sat for a time until, Slagle, decided to do some mod's to the car and get it back on the road. Those 'mod's' included an orange paint job and a conversion over to this, still immaculate, XR-7 interior. The rear spoiler and front 'chin spoilers' are from a 69 Eliminator that Slagle had at the time. A 68' 302 was also installed and the car was drivable again.

Slagle later passed and the Cougar, along with the collection of other rare cars & parts, was passed to a family friend where it sat for a number of years... Enter my brother... who purchased the Cougar from this gentleman a couple years ago. He, (my brother) having an extensive collection of old cars himself, graciously passed the 'deal' on to my son (his nephew) and here we are, in 2020! We took some pictures tonight to share with the community. I'll try not to double post! So, it's NOT an XR-7 rather, a standard coupe,,, The 'R' Code Registry (Quay) says this car is 1 of only 15 know to exist! A mind bending concept to be sure!

We have found a 66' 428 and have the wherewithal to 'make that happen' over the winter... that's the plan!
Thanks for sharing, very interesting! Keep in mind as you switch out parts for more correct parts we will give you in store credit for the take off parts. Does the car have wrap around shock tower reinforcement plates?

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WOW!!! Amazing!! Thank you soooo much for taking the time to show us where that wiring goes!!! You guys are THE BEST!!!
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We just went out to look and, by God it does have the wrap around shock tower reinforcement plates!! That blows my mind!
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dewgar428 wrote: 08 Oct 2020, 14:19 We just went out to look and, by God it does have the wrap around shock tower reinforcement plates!! That blows my mind!
You'd expect to see those on your car, as well as every '69-'70.
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We are learning a lot!!!
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dewgar428 wrote: 08 Oct 2020, 14:19 We just went out to look and, by God it does have the wrap around shock tower reinforcement plates!! That blows my mind!
Post the Marti Report when you can. Those plates are a mark of authenticity on your car. Only the late built big blocks got them and they are different looking than 69-70 plates.
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Will do! We plan on documenting everything we do or, have done to the car. Also, we will be keeping ALL the original parts we replace. We go this Saturday, 10/10... to get a quote on a complete brake job, rotors, calipers, lines, etc. as well as the fuel tank and any necessary lines pertaining to the fuel system. Then, over the winter, if everything goes as planned... a 428 will be sitting in it and we'll be driving it to the first available car show! Here's a picture of my 17 year old son, Dewey (Hence the 'Dewgar' nick name for his car!)
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