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    Smile Custom Grille for 1968 Cougar

    Hey guys,

    I just want to know if anyone has ever did a Front grille conversion. I am interested in changing the grille of my cougar. I want to customize the front grille so I won't have the lights flipping up and down. I am also getting rid of the grille on the rear lights. This is a custom build as I don't want to be original. I have not seen a cougar with a different looking grille, is this possible and if so what are my options.

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    Stickin a v10 in it as well!

    Sounds like a neat project.

    I am not sure on the grill. I don't know how it will look with such a flat face and without hidaway head lights. I haven't seen anything like it so please keep us posted with pics in the future.
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    Will do Jeff,

    Wow, you have an extensive line up of Cougars. Impressive. I will absolutely get pics, I want to keep the middle emblem of the mecury man. I just want to delete all the grille type stuff since that is what the cougar is known for.


    Jeff, I was looking along the lines of something similiar to the 1968 Camaro. Imagine the Mercury Man emblem over the SS. This is just an example of what I trying to do. What do you think. I was told by many on FORD forums that the V10 engine in my 1999 F250 Superduty will not fit height wise in our cougars. Maybe so a '69 or '70 but I was told it's to tall for the engine bay. That would be cool though, a 1968 V10 Cougar.

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    I did see a 68 once that just had the verticle bars and the rest cut out so the headlights would shine through the doors....
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    Quote Originally Posted by texrep View Post
    I did see a 68 once that just had the verticle bars and the rest cut out so the headlights would shine through the doors....

    Intersting wow, that is definitely interesting, But it will probably destroy the whole front girlle,... so this mean I would have to cut the grilles and leave the bars. Interesting. nice post

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    Way back in the beginning, about 1981, we were considering grafting a 76-77 Trans-Am nose and tail onto my car. It measured relatively close enough that it could have been made to work.

    But then I decided against it for the reason I felt that the nose and tail were signatures to a Cougar's style and should probably be left alone for the most part. So we went and changed everything else instead.
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    I didn't get to talk to the owner so I don't how he did it. it was interesting though.
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    Good point

    Quote Originally Posted by V10_Cougar View Post
    Will do Jeff,

    Wow, you have an extensive line up of Cougars. Impressive. I will absolutely get pics, I want to keep the middle emblem of the mecury man. I just want to delete all the grille type stuff since that is what the cougar is known for.

    Jeff, I was looking along the lines of something similiar to the 1968 Camaro. Imagine the Mercury Man emblem over the SS. This is just an example of what I trying to do. What do you think. I was told by many on FORD forums that the V10 engine in my 1999 F250 Superduty will not fit height wise in our cougars. Maybe so a '69 or '70 but I was told it's to tall for the engine bay. That would be cool though, a 1968 V10 Cougar.
    Forst, thanks for the compliment. Some are very nice and some.....well...

    You're right...I dunno what I was thinking as there are a lot of muscle cars with a flat facia. I am a ford guy til death but you do have to admire the lines of the 1st and 2nd generation camero. It is funny though how tasts differ as I like the RS/hidaway headlights on 'em.

    Good luck on your mods....looking forward to @pics.
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    Man, you have some ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Local Hero View Post
    Way back in the beginning, about 1981, we were considering grafting a 76-77 Trans-Am nose and tail onto my car. It measured relatively close enough that it could have been made to work.

    But then I decided against it for the reason I felt that the nose and tail were signatures to a Cougar's style and should probably be left alone for the most part. So we went and changed everything else instead.
    I guess the only thing I could hope that you will do is buy AT LEAST one more cat so that you can show your magic without tearing down an already awesome ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Hero View Post
    Way back in the beginning, about 1981, we were considering grafting a 76-77 Trans-Am nose and tail onto my car. It measured relatively close enough that it could have been made to work.

    But then I decided against it for the reason I felt that the nose and tail were signatures to a Cougar's style and should probably be left alone for the most part. So we went and changed everything else instead.
    A Ha!!! Is this a clue as to what you were alluding to in the post about a next phase for your car? A trans-am nose on a cougar? You must be smokin' the good stuff up there...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof69 View Post
    A Ha!!! Is this a clue as to what you were alluding to in the post about a next phase for your car? A trans-am nose on a cougar? You must be smokin' the good stuff up there...
    You mean to come up with the ideas, or to actually get the work done
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    How about the T/A Cougar?
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    For the tail lights, you could use the bezels from a 67 Shelby..the lenses are the same, and the Shelby bezel just goes around the outside

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    If you pull the grille and look at the backside, the chrome will separate from the black parts. They are staked and screwed together, grind down all the pins, pull the screws and you have two pieces.

    Have a buddy who made a grille for an 64 Buick Special. He used 1/2" x 1/16" strips, welded them together with about 1/2" between them. He ran them horizontal rather than vertical, painted it flat black and it looked nice. The strips ran in front of the headlights, sorta like radiator fins. He matched the body lines pretty well so it almost looked factory.

    You could do something like that, but the grille and tail lights are what set the Cougar apart from the rest. Its very distinctive and not unattractive. The only thing I would change about the grille is possibly black it all rather than leave the chrome, and set up a single electrical actuator with a torque rod to control the headlight covers and ditch the entire vacuum setup.

    the 67s Chrome is pitted pretty bad, so not sure what I will do with it yet..
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    You could try something like this:



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    Als the AMT 67 and 68 Cogar kits had a custom front end that had a recessed mesh grille with rectangular headlights at each end and a central horizontal bar. Sorta kinda like a 69 Shelby. It looked kind of cool, but not as nice as the stock setup.
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