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As a former Cat owner some many years ago, I decided that it was time to relive those memories of my '67 Cougar (which was now almost 40 years ago - where the heck did all that go!?). Since that time so long ago I've restored a few cars. My first and the one that I still own is my '66 T-Bird convertible. But nothing calls me back like my old Cougar.<o:p></o:p>
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My wife finally convince me that I really should do one more and it that it ought to be a Cougar. I agreed and last week dove in head first and began my search for a car. I looked up and down the east coast (I'm in Mass) and found a few but I got lucky and found one close by that fit the bill. I purposely didn't want one that is already restored but still had enough to it that it wouldn't be a too major an undertaking and that the price would be right. I viewed it yesterday and happily purchased it. It will make the trek back home in a week or two.<o:p></o:p>
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There are two areas of concern for me, the trunk and the driver’s side front frame rail. The trunk only because I can’t' seem to locate enough pieces (will most likely fabricate my own) but the frame rail because I really can't figure out how many pieces make this up. I need to replace the torque box back; are there 3 or 4 separate pieces to it? Also, might someone have a blowup or drawing of the underneath?<o:p></o:p>
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I'll eventually end up replacing the rear quarters as well I think. I did that on the T-Bird too and it just comes out better. I would like to find patch panels for the front fenders though. Any direction on vendors/suppliers you might provide here would be appreciated as well.
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I've looked around at the various groups and this one here seems to be the friendliest and most helpful. I look forward to delving into this project and working with you all as I progress.<o:p></o:p>
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Many thanks in advance, Joe<o:p></o:p>
 

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Welcome to the group. Tewksbury Ma huh? I grew up in Billerica Ma. Small world. I know John's Classic Cougars has patch panels. Good luck with the work.
 

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Joe,

Welcome, I grew up in Lynn, Ma and presently live in Merrimack, NH.

The front sub assemblies except for the articulated suspension pieces on a '67, are the same as a Mustang, so should not be that difficult to source.

What cruise-ins do you frequent?
 

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Hi Dave, thanks for the reply.

I used to referee football and had all but 2 of Lynn high schools under my watch. Thanksgiving at the Manning Bowl was a hoot (started at noon on Wednesday up to English/Classic).

I used to do a few of the cruises, haven't in a bunch of years since someone opened the hood on my 66 Bird and broke the hinge (which I only found out when I went to close the hood and put the corner of it into the cowl). Now I'm usually on the Harley.

I'm finding Mustangs Unlimitted very helpful (and close!). Saves on shipping.
 

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Here is a picture of the underbelly sheet metal. This is a picture I saved from the forum so I would know how to run the parking brake cables. I should give credit to the owner but I can't remember who the car belongs to! This picture might help with the front frame rail. Maybe the artist is in the house and has more pictures of the underbelly???
<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/67catmando/Underside.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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Thanks Dan, it is a great shot. Lots of details there to follow.

I've managed to get a lot of the materials already. This is what I'm facing: drivers side front rail replace (including torque box), full floor pans each side (tranny tunnel is fine), trunk rebuild. I already have these pieces (minus the trunk) from Mustangs Unlimited (great folks btw and very reasonable pricing). As for the body, the above named source looks good but maybe a bit pricey. Specifically, I'll be looking for lower patches on the quarters and fenders. I've found a couple of vendors, another who is prominent here but his prices seem much too high as well. I also have a 66 TBird convertible that I restored about 15 years ago (similar in design to the Cat, at least underneath). I bought two full rear quarter repro's for $250 ea. I believe they're up around $275 each now. I'm just surprised that the panels that I've found so far are that expensive. Any leads/ideas? I'm in no hurry as I'm replacing the 390 in the Bird before starting the Cat.

I do have some shots of the car and would love to show them. Is there any specific area that I could do that here?
 

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Not to do with frame components, but I'm working on my ebrake cables. The picture provided me a lot of perspective. Do the cables go under or over the exhaust pipes? I hope under or I will be looking for cables off something else. My exhaust is real close to the floor boards.
 
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