I've posted this before, but for those who missed it, there was a magzine article about the Boss 302 Eliminator back in 1969 or 70. I forget the name of the magazine. I had so many. The magazine got to use one for a few days and test drove it. Performance results were listed and also the things they liked or disliked about the car. Anyway they wrote that the hood scoop on the Boss 302 Cougar "is a genuine decoration"............... i'm not a fan of spoilers and or hood scoops for looks not performance related......................
Ouch Larry!Just my opinion. I'm pretty sure no one (here) will agree:
I think they're ugly on any year of Cougar. Especially a convertible. So ugly that I'm embarrassed for whoever owns it. Has there ever been a test that shows what difference they make + or - ? Wind tunnel? Track? (oval, drag, salt flats, etc.) MPG? ET? Did Ford do tests? Did Myth Busters do any? Anyone here? At what speed, if any do they begin to help the car? 150 mph? They're unsophisticated, childish.
Obviously no one needs another person's approval. It's your car, do what you want.
You have very nice cars. I'm missing the point abut me being embarrassed. I'd LOVE to come to your house and look at your cars. They are really cool! If I owned an Eliminator, one of the first things I'd do is remove the spoilers. I'd store them carefully for the next owner to have 30-40 years from now. If/when they get a repaint, there's no way I'd have stripes put back on.I think if Larry came to my house he would die of embarrassment, there are 9 cars here with factory installed spoilers, 10 if you count the lip on the tailgate of my wife's SUV.
That's kind of how I feel when I see spoilers on almost any street car. I equate it with the little boy who puts playing cards into the spokes of his bicycle. I still want to know if and when (what speed?) a factory rear spoiler makes a Cougar faster (or safer at given speed) and can a stock Cougar attain that speed?I have to laugh when I see a kid in a little rice grinder with an obscene spoiler slapped on. It's as laughable (an annoying) as those aftermarket tailpipes they add on to make their car "sound" bad........................................
We know of no tests on Cougar spoilers, right?Personally I don't care if they provide any function, I just like how they look. Kinda reminds me of the guy that goes the movies and complains that he didn't like the movie because it wasn't realistic. I'm an electro/mechanical engineer. If I didn't suspend my sense of reality going to the movies, I'd never be able to enjoy a movie.
I'd never heard of a Hellcat. I Googled it. One in a Youtube video did a 10:86 quarter mile!I think anytime you drive a classic car, convertible or not you draw attention to yourself, but as been said different opinions in intelligent conversations make the world interesting. I get claustrophobic if I have to drive my vert with the top up (hardly ever happens)
I think I read or saw somewhere that the aerodynamic properties were so spot on with the daytona/superbird that no manufacturer even came close until BMW a year or two ago.
Also the new hellcats front end is so engineered to every square inch for cooling that if you put anything in front of the grill it will overheat. Aint technology great :smoke: