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G68
FNG Curbster


Joined: 05 May 2012
Age: 57
Posts: 269
Location: OFallon Missouri

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

I went out to the garage to look at the '68 wishing this nasty weather here would clear up. It's been wet and frickin' dreary here for the last week
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TheRktmn
Original Curbster


Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 57
Posts: 8037
Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:30 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Got the rest of the parts I ordered, looks like I have to start putting her back together.
I even ordered the new powermaster high torque starter to replace the no name mini starter I got off eBay 10+ years ago.
The new package tray from JCC looks awesome. Much heavier too. Hope it fits right. His stuff is usually very good.
So, no more excuses. It's time to start getting dirty & get her running.
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TheRktmn
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 57
Posts: 8037
Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

P001 is installed along with replacement gauge harness. It's not much, but it's an accomplishment and it takes a line off the list.

Baby steps...
(^ what movie is that from?)
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TheRktmn
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 57
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

I had forgotten about the tail light covers until I opened the trunk and saw them there. So I bit the bullet and figured out how to install them.
Not a bad job, really - once I figured out that I had to cut & bend in certain places....
They do look nice once installed, though.




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mo2872
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Joined: 26 Oct 2007
Age: 2017
Posts: 2209
Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

TheRktmn wrote:

Baby steps...
(^ what movie is that from?)


What is, 'What About Bob', Alex. I'll take "Who Said It" for $1000..........

Who is, Bill Murray, Alex.
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I really like your sister, but your mom does that thing with her tongue.....
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TheRktmn
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Age: 57
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Check out the intake ports - think she wants some air?



THOSE are why I was running a 14x4" air filter.


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TheRktmn
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:23 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Darned ol' made in china Dorman thermostat housing doesn't 'quite' fit. Holes are a tick too close together. Apparently when converting standard measurements to metric close is close enough.
Had to machine the holes a bit to make it fit. Danged thing better not leak!
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TheRktmn
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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Making progress




Turns out I need a different throttle cable bracket so the firing up will have to wait a few more days.

Plenty of other stuff to do in the meantime.

Next I will swap the starter then crank it over w/o the distributor cap to check for fuel and leaks.

I am holding off putting in the new distributor until I get it running again. It ran with the ignition like it is so I will make sure the fuel system is up to snuff before I make ignition changes.

As a side note:
While the intake was off I cleaned up the wiring, re-routed some, replaced some, etc. One of the reroutes was running the distributor pigtail under the bypass hose between water pump and intake. It looks a lot better (cleaner) now, but now I will have to cut the pigtail to remove the distributor because the plug is too big to fit between the intake and water pump!
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TheRktmn
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Age: 57
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:57 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Car Porn:



On the bright side?
As you know, I have been chasing an annoying 'klunking' sound for years. It was definitely a rotating klunk and we thought it was the harmonic balancer, the water pump, the power steering pump, the crank brushing against the windage tray, loose torque converter bolts, bent flexplate and the torque converter itself.... Today the mystery is solved.

I took out the old starter and just for giggles reached in and wiggled the flexplate. And it moved. Back and forth. Klunk...klunk...klunk... And the motor wasn't moving at all... Loose flexplate bolts. Time to pull the transmission...
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TheRktmn
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Age: 57
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Put in new starter (need it to turn motor to remove torque converter nuts & check for fuel / leaks).
New starter spins that thing over, well, like a normal starter turns a normal SBF.
Battery was getting low, still managed to crank it. That's a good thing.

So, checked for fuel delivery and leaks. Had a couple of small fuel dribbles around carb - the normal tighten the fittings stuff.
The new fuel pump works, the new filter filters and the new carb fills with fuel. The new balancer rotates and nothing has fallen off or bound up.

I can't fire it up yet (well, I could, but I want it to be complete) because I need a throttle cable bracket. I had modified mine to work on the Edelbrock, then the Holley. There's no more mods left in it for the Summit. That should be here mid week.

Installed new door tag from Kevin Marti - I had forgotten I even got one to replace the original that the #$%^&* body shop painted over. Looks great. Now I can tell people 'it's just a little H code'.

Guess I will work on the interior next. Sail panels, package tray and radio all need replacing.

Once I get it running I will decide if I am going to tear it down to replace the flexplate/bolts before Tulsa in 3 weeks.

Done for the day.
Just finished installing the original AM / 8-Track radio. I had it 'updated' to AM-FM-Aux and lost the 8-track functionality. Now I can plug in my MP3 player or phone or whatever. He did a really nice job, sounds fantastic. Replaced all 5 push buttons and included some extra ones in the box.
Mike at Resto Radio did it:



I have an old 8-track cartridge I am going to hollow out to put the MP3 player in so it's not obvious.

I guess that's it for today.
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