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    Any and all advice welcome!!!

    Good day all. I'm new to this whole forum thing so please bear with me. I dont know if I'm doing something wrong but cant seem to find much information for my car. It seems to be a problem on all the sites I've tried so I figured I'd post my own questions and since I dont even know what to ask thought I would make a very general post first to see if someone can point me in the right direction. Enough rambling though, here are my 3 questions.

    1) Who makes the most comprehensive service literature? I've been told Chilton and haynes are good, but only so good. I've also been told to find owners manual if I can. I dont know if its changed but if they're anything like new I doubt the information I want is in there.

    2) My main issue is the entire vac system along with misc parts in pieces were in the trunk, along with all sorts of other junk. My VECI is missing or painted over so I have no idea about routing. Is there anyway to figure this out without it?

    3) What the hell is with these 351m motors? Maybe it's because I'm an SBC boy at heart, but seriously. Is the m for Michigan or modified? And what does it mean?

    Car is a 1977 Cougar XR7 with the 351m mated to the fxm trans far as I can gather. Vin and body stickers attached.

    Thank you for your time!
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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    sorry to inform you , this site is for 1967 through early 70's cougars .. As far as i know your best chance for finding information on later 70's is looking through the Thunderbird sites...


    Here is the break down of the 351M

    https://www.fordmuscle.com/archives/2001/11/351M/


    good luck in your search

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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    As far as I know this site is for all Cougars. There are a lot of 67 - 73 fans on here for sure.

    The Chilton and Haynes manuals are pretty much useless for anything beyond changing a fuse or a set of windshield wiper blades. They work great for lining a parakeet cage. The tech publications that you want are the original Mercury ones. eBay and Amazon are probably the best places to look.

    The 351M is a smog era variation of the 351 Cleveland. I think the idea was to share castings with the larger 400M engine. It was only made for a few years, then discontinued. It's a smog era engine that is reliable but not very powerful. Very few aftermarket goodies were designed for it, as the engine was used only briefly and never too popular.
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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    I spent 30 seconds searching for 1977 Cougar shop manuals using the high tech thing called "Google" - here's what I found:
    https://www.amazon.com/MERCURY-COUGA.../dp/B00H6HBY2S
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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    I wasted another 30 seconds using Google again. Here are the original paper versions:

    https://www.autopaper.com/1977-ford-...gar-mark-v.php
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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Royce Peterson View Post
    I wasted another 30 seconds using Google again. Here are the original paper versions:

    https://www.autopaper.com/1977-ford-...gar-mark-v.php
    It's never a wast of time helping others. Royce always is willing to help it just sometime sounds like he isn't. Getting the factory shop manuals is one of the best ways to get the needed information on tuning and repairing.
    Good luck working on your Cougar.
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    Re: Any and all advice welcome!!!

    The best information I've found for my 70 Cougar has been the factory shop manuals. The wiring diagrams and vacuum schematics are invaluable as well.
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