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  1. #1
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    Default 1967 Cougar 5.3 LS Swap, Pro Touring style build on a budget

    Long time lurker of this awesome forum. I picked up a 67 Cougar about 2 months ago. I'm really excited as this was my first car when I was 14. Its really ratty but I got it for $400. I wasn't sure what to do with it. I was going back and forth on if I should scrap it and find another chassis with less rust or build it. I finally decided after going to Cuba, and seeing all the crazy repair jobs and strange cars, that this hobby for me is all about fun. With that being said I picked up a 2003 Suburban last night for $860 that has the 5.3 iron block LS and a 4L60. I then went this morning and grabbed a cheap MIG from Harbor Frieght for all the rust repair I'm doing.

    The initial plan is to get it running and driving for the Gambler 500. Then after thats over, keep upgrading it until its a badass pro touring car. I plan to do events in it like optima and Hot rod Power Tour. I shot some video of the project and will keep the forum updated with pics as well.

    Here is the first project update on youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LthtFCvovNU


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    Lots of rust in the interior, looks like someone left the windows down for a decade.
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    Spare Fender I plan to use as patch panels as the curves match several places on the body.
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    Grabbed some cheap wheels from the junkyard to roll it around the shop.

    Hope you guys like it, I'm excited to get it on the street.

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    Jake,

    Good luck with the build. Are those stock Mercury Marquee wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    Jake,

    Good luck with the build. Are those stock Mercury Marquee wheels?

    Andrew
    They are! Good eye. I got them for $40 a piece from the scrap yard. Look like they were made for the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarGroves View Post
    They are! Good eye. I got them for $40 a piece from the scrap yard. Look like they were made for the car.
    I always liked those wheels and I have been looking for a second set of wheels and tires for the Cougar....hmmmm...

    Andrew
    1970 GTO Version 2.0
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    "You were the gun, your voice was the trigger, your bravery was the barrel, your eyes were the bullets." ~ Her

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    Excellent car for your project and that's an excellent engine choice as well!

    Yes your car is rusty but it looks structurally sound and you can repair it while keeping it in service.

    Best Wishes for your project and have fun!


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    Good luck on your build !. If I may give you a little advice , it would be to work on it every day. If only for an hour or as much or little time as you can and you'll find that you'll be amazed at how much you can get done .

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    I've been working on the floorpans

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    That looks muuuuuuuch better ! , were you able to keep the seat riser from the old panel ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by langleylad View Post
    That looks muuuuuuuch better ! , were you able to keep the seat riser from the old panel ?
    I mean, I have them, but they are beyond saving. I'm going to do custom risers to go with whatever seats I find at the junkyard.

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    Scored some nice manual seats from the junkyard and just knocking out all of the interior rust repair.


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