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As the title says. What are some thoughts on this Cougar. It is not stock at all. Number do not match. Different motor, tranny and now is a 5spd. Looks amazing. There never was an Eliminator convertible, but.........It looks amazing and there is a ton of stuff done to it. The price is 29k.

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Thanks. Bill

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 in beautiful Burnt Orange Metallic with a white bucket seat interior, white top, black side & hood stripes, chrome Rallye wheels, and full Eliminator kit. Mercury never made an Eliminator convertible so this is the closest that you can get to what they should have built. Original California car owned by an airline pilot from 1969 to 1990; then sold to another airline pilot in Minnesota, and finally to the man who transformed the car from a never rusted, never hit, #3+ condition 351 cubic inch factory stock California car to the high performance, restored, & modified #2+ condition show car it is now. The factory 351 Windsor engine was replaced with a new 351 Windsor crate engine which was professionally upgraded by Pro-Formance Unlimited in Ocean City, N.J.. They polished the crankshaft and installed Speed-Pro pistons, I-beam connecting rods, Clevite bearings, Ford Motorsports 300 duration/.580" lift cam, polished heads, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, Edelbrock 750 cfm carburetor, MSD distributor & MSD 6AL ignition w/rev limiter, plus all new hoses, belts, clamps, etc. upon installation. Cast aluminum Dan Gurney valve covers and a free-flow chrome aircleaner assembly was also installed. Starting with a factory rated 350 horsepower, the engine now easily produces 400+. Starts right up and settles into a lopey idle with a deep aggressive exhaust note from the dual free-flow exhaust. Runs perfectly on premium pump gas and there are no mechanical issues; no smoke, no leaks, no noises. Drives nicely in traffic, pulls harder than a factory 428, and will run with big Mopars yet cruises beautifully at 75-80 mph in overdrive fifth gear. The 5-speed manual transmission shifts perfectly via a Hurst shifter and the 3.50 positraction rearend provides a nice balance of relaxed cruising and powerful acceleration. Power steering and power disc brakes for safe easy driving. Gorgeous white bucket seat interior with red carpeting, red dash, and the factory center console. The seats have been refoamed & recovered and a brand new full carpet kit installed. Excellent dash with the factory 6000 RPM tachometer and factory Rallye gauges for Oil Pressure, Water Temperature, and Amps (all work properly). The dash was sent out to Just Dashes; restored to new condition and all gauges were rebuilt; it is perfect. Factory air conditioning; blows ice cold. Factory-look premium AM/FM/Tape stereo system; sounds great. Remote side mirror. Factory clock. Factory three-spoke wood steering wheel with the Rim-Blow horn (works correctly) and tilt steering column. Perfect center console. Deluxe XR7 woodgrain trim on dash & interior door panels. Very nice interior. Excellent California body with never any rust and never any accidents. I cannot find any body filler or panel replacements. The original paint was still on the car until resprayed in 2008. Show quality paint in the correct Burnt Orange Metallic done in modern acrylic urethane base/clear and then block sanded and buffed to a deep glossy finish. Excellent chrome bumpers front & rear. Excellent brightwork and all stainless steel trim has been polished. Excellent window whiskers, weatherstripping, and trunk molding. Brand new convertible top; operates quickly & smoothly when you press the button. Sequential turn signals and Hide-Away headlights; all work properly. A full Eliminator kit including the hood scoop, front spoiler, rear wing, and side & hood stripes has been added. Factory chrome wheels fitted with P225-60-15 raised-white-letter BFGoodrich T/A Radials. Show detailed trunk containing the factory mat, spare tire, and jack assembly. Completed three years & 2,500 miles ago at a cost exceeding $40,000 and still in Best-Of-Show condition. Additionally, at that time, the suspension was completely renewed including shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, and all four brakes were rebuilt
 

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Post some pics. Price is at the top of the market so it would have to be awfully nice in every way.
 

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Front end.jpg Trunk pic.jpg Engine Bay #1.jpg Cougar #1.jpg Here are a few pics. First time uploading pics. I hope it works.

Thanks for your thoughts. If an Admin wants to help or can help with the pics to open larger it is greatly appreciated.
 

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This is now officially a moot point. This car sold for the asking price this past Friday. I just got off the phone with the seller. Bummer. If anyone still has some thoughts about it please post away. Damn.
 

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Hey Sweetair,

Spotted this one this morning, right after reading your post. 70 XR7 'vert, 351 / 4speed, $17.5K. Not nearly as "flashy" as the '69 you were looking at, but it could be a start.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/2303601799.html

I'm in no way associated with the seller, just passing on the info.

Good Luck!
 

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Thanks for sharing the find. The person who bought this one lives in SD. Anyone on this site? Lucky person.
 
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