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TheRktmn
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 56
Posts: 7935
Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:29 pm    Post subject: icon_question What did you do to your Classic Cougar today? Reply with quote

They say that misery loves company, but so does success! Share your hard work with the rest of us!

(Part of this thread might look funky & have some weird quotes in it, but that's because we had two threads going and I had to merge them somehow...)
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TheRktmn
Original Curbster


Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 56
Posts: 7935
Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:55 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

TheRktmn wrote:
I got a new carb and some header wrap (did you know that they make black wrap now? I didn't).
I plan to set some time aside each week to work on her so I can drive her up to Tulsa this April.


I am making a list of what I need TO DO.
Probably a mistake, but I am hoping it will get me in gear to whittle away at it.

Rear brakes - DONE
Replace PB booster - DONE
Replace Fuel pump - DONE
Replace Harmonic Balancer - DONE
New belts - DONE
Install Radiator - DONE
Wire in new P001 - DONE
Wrap headers - Not happening, can't see them from top, can't get to them from any direction.
Heat shield on starter- DONE
Install new carb- DONE
Install LOKAR kickdown - Not happening. The Ford C6 kit requires you to modify the carb linkage to accept their cable end. THAT ain't happening.
*Get it running (hasn't run since June 2014 when the brake booster let go, then eGas ate the fuel pump & carb)
Install radio & speakers - DONE
Install taillight covers in trunk - DONE
Install package tray - DONE
Install sail panels - DONE
Fix windshield washers - DONE
Put wiper switch & delay box back in - DONE
L-O-F - DONE

Additions 3-22-17:
Replace intake gaskets to fix leaking rear seal- DONE
Replace crappy Mr Gasket thermostat housing with OEM type - DONE
Replace rebuilt NAPA Duraspark distributor with custom tuned distributor from DUI. - DONE
Install OEM style kickdown rod.
Reroute PCV and breather to the way Ford did it in '71 - DONE
Install new starter- DONE

Additions after 3-22-17:
Replace broken flexplate - DONE
Replace missing alignment dowel - DONE
Replace HV oil pump with standard volume pump - DONE
Remove windage tray - DONE
Replace rear brake lines (metal) - DONE
Replace rubber brake hose for rear brakes - DONE
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Wombat
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Age: 68
Posts: 1240
Location: Brisbane, Australia


PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

in keeping with the current trend in Cougar related activities - I washed the dust off the 69
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TheRktmn
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Age: 56
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

TheRktmn wrote:

Rear brakes - DONE
Replace PB booster - DONE
Replace Fuel pump - DONE
Replace Harmonic Balancer - DONE
New belts - DONE
Install Radiator - DONE
Wire in new <s>P001</s> P002
Wrap headers
Heat shield on starter
Install new carb
*Get it running (hasn't run since June 2014 when the brake booster let go, then eGas ate the fuel pump & carb)
Install radio & speakers
<s>Install package tray</s>
Install sail panels
Fix windshield washers
Put wiper switch & delay box back in
L-O-F


TheRktmn wrote:
Well the radiator is in as is the shroud with sticker and new belts.
As a bonus I discovered that I do NOT have a new package tray....

UPDATE Feb 10, 2017 15:15: After looking at the repro ones that West Coast sells and reading the review I remember now that I did NOT buy one.
The one I have is intact but warped, I plan to glue it to some laminate to flatten & stiffen it up.


TheRktmn wrote:
Ordered a new Duraspark distributor from DUI.
https://performancedistributors.com/product/ford-duraspark-distributors/
The rebuilt ones I have been running have crapped out twice on me (sheared off gear to shaft pins) and don't seem to tune right. I suspect some chinese rebuild shop got a deal on grade 1 used shear pins and worn housings with bent shafts.
That's ONE reason I was disgusted and not driving it very much.


