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looks good! i didn't realize the first pics were "before" i was thinking damn you better give it another coat EmbarrassedLOL BTW you can get the rubber shifter seal and pointer too if you need it! i think i got mine from mustangs unlimited IIRC
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

looks good! i didn't realize the first pics were "before" i was thinking damn you better give it another coat EmbarrassedLOL BTW you can get the rubber shifter seal and pointer too if you need it! i think i got mine from mustangs unlimited IIRC

What did you use? The 69-73 part? I don't see anything else. 
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yes (but my shifter was an ebay special $35) but i believe most of those shifters are the same just look different in appearance 
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Some decent new progress on the ole Cougar. 

I refinished the pass side inner fender, cleaned up all the wiring, and installed an NOS 70s motorcraft battery, along with reproduction correct battery cables.

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Now I bet you're asking... "how the heck did you get a 40 year old battery to work??".  I'll tell you how ;)

I have done this before on show cars I had. First you find an NOS battery, which is just about impossible nowadays. I actually couldn't find one online. One of my long time Mustang II friends had one, and he was willing to sell it to me because I have hooked him up with NOS parts in the past. 

So here's the battery...




Now...you need to gut it from the underside. This is no easy task. It took weeks to do. 




Then you tap the underside of the terminals in the case, and attach short cables. 




Then you attach the cables to an appropriate power mini battery. 



After it's all stuffed up into the case, a little dense styrofoam to keep it all in place.





And then you install it in the tray, and hook your battery cables up to the empty case, because they are now live. And viola! Functional NOS correct battery Big smile
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That is brilliant!  My buddy was getting his hands on a interstate and would paint the battery top orange and the white bottom was there. his looked pretty good as well. But I like what you did very cool stuff.  
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I thought you got one of those repop covers. I saw them online somewhere
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That's one of the tricks they use on the cars in the F.A.S.T. racing.  Removes weight off the front end.
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Put some new wheels on the Cougar today. I had originally put 15x8 Wheel Vintiques chromed steel magnums on there. But I decided to take them off and put on some Legendary Wheels machined aluminum Magnums instead. I had to get a little creative with the center cap mounting, as the backing plates aren't the same for the steel vs alloy wheels. 








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75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
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Those are really sharp. What made you decide to go with an alloy vs the steel wheel? If you don't mind me asking what is the price difference? I know what the steel wheels cost it's the alloy. 
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Originally posted by Dan the ranchero man Dan the ranchero man wrote:

Those are really sharp. What made you decide to go with an alloy vs the steel wheel? If you don't mind me asking what is the price difference? I know what the steel wheels cost it's the alloy. 

I was torn between the two originally. I thought the steel looked more original, plus the alloys weren't in stock at the time. I also had a highway vibration I've been chasing, and wasn't sure if it as an out of round wheel or not and figured the machined wheels would be more precise (wasn't the wheels though). There's only about a $20 per wheel difference. 

One thing to keep in mind with either set.... they don't allow a front center cap to bolt on. The spindle dust cover sticks through the wheel center too far. I had to shave the end of the spindles down almost to the cotter pin hole, and then flatten the dust cap. I've seen others run the steel magnums on these cars with no mention of this, so not sure if they are using a taller center cap or what the deal is with them fitting.
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What was the weight difference between the two rims? Any idea?
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Originally posted by mach1000 mach1000 wrote:

What was the weight difference between the two rims? Any idea?

I didn't measure, but the alloys were noticeably lighter. 
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Hmmm. When I installed the chrome Magnums, the center caps that came with them (Mustang emblems, unfortunately ) fit with no problems.Wonder why the big difference.   
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Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Hmmm. When I installed the chrome Magnums, the center caps that came with them (Mustang emblems, unfortunately ) fit with no problems.Wonder why the big difference.   

I used the Scott Drake center caps because I wanted the Cougar emblems. I think the standard Ford center caps are taller and clip on? If it's a screw on backing plate style, no way they will fit the fronts.
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lookin sharp!!!!
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