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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: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:34 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

I guess I should mention that despite the braking issue it was a pretty good day.
Car starts.
Holds oil pressure.
Makes RPMs.
Throttle opens 100% with pedal.
Thermostat opens at 180.
Cooling system holds pressure.
Cooling system has been flushed and Tefba filter cleaned.
Charging system charges.
All lights, gauges and accessories work.
New starter will turn engine over with no drag even at temperature and 10 minutes after a heatsoak.
Moved forwards and backwards under it's own power.
Last but not least, found the brake issue and it's a fairly easy fix.
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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 20, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Looks like I spoke too soon. That 'easy fix' has been a 3 day pain in the ass.
I had the hose overnighted from NPD in Florida. It arrived, looks great, just like the original, same size hose, fittings, brackets... Perfect!
Remember those nice new stainless steel rear axle brake lines I got from WCCC? Well, the wheel cylinder end is great. The axle distribution ends line up great too, but the f'ing fittings are too large.
Went to local shop, they had fitting & since I don't have a double-flaring tool and they do they offered to install them for me. Not only did they decide that they cannot do it because they are stainless steel, they cut one of the correct wheel cylinder ends as well.
Not a big deal, right? I had to flare two ends anyway...
So, I called NPD with about 30 minutes to spare and get another set of rear axle brake lines (carbon steel this time) shipped to me overnight. In the meantime I figure I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I call around and find a brake shop in Brownwood about 35 miles away that can and will do stainless lines for me. I hop in th car and drive away. He gets two done, then the die cracks on the third one. No big deal, happens all the time. Oops, no more dies, can't get a replacement until tomorrow.
Remember that third fitting that the locals cut off by mistake? You got it, the third fitting.
Looks like the lines from NPD are going to arrive before the shop calls so I will return the stainless steel lines to the WCCC box & put them back on the shelf.

Oh, and look - the weather for Tulsa and surrounding area is severe thunderstorms and large hail. Great, I am busting my ass to get my car to a show so it can be beat to death by hail in the hotel parking lot the night before.
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mo2872
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Joined: 26 Oct 2007
Age: 2017
Posts: 2177
Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:43 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Well, consider this.......your car getting beat by hail should fare better than new stuff! Your steel is thicker!

Bright side, Bob, bright side!
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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: Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:16 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Sorry to hear of the gas problems Bob. Try to salvage a great weekend!
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TheRktmn
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 56
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Location: TX, USA

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Clogged fuel filter. :(

I had one of those new fangled cannot see into billet filters with the micro screen so I had no idea what was going on in there.



The mechanic says the pump is still pumping crap - going to drain the tank tomorrow, flush the lines and stick a camera in the tank.
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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: Tue May 02, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: icon_note does tomorrow count? Reply with quote

appointment for oil change, and check minor transmission and minor coolant leak. (small puddles after hibernation).

Kid brother called this AM, and, since I'm driving the cougar for another 1000 mile trip the next day, offered to help me install the carpet and insulation mat while there.

Yippee, Yappee, AND Yahooey!!!
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mo2872
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Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 2:19 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

I bought a new used hood last Saturday for a SONG compared to WCCC. I'd score it a Grade A-. WCCC grade A hoods are 800 clams! Grade B are 400. So, my un-dented, only two small rust holes in a non-visible area, hood, set me back two Benjamins. I can handle that!
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irreverantScamp
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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

mo2872 wrote:
I bought a new used hood last Saturday for a SONG compared to WCCC. I'd score it a Grade A-. WCCC grade A hoods are 800 clams! Grade B are 400. So, my un-dented, only two small rust holes in a non-visible area, hood, set me back two Benjamins. I can handle that!


Alright, what did I miss? New hood? Why for?
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mo2872
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Location: Tulsa, OK

1968 Mercury Cougar

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

New engine has an air-gap intake, so the carb sticks WAY up high in the sky. So rather than cut up my already painted hood, I got a stand-by one to hack up, and if it turns out ok, then I'll paint it. If things don't go well, I'll revert to "Plan B", which is a new intake, and re-install the non-cutup hood.

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Jan Ove
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Age: 46
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Location: Norway


PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 4:50 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

What engine and carb, airfilter are you running ?

I've got a 302 with Air Gap and a Edelbrock 600 carb, and also have a spacer between carb and intake, 1/2" or 3/4" i think it was, also a walking cat oval air cleaner
When you look at the engine from the side, it looks like the carb and filter is sticking really way up there
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