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Old 04-01-2012, 03:30 PM
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That is a good project. I always did like Cougars. A friend of mine had one almost killed in it, that will teach him for messing with another man's wife.
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Been really itching to make something happen on this thing lately, and some stuff has come together which allowed me to. Most importantly I bought a buzz box and got it wired so now I don`t have to borrow the 110 wire welder from work, tack stuff together and then haul it to my buddies house (who moved away anyways) and burn stuff together.

So anyways it needs some engine and trans mounts. I spent a lot of time eyeballing stuff with the engine, trans, and transfer case suspended in place trying to figure out where and how I wanted to mount stuff. Course, it doesn`t help that I stuffed a Ford Dana 60 in there along with a Ford drive train in something that was meant for GM non sense, I wanted every thing lower and farther back than the General intended, and I didn`t really feel like completely refabbing the floor and fire wall that`s in it already.

So, after much thought, I snagged a couple pieces of scrap from work yesterday, and after I tackled the honey dos, I got busy this afternoon.

My buddy who built this thing originally gave me some steel engine mounts for a sbc in a late model roundy rounder.


I tossed an extra set of 80-96 Windsor truck mounts in the wood stove for a while, and then welded the pieces I wanted together.


Then I put the late model mounts on the truck mounts.


I have a piece of three inch c channel that I was going to use frame side, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked that idea. I decided to go with some 2x2 square tube I snagged from work. I cut it how I wanted it, welded some bolts in, they are on the frame well enough to hold up the engine for now, and I`ll gusset them properly when the drive train comes back out.



Well, that`s it for today. Next up I think is a front drive shaft so as to get a better idea of what the tranny cross member is going to have to do.
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Check the fuseable links on the Cougar. I had a 73 Mustang do the same thing
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:24 PM
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I'm liking this thread. But if i tried to bomb around with something like that in my neighborhood, the neighbors would be in the driveway with pitchforks and torches.
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Cougar ended up being a lack of a body ground The po had this car pretty disassembled. How it worked before I have no idea.

Yeah, I`m pretty fortunate in that I live in the country.

I thought a lot about this thing today, and I`m going to clock the t-case up a little to help my drive shaft/cross member clearance and because I don`t like it hanging below the frame. I did a little searching tonight and found a universal clocking ring for $100, and some pics showing how one guy did it himself without a ring, and kept the alignment dowel. I think I`ll go that route.
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cool project.
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Pretty cool Justin....And unique!! I like that...
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Thanks guys. It is a pretty neat ride. It has always garnered attention where ever it`s gone. I remember at the second bog we took it to there was a guy running who was pretty enamored with it. He had a 3/4 ton Chev with a sprint car engine, and now he runs a rail with an aluminum 496.
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Been a quite some time since I`ve done anything with this. Moved it around the yard, kept gathering stuff, went thru a period when life in general had me depressed, and would have sold it if a coworker wasn`t so cheap and thought he was gonna get it for free.

But, it`s now and I still have it. About two weeks ago I got a good running Explorer 5.0. The Explorer had been in my yard since last August for a trans swap. Belonged to my sisters boyfriend. I hauled it to my house, pulled the trans, and hey, he doesn`t have money to fix it. Said he did though, lol.

Anyways, he traded it off to the local buy here/pay here, and never delivered it. I worked out a deal with the owner of the car lot, because well, I grew up around them, and they wanted their Explorer, and got the engine.

So that pretty much kicked everything back into high gear


Over the last few years I have gathered up an 11" clutch and flywheel for a 50 oz imbalance 302, a small block 4x4 T19 trans, remote mount battery cables, another t-case to cut up to clock the one I wanted to use, and other stuff.

In the last two weeks I`ve stripped the 5.0 down, washed it and the trans, built a front driveshaft, and some other stuff. I`m trying to do something to it every night. The engine was a big road block. I think I`ll be able to have it chooching enough to at least move around the yard. I`m tired of seeing it sit.

The 5.0. I got a new throwout bearing, pilot bearing, and rebuild kit for an Edelbrock carb I had on the shelf. A buddy is rebuilding the carb.





I had to cut the floor out because after I clocked the t-case up, and built a driveshaft, the front yoke on the t-case was pointed up, the driveshaft was down, and the angle was BAD. So I manned up, lol.

I clocked the t-case up. This turned out to be a pita that I started about the last time I posted on this. You can buy clocking rings, but they don`t retain the dowel. Guys that are more hardcore then me use them and don`t seem to have a problem, could be a moot point, but I`m anal.

So anyways, initially, I cut the t-case end off of a C-6 trans adapter, and tried to line everything up. No good. Things were just a little off. Could`nt find another T19 adapter, so I took it to a shop and had them weld the dowel hole I drilled closed. I picked up a NP 208, cut the input side of it off, because the t-case has an indexing ring, put it where I wanted, and drilled it. Should have used the drill press, but I was in hurry, and impatient. Lol. It`ll work.



It`s horizantal now, instead of hanging down. Good enough.

