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  1. #1
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    Another 67 cougar, with a big twist.

    Hello everyone, story time...

    two years ago my little family was out for a bike ride learning the area around our new home, and I noticed a cougar with a tree growing through where the hood should have been, I pointed it out to my wife and said I would love to have that, she told me no, and we rode on.

    then a year later my wife was very pregnant, and was trying to get her mind off how being 9 mo pregnant feels by playing on Facebook market place, then she burst out laughing and said “what moron would buy this hunk of crap” I too wanting a laugh looked over shoulder and recognized the same stripped out she’ll of the cougar, with the tree cut out of it, she stopped laughing when 10 seconds later I called, and sight unseen bought it for $150 with a clean title.



    My my daughter was born the next day, and two days after, the car was forklifted over to my house. This was a year ago, and a lot has changed since then, but at the time I had plans for a full restoration.Name:  EDA40070-1AD1-4A22-8161-6CFB73B5A73E.jpg
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    My cougar project.


  2. #2
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    Soon after I pulled up the carpet and found almost no floor boards, and realized after a bunch of research that finding parts for this car is difficult, and that patch pannels are expensive, so I decided that I should build more of a pro touring car. With custom chassis and suspension, so I started shopping arround for parts, then my buddy called me and informed me he had worked out a deal for a chassis for my car. It turned out to be mat kensith’s 2001 nascar cup car. It was a rolling chassis, but was solid, so I traded one of my ar10’s for it and dragged it home. The body was cut off less than an hour after, and I set to work prepping both cars for the transplant.Name:  407B0E9F-AF07-4380-A444-229B0EDB36FA.jpg
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    My cougar project.

  3. #3
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    After working like a dog everyday for two weeks, and sever threats of divorce, both cars were ready, I called everyone I knew and some of them showed up, we hoisted the body onto she nascar, it kinda fit...Name:  E4AB6963-1FB3-49F3-8F74-A7441B309D55.jpg
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  4. #4
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    I took 2 weeks off from the car to salvage my marriage, but soon after tot everything to fit. The only issue was the loss of both a-pillar bars, so I bought a tubing bender and started getting other stuff ready, making all the bits to tie the body to the chassis.Name:  A3DDD93B-6C11-4876-B0C0-D8A0B0CE0C78.jpg
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    My cougar project.

  5. #5
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    I built the inner fenders, all the bits for the trunk floor, and loads of sheet metal parts to attach the two parts together. After getting the chassis level, I started tiring everything together, starting at the back and moving forward. I found some patch pannels and installed them. At this point every time I did anything I found another rust spot. But made progress where I could.Name:  0E90A016-22F5-4514-8E9C-2722770058E5.jpg
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    I found a guy in Idaho who had some cougar parts cars, and went up there, for $700 I got a hood, trunk, two doors, and both bumpers. It felt funny pulling all these parts from a car that was much nicer than the one they were going on but I got them home and mocked everything up.Name:  ED808A13-6F5F-4A94-9CFE-9016361D4858.jpg
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    It was at this point that I watched a “making of” on the hoonacorn in it they were bragging about the 4 feet of tire contact they had, so at that moment I decided I needed 5 feet, and that I wanted an extreme wide body, so I got to work. I spent many hours and about 20 sheets of poster board, but came up with a rear fender that I liked. I took the brake ducts from the front of the nascar and sunk them into the front of the fender. Yeah it looks like a step... but I dig it.Name:  FCFC0CE9-3534-41E8-A37E-5D8D9F2E3C8E.jpg
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    My cougar project.

  6. #6
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    I had to make about 6 prototypes, but finally came up with a front fender that worked with the rear.Name:  DE8943FF-95D4-48E6-BC16-1B2F9B7F16A6.jpg
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Size:  143.0 KB a week later I won a copart auction and was the proud owner of an organ donor. The 2015 mustang gave up it’s engine, trans, radiators and a bunch of other bits. I also sold a lot of parts. Just before this I sold my racing vw bug and I now had the funds to continue.Name:  4488B29A-228E-466E-A5A2-7C27CBE715E8.jpeg
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Size:  312.2 KB it took a while and a lot of figuring but I got the motor and trans mounted up and replaced the slave cylinder I ruined pulling the motor.Name:  597F18FF-0A1B-4EE7-85CD-506B31CA5532.jpg
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  7. #7
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    I got the left rear fender built soon after that, and got both tubs in.Name:  267C87BF-2DA3-4267-8C6C-C39B0027C8A9.jpg
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    I also build a rear fire wall.Name:  450BC699-1B75-407C-A15F-D41D9017AD2B.jpg
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Size:  187.1 KB I also filled my vent holes and did a bunch of other small things.Name:  594EB0F0-F586-493E-9887-2F7B1707CD62.jpg
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  8. #8
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    So at this point the car has morfed about a dozen times, and though not at all as planned, i love how it is turning out. I have done a lot more and will update it more soon. On to what the car is becoming. It is going to be a road car, and though it is race car-is will not be competitive really. I am building it to make me happy and for no other reason. I am $6300 into it and have made $1200 from selling parts off the mustang my goal it to keep it all in at $7500, but we will see what happens in the future. I still need a control pack to run the motor, and seats, and tires so that is about $4000 more, but I have more of the mustang to sell, so maybe... I will post more soon, still have 3 more months of catch up to do.
    My cougar project.

