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Thread: My 86 Cougar (2.3T swapped) thread (long and lots of pics)

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    You know, with what I know now, I have to agree with you. I was young and pretty limited on tools, but if I had to do it over again I would swap the glass out.
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    Live and learn , I can sympathize I have done my share of making things harder than they had to be
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    Small update. This last weekend I changed the valve cover gasket and put new of those plastic plugs in the drivers side power window motor. No more oil leak and the window works again!

    1986 Mercury Cougar - 2.3T/T5 swap, TC brakes and suspension and rearend, 3" exhaust, 255 lph fuel pump, Stinger BOV, Gillis MBC @ 18 psi
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    Nice one piece gasket.Leave the cover off so you can always see it when you open the hood.LOL.
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,TMoss GT-40 intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,70mm t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster 40's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels,Mass Air, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loaded87IROC View Post
    My VAM and air filter are missing! I didn't notice until after the truck was gone. I am going to go ahead and say it probably fell off with a good bump in the 1200 miles it took for the car to get here, but it was on there pretty well. I guess it's not a big deal, just sucks that I have to replace them now.
    Are you going with a factory air cleaner or an aftermarket one? If you're going with a stock one and if they're the same as the 87/88 Turbo Coupe, then I've got one you can have.
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    I am going to go with a K&N cone filter right on the VAM. Thanks for the offer though, I do appreciate it.
    1986 Mercury Cougar - 2.3T/T5 swap, TC brakes and suspension and rearend, 3" exhaust, 255 lph fuel pump, Stinger BOV, Gillis MBC @ 18 psi
    2003 Chevy Suburban Z71 - Daily driver
    2015 Chevy Volt - Wife's daily driver

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    Did a little more work to the car yesterday. I finally got rid of the column shifter (sorry Watchdevil!) It was a huge pain to get rid of it. I tried knocking the pin out to get the shift lever out but that pin just would not come out no matter what. I tried knocking it out from the top and bottom and it wouldn't budge. I eventually ended up cutting the shaft just bellow the shift lever with a hacksaw (took forever) and then pulling the shaft out through the engine bay. Not fun but at least its done. The bar weighed in right at 5 pounds, so I am happy with it.

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    2003 Chevy Suburban Z71 - Daily driver
    2015 Chevy Volt - Wife's daily driver

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    Did you also get the suspension parts off the 2.3?

    Any plans for paint, or are you looking for a hood off a silver car?

    Those hub caps were teh ghey, glad you went with something else.
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    I didn't get any of the suspension parts from the XR7. It was stolen from next to my house before I could get the suspension, exhaust(only have up to the cat,) trunk lid, rear end, and tail lights. The thing that makes the most mad is that instead of the traction lok 3.45 I'm supposed to have, I have the stock open rear end with 2.73s. I bet this car is a dog down low right now (I haven't driven it yet.)

    I have no current plans for paint. Maybe eventually when I get the car to a power level that makes me happy I will look into paint. I am keeping my eyes open for a TC hood but not too worried about it because I will probably be going with a front mount intercooler.
    1986 Mercury Cougar - 2.3T/T5 swap, TC brakes and suspension and rearend, 3" exhaust, 255 lph fuel pump, Stinger BOV, Gillis MBC @ 18 psi
    2003 Chevy Suburban Z71 - Daily driver
    2015 Chevy Volt - Wife's daily driver

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    Lookin' good with the wheels and shifter removal!

    Does make me wonder if the filter and whatnot fell off in the road, or in the truck driver's hand before the trip started...

    Glad to see it coming along so nicely
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