I’ve had a few issues at the get go with my Cougar, but no more. Since I returned from my deployment in August 2011, I hit the ground running for my Cougar. Had many parts at the house waiting for me: Wiring harness, horn switches, the solid state sequential module, LED reverse lights,……list goes on. After about a month of being home, a nice hot day came. I was warming the car up to run to the grocery store, played musical cars in the driveway, hopped in the car and the stereo shut down. Complete power loss. Engine was still running though. The horn, turn signals, and gauges failed, then smoke was coming from the dash, then smell of burnt wires filled the cab. The owner who installed the stereo wired in to the turn signal system. So with added heat comes added current that system couldn’t handle. The glass fuse exploded and melted the harness surround edit effectively killing the electrical system, it forced my hand to begin there wiring process. I wanted to wait till it got cooler outside but had no choice. So for the next few weeks I spent my time after work and weekends rewiring the whole car, thankfully I had Painless Wiring to help. The whole job took me roughly 25 to 30 hours from start to finish. Found some items that needed to be replaced i.e. turn signal switch, the horn contacts were wore slapout. Had a bit of trouble with the solid state module for the sequentials, but managed to get them going. Upon finishing and pushing her out of the garage, it fired right up after holding the gas down for a long while and once it stopped loping and smoking it idled like a dream with better electrical response. I was once again enjoying being on the road again, but it was time for more intensive work, the 289 had to go. It drank oil, had to add lead which was hard to come by in this town and have enough for as much as I drove it around, that and I had a nice 351w just sitting wanting to be used. In October/November 2011 I took it to a local shop for the engine swap. Its taken some time, five months, but its on all fours as of today. Got an exhaust upgrade, dual pipe magnaflos 2.5 inch, which cannot be seen from anywhere, the tips don’t even show. But March 30<sup>th</sup>,tomorrow, is the deadline myself and the shop placed since the car should have only been there for about a month. So fingers crossed Athena, my cougar, will be alive once more!
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