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Topics - 85CougarCobra

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User Rides / Cats
Pretty nice day the other day, especially for late December.  One cat made it outside for a little ... the other ... well ... not so much ...
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / Driver seat manual seat track
Selling a driver side manual seat track.  It's not in best cosmetic shape, but it works.  I wire brushed it to clean up some of the rust.  Came out of a junk yard car that I needed the seat base from.  $25 and shipping from the Lancaster, PA area (17601).
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / Center Consoles (1-Navy, 1-Charcoal)
Cleaning out some parts and have two 87-88 style center consoles to get rid of.  Make me an offer and cover shipping from the Lancaster, PA area (17601).

The navy blue one has the traditional broken tabs where it connects to the dash and the small cross "beam" that connects left to right in the front ashtray area.

The gray one was originally raven in color but was painted dark gray/charcoal (a little lighter than raven) with a high quality plastic interior specific paint from LMR (https://lmr.com/item/MET-FV19K/84-86-mustang-interior-paint-kit-dark-gray-svo-gray).  One of the front tabs is broken, but other than that, it is in excellent shape.  The rear ashtray/light switch panel is actually a new NOS piece.
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User Rides / New Addition
Well, the long search is over.  I've been on the look out for a Cougar convertible for 2+ years and have finally purchased one.  There were several other opportunities along the way that just never panned out for one reason or another ... but "Blanche" (80's Golden Girls inspired) is finally a member of the family.  She was an Arizona car for most/all of her "productive" life and was then purchased by a Texas family who collects Cougars (all generations and rare ones at that) in 2001.  Since that time, she has only had about 1,000 miles put on her and has spent most of her time stored on a lift collecting dust.  She's not much to look at right now, but we'll get her cleaned up and back in action in time.   This is a shot of her as delivered in our driveway this past Thursday.
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Engine Tech / Front Accessory Drive Modifications
I haven't had working A/C since swapping in the 5.0 a decade plus ago ... a lot of the parts have just remained as place holders.  I decided I was going to try to clean some stuff up and overhaul all of my front accessory drive components.  So, in no particular order:

-3G alternator upgrade
-Smog pump and associated values/plumbing deleted
-A/C delete and relocation of power steering pump
-Underdrive pullies
-Polish belt tensioner and swap idler pulley
-Electric fan
-Powder coat brackets

I went to a small local car show this past Saturday and then started the tear down when I got home.  I got just about everything removed from the car.  Modified the alternator bracket and test fit the 3G.
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Misc Tech / Electric Fan Opinions
Considering swapping to an electric fan set up.  Just wanted to get opinions on what folks have used and how happy (or unhappy) you are with it.
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General Fox T-Bird/Cougar Discussion / Good Score
Found a Craigslist ad the other day for a guy parting out an '85 Turbo Coupe, somewhat close by, and decided to check it out.  I just missed out on getting a spare turbo front bumper, but I was able to pull almost all of the charcoal interior.  The front seats were already gone, but I took just about everything else that wasn't Tbird specific (since I have a Cougar).  I'm sure others have similar "color" problems, but '85 Charcoal is getting to be a tough interior to find (at least for me).  The color was used in '83 and '84, but those are a different overall interior from '85 up ... in '86 the color switched to the darker "Smoke" color ... close to charcoal, but definitely darker when you put two panels up against one another.  I usually run into the lighter gray for the '85 up interiors.  Anyways ... made my day to find this ... even more so at $60 for everything (ignore the exhaust in the photo and the dog's pink ape ... lol).  The dash was a bear to get out with all the wiring in a pretty optioned out car, but amazingly enough, it was un-cracked ... I'm afraid to even look at it the wrong way because I can tell it's brittle in the usual spots.
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars WANTED / Under car parts wanted
Located in Pennsylvania and willing to make a small day trip for two items if someone has them.  Looking for an 87/88 gas tank shield/cover and then the small crossbar that runs under the rear seats and the exhaust passes through.  I have some salvage cars around here, but most are sitting on the ground and inaccessible underneath.
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Misc Tech / Rear Underbody Resto/Gas Tank Install
Well ... the car has been out of commission for over a year now.  It wouldn't start one day and I eventually diagnosed a fuel pressure issue.  Pulled the tank to find the fuel hose inside of the tank had split and thus not allowing the system to build much/any pressure.  In classic "while I'm at it" fashion, I decided to take it further ...

Once I pulled the tank, I figured it was a good time to address some corrosion on the underside of the car.  A little history ... my parents bought the car brand new around Christmas of '84 and pretty much gave it to me when I graduated from high school in '97.  It needed some minor stuff at the time, but they gifted it to me versus trading it in on their next vehicle, and I worked on addressing the minor stuff it needed.  The "bad" thing in all of this was that we lived in northern lower Michigan at the time ... a place where winter can last months (from October to May one year while we lived there).  The car got driven in plenty of foul weather and was exposed to a lot of salty roads.  I tried to keep it clean and wash it, but there's only so much you can do when it's below freezing.  I undercoated it at least twice, but I knew I was just covering up some of the issue.

So ... with the tank out, I decided I would scrape and chisel off all of the undercoating (from the rear seats back) and wire wheel any rusty areas I came across to clean them up.  I then used the POR-15 three part process to address the rust and re-coat the underside of the car.  After all of the wire wheeling, I degreased the underside, rinsed it, then treated it with a metal prep solution that etches the metal and leaves a white residue in the diseased areas.  When that's all done, you rinse it all off again and let it dry.  These areas aren't horrible, but here's a little of what it looked like before I started the painting process:
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Lounge / Decided to spruce up the garage a little ...
Did some painting last fall, still need to finish the ceiling and do some touch up, but decided I would try to put some "vintage" ads on display as well.  My antenna is in the way of the first one.
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / 87-88 Turbo Coupe front seat upholstery
Selling the factory front seat upholstery out of an 87-88 Turbo Coupe.  Dark blue, but has the usual fading.  Includes headrest cover, seat back cover, seat base cover, pull out knee bolster, and dark blue plastic seat belt bracket and seat back release surround and lever.  Asking $50 + shipping.  Make me an offer, I have no plans to use these and don't want to just throw them away if someone can use them.  Can provide better pics if needed, sorry, poor lighting.
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / Passenger side Corbeau seat track for sale - $25 plus shipping
Passenger side manual seat track.  Basically new, bought, installed in car, didn't care for the position/feel of the seats so pulled them back out.  I only bought the passenger side to test the fit before buying the drivers side, so this is the only one I have.  Fits Fox Tbird/Cougar and some LTD's.  I don't have any plans for it so hoping someone here might want it  instead of it collecting dust in my basement.