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    70 restomod

    The back story on this cougar. in 1972 my wife's grandmother on her mothers side purchased this car. Before she passed away my father in law asked if he could buy the car from her, as he had always loved it. Well she decided to give it to him and he has had the car since the mid 90's i believe. My wife always hated this car as she was forced to drive to to school as a kid, but now she is very excited to keep it in the family. My Father in law asked both of his sons and they didnt want to take on this project. The pictures of the car he sent to them all made it look horrible, well I am a risk taker so when he asked us we both agreed to at least take a try at making the car right.

    My first impressions of the car when i got it, it was a lot better than I expected, the body is really straight just a few issues on the doors and one quarter panel. I knew the roof would need to be replaced. Here is a quick video of the car when i first got it. That was back in November 2012.


    a lot of work has been done on the car since then, it has been at a restoration shop for ~ a month now. here are some updated pictures of what is going on.

    Floor patched Click image for larger version.

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    Quarter patched and the side marker light to be shaved offClick image for larger version.

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    Motor pulled out Click image for larger version.

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    and my favorite picture Click image for larger version.

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    More progress pictures will be posted when i take them.
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    Re: 70 restomod

    here are 1975 heads on a 70 block, long story short in the 90's my father-in-law had the original heads reworked and they got screwed up, so he threw these on them for the time being.



    here is the lifter valley, this is exactly how it looked when i took the intake manifold off


    and finally the water pump, im no mechanic, but how does that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erkthejerk73 View Post
    ...and finally the water pump, im no mechanic, but how does that happen?
    If your water pump has a plate on the back of it and you do not see the impellor (I am not real familiar with Windsors), then the gasket between the pump and the timing cover allowed fluid to leak into the cavity where you see the corrosion. If the water pump has the impellor exposed when you look at the back of it, then the cavity is wet and the corrosion occurred because of running water without antifreeze or the antifreeze was very old.
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    Re: 70 restomod

    Back in January when it was 6*F i decided it would be a great time to install a rear 4 link from Rod and Custom! here are some shots of it. I will paint it all and redo the undercoating after body work is done, also clean/paint the entire rear end.

    Rear housing top mount

    everything all buttoned up



    rear is slammed for now, im sure i will raise it up a bunch to get the look right


    here is a preview of what is going on the front

    a full coilover package, disk brake conversion, and rack

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    Re: 70 restomod

    heard from my body guy today, looks like he is ready for a few more parts, new copper door bushings/pins, a hood, and for me to get the front suspension off the car so he can weld in the new K member
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    I really really need to find a hood if anyone reading this has one please message me! im in cincinnati and will pick up a good hood within a 3-4 hr drive.
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    Nice !
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    Re: 70 restomod

    hmmm either not much interest in this or everyone is speechless!

    went to the shop today after my lunch meeting was pleasantly surprised with the work that they have been doing.

    one of the front fenders all primed notice the side marker is shaved


    next we have a great view of the doner roof section after it was cut


    and then here is the skin getting a coat of rust prevention

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    Re: 70 restomod

    Quote Originally Posted by erkthejerk73 View Post
    I really really need to find a hood if anyone reading this has one please message me! im in cincinnati and will pick up a good hood within a 3-4 hr drive.
    I have 6 or 7 70 hoods sitting here but I am a little farther away. It is a 3-4 hour drive to the Ohio-Pa line from where I am. And however more miles to Cincinnati. If nothing comes up closer and you are interested just let me know.

    As for interest in your project there is probably a lot more than you will ever know. Many people just read the posts without leaving any comments. Plus your first post really did not tell us much about your plans. Until you posted with the rear 4 link mods we were still in the dark about the direction you are going with the car. It now sounds like you are interested in making the car handle much better than stock. So tell us, what are your plans?

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    Re: 70 restomod

    4 Linky.
    1968 Cougar: Augusta Green-Black AKA Project Coolgar
    1988 RX7 Conv: AKA Project ShoVanna
    1989 Cougar XR7 SC: Oxford White-Currant Red
    1989 SHO's: Currant Red-Titanium, Titanium-Titanium
    1990 SHO: Electric Red-Sandlewood
    1991 SHO: Deep Jewel Green-Mocha
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    1996 SHO: Rose Mist (1 of 58)
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    Re: 70 restomod

    Quote Originally Posted by CATHOUSE View Post
    I have 6 or 7 70 hoods sitting here but I am a little farther away. It is a 3-4 hour drive to the Ohio-Pa line from where I am. And however more miles to Cincinnati. If nothing comes up closer and you are interested just let me know.

    As for interest in your project there is probably a lot more than you will ever know. Many people just read the posts without leaving any comments. Plus your first post really did not tell us much about your plans. Until you posted with the rear 4 link mods we were still in the dark about the direction you are going with the car. It now sounds like you are interested in making the car handle much better than stock. So tell us, what are your plans?

    Randy Goodling
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    My plans are pretty much up in the air still, i like to auto cross so im sure the cougar will see a day or two getting beat on. As for the car its self it will mainly be a weekender. I really enjoy old muscle cars, so i decided to do this one 100% my way, if you are a purest reading this thread you probably will be cringing.

    suspension: Front Independent Coilovers
    Rear: 4 link

    Motor: Rebuild the 351w block, bore/stroke to 408 (but maybe find a crate motor, need assistance here)

    Interior: Up for ideas here, the houndstooth pattern is really neat to me, but its severely worn and needs to be refreshed

    Rearend: Currently the car has a 3.00 final drive, i will probably spice this up with 3.73's and a LSD

    Wheels: Really looking for some assistance here, i have found a few wheel styles i like, but I dont have a clue what will fit on a lowered cougar.

    Body: shaving most of the extras on the car, i have asked the body shop to shave the drip rails, side marker lights, emblems, and roll the fenders.

    did i miss anything?
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    Very cool, be watching this thread

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    Yes, you missed shaving the door handles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1969XR7Vert View Post
    Yes, you missed shaving the door handles!
    yeah i know, just didnt find anything that i liked to replace them with, not a big deal...

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    Re: 70 restomod

    Just saw your post and I am glad you are keeping the project in the family. I hope Jenny enjoys the Eliminator we're doing for her. What are your plans for the engine? If you watch our father/daughter Eliminator thread ... you can see where we are headed.

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