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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck W View Post
    Claude!

    Good to see you back in the mix.

    I've been dealing with a thousand other projects, myself, and mine is just sitting in the garage with the ass end in the air.


    Might even be worth pushing it back out to give it a bath. Should roll a little easier with the trans, etc out of it.
    Well if you say so.

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    Now you can throw a cover or something on it if you need to, and not risk all of the crud doing any damage.

    I also vote that you keep it white.
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    The poor night time picture makes it look better than it is. Even scrubbing spots I can’t get all the crud off. Probably come off when I sand it .
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    Have you tried soaking it in Simple Green ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    Have you tried soaking it in Simple Green ?
    As bad as the inside of this things smells i wish I had a swimming pool of simple green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    Have you tried soaking it in Simple Green ?
    I've had a lot of good luck doing that. I bought a gallon jug of Simple Green and a spray bottle from Home Depot. They have spray bottles with a big opening to pour stuff in which is awesome. Fill the spray bottle with full concentration. Walk laps around the car keeping it wet with Simple Green. Grab an old wash rag/mitt/sponge that you don't care about ever reusing and go to down. Try to still keep it wet with Simple Green. If you have a power washer, that will work even better.

    Quote Originally Posted by CougarSE View Post
    As bad as the inside of this things smells i wish I had a swimming pool of simple green.
    I've had some good luck with DampRid buckets to pull the moisture out, and using the baking soda type products for eliminating pet odors. I don't know how bad it is, but that might take the edge off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbird232ci View Post
    I've had a lot of good luck doing that. I bought a gallon jug of Simple Green and a spray bottle from Home Depot. They have spray bottles with a big opening to pour stuff in which is awesome. Fill the spray bottle with full concentration. Walk laps around the car keeping it wet with Simple Green. Grab an old wash rag/mitt/sponge that you don't care about ever reusing and go to down. Try to still keep it wet with Simple Green. If you have a power washer, that will work even better.
    Yup. That's exactly what I meant. Soak it in Simple Green, scrub it down, power wash off. After you get as much off as you can hit the car with some heavier duty polish, like Meguiars Ultimate Compound, on a DA polisher. You might be able to get all the scuzzy stuff off that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerocoupe View Post
    Another vote to keep it white. Is it just me or do the Cougars just look waaaay better than a Bird with the Turbine wheels?
    Not just you, Turbine wheels look the best on Cougars.
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    Motors out! Like riding a bike, I think i had it out in less than an hour!

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    I'm not going to lie, part of me pulled the engine to clean this engine bay up. Looks terrible compared to several on here.

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    Lucky this thing is very sound underneath.

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    Next thing is to buy an engine stand as I don't know where mine is. I plan to tear into the engine and replace the cam and make a few other upgrades, and some paint. I have the explorer intake but I never put the 65mm throttle body on. I really went cheap putting this thing together back in the day, alot of those skipped steps I need to fix now. Several other things I want to replace, new injectors being one of them and all the hoses and O2 sensors. The radiator needs replaced it has several green spots on it, does anyone have any experience with the ebay aluminum radiators?
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    I run the Ebay 3 row aluminum radiator. No issues at all, very sturdy. I use a Taurus electric fan on it. I fabbed aluminum brackets as I hate those stupid zip tie things. When I wired the fan, I installed a plug, that way, when I want to pull the radiator, I simply unplug the fan, unbolt the radiator, and pull it out as an assembly.

    Nice work so far pulling the motor and I'm sure glad you are showing the old Cat some love.

    I'm installing an N41 cam in my engine next week and a different intake, then selling off my Ed Curtis cam and Trick Flow R. We'll see how the new stuff works out.
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