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I bought my 69 Eliminator in 1997 at the All-Ford show in Carlisle. I wasn't really looking for a Cougar but for a 429CJ '70 Torino. I had a Torino like this as a teenager and also had a 69 "R" code standard Cougar. I had been looking for over a year when I found this car. I was very skeptical that this car was a real Eliminator, but trusted the guy I bought it from. There were lots of wrong parts on the car and alot things didn't seem to add up , but when we gutted the interior the build sheet was between the insulation and the carpet. ELIMINATOR was printed at the very bottom of the build sheet so I felt much better after that. We have replaced,rechromed and refurbished practically everything you can take off the car. I plan to start working on the underside of the car this year. I wouldn't consider myself a Cougar "nut" but I like all big block muscle cars-except the bow-tie brand. Still searching for that '70 429CJ Torino. Thanks for listening.
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Barry,
I have owned my 69 XR7 M code convertible for just over ten years now. I hope to have finished putting it all back together this spring. I have family in Mechanicsburg and get out there a couple of times a year. I'd love to see your project. If I go to the Carlisle show this year I'll look you up then.
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I've been a cat owner (off and on) since 1975. I had 2 73's and now have a 67 and a 68... Can't imagine not owning a cat! I'm on the prowl for a 70 vert.... My wife is gonna shoot me!! LOL

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I bought my first Cougar in 1973. Had around 70 total. All 67's and '68's.
 

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1977. I have had 1 '68, 2 69s and 1 70. My favorites were the 69s (obviously).
 

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A little over 6 months. I bought my '67 back in April or May. I had been threatening to sell my '63 Comet, which isa 'stalled' project..and buy a Cougar. Specifically a big block car with A/C, PS, and PDB. I found my S-code at a swap meeet just as we were about to leave. It was amusing, I had just mentioned it to my father and uncle, when I looked down a row and found her. Seemed too coincidental to pass her by.

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I became a Cougar owner in 1978 and still have the same one, and it's the only one I've ever had. I probably could have built about five more with the money I put in this one. Good thing it was free to begin with!!:ylsup:

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I got my girl right around my 15th birthday (January '93), she was registered to us as of June 03, 1993 (6 days after I got my driver's license). I put about 13000 miles on it since then... not bad, about 1200 miles/year, except that I only really drove her until Sep of '95 when she was torn down and rebuilt/painted (reassembled July of '96); then, Aug '97 lost the tranny and pulled and rebuilt engine and tranny, reassembled summer of '98, and I've only been home to HI a total of about 6 weeks since then, put about 500 miles on it. But now we're reunited, I've already put about 200 miles on her since she's been here. Now she's parked for suspension and carb work (and no icy/salty roads allowed!) Mrs. GATB loves this car almost as much as I do! We have wedding portraits taken in the car (in our official album) to match the prom picture we took back in spring of '95.
 

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Hi All!! I'm new here and have found a lot of useful info. I bought my current Cougar in August 1987 in Mountain Home, Idaho. It was an everyday driver until 1990 and again for a few months in 1993. It is currently hibernating in my garage waiting for some brake and steering work, with 3 kids it may be awhile. I also had a 1967 GT back in 1985 that I bought as a project but sold it about a year later. It had a great body and drivetrain but had been vandelized and the wiring was cut and interior trashed. I also owned a 1978 XR7 from 1986 to 1987. Glad to be aboard!
 

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Things seem to make a full circle in life.

I had just sold a 56 Nomad and was on my way to buy a 73 Mustang conv when I bought the red 69 XR7 conv in July, 1997. A month later, I also bought a 69 XR7 htp parts car and a 69 blue Eliminator. A month later, I bought a package deal of a 73 Must conv and a 73 XR7 htp parts car w/ 351CJ/4 spd. That drivetrain is now in the Stang(my Coutang). A year later I bought another Nomad, a 55 this time, full circle.

Fast forward to last year when my son turned 16. I gave him the red 69 for his birthday and we have fixed it up to show. I then bought myself a white 69 conv to go to shows together. Numerous cars and parts cars later, we both enjoy this great hobby together! Currently, we own 7 69's. Cougars rule and Cougar people are the greatest!!

Welcome to the madness, mpearis!!!

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I bought my first Cougar in 1984. I am on my 3rd '68 XR-7. I've also had a '69 XR-7, '75 XR-7, 77 XR-7 and '87 XR-7. I have always had at least one Cougar in the garage.
 

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Tom,

I bet selling the 68 was like getting rid of a member of the family. Wow, bet there is a story there!

Jim
 

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Never thought about bying a cougar, but i was looking for a real neat musscle car. So this 1969 XR7 428cj-r crossed my path in 1995, and i instantly bought it. My first opinion was to paint it dull black and never wash it. But some Mustang man in the neighborhood realized what i bought, and told me to make that car back original. He explained me the history, and teached me allot, and i made it original again. (And now he wants to buy it).
You can see the result in the link below.
 

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Wow, Luc, your car looks better than some of the ones still here in the U.S.. The 70 bumper on a 69 gives it an interesting look. Not bad but different. Sort of makes the center grille stand out a little more.
 

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Luc,

Did you ever get the 69 bumper we sent you? At last we heard, you were out of the country and a neighbor was to get it for you.

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I'm 67 behind Royce, bought my first '67 in '73, then a '70 XR7 in '79, and now my '68 XR7 in '03. I've got some catching up to do.

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