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I am going to look at a 1969 Cougar Eliminator tomorrow. It is for sale for $5500 and I don't really know if it is overpriced or not.

Here is the craigslist post

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/3309381601.html

Is this a good buy? Or would I be biting off too much for the money?

I figured that the body work and interior could be done later, but the engine working is the most important thing.

Thanks in advance

Fran Long
 

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A lot of things about the apperance of the car tells me it is not a real eliminator. The interior is all wrong (door panels, wrong instrument cluster, missing clock, etc
 

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Not a ecat - not worth half in that shape either.....pass
 

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Doesn't look like the real deal... And, if it were (big if), the interior and instumentation/dash wiring all way wrong. Looks like a std 2-dr coupe to me. Ask the owner to back up the E-cat claim with proof.
 

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I am going to look at a 1969 Cougar Eliminator tomorrow. It is for sale for $5500 and I don't really know if it is overpriced or not.

Here is the craigslist post

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/3309381601.html

Is this a good buy? Or would I be biting off too much for the money?

I figured that the body work and interior could be done later, but the engine working is the most important thing.

Thanks in advance

Fran Long
Posted this reply to you on the other site...

I exchanged some email with the seller last week asking him for some info and if it was a factory Eliminator.

He told me: "I do not have a marti report for the car and after talking to some people it looks like it is not a factory eliminator. Looking at the prices of the other cougars on this site I think the my asking price is with in range considering the money that was invested in the motor, tranny and rear end. The motor has very low miles on it because it sat for years after being restored. Unfortunately it sat outside in the environments had a lot of the restoration got destroyed mainly the interior. The body is in very good shape only had minor rust spots. There is no rust underneath the car. Floor pans trunk all that is solid. I don't have any other pics of the car, just let me know what you want to see and I can go take some."

If you want to do some basic homework on "is it real or not", be sure to check out the Eliminator Registry website, here:
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If you read through thier site a bit you can learn how to tell if a Cougar is definitely NOT an Eliminator. Using that knowledge, if you get a VIN number and door tag codes from the seller, you should be able to make an educated guess.
If you are still not sure, then order up a Marti Report on the car's VIN (a well-spent $17 to save you future head/heartaches) and it will say "Eliminator Option" if the car is a real factory Eliminator. Mr. Marti's website is here: <!-- m -->http://www.martiauto.com/<!-- m -->
 

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Fran,
Above, Tom form KTL restorations has tossed you a bone. I suspect that he's got either information that backs up the other's claims that it's not a real E-cat ....or he has first hand-information about this particular vehicle and maybe even the seller.

That being said, you also need to understand who Tom is when it comes to Cougars. Google him if you need but this will serve as a reflection of who he is... http://www.ktlrestorations.com/home.htm
If he's offering to speak with you about this car on a Sunday, (if you didn't already) you need to take him up on the offer.
 

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Yeah, it could be - but it's missing the correct stuff and looks pretty well molested if that's the case. Jeff in OK has one that looks better (from pics) IMHO for similar money and has A/C I think which puts a big plus on it. See what Tom knows on it - he may shed some light on it.
 

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How'd I get M code out of it! LOL That expalins the misssing stuff! Picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.....
 
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