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Project Evolution *** Project Complete **** Wednesday July 9, 2014

Well, It all begins this week.
I had a couple hours today to do some work on my baby. Monday was going to be the official start of the car rebuilding but I couldn't wait until then. So here's a couple pre-project pics.

Here's a before, for those who haven't seen it

yet





and here's the floor in mid cut



inside rocker cut , still needs more



here's a view from the outside rocker looking into the car.
you can see through the pass. side window from here
hey, there's the e-brake cable




here's some prefab metal work where the wheel well meets the floor and rocker



inside view of outer rocker front




I figured there would have been more rust inside the frame. just some surface rust.
so anyway, the floor is already bent up and ready to be cut to size.
the inside rocker will be cut out where rotted. and a new piece welded along side the old one for added strength.
everything will be blasted and encapsulated before and after the new pieces are welded in

I'm glad the pass. side is in a lot better shape

monday starts my 2 week car body rebuild.
I should have new pics  every evening. ---If everything goes well.
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***** Project "EVOLUTION" 1987 Cougar LS  & 1985 Cougar Convertible *****
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5.0 HO 306 roller block, machined GT-40P heads, Wiseco dished forged pistons, Eagle forged floating I-beam connecting rods, Lunati pushrods, ARP bolts, Scorpion aluminum 1.6 rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 266HR, Explorer intake, 65mm TB, MAF Conversion, 19# injectors, Ford Racing stainless P-headers, 2-1/2" cat-less exhaust w/ Flowtech Afterburner mufflers , SC AOD with 2800 BDR torque converter, 3.73 T-Lok rear, CHE rear control arms, full 2-1/2" frame w/1" jacking rails & seat supports, Rear disk brakes, Turbine wheels, All original interior w/ floor shift upgrade .......
Pretty much every panel on my 87 is new, rebuilt, or re constructed. :D
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Reply #1
You're the man!! Way to save a Fox instead of scrapping it. Of course, it's easy for me to say when you're the one doing all of the work. Anyway, I'll be looking forward to seeing the updates.
1987 Turbo Coupe - Son's car
1987 Super Coupe - Son's project car
1934 Ford - My project car

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Reply #2
daminc , just one step at a time and you'll see your (Cougar LS) will be reborn again. lol :cougarsmily:

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Reply #3
keep up the good work
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Reply #4
WOW, that makes my 85 Cougar look mint and not so bad of a restoration....  Maybe I should reconsider scrapping it.....

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WOW, that makes my 85 Cougar look mint and not so bad of a restoration.... Maybe I should reconsider scrapping it.....


lets have a look.

It just takes a little patience.  and a place to do it

We'll have to get together some day. we're only about 20 mins. from each other
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***** Project "EVOLUTION" 1987 Cougar LS  & 1985 Cougar Convertible *****
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5.0 HO 306 roller block, machined GT-40P heads, Wiseco dished forged pistons, Eagle forged floating I-beam connecting rods, Lunati pushrods, ARP bolts, Scorpion aluminum 1.6 rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 266HR, Explorer intake, 65mm TB, MAF Conversion, 19# injectors, Ford Racing stainless P-headers, 2-1/2" cat-less exhaust w/ Flowtech Afterburner mufflers , SC AOD with 2800 BDR torque converter, 3.73 T-Lok rear, CHE rear control arms, full 2-1/2" frame w/1" jacking rails & seat supports, Rear disk brakes, Turbine wheels, All original interior w/ floor shift upgrade .......
Pretty much every panel on my 87 is new, rebuilt, or re constructed. :D
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Reply #6
yeah I'd be up for that, but it is a little further then 20 minutes, I am about an hour away from the peace bridge.

I will get some pics today of the floor pan in mine, Mine is covered in rust but the holes are nowheres near that size.....  I have almost all the good metal I need to weld it back up, except the floor pans, may just fabricate something like you are doing...

Keep up the good work, you have given me a renewed inspiration in my restoration....  Thanks.

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Reply #7
WOW! that is ALOT worse than my 84. Now maybe i should save the 84. But also i know i have a new project on my hands. But yeah time and money is the key. Good luck and looks good so far.
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Got that fox rash again!

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yeah I'd be up for that, but it is a little further then 20 minutes, I am about an hour away from the peace bridge.

