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A few years ago my uncle shipped out a powder blue 1969 Coug originally bought by my dad's family because my grandpa dealt lincoln/merc. in New Jersey, It's driven to Florida a few times and has super low rust, just minor surface speckles on the passenger door. with a white top, 71k original miles, numbers matching stock except for some brake parts that were leaky. It comes out occasionaly on sunny weekends, I'm workin' on getting on my license and would love to drive it more, but offsite storage and 10mpg on leaded premium makes it a weekend car. Just got to drive it the other weekend and it's a blast, It prefers temps in the mid 50's because it has a tendency to run a little warm according to the temp gauge. I'll get some pics next time it's out. Sequential blinkers still work, I'd love to drive it more, or get another for a Senior Project, but with rising gas prices and little to no flat property I'm lookin at Ford Festivas for a BP swap from an Escort GT so if anybody knows of a Festiva zippin' around I'd love to buy it. I still love Cougars, but gas is pricey.
 

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Unless the cat is a big block, you should be able to get better than 10 MPG out of it. Maybe not a lot, but still, better than 10!Pics are always a plus here...
 

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This Cougar is not for sale, I would rather hang myself than see it leave, and yes it's in need of a tune up, and I'll get some pics the next time we have it out, Oh how I wish we had a visit from the sun.
 

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There is supposed to be sun this weekend. Why don't you get it out and drive it to Port Angeles for the Mustang and Cougar show on Sunday? There will be a number of us with Cougars entered in the show. Check www.cascadecougarclub.com for details and you may as well fill out the membership application while you're there.
 

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I'd love to get out there, but
A. I need to get my license, :tongue:
B. AP exam, AP bio Final, So much stuff coming up,
I will look into the CCC app. thanks for the suggestion
Also as much as I love the Cougar, I am currently occupied in tracking down a Festiva, which are becoming scarce because of gas prices.
 

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Let's see a resurrection here! Alrighty, so the cat is purring beautifully despite only getting to drive it every few months. It has a transmission leak somewhere and drips ATF. But my buddy at the local NAPA swears by a magic juice in a small glass bottle so we threw that in with some fresh ATF and we'll see if it swells the seals like it's supposed to. A quick question to all you folks in the rust belt, I have not looked underneath for any rust (Zebart undercoating... Not really sure I want to see if there's an oxidization party going on) But there is some light surface rust hangin' around on the paint, namely the passenger door, it's sort of peppered across the panel. I didn't see any bubbling. Now here's the catch, I would like to see if there's any product that will strip this rust WITHOUT having to do anything to the existing paint (Factory powder blue in pretty good condition) This car is not a show stopper, but getting rid of the rust is not a bad thing. This car does have it's fair share of rock chips and a few scrapes so it doesn't have to be gorgeous, but it could see an improvement. Any suggestions?
Also, the darn storage facility has a couple of mice that have decided to ventilate some of the headliner. :( Traps are set and the manager has been notified.
Thanks Heaps, and for all those who may wonder, my DD is a 1991 Festiva that has a Mazda BP waiting for warmer weather to find a new home. 130hp 1900lbs!!

Last Minute Edit, there's a leak somewhere in the vac. circuit for the headlights, any cheap rebuild kits?
 

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What part of Whidbey do you live on? I use to live on the south end. As for Mice, place dryer sheets in side the car. I use about 10 and don't have any problems.
 

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Thanks for the Dryer Sheet tip, we live off of Bailey down here in da South, a couple miles North of Sketchy Hood
 

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Cool, I know the area well, Lived on Swede Hill Road in the 70s and had a place in Scatchet Head in the mid 80s. I like it here on Camano Island. No boats to deal with. Hope to see you at Prowl.
 

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I'd love to make it to the Prowl, but I'll be in Europe (First World Problems). If any other meets come up during the summer I might be able to get the kitty out. It's gonna get a full wash and wax along with a half decent tune and fluid change later this year, has to be in tip top shape for the Senior Parade here at SWHS.
 

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Weeeeeeeeeeellll, bad news. Yesterday I noticed when we turned on the headlights, there was a hissing at the switch, a stumbling idle, and a hissing up front. That means that the vacuum circuit is probably toast, correct? I've read a bit about these electric conversions with Probe motors, is there any one in the area that would do this?(I have moneyz) I don't have time to dig into it because I have another project already.
 

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There is a "vent" in the headlight switch, so that noise is normal. You can probably get by with a few minutes and a sharp knife...The ends of the hoses get brittle with time, there is usually at least one trim worth of extra hose. I would not recommend any electric conversion based on this one experience.
 

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Woah, long time without logging on, thanks for the tips. If I have to drive it at night (which I probably won't) I will look into this more, but some stuff has come up on my Festiva project that needs the time and money ($%^^&@#$^$%^#$^#$% I hate circlips in transmissions). But it is fit for parade duty come Graduation time.
 
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