Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by Blitz » 30 May 2017, 10:53

I like the rack & pinion steering idea, that would help a lot. Even with a rebuilt stock setup it seems like you have to hunt back and forth with the wheel a little to stay in your lane.
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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by xr7g428 » 30 May 2017, 11:30

Blitz that is an alignment issue unless you have slop in the steering box. You need to have them add some caster, and also be sure you are running a little toe in, and it will track better.

There is something to be said for the fact that once upon a time these cars were the state of the art and people drove them where ever they wanted to go. I can remember many family vacation trips before AC was common. Crossing the desert meant hanging an evaporative cooler on the rear window and I still have the hemp water bag that was tied infront of the grill. I can remember our first AC equipped car, and then how cool it was to have the AC built into the dash...

What is different now is that back then a lot of driving was on narrow two lanes that had a speed limit of 55 MPH or less and there were tons of road side gas stations that had a "mechanic on duty". Every small town seemed to have Ford dealer. It wasn't uncommon for a radiator hose to blow or a set of points to go out or the engine might develop a miss that called for a set of plugs or wires. It never felt like a crisis, you just hung out at the gas station and drank a couple of Nehi's or a Royal Crown Cola. At least for kid that was what it was like...
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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by badcatt » 30 May 2017, 11:49

xr7g428 wrote:
30 May 2017, 11:30

There is something to be said for the fact that once upon a time these cars were the state of the art and people drove them where ever they wanted to go. I can remember many family vacation trips before AC was common. Crossing the desert meant hanging an evaporative cooler on the rear window and I still have the hemp water bag that was tied infront of the grill. I can remember our first AC equipped car, and then how cool it was to have the AC built into the dash...

What is different now is that back then a lot of driving was on narrow two lanes that had a speed limit of 55 MPH or less and there were tons of road side gas stations that had a "mechanic on duty". Every small town seemed to have Ford dealer. It wasn't uncommon for a radiator hose to blow or a set of points to go out or the engine might develop a miss that called for a set of plugs or wires. It never felt like a crisis, you just hung out at the gas station and drank a couple of Nehi's or a Royal Crown Cola. At least for kid that was what it was like...
As a kid we traveled across the country many times. First time was in 1959. Dad had the 57 Ford 2 door Ranch wagon. I am not sure of the exact route. But Interstate 90 may have been under construction in places. I remember it was mostly 2 lane hi ways.

Later it was in a 1960 Valiant 4 door coupe. We were towing a U-haul with that little econo box. Mom was driving when she hit some Black Ice some place in Wyoming. The car did a full 360 with out hitting anything. With 5 of us in the car I think we had at least 4 crapped pants(figuratively). That spin broke both rear shocks. Dad nursed it in to a bigger town. Found a hotel and dropped the trailer,bumper hitch and the rest of us off to clean up and took the car to the nearest Plymouth dealer and got new shocks under warrantee. I wounder what he told the service writer happened.

I remember him doing points and cleaning plugs on the side of the road in both of those cars when we were traveling. He would do a complete tune up before the trips started, but one would never be certain of how conditions would effect performance. I was surprised at how people in West Virginia drink Dr Pepper. Warm was the preference. I prefer mine ice cold. As kids we met a lot of interesting people in the 9 states we lived in while Dad worked on the Boemarc and Minuteman programs.

P.S. I am looking forward to my adventure driving Ginger to Dearborn. I'm heading out Thursday or Friday(weather dependent)
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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by 9F91H581221 » 02 Oct 2017, 22:56

I've put about 130,000+ miles on the Cougar in my icon. It was nicer with the AOD. Being a Florida car with the heater removed, Michigan in November was downright painful after a few hours.

Recipe for a long drive Cougar?----eh, overdrive. That's about it.

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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

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9F91H581221 wrote:
02 Oct 2017, 22:56
I've put about 130,000+ miles on the Cougar in my icon. It was nicer with the AOD. Being a Florida car with the heater removed, Michigan in November was downright painful after a few hours.

Recipe for a long drive Cougar?----eh, overdrive. That's about it.
My old 65 Mustang had a heater, but it didn't work.
In the winter, drove with snowmobile mittens on.
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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 03 Oct 2017, 08:31

My 73 Spitfire didn't have a heater but then again with the engine so close to the firewall I didn't need one.
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Re: Design the ultimate road trip Cougar

Post by xr7g428 » 03 Oct 2017, 10:43

I can add something new. Hotchkis has a new suspension system that does amazing things for handling with out knocking your teeth out.
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'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
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