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    1. #1
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      My 68 Cougar Pro-Touring / Resto-Mod Project

      I've been working on this project for some time now . This project started when my brother in-law gave me this Cougar that he'd owned since 1969 . He took it off the road approx. 20 years ago when it started running rough and he couldn't seem to figure out why . The guy I sold the pure stock 289 to for $200 informed me that there was a hole in one of the piston tops . I've torn it down to a bare shell and have been repairing any rust damage that I have found , which has been found in the rear quarters and front torque boxes. I have replaced the complete stock front suspension with A TCI front suspension kit including cross-member , tubular upper and lower control arms , ridetech coil-overs , power rack and pinion , sway bar , 2" lowering spindles , and Wilwood disc brakes . I've installed a Detroit Speed mini tub kit , sub-frame connectors , and rear torque boxes . I plan to install the Detroit Speed Quadra-Link rear suspension when I have the $$$$ . As for the power plant I have installed a GM 6.0 LQ9 LS motor and a 4L65E transmission . I've set the motor back as far as I could without getting silly , that being said I've modified the firewall and have fabricated a whole new trans-tunnel . I've had to do some minor body work . My recent project has been replacing the rear tail-light section sheet metal and welding in a 68 Shelby Mustang tail-light panel. I've always thought that the Cougar tail-light looked really heavy on the eye. Pictures to follow .



    2. #2
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      As promised
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      I've just about finished grafting in the Shelby taillight panel , a little more sanding to do. Here you can see what I mean about the Cougar taillight assembly being heavy on the eye compared to the Shelby piece.

    4. #4
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      Nice project. Looks like you have a quality car to start with. Why not a Ford engine? Looking forward to the build thread. Keep the pic's coming.

    5. #5
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      Nice to see another Cougar being built!

      Andrew
      1970 GTO Version 2.0
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    6. #6
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      Quote Originally Posted by Roger Poirier View Post
      Nice project. Looks like you have a quality car to start with. Why not a Ford engine? Looking forward to the build thread. Keep the pic's coming.
      Thanks , ya , the car is very solid . The floors are just like the day it rolled out of the factory . As for why not a Ford engine ? , I have nothing against Ford power but it all came down to $$$$$ .I've owned a 88 5.0 Mustang in the past , so I've been there done that . A mod motor or a Coyote engine , too much money but for different reasons . A Coyote cost too much to start with and a Mod would cost too much to unleash the same amount of power plus I just want to play with a LS engine .

    7. #7
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      Hello to a fellow BC'er Welcome to PT!

      Loving the build, keep it up. Nice to see some more Cougars on this site, regardless of motor

    8. #8
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      That tail panel is going to look awesome.
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    9. #9
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      Thanks guys . I realize that putting a Chevy in a Ford is going to ruffle a few feathers but I'm OK with that , I'm not the first . Check out all the 32 Fords at your next car show / rod run , you'll see what I mean .

    10. #10
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      Its looking good. Nice work.
      Wayne
      Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
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Size:  160.1 KBThanks Wayne . I thought that I'd start on the rear valance today . My plan is to combine the stock piece and again a 68 Shelby piece . Originally I was just going to graft in the exhaust cut outs but when I stripped down the original valance I found lots of filler . From the back side I could see that there was a crease and filler poking through a half dozen holes ( lazy body man ). I believe that I can get the Shelby piece to work , it's going to take some metalwork but hey I've got the time and material . Also by using the Shelby valance it has the license plate mount , the Cougar had the plate between the taillights which I lost by going to the Shelby taillight panel.

    12. #12
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      Well I put the Shelby valance under the knife today and it looks like it's going to work out fine .
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      I got the valance all figured out and I'm very happy with it . I installed the rear bumper , fender extensions and trunk lid just to get a look at things . Next job is to get the bumper to fit better , it's twisted and the top and bottom sides is in need of straightening out . Bumper jack damage I presume . The bumpers will be painted body color .
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    14. #14
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      subscribing! to steal some ideas for my cougar. That cougar is a solid car to begin with! Kudos on a nice find and using cougar! I can't wait to see it finished

    15. #15
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      A brown truck brought me a box from Amazon , Kooks stainless headers built for a 2010 Camaro SS . They fit between the rails BUT I'll have to build new motor mounts AGAIN for the third time and the steering shaft is going to be fun as well .
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      Very cool!! I am installing a shelby style gas cap in the stock location and will also have to move the license plate,.. and now I know what to do!! thanks for the help, lol. I think I am going to have to "notch" the underside of the bumper to get the license plate to sit where I want it though. Man those lights are going to look sharp. Subscribing!!

    17. #17
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chev Korbin View Post
      Very cool!! I am installing a shelby style gas cap in the stock location and will also have to move the license plate,.. and now I know what to do!! thanks for the help, lol. I think I am going to have to "notch" the underside of the bumper to get the license plate to sit where I want it though. Man those lights are going to look sharp. Subscribing!!
      Thanks , the underside of the bumper will need to be modified not only for the plate to sit in the correct (to me) spot but also for the license plate light . As for the gas cap I'm leaning towards using a piece from ridetech .

    18. #18
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      I love the Cougars. A '68 Cougar taught me not to pinch the exit of a corner...fortunately a rear bumper and gas tank were available in the local junkyard.
      Cars are meant to be driven.

      John B

    19. #19
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      I just re looked the pictures. I like how you had some badass cougars from google print to motivate or inspire you. That s how I would have done it too! two thumbs up! I will have it up in my garage and maybe your finishing cougar will be up there next!

    20. #20
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      Do you have any other pictures of how that valance fits, any straight on shots? how much trimming/ modifying did you actually have to do? Have you test fit the lenses yet,.. you should so we can all partake of the awesomeness, lol!

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