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THERE IS A 1970 COUGAR XR7 FOR SALE I AM CONSIDERING PURCHASING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. WHAT ARE SOME THE VISUAL CLUES TO LOOK FOR IN A SOUND CLASSIC. WITHOUT TAKING TO A MECHANIC WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO LOOK FOR? CAN THE TACHOMETER TELL ANYTHING. THE HEADLIGHT COVERS ARE LOCKED IN THE UP POSITION. OBVIOUSLY A VACUUM PROBLEM, BUT IS THAT A SIGN FOR POOR ENGINE PERFORMANCE OR JUST A PROBLEM AFFECTING THE LIGHT COVERS. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN FLUID CHECKS, SOUNDS FROM ENGINE OR ANY OTHER AREA THAT MAY INDICATE PROBLEMS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. CAR HAD 1 OWNER AND HAS PASSED AWAY AND FOR SALE FROM THE ESTATE. 110,000 ORIG MILES. INTERIOR VERYCLEAN. TOLD ME ENGINE WAS REBUILT IN THE 80'S. STARTS RIGHT UP BUT RUNS A LITTLE ROUGH AND LOUD, MAYBE FROM THE EXHAUST AREA. ANY INFO FOR THE AMATEUR BUYER WOULD BE APPRECIATED? PLEASE RESPOND SOON.
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welcome to the land ruled by the catamount, glad your wanting to join our illustrious club. You will find that cougarfiles are much more adamant about their marque than any other brand. Solid body is what you want to look for it is much harder to do body work than anything else unless your an experienced body man. Mechanicals can all be had in aftermarket since we tend to feed on mustangs all their mechanicals are usuable for our cats. Make sure all the crhome and britework is there as these are hard and expensive to come by. Headlights and tailights are a right of passage in cougar world and are easily repaired so dont sweat it, headlight doors not working is in no way of any indication of engine problems, if you check the vacuum cylinder in the middle of the grille in between the radiator you will probably find the rubber on top deteriated or hoses disconected. You want to check under the cat as these cars are just as bad as rustangs since they share the same platform. check the floor panels lift the car in the air check out real good for any rust through. engine may be running rough simply by sitting for prolonged period. as to being rebuilt in the eightys that was twenty years ago why anyone thinks that would be a selling point i have no clue but i would ignore that since it is meaningless. Now if they said rebuilt last year that would be something but there could be 80,000 miles on that 110,000 miles on the rebuild. suspension is easily gotten as well as any driveline so mechanically dont worry drive it and fix those things little by little. Check the quarter panels real good with a magnet and a coin. just because a magnet sticks doesnt mean it isnt full of bondo tap witht the coin and listen for a duller sound then the ring of good metal in the bottom of the doors quarter panels and fenders. look up under the dash and check around feel up and under the carpet and see if you get any rust stain on your fingers this will tell you if there is a cowl leak or a bad heater core now or at one time. Check the brakes and if they let you pull the wheels and check the bearings off the front wheels bearing indication is always a good way of telling how well the car has been taken care of, lots of galling on the bearings means the car has been neglected elsewhere as well. Chrome and body are the biggest areas to concern yourself with unless you cant do any mechanicals yourself then opt for the very best turn key you can. interior and mechanicals easily gotten through parts distributors but body and chrome parts while not problematicaly rare are much harder to find and repair than the others. Hope this has helped and good luck.
 

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The main body parts to look for are the torque boxes, and fender aprons, but they are available aftermarket and arent that bad. Also the drivers side front frame rail under the shock tower. Then the rear most part of the floor pan by the rear torque box, and rear frame by the shackles, but all parts are available aftermarket, so it all depends on how bad it is, and if your good with a welder and torch. Good luck.

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