Ouch. Looking at what people paid, I think I got taken :toung: But I love her regardless. Still remember the day the truck brought her to me from Omaha Nebraska in 2008. I was completely giddy. She is a 1969 XR7 vert, red with white interior. I had gotten her sight unseen (will not do that one again) and paid 6k. She looks amazing from the top, but get underneath and there is rust... and more rust.. oh and did I mention rust???
So, we bought another shell from one of the users on here (one punch, great guy). Had it shipped from FL. Now we have the task of moving all the good stuff from the original, to the good frame. Can't wait until she is done, should be amazing
I bought my '67 standard in 1997 for $500. Battery and radiator were missing. The tires were so rotten they spun on the rims. Rust was isolated to the passenger quarter panel behind the tire and the passenger side floor pan caused by a leaking heater core. Other than that it wasn't bad.
I've been away from the hobby for about 10 years. It seems since then the price of a good project car really took off.
Well, lets see now, bought the car Aug.1, 1969, so that would be 42 years.
But, sold it in 1974 ... makes it only 5 years.
Then, bought it again Aug. 15, 2009 .... so really 7 years.
Sure wish I'd kept it in '74.
Now should be back on the road again next week sometime after an almost 2 year restoration.
Actually I bought my 1st Cougar, 1970 Std Coupe, 351W, 2bbl, FMX in sea foam green, in February of 1978. Had to put a heater core in it.
Puy a LOT of miles, had 3 kids and got rid of one wife with that car.
That 70 is still in my garage. It is just a shell now, though all the parts are still with it.
My youngest has started working on the floor pans and body.
Have owned my 69 XR7 Vert, 351W, 4bbl, 4-spd for just over 3 years. Had to assemble it.
Got my 69 in 1976. Still have it. All the original sheet metal. It has seen no rain since 84. The cougar has lived it's whole life in the California Bay Area all of it's life. I might drive it 500 miles a year now.
I've had mine since 2009. But it's been in the family since new. My great aunt bought it in 1967, then sold it to my aunt sometime in the mid 70s, then somehow my mom got to drive it to college up intil about 1984, then got parked in a barn in 1987 and sat for 22 years until I got it. I'm 18 now.
... my Wife and I bought it back in 86 ? .... because she grew up hanging out with Mustang guys (one of her old boyfriends left a Cleveland in the garage of her mom's house for a few years .... it was the "table" in the middle of the garage for parties ...) .... AND, she always wanted a cougar because they were so much cooler, more classy, etc, than any 'stang ...
.... we rebuilt the suspension, drove the heck out of it - LONG road trips, some "off road", etc .... threw in a cam, intake and carb, had more fun with it, till about '98 or so .... then parked her for too long ... other hobbies took over ... Now she is back - and seriously awesome .... see my post in the Den .... Auto-Xing is next ...
Only since November 2011, then it was a spur of the moment thing. I saw it for sale on a Wednesday, looked at it the following Sunday, I took a friend back for a 2nd opinion, following Tuesday morning, I then went back 2 hrs later and put a $100 on it, to hold it, until he obtained a "warrant of fitness" and new "registration". It took him 2 weeks to finally pass the WOF, as the brakes weren't balanced. I did a bank transfer for the balance of monies owing. As he was only in a neighbouring suburb, he drove it over, parked it in my garage and I drove him home. I drove it for the first time that night! Happy as now!