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Hi everyone,
I am re-doing my previous ad. The time has come for me to part with my 1970 Cougar XR-7 convertible. As you will see in the pictures, this car is in very nice shape. This car was purchased new at David J. Bricker Lincoln Mercury in Los Angeles California. The car was traded in and then purchased by Mrs. Hight, with less than 4,000 miles on it in 1970. She amassed 250,000 miles on this car during her ownership. I have had the privilege of speaking with her a few times about the car. She sold the car to a friend of Gasboddle (Gary), who in turn sold the car to Gary. I bought the car from Gary. Up until my ownership in 2008, this car remained in the LA area its entire life. It is now in Northern Virginia (Fairfax County) just outside Washington, DC.
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About the car itself, it is Medium Blue with a White top and white/black interior. The car has been repainted at some time and the paint has a little more metaflake than the original. The upholstery was re-done by Mrs. Hight at some point and is in excellent shape, with no rips or tears. The car is an H-Code 351W-2bbl. It now has a Holley 700 cfm Street Dominator on it (which is a little too much carb for this motor. It also has an Edelbrock Performer 4bbl intake. This car came equipped with AC and all the parts are there, but it isn’t working. The car has a smooth shifting FMX transmission which was rebuilt prior to me purchasing the car. The front upper and lower control arms were also replaced prior to my ownership (they are in great shape). The body on this car is probably one of the cleanest I have ever seen, for a non-restored convertible. You will not find ANY rust on the exterior or bottom of this car. I have attached pictures to prove this. There are a couple of very small rust holes in the trunk floor by the round rubber drain grommets (see picture) on the driver’s side. There is some surface rust on the trunk floor on the passenger side by the round grommet, but I have not found any holes there. The trunk drop-offs are solid, as are the inner rear quarters.
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People who know me will say I am a little anal retentive when it comes to numbers matching cars. I have documented almost all of the sheet metal on this car and found it to be numbers matching. When I purchased the car, the first thing I did was pull the motor and detail it and the engine bay. The transmission was detailed as well. I replaced the oil pan gasket, transmission pan gasket, transmission cooler lines, water pump, front timing chain cover and water filler neck to engine. I added chromed “Power by Ford” valve covers, with a correct “autolite” script valve cover breather assembly. I replaced all of the hoses and belts with correct autolite date coded reproductions from Marti Autoworks. The engine was pained as well. The radiator was sent to the radiator shop and cleaned and had a leak repaired, then repainted and re-installed as well. Once the motor and trans were re-installed and the car was running, I then took it to the upholstery shop and had a new top, with the folding glass window, installed. I then replaced the rear brakes including new drums. I started to detail the underside of the car, but didn’t get very far. I was able to clean up the drive shaft enough for the paint marks to be visible. The car has what appears to be a new exhaust system on it, but this was done before I bought it. The car had a set of 15” Magnum 500’s with bald tires on them when I bought it, so I had a set of 69-70 14” style steels rims with good BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s on them, which I put on the car. I personally like this look better. All of the lights on the car work, as does the sequencer for the taillights.
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If you are looking for a concourse show car, this is not it. This is a very nice driver car, that with a little bit of work, could be a show car. <o:p></o:p>
The items that I know the car needs are:<o:p></o:p>
1. Front sway bar end links replaced<o:p></o:p>
2. Radio does not work, but is an original AM/ 8-trak<o:p></o:p>
3. Car has a bog under hard acceleration, which I attribute to the over-size carb (I was planning on putting a 390/428 in this car and bought the carb with that in mind).<o:p></o:p>
4. Needs a driver side inside door panel pull strap (I have a black one, but it’s cracked). Passenger side is a perfect repo.<o:p></o:p>
5. Needs one wheel lug replaced on the passenger side rear.
6. Rim-Blow switch does not work
7. Windshield Wiper bottle needs to be re-mounted, which i will probably get done next weekend.
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When I bought this car, I had the intentions of rotisserie restoring the body, since it meant stripping and painting with hardly any body work. I was then going to re-paint the car the original color, since the blue? White combination is beautiful in my opinion. The paint on this car is in very nice shape, but there are a few chips in it (see pics). I have a 67 390 4bbl, that I was going to have rebuilt and then put it in the car. After seeing the car, my plans changed. This is way too original a car for me to do that to. I even kept the 2bbl intake and carb, which will go with the car. The chrome on the car could use some from freshening up and the front bumper has some flaking of the chrome (see pic). The bumpers are straight and would only need re-chroming. The paint in the trunk is original and is in very nice shape in most areas (see pics). I have a Marti Report for the car, which I need to scan and post. I will try and get that done this evening (9/26/11). The report indicates that only 67 XR-7 convertibles were made in this color combination. I also have a book of receipts that dates back to 1972. These receipts show the mileage as 250,000 + miles. The motor was rebuilt at 150,000 miles (have receipt).
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I am asking $15,000.00 for this very nice convertible. If you have any questions you can call me at: C# (571) 238-3123 or H# (703) 268-5123 Evenings (east coast). You can also leave me a message here. I took over 80 pictures of the car on Sunday 9/25/11, which I am more than willing to share. <o:p></o:p>
Thanks in advance,<o:p></o:p>
Ken Compher
 

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Here are pics of the exterior body panels. What you see in the paint is mostly reflections of leaves on the ground. I didn't realize they were going to show up that much. There are a couple of chips in the paint, which are somewhat visable in the pics. There is definately one in picture number 4 by the top chrome. In picture number 3 there is a paint chip about 3/4 of the way back from the wheel opening. It looks silver in the pic. Everything else in picture 3 are reflections of leaves on the ground.
 

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Here are some pics of the trunk area of the 70 XR-7 convertible. The only rust issue is here in the trunk. The original California Emissions stuff is in place as is the original Gas Tank.
 

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Here are the best pics I could get of the paint chip areas. The first pic is the hood front driver's side. The second pic is the top of the passenger fender. The third pic is the cowl and the fourth is the fron bumper.
 

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Nice car and writeup/pictures Ken. Good luck with the sale!

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Bob
 
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