With that done I was able to get a measurement for the front driveshaft. I thought I would need a longer one, but oh no. I needed a shorter one. My buddy that built this and had no problems modifying driveshafts has passed, my guy that used to do them for $35 has passed, so I watched some Youtube videos, and manned up, lol. Course, once I cut the floor out and raised the t-case two inches to improve the angle at the t-case u-joint, it`s an inch to short, lol.



On the plus side, I don`t have to modify the trans crossmember that I already started for driveshaft clearance. It`s all about the little things,lol.

So, as of today. Motor mounts. Done. Trans crossmember. Finalized. Have all the pieces, just have to weld it all together. I have the steel to redo the floor, so I`m good there. Have to get paint for the engine, a gasket to swap the intake, a manual trans starter, and some plug wires.

Once the engine, trans, and t-case are in their final home, it`s just a matter of hooking stuff up. So to speak, lol.
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I wanted to update this, even though I don`t log in much anymore. Kind of a see it through to completion thing I suppose. I had about 18 pics to upload, but could only get 6 to complete the process. I`ll select my images, hit submit, it says it`s uploading, then it goes back to the select images screen instead of the process screen, IDK lol. I`ve typed this intro three times, try to paste the BB code, and that function wasn`t highlighted on my tool bar. I just about gave. Some of these pics I apparently uploaded previously, some are the few that would load. You`ll get the idea though.

The trans cross member. It uses the existing GM holes in the frame and a mid 90s Ford truck mount.



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View from the drivers seat. I have matching temp, oil pressure, and tach, and I`m going to build a pod that houses all three plus the switches. I have some stainless steel sheetmetal that I`m going to use, and it`s going to mount about where the temp gauge is currently screwed down.


Tucked in the garage last winter so I could work on it.



Clutch linkage. This is just mockup so I could see if my fantasy would work. I`m going to finish it out with rod ends and tubing.



The Explorer accesory drive. This got swapped out for the accesory drive off of a 94 F-150 because I am running a 3G with a self exciting regulator, and that hit the valve cover. That required stripping it down to the block and swapping everything from the timing cover forward. It also required a notch in the frame to clear the power steer pump because the Explorer stuff is tall and slim like a model, and the F-series stuff is short and fat like a Tower girl, lol.



Flo-tech 93 5.8 headers on GT-40p heads. I had to put 90* boots on some of the plug wires to clear them, and dimple some tubes, and cut and grind a spark plug socket to get #4 plug out. #7 plug boot is against the header tube also, but a 90* boot and some more dimpling should fix that.



I moved the battery from the passenger side foot well to above the rear axle. I have a hold down bracket, just haven`t finished it yet.



FINALLY in June of this year it was at a point where it could start and move itself out of the garage so I could do a little clean up. What a milestone that was. Throttle linkage was built, electric fuel pump and the lines were on, rear axle was bolted in, the new floor frame was done, brakes were hooked up. And I smashed my pinky between the shift knob and the dash bar trying to get it into creeper when I pulled it back into the garage. I still need to heat and bend that shifter lever some more lol.


Here you can see the exhaust that is done. 2 1/2" with Summit brand Flowmaster one chamber mufflers. The new seats I bought from Summit, the 5 point harnesses. I had one, had to buy another, the bars that support the radiator hoop, and oh yeah, the newest granddaughter born October 1st. My daughter is doing her best to bring her up right, wouldn`t you say? The two older girls love it also.



And one of it out and about. I was going to run some 35" Swampers that came with it, but my buddy messed up the beads when he dismounted them so they need tubed, and I only have two 8 lug 15" wheels, so I was running it around on some bald 315/16s on stock steel wheels for rollers. These 42x15 Swampers on 32 bolt beadlocks popped up on Craigslist. I let the guy sit on them for a few days, then cannon balled over to Traverse City (2 1/2 hours one way) one Friday night after work. I could care less about the bead locks, but hey, there they are. I kind of took it from "Gee don`t want to break anything, do ya??", to welp, what am I gonna break next lol.



So at this point it needs rear shocks installed, the rear axle welded, the front axle rebuilt (the truck it was hooked to when I got in 2005 hadn`t moved since the 80s and the pinion bearings let me know they are unhappy), The fans wired, and the floor above the trans finished once I get some t-case linkage on it. I made the part the seats bolt to removable so I can work on it, and I`m going to do the same with the floor above the trans.

I`m going to put head/taillights and turn signals on it, and an ORV sticker and call it a side by side when I get pulled over on the back roads on the way to our favorite lake/campground. 5.13 gears are also in it`s future.

I`ve also considered repainting it. First idea was a red chassis, white body, and blue drivetrain, than I thought about painting it like Milners coupe from American Grafitti, but I think I`ll just leave it the way it is.

Oh, and the carb is a pile of crap. Gotta do something about that.

Oh, and I`m also thinking about building another one lol. At this point I`m thinking 80-96 F-150 4x4 chassis with two bench seats so we can all ride in it. We`ll see.
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