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Sat Jun 4, 2011, 8:50 PM

As many of you already know.... I love cars.

A lot.

I've been putting a lot of thought into getting a project car.  That is still a good ways off since the new computer has GOT to come first but I was curious to know, how many of you guys out there work on/ want to work on cars?  

The car I've been looking for is a Mercury Cougar, anything between the years 1967 and 1969.  I've found a few in my area but both are the 289... the smallest engine you could get in the damn thing.  I want something a bit bigger...  Anyway, my own car actually started my love of the Mercury Cougar.  Mine is a 1999 model.  Not very powerful but it's cute, sporty, handles the country roads out here pretty well, and my favorite color EVER (RED! :D )  I loved my car so much that I decided to look into the history a bit.  It disappointed me a bit to find that my car... I have the biggest engine in it you could get, which is nothing but a wimpy 170 hp, 2.5 liter V6.  Turning into the car enthusiast that I am, that... made me sad.  It also disappointed me a bit to find that the car I own now wasn't even supposed to be called the Cougar.  It was originally intended to be a 3rd generation Ford Probe.  I started looking backwards in time from there to see just what my car was supposed to have been the successor of.

So, the Cougar started out in the late 60's and it's basically a "luxury" version of the Ford Mustang more features on the inside though.  As a matter of fact,  the engines are very similar if not the same and the wheel base of the two cars only differs by 3 inches.  I had always had a thing for classic Mustangs but they lost a little of their glow when I realized everyone and their brother owned a mustang in some way shape or form.  The 70's cougar was... ick... I saw one at a place called "Streetside Classics." That thing was a BOAT and absolutely hideous.  I wasn't crazy over the models in years after that either.  To be quite honest, the first model and the last model are the best looking ones.  I've been trying to find an old '67-'69 Cougar at the Auto Fair but of the two times I've been there, I never saw one.  Saw nearly every other one though.  Now I've decided that if I want to really see one, it will have to be mine.

Maybe I'll get there one of these days.  I really hope so.  I've been debating on taking a few classes at a local community college for this type of hobby.  Unfortunately, even though I can talk cars and work on them a little, I can only do so to an extent.  I'm alright with them but I feel like before tackling a project like this I need to know more.  


So anyway, how many other artists out there share this passion for cars?  I'm curious.

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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Digital Artist
^^ thanks for the advice, it's really helpful.

Yeah rust is always a problem. It's not so bad down here since it rarely snows so we don't get the roads salted very much. I remember shopping for a used car, my dad always told me not to get a car from up north because of how badly rusted the underside gets. Rural areas out here you find a lot of nice cars too xD. I'm sorta from the countryside and my uncle knows quite a few people that don't use the internet to list cars they may sell so I have him keeping an ear out for me on any nice classics that might be for sale for a reasonable price.

My boyfriend was even nice enough to order me a catalog for Cougar parts xD Having support is nice too.
KyleAndTheClassics Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love cars, to be honest Canada is the place to look for Mercury's, we are the only country to get Mercury trucks (if you see one outside of Canada it was exported from Canada). If you want a project Cougar, you have to go hunting out of urban areas to the country side, then you can find car goldmines!

If you do happen to find a Cougar you like, the first things you want to check is the floorboards and frame, especially with pony cars, because they were built with the uni-body system, which means that the frame and floors are one combined system, unlike other cars of the era that sit on top of the frame and are 2 separate pieces. If the floorboards have holes, that means the floors need to be replaced, and same thing with the frame, but the frame is a more important piece to the cars strength. Also check the firewall, inside and out, trunk area and door frames.

Another thing you'll want to check is the body, look for damage, rust and bondo areas (to find this (if you don't see any areas of bondo) you knock on the metal until it doesn't sound like your typical metal knock).

I hope this helps, I also am getting a 1967 Mercury Cougar with a 289 automatic. Want to know anything I'll try to help.
SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Digital Artist
ack, I replied but I forgot to reply to this post in particular . x_x oops.
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