In 1997, I asked my Dad if he knew anyone that had a potential project car for sale. One of his friends said he had been holding on to one, but he if I wanted it, I could have it. My Dad’s friend took me to the back room of his shop and there it was; a 1967 Cougar covered in dust. It was missing the air conditioning compressor and hoses. The radiator had been removed and the guy who removed it cut the transmission cooler lines off about 6" from the radiator. The vinyl top trim was missing and the vinyl top had been hastily removed. The paint was chipped from bumper to bumper with minor collision damage in the front and back. It was perfect! I paid him $500 and had it towed home. It didn’t take much to get it running. Within a couple of weeks, my friends and I were smoking those dry rotted tires up and down the street.
For the next two years, I spent most of my spare time and money getting it back on the road. Once I dropped in my 351W, it didn’t take long for the cops in town to take notice of this primer black Cougar decorated in performance parts stickers and exhaling through a pair of glasspacks. After driving it for nine months, I got tired of all the attention and put it to sleep. I spent the next 10 years working toward my PhD in experimental high energy physics. I’m returning to my project with the intention of turning this police beacon into a sleeper.
Is that a scale model of a covered Cougar in the background, so the dog can feel like he’s part of Team Cougar as well? Man, that’s goin the extra mile! Does it have a functional drivetrain? Does the dog have a license?!?
It looks like my Eastwood Welder is going to be delivered today! Too bad, I’m 1800 miles away.
Last week, I started prepping my roof for my vinyl top. After stripping it to bare metal and taking out the dents, I got two coats of POR 15 on it, a little Dynalite filler, and a coat of Tie Coat Primer. Everything should be cured and ready for sanding when I get back.