It is incredible what you have done with the cougar in 6 months. The door panel looks incredible. How long did you work on the door panel? What did you use to actually clean the panel?
Man, I am having a blast watching you do all this!
I have a 69 cougar convertible and it's great figuring out a few things I want to do with my car.
How much experieince do you have in restoration. You are doing an incredible job.
I"m an old guy (63) been messing with cars since I was 15. Never did anything like this for money, just a hobby. Thanks for the kind words, In the last yr it seems i have been spiraling down into an abyss, I hope soon I can pull out of it and start climbing back out . I have a hit locator that tells me where my lurkers are from, but it doesn't identify them, where are you from? You can find me on mercurycougar.net as frankie3555. Would like to see some pics of your Cougar.
I will put a few pics of my baby up too!
I am 69texr-7 on mercurycougar.net
I am from the huge city of Beckville, TX! Population 749, at least the last I heard.
I am just amazed and encouraged by your progress. Amazed that you have done all of this. I'm taking a lot of pointers from you. I am going to paint the undercarriage and use those products. You should make a few buck off them from your endorsement.
Looking forward to more progress. KEEP IT UP!
When welding up holes in body panels if tape a penny to the back side of the hole it makes it alot easier to fiil up . the weld wont penetrate the penny so most of the time it just falls off after it cools down a little if not you can pull it off
Well I wasn't but I am now as mike32577. Also what part of the country are you from I live in Ohatchee AL about 20 min. from Talladega
I live in Leeds, you should come by sometime. my email is email@example.com
Hey, congrats on your progress, man. I'm about to buy my first Cougar, a '69 XRT.
Needed to see your blog and pics to know what I am getting into. I did about three quarters of what you have done to my beloved 1968 GT/CS Mustang. Had my Stang for over 18 years and I was second owner, having bought from original owner in 1990.
Sold it as it was about 85% completed... Just needed to sell it for home down payment.
When I get the '69, I'm going to just treat the rust and drive it till the fall, or maybe next year. But I'm keeping this site saved for future reference.
I dig the use of the Eastwood and POR 15 products. Anyone reading this who is about to or in process of restoring a ride, take heed and counsel from Frankie and others, and use it as outlined and prescribed. I'm a believer in repairing once and being done. Those products work and well.
The tailight grill, you did great going to black on those and the finish you achieved is MONEY! And money saved versus chrome plating. Plus, I like the look you achieved there more than stock! I'm going to do that to my cat in the near future....
Keep it up, brother. Keep on wrenching and rodding
Thanks for the kudos..I hope others will be inspired by what im posting. I'm no pro by far..but willing to try just about anything..with the right tools and the internet ANYTHING is POSSIBLE! Show some pics when you get the 69.
This is incredible. Trying to follow in your footsteps with my '69 vert. One thing, and I've done already, is you have a "dummy gauge" on the dash. There's a guy in OR called "Rocketman Innovations". Send him the core and he converts it to a Tachometer. Installation is easy and it looks great. Can send a pic of mine if you'd like.
Keep going man! Want to see it finished.
Just wanted to say you inspire me and also scare me! I bought a 69 XR7 august of 2012 and have done very little and now realize how much needs to be done.
My first car was 69 XR7 and I have wanted another for 35 years and finally got one because I'm not getting any younger and its going to take a rookie like me who has to learn as I go, a long time to do this.
Will this website ever be deleted? Anyway thanks for taking the time to post all that you do its very helpful.
Your doing an awesome job restoring your cougar. My first car was a 69 cougar XR7 and I still have it. Once I get the garage space I'm going to dive in. What sand blaster are you using? Is it a cabnet or a larger outside unit, or both? If it's an outside unit does it make a terrible mess when you use it? Thanks and keep up the good work!
It's one I got from tractor supply, an outdoor I use their black diamond media $7 for 50#, I put a tarp or moving pad down to catch as much as I can. Go though a lot of goggles, thanks for the kudos
There is a picture of the blaster and mess, 1st pic on the Oct 4, 2013. The blaster is just a hand held with a pickup hose you stick in a bag of media, it cost $20. When I finish I usually sweep up all the media I can and run in through a sifter. I use the finest grade 80-40 its actually coal slag and not as dangerous to use as sand, it breaks down to powder after a couple runs through the blaster.
