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  • Awesome!
    '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '18 Edge SEL AWD

    My Mach's restoration progress
    My Sprint's restoration progress
    ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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    • It was 30 years ago this evening that my dad and I got my Cougar running for the first time. We were frantically trying to get it running for my 16th birthday. We managed to get it running sometime after midnight, so my first legal (non-restricted license) drive was in this car. I pulled it out tonight and checked a few things over before I take it for a front end alignment tomorrow afternoon.

      68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
      '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
      Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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      • Cool history, cool memory, cool picture, cool car.

        I regrettably drug my feet for years before getting the caster taken care of on my '68 - it would want to dart around a bit, but I took care of that and now it drives like a dream.

        Keep up the good work.

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        • Thanks. I got the car aligned today, and while they put everything within their specs, I'm not convinced (based on some reading) that it's really ideal for my radial tire setup. It'll be good enough for now. I'll do more research the next time I get it aligned and take in my own measurements. I did manage to take it out and got a few more shots of it somewhere other than my driveway. Here's a few:






          68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
          '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
          Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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          • again, I like it !

            Keith
            34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED https://mustangsandmore.vbulletin.ne...ilies/cool.png

            it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

            Keith

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            • Thanks!

              I made a trip to Tulsa, OK for a Cougar show this past weekend, but ended up taking the Mustang instead of the Cougar. They had a small swap meet, so I went over to take a look. Both of my front fenders need quite a bit of work and I've had plans to just replace them with some nice '67 fenders that I latched on to a number of years ago. When I got over there I could see someone had a pair of '68 fenders that were actually pretty nice. I ended up making a deal with him, and fortunately a friend of mine from Tulsa was able to fit them in the back of his Jeep and is storing them at his place until I can get there with a vehicle with more room to make the trip home. They'll need a bit of massaging, but overall they're pretty straight and have no rust-through. It should be fairly easy to make them look nice when I get around to redoing the body.



              One interesting thing is that the date codes on them are really close to what the rest of my car is. One of them is a "correct" date code and the other is about a week too late. Not that it matters, but it's still kind of neat.
              68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
              '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
              Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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              • You can’t beat original in good condition. Great score.
                '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '18 Edge SEL AWD

                My Mach's restoration progress
                My Sprint's restoration progress
                ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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                • I haven't posted anything for a while, but there really hasn't been any progress. Earlier this week I took it out for a spin, which ended up being about a 25 mile round trip. I added Sta-Bil to the gas to get it ready for winter storage. My winter plans are to redo the seats, get the interior a little more complete, and some rear suspension work. That stuff probably won't start happening for a bit, though. Here's a couple of shots from my trek:




                  68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
                  '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
                  Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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                  • cool ride !!!

                    Keith
                    34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED https://mustangsandmore.vbulletin.ne...ilies/cool.png

                    it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

                    Keith

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                    • It’s very photogenic.
                      '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '18 Edge SEL AWD

                      My Mach's restoration progress
                      My Sprint's restoration progress
                      ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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                      • Man, I could make a great calendar with just your pics Steve! Beautiful car and great backgrounds with crystal clear pics. Makes me want a 67-68 Cougar that much more!
                        ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
                        -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
                        -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
                        " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

                        "Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America". President Donald J. Trump

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                        • Thanks, guys. I'm glad to finally have it out of storage and working on it again. It still surprises me how good it looks in pictures relative to how rough it actually is. Dynacorn announced at SEMA that they're going to begin offering replacement panels starting this January, so eventually it will look as good in person as it does in pictures.
                          68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
                          '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
                          Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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