This is actually the second time around for this car to be in our Project Car garage. The first time was two years ago when it got its mechanical update and modifications. It is a former drag car that has been converted back to the street. It was a little rough around the edges but a blast to drive with its “thumper” 428 CJ engine. It is an original 428 CJ car with factory air and automatic, leather interior and XR7 upgrades.
This time around it is the body that will get the attention and it is going to be a fast redo. We weren’t happy with the cheap paint job that was on it when we purchased the car. It looked great from the grandstands at the drag strip but not up to our standards even for a daily driver (our standards are pretty high). Our plan calls for all of the bolt on sheet metal to be removed and media blasted. They remaining sheet metal will be sanded down and all the panels straightened and smoothed. Every piece of chrome, stainless and aluminum will be redone or replaced. The black vinyl top is perfect so it will stay during the process. All new seals and gaskets will added throughout the body.
While we are at it we will also be detailing the underside of the car and sprucing up the interior a little but keeping the original leather.
Since this car is a former dragster and already has a great suspension modifications such as frame connectors and traction bars along with the 500HP thumper engine we have decided to go the “Day Two” approach with this rare beast rather than the more traditional complete restoration. Since we like to drive cars and sit around and look at them this seems far more practical.
As for tires and wheels, the jury is still out. Should we go with 15″ Magnum 500s with BFG white letters or more modern 17″ dark spoke Torque Thrust style wheels with modern rubber? What would you recommend? Send us an email, just click here.
We have included a few photos of the very first steps in the process but we really hope to also have this car finished and at the Nashville Good Guys show in May parked right next to the soon to be completed Barn Find AMX Project Car.
The Project Day Two Cougar is now off to our friends at Rod and Custom Fabrication for new paint and body work. We will keep you posted on our progress with regular updates over the next few weeks.