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Greetings,

Absolute total and complete newbie to the vintage cougar seen.

Searched around a bit before posting but didn’t find what I was looking for.

I really like the looks of the 70 eliminator in orange and is the only one that I would consider. What I don’t like is the price most of these nicer and complete original cougars seem to be fetching so I have a few questions as to which direction would be best to take.

As much as it would be nice to have the original it is definitely not necessary in my case to own one. Therefore, I am considering converting a standard cougar into an “eliminator tribute”. I have the shop and tools to work on an undertaking of this sort (NOT including body and paint work).

The exterior of this car in my eyes is slick as can be so I would like to match it as close as possible. I’m not so much as interested in getting the interior to match the original eliminator and I am not after a big block. I would prefer not to start with a rust bucket but more of a complete solid straight in good shape cougar.

With this in mind what would be the least expensive and/or smartest route to take?

A.) Purchase a cougar and turn it into an “eliminator tribute”.

B.) Purchase an “eliminator tribute” that somebody else is selling.

C.) The cost of an original eliminator is not that much more and/or can be had after considering the amount of time and material you will spend on converting the one you are describing.

Thanks for any help you can provide and nice forum you have here.
 

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It depends on how much you have in your budget as to whether build or buy, I have seen some nice Eliminators with 351, go for under 25K
 

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A or B .
 

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Check out this thread for current Eliminators on the market:
http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/showthread.php?57991-Eliminators-on-the-Market-(November)

A month or 2 ago there was an orange '70 Elim, 351 4speed for sale up in the Seattle area for $25k. It was an older restoration - repainted, floors were replaced and the engine had some mods. Also had some rust in the doors.

Not sure what your budget is, but if that is outside the budget and originality isn't a requirement, then I would just look for a car to convert.
For $3k ~ $5k you should be able to get a nice car to start with. Add some paint, stripes and spoilers and go cruising :)

Here is what appears to be a nice '70 in Florida, for example.
http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2653342726.html
 

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Thanks for ALL the reply's gents.

Thanks. Yeah, read this thread initially.
A month or 2 ago there was an orange '70 Elim, 351 4speed for sale up in the Seattle area for $25k. It was an older restoration - repainted, floors were replaced and the engine had some mods. Also had some rust in the doors.
Interesting.

25K and rust in the doors. Seems to me if owning an original is not that important this would not be the way to go? Seems one would have to fix the rust, re-paint the car and while your at it take care of what other issuses need to be addressed? All of a sudden your 25K eliminator is now 35K or more? Just asking as I'm a total noob.
Not sure what your budget is, but if that is outside the budget and originality isn't a requirement, then I would just look for a car to convert.
For $3k ~ $5k you should be able to get a nice car to start with. Add some paint, stripes and spoilers and go cruising :)
Thanks.

I see this tribute hasn't sold yet. http://www.thielmotors.com/for-sale/3070000/mercury/540765/

Thoughts on buying something like this as opposed to buying one for 3k ~ 5k and converting?
Here is what appears to be a nice '70 in Florida, for example.
http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2653342726.html
Interesting.

Best guesstimate as to how much it would cost to convert it?

Thanks again.
 

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Thank you for all the replies.

By chance, while surfing the net I found the exact eliminator “tribute” I was looking for! What are the odds?!? Go figure. It’s at a classic car lot in DeWitt Iowa.

http://www.thielmotors.com/for-sale/3070000/mercury/540765/

Does anybody by chance know this car?

If not, could I bribe somebody with some $$ to go take a gander at it for me? I would rather pay a member here that knows these cars very well, could use some scratch and would love to drive it anyways as opposed to some inspector I find off the net.

Thanks again for all your help.
 

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Hey Dipstick,

Spotted this one today.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260890805433+&viewitem=

Looks pretty close. Needs some Eliminator details, but it's probably a really good start on an orange '70 clone.
Thanks Mike!

Yeah I saw it too, I have twice now tried to post about it but the forum keeps stating I have to wait for an administrator to o.k. my posting first (paraphrasing).

Anyhow, it looks nice to me does anybody know the history of it?

If not, can I bribe someone on the forum with some $$$ to go take a gander at it for me? I would prefer somebody who knows these cars inside and out, could use some scratch and would love to drive it as opposed to finding some inspector I find on the net.

As you can see it's located in DeWitt Iowa.

Thanks again.
 
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