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Got the cougar back today, so obviously took her around town to show off, and what a nice reaction, folks were stopping in the street to look at us go by. Fact that she sounds so good also helps. Did not really get this reaction when she was metallic purple, just goes to show what a difference colour makes. Everywhere we stopped a group of guys [note guys, not girls - no I lie, one lady did, she freaked over it] came over and asked all sorts of questions, it was great, best afternoon I have had in a long time. We stopped at the garage to put in petrol, then stopped in front of the shop for smokes and this guy walked out the shop, stopped dead when he saw the car and said "Jeez, who owns the cougar", maybe not surprising to you guys but here, no-one really knows what she is, so it was great having someone say that. The guy at the exhaust place drilled holes in the two exhausts [somewhere round the middle of the car] and added a pipe in , he calls it a balance pipe, now the cat sounds even better, more even roar, did'nt even charge for it. He said the left side pipe was making more noise than the right one and that it did not do the car justice to have an uneven beat. :)
[we took her in to get the tyres rotated].
 

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That's really cool you had such a great ride, and even better that the guy in the shop was so taken offguard.
It's hard to find a place here that will do an H-pipe for less than $50, most places charge more.
What kind of mufflers are you running?
Have been out of touch for a couple of days, so I ask, what color?

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Mufflers are just standard I think, the guy did not seem to think they were anything special, just said they looked like they were still quite good, hence no nice loud roar yet.
Colour is hard to explain, I chose it off one of those colour prisms, where they have about 50 shades of blue/purple to choose from.
She is blue in direct sun but as you walk around it changes to purple, she is purple at night under lights, almost black in dark shade. Its a mica-pearl , very transparent to spray, they had to put on about 6 coats, which meant we had to buy another 5 litres of paint. Base coat/clear coat.
 

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Here's a pic of the exhaust, taken from front to rear.
 

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Good question, noticed that when I cropped the picture. Will have to get under and have a look, she's not leaking tho', don't think its in our time, we are so careful with her, drove about 20 miles out of our way yesterday just to avoid a dirt road.:)
 

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The mufflers you have there look like thrush sonic turbo's, I like them. I am useing them right now on my 383 powered 55 Chevy, my 429 powered 52 F-1, and my 5.0 powered 280Z Nissan. I think they sound great, they DON'T roar going down the road, they are durable, and they are cheap! (Under $20 each) That's a hard to beat combo.
A Masonic brother of mine gave me a set of Flows (2 chamber 40's) to go on the Eliminator. I'm still a long way from needing them.
That color sounds really cool, also sounds like you had to work hard to get it right, the effort will shine when you cruise...
Your tranny pan brings to mind a line from an old movie that says "Little critters squashed on the hiway alive!" Although it looks more like a culvert dent. (ouch!)
Maybe a trick finned pan in the future?
Can't wait to get mine in as good shape as your's is now.


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"That color sounds really cool, also sounds like you had to work hard to get it right"
No lie there, we drove around for ages looking at different cars, I knew exactly what I wanted, just to find it, I think the guys at the BMW dealer were ready to close shop everytime they saw me, they have those little panels with all the colours, used to take one, go into the sun, check it out, go back, take another, and so on. Also used to stop complete strangers in the street to ask whay colour their car was, most thought I was nuts but still opened up the bonnet to let me check, got really good at popping BMW hoods, its amazing how many females can't even open their bonnets........! Even posted a poll here. Anyway we eventually settled on Avus Blue, but I was'nt happy, settled more to keep the peace than anything else, cost a fortune, then about 4 days before the guy was ready to start spraying I told him I had changed my mind, thats when he sent me to the guy with the colour prism, why he did not do that in the 1st palce I don't know, anyway eventually forked out 3 times more than I would have for the paint, but its well worth it, she gets way more compliments now than she did when she was purple, don't get me wrong, I like purple, but the colour was just toooooo purple, needed shades to look at her in sun light.
i think that dent in the tranny pan is caused by bricks in the road, its common here to find them lying in the road, a trick to get the driver to stop and say bye bye to his car, so if they are there you take the chance of buggering up your undercarriage, rather than lose the whole car. We hit railway tracks in the road once, in the escort, had to stop, bust wheel, tried to warn the other cars but they completely ignored us, eventually a little convoy of cars with busted wheels limped into the next town. Tyre guys made mega bucks that day, makes you wonder....
 

