The owner of this Cougar is a long time friend. He has murals on most of his vehicle collection, so it was natural to do something different. Retro 70 is the theme of the Cat.
The body & paint work car took around 5 years. Another sad paint shop horror story. His luck has since changed & we are well on our way to getting this awesome Cat back in the Rocky Mountain Sun!
2-2018 Car is coming together. The fenders are temporarily on & the doors need minor adjustments. Motor & drive line are in & hooked up. Fuel system is complete tank to carb. Cooling is ready to go. Grill & all trim await the car being buffed & returned to the shop. Then the final assembly starts!
April 2018- Still waiting on paint detailer. The wheels got painted to match the body Gold. We had the exhaust system done (Thanks to Adam Lakewood Muffler!) While out on the trailer, we stopped by Lakewood Alignment & got the front end aligned. Back in the shop the final testing of systems is almost done. Then the motor starts!
Mocked up with headers before paint
1970 XR-7 Q- Code
This Cat found sitting in a backyard. Brought it home & started exploring (cleaning) it out, I found the clutch pedal had been pushed to the floor & the carpet pulled over it. Trying to decode the VIN & the door info, found the door sticker was painted over & the windshield tag was covered in crud. Looking at the old emission sticker was the only easy place to find the VIN.
Only problem was 5th digit for the motor size was "0". This was a letter that Ford did not use... The only other letter it could be was "Q".
The owner had painted it with house paint & a roller!
Rough & worn
After media blasting
Upside down removing old quarter panel
1968 XR-7 302-4v 4-Speed
This is one very rare & desirable Cat. Only 497 were made. The body is now at the media blasters awaiting it's flea bath & shower. A complete check of the motor is next. I was told it has about 10K miles on it. It looks great so far...
Update 12- 2017 The motor was poorly rebuilt.. Surprise! Well I took it apart & cleaned it out. Take a look at the rust! The pistons were removed & the block was cleaned out very well. The amount of crud I got out of the water jacket amounted to over 1 cup! Another surprise was the extra freeze plug inside the block. Guess they were too lazy to remove it , just push it in the block... no one will know!
2-2018 Well the original heads required a complete rebuild. New guides, valves & springs. Milled the heads flat. Block was cleaned again & brushed in all the galleys. I replaced all bearings. Motor is now ready to go.