  9. #9
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    I got axle shafts for it from eBay for $60, and reassembled the rear suspension with the new 3.22 locked third member, and the new to me chromoly 31 spline shafts. It is a full floater 9 inch. I reinstalled the truck arms, but squared this time, and using new 500# springs also from eBay I had a complete rear suspension, I sent the mustang prop shaft to a local shop for modification, and bam, $800 for a finished rear axle and suspension.Name:  5694D802-6C8D-4F44-96B5-BD13B9ED2859.jpg
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    I also chose to just remove and flush in the back of the rear fenders, because they were completely rotted out, and because I think it looks more race car ish, also because I think it will make the tire smoke come out cool for when I want to be stupid.Name:  299DD981-DDA6-450C-859B-065A43CF3DC3.jpg
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    With the motor in I started into the radiator mounts, I had cut the little horns that held it in the mustang off so all I had to do was extend them with some rec tube and weld them to the sway bar tube, they were not as solid as I like when I had finished this so I added some 3/8 square tube support gussits.Name:  948898A9-4603-488D-922D-14C3CD9F313F.jpg
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    I also picked up a fuel cell for $20 on a local classifieds, and made some straps for it. I plan to cut up the mustangs tank top and cut a hole in the cell then make a gasket and bolt the two together at some point.Name:  D99AEDE8-EF00-4E18-A2C2-1E1C4E1A1D6D.jpg
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  10. #10
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    Just a wild guess. There's no HOA in your neighborhood, lol.
    Tracey

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    This week, I received the tail light sequencers I ordered and a cleco kit, which I used to attach my front end together, a month ago I made fender mounts for the front right, but with the engine in I realized they were 3 inches short, so I cut them off and started working on setting the front together. In the middle of this I took a brave pill, and cut my hood, now it is all set in place in the right spots, and held with cleco’s So I can start making the hood hinges and all the fender mounts, ect...Name:  404BBA24-A923-4CA9-B569-4B101571DA1F.jpg
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    And now we are up to speed!
    Let me now say, crazy or not, this car wants to built, I have done a few cars now, this one has come together so easy, things that were never going to fit have fit (the altrinator is the perfect example) I have been able to do this whole project on a budget that has not effected my house hold or my young children, this car is a labor of love for me, it is a product of my twisted mind and meager skills. I can say I am emotionally involved. I am going to be honest, I am nervous to post this write up on here, my car is all low buck recycled parts, attached to a car that should have been crushed years ago, it is not a show car and never will be. It is not as nice as the many incredible builds on this site, and doesn't Fit any mold, but i am very proud of her. I hope to drive it by June. Let me say once more thank you for letting me glean ideas from you all along the way. I guess I am posting this to, in a small way return the favor.
    My cougar project.

  12. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaints1115 View Post
    Just a wild guess. There's no HOA in your neighborhood, lol.
    Nope... but as I feel bad sometimes, I bribe my neighbors with cookies from time to time... I do have great neighbors though.
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  13. #13
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    "And now we are up to speed!
    Let me now say, crazy or not, this car wants to built, I have done a few cars now, this one has come together so easy, things that were never going to fit have fit (the altrinator is the perfect example) I have been able to do this whole project on a budget that has not effected my house hold or my young children, this car is a labor of love for me, it is a product of my twisted mind and meager skills. I can say I am emotionally involved. I am going to be honest, I am nervous to post this write up on here, my car is all low buck recycled parts, attached to a car that should have been crushed years ago, it is not a show car and never will be. It is not as nice as the many incredible builds on this site, and doesn't Fit any mold, but i am very proud of her. I hope to drive it by June. Let me say once more thank you for letting me glean ideas from you all along the way. I guess I am posting this to, in a small way return the favor. "

    Who cares if it's a car on a budget? There's lots of cars on here with six figures spent already with people trying to sell them because they got in over their heads. YOUR car will be driven long before theirs will.

    I think it's pretty f'in cool.
    Tracey

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    Love this nasty car.....bad ass keep up the work

  15. #15
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate your kind words.
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    I am going to make the statement that we are going to be good friends. Love the build and we are on the same track. I am building a library of posts before I start my thread.

  17. #17
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    Cool project!
    John Brown
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  18. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by egoman View Post
    I am going to make the statement that we are going to be good friends. Love the build and we are on the same track. I am building a library of posts before I start my thread.
    This sounds ominous... but, cool i'm in...
    Hey you wouldn't happen to need a full irs suspension and brembo brakes from a mustang, as long as we are now friends anyway... I could use some money, and would be very reasonable.
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  19. #19
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    Cool project!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    If you asked me to dream up a wild, off-the-wall project, it still wouldn't be this. But it's freakin cool and I'm very interested to see how it turns out. Definitely a mix of parts that I could not have guessed would work together at all.

    Btw...that IRS is a great swap for guys with old F100s so it might be worth offering it up to them.
    '95 F-150 track ready street beast
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