- Color: Lime Frost Metallic
- Horsepower: 225
- Drivetrain: RWD
I have owned this 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 since 1983 when I purchased it while stationed at Edwards AFB CA, my first duty location of my USAF career. The car has been with me and the family ever since. My father became caretaker of the car while I was stationed at RAF Fairford for 4 years and he drove the car on a daily basis to work, keeping it in working condition and I thank my father for taking such good care of the car while I served my country. My USAF career sent me all over the country and another overseas trip to Germany finally landed the car in my late father-in-law's care. He stored the car in Payson AZ for the better part of 2 decades while I was serving my country. Since I retired from the USAF it was my dream to one day put this car back to new like condition and after 3 years it is now ready for the open road. Still undergoing final testing, but it is looking promising. This car has the original paint, however, do not be deceived, under this skin is lurking all new components. The car has been completely rebuilt to include the 289-4V engine sporting a new Holley carb. This is the original 289 the car was born with. When the engine was removed and dismantled we found it was already .030 over and I did not want to go .060 over. The solution was to have the engine sleeved to the original 4.000" bore, add a mild cam and hypereutectic pistons for an increase in performance. The C4 Transmission was completely rebuilt along with the rear axle. Every system on the car has been either replaced with a new part or the original parts have undergone a rebuild. The entire cowl wiring harness was replaced with a new one that took many weeks to construct. In addition, the front and rear suspension is all new along with performance KYB shocks. The wheels were replaced with 15" x 7" VN501 American Racing wheels wearing classic BFG 225-60/R15 tires. The 2.25 inch dual exhaust system is custom made with MagnaFlow 11255 mufflers providing that classic V8 rumble. A new Stainless Steel (SS) gas tank was installed along with SS fuel lines. All standard steel lines were replaced with SS lines including brake and transmission lines. The interior carpet and insulation was replaced along with the seat covers in the original black vinyl/leather specifically for the XR7 model. The interior and roof were sprayed with LizardSkin to provide heat and noise insulation since this car's home is Arizona. The black vinyl roof was replaced using a premium vinyl top replacement with a moisture resistant backing from West Coast Classic Cougars (Part # 12-3000). Being an Arizona car is was important to refresh the factory A/C system, replacing the compressor and lines along with ensuring all other components were up to the Arizona heat. The factory tilt wheel was rebuilt by the West Coast Classic Cougar folks and now performs as good as it did when it left the showroom floor. You name it, this car has had it rebuilt, serviced, or replaced. I have added several posts to cover various items that were completed on the car over the past couple of years. Every part of the car ends up with a story attached to it. How difficult it may have been to get a replacement part or to have a part rebuilt. Finding skilled craftsman to rebuild the tilt steering column, steering box and brake power booster was a challenge. The tilt-wheel is a factory option and required expert repair at West Coast Classic Cougars, they also rebuilt the Midland Power Brake Booster. Since the car was dismantled to bare bones this was the time to make any improvements. The front shock towers were a soft spot and I added reinforcement plates to strengthen this area. The Export Brace (Part# 11439) was also another upgrade to strengthen the front end of the car.
20 April 2017Differential is assembled and painted, ready for installation. Complete rebuild of the 8" differential with 3.00 gears.
Engine Ready for Installation08/21/2019
3/10/2017 Engine painted and exhaust manifolds have Cerakote ceramic coating.
Floor epoxy primer then Lizard Skin Coating08/21/2019
2/11/2017 - Floor coated with epoxy primer followed by urethane seam sealer. Over this the Lizard Skin ceramic coating was applied to floor and roof.
Front Body Structure Before/After08/21/2019
10/22/2016 - First picture is of the front end before any work began. Second picture is the complete front end of the car after being dismantled and aluminum oxide blasted. Third picture after all repairs were made the front structure was coated in...
Brakes and Suspension08/21/2019
1/7/2017 - Pictures of the front suspension with 1" drop springs and new disk brakes and calipers by SBCC. New rear drum brakes and leaf springs.
