So I posted in the show us your cougar thread but I would also like to start a build thread if I may. I know I enjoy looking at other cougar projects so I fiqured I could share mine.
My plans are not a restoration but rather a solid driver with reasonable upgrades. Not sure if there is an accepted term for this sort of build but I wouldn’t title it restoration by any stretch of the word. To me a restoration is a full nut and bolt top to bottom rework better then new. As cool as these are I would be fearful to actually drive and enjoy it as much as I want to. Not to mention my wallet can’t handle a full restoration. I guess you could call it a restromod but then again I am not planning on using some big buck suspension and drivetrain, so maybe hotrod? I do however want to go through the entire car and rebuild,refinish, upgrade and not be afraid of not being “concourse correct”. I want to make changes and upgrades that make sense, personalize the car and make it a better driver. I would love to take a cross country trip like those that recently drove out to Dearborn for the 50th!
Anyway from what I’m working with.
68 standard, 302, 2v, 3speed, decor interior, sea foam green exterior, ivy gold interior
Previous owner had swapped over a intake, msd distributor, ignition box, all the front and rear suspension has been gone through and replaced, front Granada disc swap, 3speed rebuilt, diff rebuilt and regeared to 3.55 and a few other small things.
Bringing it home, front fenders, bumpers and grill where installed just to haul it home
I needed to know if the motor ran since it was parked and not started for an estimated 15years or so. Got all the fluids replaced, cleaned the carb, stuck the pedals back in and put the correct master cylinder and booster in it, Tossed the seat in with one bolt and took it around the block! Found out later the rear wheels where finger tight, but it was a great drive! The motor will eventually come out for a rebuild, maybe build a stroker? T5 swap? But for now I will work on getting it mechanically sound and start what I can on body work. Hopefully there will be some life left in the original motor to get some drive time before having to yank the motor out of it.
Got the front clip back off to clean and paint everything under the fenders, start reworking the headlights etc. lots of free cheap labor stuff to get done before spending any real cash on big things like paint. Im surprised how everything fit together for just being set on the car and not lined up one bit