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    Found first car

    I'm new to this forum and for good reason I didn't plan on being a cougar owner again after I sold my first car a 1967 standard cougar to a co-worker back in 1992. I had bought it in 1987 When I was a junior in High School. I bought a 1973 mustang convertible soon after high school and pumped all my money into it. The cougar just sat in my parents garage and I sold it to buy a friends 1986 buick century. My first late model car. Fast forward to 2009 and I'm trolling craig's looking at vintage fomoco product. There is this cougar it's a 67 blue has styled wheels like I had. Rough as all get out. Then the interior shot. It has a black console in an aqua car. Mine had a black console. Then the dash shot. On my car I had westco auto mix up some dash paint. thought it was an exact match but turned out more mint green like for a comet. Anyhow there was that odd dash paint I had sprayed almost 22years ago.

    So this car has my attention now. I leave a voice mail for the seller. To make a long story short I drive over an hour to look at this delapitated car
    that might be my first car.

    That summer of 87 I almost bought a 641/2 stang and someone beat me to it. The 67 mustang coupe. the 67 convert I almost convinced my parents. I knew I was over my head on that.
    Then there was this ad in the seattle times 67 cougar 1200 bucks.
    My uncle drove me out and oh the first test drive. It's kinda like first date you look over a lot.

    Back to this past june. I pull up to the sellers house. He points me to the back garage and I open the gate. It's my car. I walk around it and a time warp occurs. The next question do I want to take this trip or turn around and run. Well I decided to take the trip. After some negotiating the seller delivered the car to the house. And my kids are incredibly excited to restore Dad's first car. Wow it's scary when I work on this car lotsa water under the bridge.

    Chuck
    Seattle area

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    That's a great story. One thing we like on this is forum is PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES (did I mention we like pictures). Welcome to the madness!!!!
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    Hey Chuck,
    Wonderful story! Finding your first car many years later makes you an unusually lucky guy. Glad you decided to take the plunge. You'll find that you're in about the best place possible for restoring a Cougar. John Benoit of Cascade Classics is in your backyard. And Don Rush of West Coast Classic Cougar is just a few hours down I-5. There is also a group of very active Cougar local Cougar guys in the Cascade Cougar Club. See my signature for the link.
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    I love these kind of stories... Got any pictures of it back when you owned it the first time?

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    nice

    story, but...........pics??

    Welcome to the madness, again.
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    It's great to have you Chuck. And it's always nice to add one more addict in the Pacific Northwest. Can't wait to see the pics you most certainly have coming
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    I'll get some shots up maybe tonight.

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    Congrats Chuck...If you are feeling adventurous the Sun Country Mustang Club is having a show on 9/20 in Yakima and there are going to be some of us over there. The Cascade Cougar Club is a great resource and a bunch of great people to hang with. I will be there with my red car. If you decide to come over please introduce yourself. Would love to meet you and talk about your car.

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    Thanks Chris,

    Not sure if I can do Yakima this weekend thou I have family there. Tempting.

    I would love to get involved with the cougar club. Was in Mustangs Northwest back in the 80's early 90's with the mustang and cougar.

    Thanks,
    Chuck

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    Great story. Congrats!!!
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    Still trying to get a handle loading photos.

    Here is my link to photos.

    https://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/...hp?albumid=190

    Thanks,
    Chuck

  13. Congratulations!!

    Your story sounds a lot like mine, although I have not gotten "mine" back yet. My story for your reading enjoyment:

    https://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45165

    I know exactly what you mean by this comment, " I walk around it and a time warp occurs.". It was like 20 yrs of my life just dissapeared & I was 17 again when I seen "my" Cougar. Kinda eerie.

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