5/2016 – 11/2016 While washing the car one day I felt bumps on the Black Vinyl top and I knew what it was. I was very hesitant but I finally pulled off the vinyl to discover underneath the metal was rusting. It wasn’t until I had the top medi...
SS Gas Tank and Trunk08/22/2019
7/1/2017 - Restoration of the trunk included a replacement of the gas tank floor. A new SS Gas Tank from West Coast Classic Cougars was installed and sealed to the body. All fuel lines were replaced with stainless steel to ensure long life and no r...
C4 Transmission Rebuild08/24/2019
3/10/2017 - I was never sure how many miles were on this C4 Transmission when we rebuilt the engine. But this really did not matter, since the engine was being rebuilt, the transmission was also being completely dismantled and rebuilt. There were...
Front End Upgrades08/27/2019
The front suspension was to be kept original, at least for now. A Rebuild Kit for a Power Steering car (Part# 25716) was purchased from West Coast Classic Cougars (WCCC) along with upgraded spring perches (Part# 11979) are made with synthetic elas...
Tilt-Away Steering Column08/28/2019
This was an option on a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 and allows the steering column to lift up and to the right when the car ignition is turned off and the driver opens the door. The tilt-away column had never been serviced and parts on the inside were...
Front Shock Towers08/31/2019
To strengthen the front shock towers, reinforcement plates (Part# 12-3008) cut from 1/8” steel were welded in place at an angle on the inside lower portion of the shock towers. The welding in of these plates will create a sealed cavity that was...
Original Upholstery – XR7 Leather/Vinyl09/01/2019
3/14/2019 – You would think having the interior upholstery replaced would a straight forward proposition. However, you would be mistaken. This is a 67 XR7 model and originally had Vinyl/Leather upholstery that is next to impossible to find as is...
Storage in Payson AZ09/01/2019
This was the home for the 67 Cougar from 1996-1998 when I went to Pruem AS Germany. Once returned I removed the car from storage and it went with the family to our next duty station at Randolph AFB, TX from 1998-2001. During the time at Randolp...
Trip to the Valley09/06/2019
Once the decision was made to restore the car the final trip down the hill from the mountains of Payson AZ into Phoenix began. The car was removed for the final time from its 15-year hiding place. I trailered the car using my father-in-law’s...
I just want to drive it. Enjoy all the hard work over the past 3 years getting to this point. Once I get out to AZ I will have the time to drive the car once again and enjoy the open road. I want to take leisurely drives into the AZ mountains and explore the area. The grey primer paint will be removed to reveal the original paint. I could simply have it repainted in the factory color, but that can be done at anytime. The paint that is on the car is original and has weathered over time and I think it looks great. Took over 50 years to develop it. Immediate plans are to run the classic carburetor for a while, but my long term wish would be to add the Holley Sniper EFI Self-Tuning Master Kit in Black along with the Weiand Stealth Intake manifold. This will improve performance and gas mileage.
Wish List: Future Modifications
- Holley Sniper 4 Barrel Fuel Injection Conversion - Self-Tuning Master Kit + Handheld EFI Monitor - Black Ceramic Finish
- 64-73 Mustang/Cougar, 66-73 Falcon/Fairlane/Torino/ Ranchero/Cyclone/Montego, 70-74 Maverick, 66-69 Comet: 255-302W, 67-73 Mustang/Fairlane/Cougar: 351W, Tube Size 1-5/8" O.D. x 28", Collector Size 3" O.D., Collector Length 8", Port Shape: Same As Port; Darkside Black Ceramic Coated
- High Torque starter for Ford small block engines with 3/4" depth ring gear. Fits bell housing/engine block plates with a 4.084" I.D. starter registry hole. 289 - 351W engines.
- Flowtech, Dead Soft Layered Aluminum Material, Round Ports
- DISTRIBUTOR, HYPERSPARK, FORD SMALL BLOCK
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