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I thought I would take a moment to start a thread about my build (a recently purchased 68 Cougar). Just received my Marti Report this weekend and this was an original no-frills purchase. The only options listed are: C-4 Merc-O-Matic, E70X14 Wide Oval Tires, White Sidewall Tires, Power Steering, AM Radio. With this being as basic as a Cougar could have come, I figure it is a great opportunity to make a Custom 68 Cat!

The PO was kind enough to have it sandblasted \ sanded about 90%.


The 302 that is in it appears to be strong running (not sure on originality), and the tranny is believed to have been rebuilt in 2002. So that will remain the power plant for this project.


The interior was in pretty rough shape (missing buckets, cracked dash, holes in lower dash), but the trunk was full of goodies:




The big items in the plan are:
Rebuild suspension, steering, brakes
Weld floorpans, front and rear pieces of both quarters, lower front of drivers door
Custom marker lights, dash, package tray, stereo, electric eyelids
Color scheme: Sterling Grey and Black (photoshopped below over someone's beautiful blue 68)


I am an amateur and plan on relying heavily on this forum and my brother (who has restored a couple cars in the past). Thanks to Jim P already for guidance on a plan of attack for this project!

Hoping this forum thread will also help keep me motivated. Goal is Hot August Nights, 2011. July is going to be busy month (job-wise), so I am hoping I can squeeze some patch panel work in.

Hope to see you back soon :wave:
 

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Welcome, Chad!! Good on you for leaning on others, this site and several individuals have been "guiding lights" for me.......congrats, and carry on!
 

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Good luck on the project! Custom projects in which you get to turn your vision into reality can be incredibly satisfying. My only advice to you is to be patient and don't cut corners. Sweat the details and the quality of workmanship will help drive the value of the finished product.
 

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Looks like a nice solid start for your build. Best of luck with everything. This site hands down has the best people on it for any type of restoration/modifcation question.
 

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In your photoshop it looks like you have Mopar side markers. Was this part of your plan? Seems like it would be a better look except I would place them lower.
 

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Ditto to that ^

I had the idea of cutting a small portion out of the fender extensions and putting a side marker there. The idea is to smooth it to the extension then paint over it. Would look basically like a part of the body until the blinkers went off. I know some newer ford (i think its ford?) trucks do that.
 

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Good luck on the project! Custom projects in which you get to turn your vision into reality can be incredibly satisfying. My only advice to you is to be patient and don't cut corners. Sweat the details and the quality of workmanship will help drive the value of the finished product.
X2... Looks like a good solid Start! :ylsup:
 

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In your photoshop it looks like you have Mopar side markers. Was this part of your plan? Seems like it would be a better look except I would place them lower.
Yep - 68 Mopar B-Body markers. I have a piece of material with the marker that I have been floating around the existing marker hole. I thought that it just provided a little cleaner look, with a little more muscle car attitude.


Thanks everyone, it does seem to be really solid, appears to be a sound west coast car to start with.

Tomorrow I start floorpan removal, hopefully.
 

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Today, I was able to get a good start at fitting the rear passenger floorpan - hopefully will finish fitting tomorrow and start fitting drivers rear.

Found my front rims are 14x6.75 - we like the rims, but I was going to do a SSBC disc brake conversion (but it requires 14x7 rims). Going to have to give the manual disc vs manual drum brakes more thought...
 

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I'd go with bigger rims... 15 min 17 max. Disc brakes are so win compared to drum brakes. Lighter, easier to maintain, better braking power.
 

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Took half day at work to finish cutting up the floorpans. Fitting is about 90% done, just need to do a little final trimming (I will be butt-welding all of my panels).


Since I don't own a welder, I will be renting one from the local Norco - so I am going to get all of my panels cut and fit, then rent a MIG and weld everything up.
 

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Well, my air compressor is giving me grief this morning, looks like I have to replace the blow off valve nut. Looks like it will be an opportune moment to also replace the hard copper tubing that goes from the heads to the tank with some flex pipe... not really the way I wanted to spend the day, but it could always be worse...
 

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I went last week and bought a gassless mig welder at tracktor supply for $169. I have been using it regular and its been ok.
 

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Got you some measurments on the scoop i phone 025.jpg
Not shure if your scoop is the same size. It was home made and I cut it out. It was 11 1/2 " from the side of the hood to the side of scoop. If tou need more info just PM. Hope this helps.
 

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Well, between being out of town for work and consultants in the office, it has taken me 2 weeks to finally get my air compressor going again.
My brother is being nice enough to let me borrow his Miller welder for a couple weeks to get everything (hopefully) welded up. I was able to get the passenger rear floor pan in today, hoping to get the drivers side in tomorrow and post pics of the progress. Been a LONG time (12+ years) since I have welded so they look pretty crummy, but that is why I am starting on the floors, and will move around to other less conspicuous spots prior to tackling the quarters...
 

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Well, I was able to get both pans welded in this weekend. I was also able to weld up the rocker panel trim holes and fix the seat bolt holes on the bottom of the floor boards. Welding skills are coming back, hopefully by the time I tackle the quarters it will be a nice bead...

Tested these pans by placing all of my weight on them, and I didn't fall through, so that is a good sign!
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Tonight I cut up a used quarter to start making patch panels, made it most of the way through the front of the quarter, and still need to remove some spot welds and drop off non-quarter pieces from the rear piece.

From this:


To this:
 

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Tonight I was able to remove the door and vent windows - a task I was curious how long it would take...the second one only took 30-45 minutes.

I saw another post where a guy found some history on his car when he was cleaning it for restoration, I believe it was a key to a motel in Olympia, WA - well, while I was going through cleaning out the bottom of the shock towers I found a $1 coin from the Estados Unidos Mexicanos (minted in 1994) - hopefully that doesn't mean Ash was used as a border jumper...since I know very limited history on the car (going back to 2002, I think), it is very possible that a PO moved down to Mexico with her and then eventually returned to the states...

It is nice to actually be making progress again...
 

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If Cars could talk...

I'm sure all Cougars would have interesting stories to tell :icon16:

It's good to see you are making Progress! I've been too busy with the Bills to do more than tinker with mine.:eek7:
 
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