New Cougar owner

The last of the fire breathing big block Cougars were built in 1971. They featured the 429 Cobra Jet engine, and carried one of the highest factory horsepower ratings (370!) of any Cougar ever built. Sadly the times were not right and only a handful were built. The '71 Cobra Jet Registry is maintained by Mitch Lewis.
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Post by muppet501st » 28 Aug 2018, 00:38

Marti report received.
Looks like only 16 were ordered for overseas
Had a few options added
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Post by muppet501st » 02 Sep 2018, 22:49

Have the cougar at home now.
Son made a little film of the special occasion :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0JtCY7Xsms&t=256s

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Post by muppet501st » 01 Nov 2018, 15:34

a little update. As the engine was removed from the car, and heads were stipped and the previous owner wasnt sure why it was out, I pulled the bottom end apart. No8 big end bearings, fell out of the cap when bolts undone. I think that was the reason the engine was out. All other's were fine. Sent the engine and heads to machine shop.
Good news no cracks in head/crank/block. But because of the scoring from no8 big end, crank needing regrinding- no 20thou under. Also bores needed re-boring- so new pistons - 30thou over now. Have ordered all new parts and have the engine back now, but wont be rebuilding to i pick up some parts when im over in the states in Feb. Shipping and tax to Australia is a killer.

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Post by Al Bundy » 01 Nov 2018, 20:51

I’m not sure what it is, but I find RHD conversions fascinating. Especially when they’re well done.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Post by R Code » 02 Nov 2018, 07:27

Cool project!

PS - historical note: I went to college at Rutgers in Newark, just a few blocks from the dealer's address. Not sure it was ever an actual dealership, more like an export office maybe, given the proximity to the ports @ Newark.
- Chris

1967 Std 4 speed conversion
1969 XR-7 "R Code" Convertible
1989 Merkur XR4Ti

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