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I didn't realise that the crime was so rampant in SA.
My Gosh, I couldn't live there. I would be postal in the blink of an eye. I would probly end up in prison for committing crimes against the criminals there. Let me guess the police are corrupt, and no help whatsoever, of say that they simply are not able to do anything about the reoccuring problem?
Terrorist are a cowardly lot. My hero's have always been cowboys, thev hard non-tolerant type, very unforgiving, the type that you can tell who had a mother who instilled a strong sence of right and wrong in them at a very early age...
At least that's what I want my children to think of me!
I pray the Lord to grant you wisdom, to never let that trash catch you unaware...
 

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We are so used to the crime here that it does not seem bad, but when I chat on this forum I realise just how bad it is, we are used to getting into the car and locking the doors before we even switch on, hiding pocessions under seats, giving anyone who knocks on your window the finger comes just as naturally, and mouthing F...O... so well that it is understood in all ELEVEN official languages is an art that is quickly learnt. Cops are okay, just underpaid and overworked. Its the guys at the court and jails that are corrupt. Judges too.
 

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I think you show amaising fortitude to build and drive a classic in your enviornment. It sounds like total mess.

I enjoy your posts.
 

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Thanks swamper. On the up side, the weather is great [normally], not many people have classic V8's so we get plenty of oohs and aahs and complete strangers coming up to chat. Scenery is also great, and we got lions, giraffes, zebra, rhino, cheetahs etc [no cougars] about 3 miles up the road. AND at least we have the internet, to keep me sane.
 

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Are you guys allowed to pack heat(guns)I would have added some James Bond features on the cat while its in the shop.But crime is everywhere we got some mad man sneaking around picking people off for no reason.Wwll anyway good luck with the cat.If your looking for emblems maybe I can find them in NOV.at the ford show for you.
 

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Hi Dan, I am a legal gun owner but am not allowed to use it without checking about 20 things first, in other words, unless a gun is rammed down my throat, I may not use mine, even in self-defence, unless I can prove 100% self-defence, I heard about your mad man on CNN, something about the police blaming the press for giving out to much info. Thanks for the offers on the emblems, but I have managed to get some help from Rick, Zane and Judy. Could have added those flame throwers on the cat - they are legal here, but then I might damage the new paint job:D
 

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Flame trowers

On Saterday nights we all cruize to a drive in thats local, where I hang out with an "old school" guy who drives a '50 Merc(BIG block ford CJ) who has the flamers on it. When he makes a display EVERYBODY notices. It is very large fire, I believe that he uses a gas/propane combo for the effect.
That IS one bad double ss'ed Merc.
He also has his exhaust extended about 6 inches to keep from scorching his (very) flamed paint job...


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Sounds cool, the flame throwers I was talking about tho' come out the sides of the car, from under the driver and passenger doors, so if anyone tries to hijack you, you flick a switch and they get flamed. I believe, altho' don't quote me on this, that its also a gas/propane combo. Saw it demonstrated, looks awesome, but I did not fork out all those bucks on my paint job for it to get flamed as well, altho it would be preferable to having it hijacked..................oh decisions decisions.
 

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****ie traps

How about a spring loaded brush hog blade mounted under the car, a design that would cut the legs out from under the --- ah,,, problem---so to speak????

only drawback would be a close range encounter, a one shot defense...


Very Sneaky,...
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Could work, but would'nt the blood stain my new paintwork:D
 
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