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mo2872
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Joined: 26 Oct 2007
Age: 2017
Posts: 2177
Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

good work.

No news from the House of Heap, unfortunately. :cry:
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TheRktmn
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 56
Posts: 7937
Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Installed new throttle bracket, return springs and kick-down brackets. Everything fit nice, new kickdown rod looks kick ass.


I am so bummed about having to pull the transmission I am grasping at any little task to keep me interested. Otherwise I will be driving the GP up to the Tulsa show.


Tomorrow I will have Cheryl help me check the throttle throw.

I did receive the jack extenders I ordered for my floor jack and they look good. At least raising it up high enough to work on will be easier. I hope to do the flex plate bolts this weekend but need the trans jack to do the job. Supposedly it shipped Tuesday and I have a FedEx tracking number saying it will be delivered Friday (tomorrow), but also saying it hasn't been picked up yet.

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johnboy
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Joined: 27 May 2011
Age: 2017
Posts: 571
Location: Rouyn-Noranda, Qc

1968 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

thinking about it for one . Saw a small puddle of green stuff under the rad. Probably need to find what needs tightening, or which clamp needs replacing.
Il will be plated on may 1st, and just might take off on my yearly 1000 mile trip (to Gatineau and Ottawa.)
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Wombat
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 68
Posts: 1241
Location: Brisbane, Australia


PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Had a discussion with my advisers on the design of the base bracket for console armrest on the 68 (cuase the aftermarket ones don't fit the Cougar XR7 console). Only advice they could give was "woof, woof"
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irreverantScamp
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Joined: 24 Mar 2006
Age: 54
Posts: 1479
Location: A Socialists paradise

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

I actually had mine out for a short drive on the 2nd. It needs some attention. Lost the speedo gear in the T5. Got a TERRIBLE case of the "don'wanna's". As in, I don'wanna drop the transmission to fix it.
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mo2872
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Age: 2017
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Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Shouldn't have to drop it to fix that.......unless by 'lost' you mean it fell off the cable and into the trans??
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TheRktmn
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Age: 56
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Pulled out the ol' C6 today. :ugh:

Flexplate bolts were all tight, in fact I had to use an impact gun to get them out. Why did you take them out? you ask...



That ring around the outside of the bolt holes isn't supposed to be there - that is a crack.

O.o

So... a new flexplate has been ordered, due here Tuesday or Wednesday, so Thursday. I ordered the right one. The broken flexplate was externally balanced, my motor is internally balanced. I guess I am lucky it didn't hose all kinds of things (like trans front pump & input shaft or seal). I wonder if that's the odd vibration I had around 2200 RPM...?

Since it's up in the air and not going anywhere anyway I will change the oil pump tomorrow.
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Wombat
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Lucky find ...
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TheRktmn
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Age: 56
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Yup. Sure glad I decided to swap the starters before going to Tulsa - I almost didn't.
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TheRktmn
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Age: 56
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Drop steering @ idler arm,
Remove bottom cross brace @ lower control arms,
Drain oil,
Rotate oil filter adapter and remove oil filter,
lower front sway bar,
remove a ton of bolts,
Remove oil pan.

Remove oil pump. Find shaft keeper. Remove windage tray. Start scraping gaskets.

Tomorrow I will clean things up and start reassembly. I should have everything but the transmission related stuff done by the time the flexplate gets here.

Luckily I remembered to order some collector gaskets for the exhaust!

One of the best things I ever had done to this car - and I didn't think of it:

My exhaust has ball sockets like stock manifolds on the headers, then header collectors on the muffler exits and tailpipe enterings.



All I do is unbolt this center piece and the exhaust comes out. The tailpipes stay in place. Pretty slick.
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