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    Posted: 27-March-2016 at 6:53AM
Figured I would start a build/resto thread for the 75 XR7. This car is pretty original, and I want to keep it close to that. The odometer says 51k, but I have not been able to verify if that's 51k or 151k. I have receipts from a prior owner from 1993 that are only 10k ago, so it very well could be 51k.

This car has an 84 DSO, which means it was a corporate Dearborn car. That means it could have been anything from a corporate employee car, to an advertising or promo car.

But unfortunately, the car also has lived it's entire life in Michigan as well. So while it looks nice from 20ft, it's got it's share of rust. Mostly peeking out from behind all the body trim. It's pretty solid though, but I don't think it's worth a high dollar resto. The plan for now, is to just clean everything up nice, make the car mechanically sound, and just enjoy driving it :).

Here is the car as I bought it...








One of the best things about the car, is the immaculate interior!





Here is the Marti Report...





Edited by Power Surge - 26-April-2016 at 1:52PM
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Via receipts in the glove box, and the magic of facebook, I was able to track down the son of one of the prior owners. He had this pic of the car with his dad from the early 90s!

It was in quite a bit better shape back then....




The first thing I did, was completely wheel out the paint. It looks like the right front fender and header panel have been painted, so they are a tad lighter. Then I painted the lower rocker trim with a satin finish black paint. This both hides the rust a bit, and also doesn't make the car look so "tall". I also took off the mudflaps, and since the front bumper mounts were just about rotted off, I pulled the front bumper.







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being that the interior and most is in such good shape, you wouldn't need to do a high dollar restro, just pull all the trim and get the rust removed/repaired and repaint Wink
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The car still had everything original under the hood. Original belts, hoses, clamps, heater hoses, vacuum hoses...pretty much everything. However, being 40 years old, all that stuff was in dire need of replacement. I want to keep the underhood correct to original, so I have obtained correct replacement parts. Original style heater hoses with molded ribs and paint stripe. Original wire clamps for the rad hoses, and T clamps for all the heater hoses. NOS cap/rotor/plus wires. And lots of NOS small parts.

Now, I wasn't planning to go this nuts with underhood detail, but the water pump was bad and once I had that off, I just couldn't leave all the nasty old rusty and grungy brackets and engine parts like they were. So right now, the plan is to repaint the motor, valve covers, and air cleaner Ford blue, with proper reproduction decals. Glass bead all the brackets and pulleys and repaint. Rebuild the factory carb. Replace all the rubber hoses and belts. Replace the gas tank, sender, and straps.

Basically, I want the motor to be both mechanically sound, and look correct to original. Everything is apart and in the process of refinishing. I will post pics as it goes back together.
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Love the old picture!
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Great looking Cougar.  Great find, finding one of the previous owners on FB.  That's a neat old pic they were able to send.  Great start.  Looking forward to your progress.
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LOVE IT!!
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Sal, post a picture of the speedo/odo from straight on.
that will show/tell us if the mileage is original or rolled over.
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Ok, I'll get this rolling. First up, is the alternator. Now, I could have just bought one, or a could have just left mine alone, lol. But it is the original, D5 part numbered alternator, and like everything else in the engine bay, it was nasty. So I couldn't leave well enough alone, and I had to restore it....

This thing was freakin nasty. It was so rusted up, that I literally had to cut the pulley off. I tried heat, pullers, air hammer....nothing was getting it off and by then it was destroyed from trying. Then of course the three case bolts all snapped. Then I had to press the armature out of the front bearing. And of course the three front bearing plate bolts snapped. I was able to drill and tap them all out....and of course (see the pattern here?) on the last one the tap snapped off in the case. So yeah....lots of fun.



Got it all apart...



Cleaned the armature up all nice on the lathe....



Full rebuild kit...





Up next will be glass bead the cases, spray with Eastwood Aluma-blast, and the assembly.



Edited by Power Surge - 29-March-2016 at 2:14PM
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nice work!
used to spend the time rebuilding alt and starters.
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Got the bead baster setup tonight and did a few parts. Works good but I definitely could use a little bigger compressor now lol.




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Lower blacked out looks great. Are you planning on chopping up the front bumper and tucking it? Or have something else in mind?
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Originally posted by mach1000 mach1000 wrote:

Lower blacked out looks great. Are you planning on chopping up the front bumper and tucking it? Or have something else in mind?


You know, originally I was going to chop and tuck the front bumper and do a rear roll pan instead of bumper. I also originally was going to do a supercharged 5.4 motor too. But I kinda want to keep this car mostly original. So it's more of a light resto now.
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I hear ya. However I think with some chopping cutting and tucking on the front and rear bumpers this (and many other 70s cars) looks really improve significantly. Just removing the front bumper, although unfinished, really makes the car look much leaner. 
I wonder if/how a 72 Montego front bumper and lower valance would work/look with some modifications. 


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Here is the finished restored and rebuilt original alternator, along with a pic of the first batch of other restored parts...






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Here's a little sneak peek at how the engine restoration detail is coming....


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looks great!
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That is such a great looking car. Keep up the good work!
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