68 G valance

There were only 619 XR7-Gs built. They were built along side the Shelby Mustang, and were available with every engine and transmission offered in 1968, (except the 427). This was the first Cougar to be a part of the Hertz Rent a Racer program. If you have any information about these rare cats, this is the place to share. The XR7-G registry is maintained by Royce Peterson.
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Re: 68 G valance

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What I've learned from the Shelby and California Special guys is the original, as installed by the factory (A.O. Smith in the case of the Shelbys and Gs) Lucas fog lights have the small black donut shaped grommets where the wires come out of the chrome bodies.

And in fact, because the fog lights were essentially hung upside down on the XR7-Gs and the '69 Shelbys, it became apparent that the black, donut shaped grommets were not able to keep water from leaking inside the lights so the design was updated on later lights. The solution being the grey, cone shaped grommets which sealed better.

It could very well be that your G was taken back to the dealer for the recall at which point the Marchals were replaced with the updated Lucas units - maybe Royce can shed some light.

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If the original Marchal lights were recalled, I doubt that the valance would’ve been changed to properly fit the Lucas lights. The original Lucas light valances were also notched up where the lights were mounted. Only the second generation of the fog light buckets I had made had the mount tab welded (for ease of production and assembly).
A copy of the original window sticker, or Marti version reproduction, will confirm if the car was originally equipped with Rader wheels. It would call out “styled wheels with spoke design”.
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^^^ Correct me if I'm wrong Tony - but the mystery surrounding Tony's Hemisfair G started when the G package and sunroof did not show up on the Marti.

See Don Skinner's book, "The Luxury Sports Car: Mercury Cougar XR7-G" for the full story.

Tony, considering the unusual circumstances surrounding the construction and sale of your G, is Marti even able to supply you with a reproduction window sticker?

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Re: 68 G valance

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The Marchal lamps were originally intended for the Shelby Mustangs. The Lucas lamps were originally intended for the Cougar XR7-G. When several states banned the Marchal lamps, swaps were made. We don't have any documentation of how or where it happened, but there are fairly well documented examples of Shelby Mustangs with Lucas lamps, and Cougar XR7-G's with Marchal lamps, both early and late in the 1968 model year. I suspect that swaps occurred everywhere from the point of manufacture to the individual buyer. There is no pattern to it.

propayne wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 11:24
What I've learned from the Shelby and California Special guys is the original, as installed by the factory (A.O. Smith in the case of the Shelbys and Gs) Lucas fog lights have the small black donut shaped grommets where the wires come out of the chrome bodies.

And in fact, because the fog lights were essentially hung upside down on the XR7-Gs and the '69 Shelbys, it became apparent that the black, donut shaped grommets were not able to keep water from leaking inside the lights so the design was updated on later lights. The solution being the grey, cone shaped grommets which sealed better.

It could very well be that your G was taken back to the dealer for the recall at which point the Marchals were replaced with the updated Lucas units - maybe Royce can shed some light.

- Phillip
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Re: 68 G valance

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Correct Phil. My original Marti report did not include the G package or the sunroof. After the research was done, I did not get a new report. Just a letter from Kevin confirming that the car was a special order and a G. I had hoped for an elite report / thought that was what I had ordered and was getting... but was not the case. It took so long to get what I did that I just gave up. In his defense, both Bullitt Mustangs, Lil Red, and a proto type 71 Boss 302 all turned up during the time I was waiting on the paper work for my car. Guess we were trumped by the Mustangs again. I did get a Marti report for the twin and there are mistakes on it. I am not going to pursue any more paperwork for the car. What I have will do.

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