I'm about 5 min from the Queenston/Lewiston bridge if thats closer
and about 20 min from the peace bridge
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***** Project "EVOLUTION" 1987 Cougar LS  & 1985 Cougar Convertible *****
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5.0 HO 306 roller block, machined GT-40P heads, Wiseco dished forged pistons, Eagle forged floating I-beam connecting rods, Lunati pushrods, ARP bolts, Scorpion aluminum 1.6 rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 266HR, Explorer intake, 65mm TB, MAF Conversion, 19# injectors, Ford Racing stainless P-headers, 2-1/2" cat-less exhaust w/ Flowtech Afterburner mufflers , SC AOD with 2800 BDR torque converter, 3.73 T-Lok rear, CHE rear control arms, full 2-1/2" frame w/1" jacking rails & seat supports, Rear disk brakes, Turbine wheels, All original interior w/ floor shift upgrade .......
Pretty much every panel on my 87 is new, rebuilt, or re constructed. :D
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Reply #9
Wow, good luck with the project. I give you a lot of credit for attacking this and you're doing a great job so far.

I had a '76 Camaro that rotted out much the same way on both the driver and passenger side. I wanted to save that car but every metal body panel was rotted through along with the dash and cowl so it was sold for parts :(

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Reply #10
***********Today's update********************

Today I spent a couple hrs. working on my baby.
here's what I did ......

fitted and cut the floor pans I bent up the other day
you can see the inner rocker repair in the 2nd pic




the white around the patch is from media blasting the rust




Here's another shot of the inner rocker



Bent up one of these this morning





Here's a shot of a dry fit on the car over the existing one.
I couldn't make the 1/4" step in the rocker so I ran a 1/4" bead down it where the step would be. I don't think anyone will notice.




I'll have to put the quarter on before the rocker. or at the same time.
the quarter panels are from a TC (thanks to a friend with a last minute idea) so it has to be cut below the body line where the stripe is on my car. the door jamb will be replaced with the red one  and spliced in next to the side window.The panel will have to be cut and spliced just behind my back lights because the cougars wrap around farther then the TC's.
not my favorite thing to do, but you have to use what you can find, seeing birds are easier to find then cougars. esp. 87-88s



the panel will be separated from the well with some of the bracing. some will be cut out of my car to make it easier to replace.
I'll post pics of that job. should be next on the list.
this will give you an idea of what's in there



took care of some other rust problems.




here's a shot of the good rocker on the pass. side




and the hole to patch on the pass. side floor



I guess, not a bad day for a couple hrs. I'm juggling my car rebuild with the last of the house remodeling. so it might take a few days longer on the car then i figured.
I'll finish dry fitting  and weld the patches including repair the pass. side floor before the quarters get cut off.

I know someone has to have a question after all that. lol

and yes I have pics of how i made the rocker if anyone wants to know how.---Its pretty easy
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***** Project "EVOLUTION" 1987 Cougar LS  & 1985 Cougar Convertible *****
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5.0 HO 306 roller block, machined GT-40P heads, Wiseco dished forged pistons, Eagle forged floating I-beam connecting rods, Lunati pushrods, ARP bolts, Scorpion aluminum 1.6 rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 266HR, Explorer intake, 65mm TB, MAF Conversion, 19# injectors, Ford Racing stainless P-headers, 2-1/2" cat-less exhaust w/ Flowtech Afterburner mufflers , SC AOD with 2800 BDR torque converter, 3.73 T-Lok rear, CHE rear control arms, full 2-1/2" frame w/1" jacking rails & seat supports, Rear disk brakes, Turbine wheels, All original interior w/ floor shift upgrade .......
Pretty much every panel on my 87 is new, rebuilt, or re constructed. :D
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Reply #11
Impressive bro, keep it up....

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Reply #12
You my friend have some damn fine body skills. Keep up the good work:D .
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #13
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You my friend have some damn fine body skills. Keep up the good work:D .


x2 im impressed with the metal working skill he has shown
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1974 maverick lsx powered turbo car SOLD
1973 maverick Tijuana Taxi Tribute
1957 chevy LSX Turbo project (race car)
Owner of Joe Dirt Fabrication

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Reply #14
WOW unbelievable. And I thought I had somethin, shovin sheetmetal under my car and kinda smackin it with a ball peen hammer to ROUGHLY make it fit the surface :hick:
This is a freakin class a restoration we got here.
1987 20th Anniversary Cougar, 302 "5.0" GT-40 heads (F3ZE '93 Cobra) and TMoss Ported H.O. intake, H.O. camshaft
2.5" Duals, no cats, Flowmaster 40s, Richmond 3.73s w/ Trac-Lok, maxed out Baumann shift kit, 3000 RPM Dirty Dog non-lock TC
Aside from the Mustang crinkle headers, still looks like it's only 150 HP...
1988 Black XR7 Trick Flow top end, Tremec 3550
1988 Black XR7 Procharger P600B intercooled, Edelbrock Performer non-RPM heads, GT40 intake AOD, 13 PSI @5000 RPM. 93 octane