More stuff to do!
Swap distributor
Replace rear seal (full gasket set) on intake
Repair package tray
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TheRktmn
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

mo2872 wrote:
Bob, use your old package tray as a template, trace it onto a piece of masonite/hardboard/pegboard(without the holes)........wrap in fabric/vinyl of choice


Well, I decided to tackle something easy last night so I went after the washer issue.
I was pretty sure it was simply a matter of moving that black wire for the latest delay box & I was right.
Of course one fix leads to another & I remembered that I had a replacement wiper arm transmission to install because my driver's side wiper had about 1" of 'slop' when parked.
All in all a pretty easy fix. Followed the instructions in the Shop Manual (see below) and, as Q-dog would say, "Bob's your uncle".

MUSTANG AND COUGAR

Remove the wiper arm and blade assemblies from the pivot shafts and disconnect the washer hose at the T fitting on the cowl grille. Remove the
cowl top grille (eight screws).

Disconnect the linkage drive arm from the motor output arm crankpin by removing the retaining clip.

Disconnect the right link from the right arm and pivot shaft assembly (one clip), and remove the arm and pivot shaft assembly (three retaining screws).

Remove the three screws retaining the left arm and pivot shaft. Lift out to the right: the pivot shaft and arm, left link and linkage drive arm as one
assembly.

When installing the linkage, install the left pivot shaft and linkage first.


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irreverantScamp
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Joined: 24 Mar 2006
Age: 54
Posts: 1478
Location: A Socialists paradise

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:11 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Washer issue? Mine has never worked.....
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TheRktmn
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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

irreverantScamp wrote:
Washer issue? Mine has never worked.....


Yeah, the squirters stopped working. Pump motor was okay so it had to be the last delay box I put in. Sure 'nuff, had to move the wire.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

took the Eliminator out to local cruise. Haven't had it out for a few weeks. No radio, no clock, no interior lights

What ever happened to that dude that was going to make a plug in fuse box for blade fuses
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TheRktmn
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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:34 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

He has the parts for a prototype, he has the design. He hasn't the time lately. :(
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

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Yesterday was go to the big Pick & Pull about an hour south of here. I was looking for electric fan options, measurements and ideas. I have not had an overheating issue with the 460 before, but I want to be able to drive it to some shows, parades, etc and if getting hot is going to be an issue I want to know what some of my options are.

Today was crawl under the car day.
- Changed vacuum modulator on C6 to a higher performance 'black stripe' unit. ( http://www.americanpowertrainwarehouse.com/c6-transmission-modulator-push-in-black-stripe-adjustable-fits-72-ford-d3tz-7a377a/ ). This was fun as ATF came slurping out & I realized I had just removed a black stripe modulator. Getting old and forgetful sucks. Put new one in out of spite, then saw modulator rod stuck in old modulator. Repeated ATF draining and modulator swapping.

- Started to hook up highfalutin Lokar kickdown cable for Ford C6. Found that the $80 price tag does not come with an end to fit Ford carburetors. After a moment I ordered an OEM style one from Kickdown Rods Galore & More. ( http://www.kickdownrods.com/ )

- Started the day by discovering that I had already wrapped the header & pipe alongside starter. Then discovered that I had TWO starter heat-shields to install. Of course the one made for Ford mini starters didn't fit so I went with the blanket for GM style starters. Fit great. Another .

I did discover one thing right away and that made me very happy (and thus able to deal with the doesn't fit issues). It appears that I can drop the oil pan without pulling the motor & transmission! The 460 sits about an inch higher and it looks like if I take out the bolt-in cross member and drop the steering linkage the pan will fall straight out. Happy days since I have been wanting to remove the windage tray that eats dipsticks and ESPECIALLY the high volume oil pump that eats distributors.
I won't do it until after Tulsa unless I have to.

The rebuilt low fuel sensor / sending unit works great too.

I have decided to pull the intake and fix that danged oil leak while the radiator is drained and I have to wait for the gaskets to get here next week so tomorrow I will start doing some interior stuff. Radio back to original AM-8track, dash speakers install, sail panels, package tray... Oh, and do a permanent P002 installation and rewire the MSD to it.
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