This Cougar just came out of its den for a little fun. It has been in our storage barn for 18 months and just got a heart transplant. It is an original 428 CJ XR7 which is a good thin in its self. However, it has spent some time on the drag strip in a former life and we decided to keep some of that toughness in it. The new 428 CJ puts out around 470HP and runs through a C6 transmission and 3:50 positraction. The traction bars and frame connectors from the days on the strip remain. We added a full set of KYB shocks and put her back to work.
Now it is time for the next phase in its life. This Cougar is now in the process of being striped and repainted. It will receive all new chrome and a brilliant base coat clear coat paint job. It will look stock on the outside but will be done in the “Day Two” theme. In other words it will be like a gearhead would have owned this car. Back in the day a car like this would not have stayed original, it would have likely had a set of mags, souped up engine and suspension upgrades. Yep, that is what is happening to our Cougar. Stay tuned and check back.
We have the Marti Report on the car as well as the build sheet and are now trying to track down previous owners. The Marti Report shows the following options all of which are still in place.
-Black Vinyl Roof
-Power Front Disc Brakes
-Deluxe Belts/Warning Light
-Door Edge Guards
The Marti Report also states that only 140 Cougars were built with the 428 CJ (non-ram air) and C6 automatic.
The car was built in Dearborn Michigan on October 1, 1968 and sold on June 17, 1969 out of North Florida MTR CO in Jacksonville Florida.
Listen to this kitty purrrrrr, click below for audio.
(Actually I think it is more of a growl than a purr.)
What’s Planned for the Cat?
The body is very, very solid and the interior is in great driver condition and the underside is rust free. The car could be a show car if someone wanted to spend the time on her but this thing is way too much fun to drive so it going to get the “Day Two” driver treatment.
First of all we are going through the interior and replace the carpet, package tray and headliner. Next up will just be some detailing in the interior.
Second will come the underside. It will get scrubbed down, some surface rust remove and then treated to a very light undercoating and painting in appropriate areas.
Third will come the body, it will have the top layers of paint removed, a couple of very small rust eruptions on the door corners removed and patched, some panels aligned, small dings removed and a new coat of factory color and clear coat added.
Not yet sure about the wheels. May get a set of torque thrusts.
We had hoped to have this back on the road in top notch condition with the air conditioning blasting away prior to the Nashville Good Guys show in May of 2012 but like most project cars that did not happen. We also did a date code correct 428 CJ engine transplant and detailed the engine compartment and more so it took a bit longer. The car will be for sale upon completion!