What an inspiration to do it right! Thanks so much for documenting this so well. It has been fun to follow your toils. I have a 68 that is in pretty good shape, but would love to someday really get it the luv you have to your "69. Good luck.
nice job on your cougar i am just finishing on my 69 cougar and about to drop in my rebuilt 351 winsor and was looking for advice can i drop in the motor with the transmission attached or not also should i put the headers on before or after thanks in advance Ray
Ray, it would be easier to drop engine and trans together, however..you need to have an engine hoist tilter to get the angle right. You need the tailshaft down to clear the trans tunnel then once passed that straighten out the tilter to get the engine level again. If not, then put the engine in first and then using a transmission jack install the trans. Next, the headers...without the bolt in the motor mount, jack up one side of the engine so its leaning slightly to the other side, slide the header in and bolt it in then lower it, put bolt back in motor mount and then do the other side. You can also do this during the engine install, but the engine will have to be almost in position to do it. Hope this helps you.
So proud of you and all you have done with the car! Awesome job!
You are a master, Frankie! Awesome job! Funny, but the last several slides, I could actually smell the paint and filler, all the way over here in Phoenix! No kidding! The job you have done on your 69 is impressive! My opinion is you have more care into your work than most professional shops produce. :) Great documenting of your progress and processes, too. How many cars have you painted in your auto hobbying years?
Thank you for your flattering comments..I'm just picky about some things. I have only painted two other cars..my last was my 93 Ranger I put a 5.0 V-8 in, which was in 2002. The other was in 1993 when I built a full roll cage/tubbed 69 Firebird racecar. Neither was as good as this one, but they didn't take as long either :} Thanks again, and keep watching to see if I ever finish it!
Awesome job! I am getting many idea about my 69 vert. I don't know if I can paint it, but you have made it look easy. Looks like the sanding and buffing is the main part. I might try it on an old piece to see how I do. Thanks for this. This is the best resto I have ever seen!
Incredible job thus far. Anxious to see the final product. I too am in the midst of building a pro touring 69 cougar as well. Finished underside of car and all suspension and braking system.
You've given me ideas on how to tackle some small problems a in have as we'll.
Will follow you till the end.
How much work was involved in die grinding your headlight grills? Did you grind off the chrome, or have you found a good primer to cover and paint the fins?
Ooops!!! Sorry, didn't realize my question came through so many times
Just found your site a few days ago. I had a black/black 69 XR7 when I was in high school. Always dreamed about getting another one someday. Love what you're doing. Definitely will be keeping track of your progress. Thanks!
Thanks for looking, I am hoping to finish this by this time next year.
Car's looking good! Happy New Year Frankie!
Thanks Larry, happy New year to you too !
What a great site! I just picked up a 69 Base cougar, with a Bench seat! Never seen that before. Very little rust as it is a California car. My plan is to clone to an Eliminator, and this site has really helped to put the scope of the project into perspective. Thanks for taking the time to detail all you have done and sharing it! Your Cougar looks fantastic!.
Thanks George, where are you located? Bench seats are rare I believe. I hang out on mercurycougar.net as frankie3555. If you have any questions feel free to ask..
I am just outside of Chicago.
The Cougar looks great.
It's great seeing the lights on in the Cougar!
Hi Frankie, car's looking good. I found this: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/12453-Door-Glass-TINT-Passenger-Side-Grade-B-Used-1969-Mercury-Cougar-/-1969-Ford-Mustang.html
Hope its what you're looking for.
Thanks for the link, I did see that one. But by the time you add shipping, and the rear bracket and chrome weather strip, it would be about $250. I had found one with the brackets and strip shipped for $125 on Ebay, but was a day late. A couple guys on the Cougar forum are sending me pics of windows they have for sale so, hopefully I will get one of them.
The cougar is really looking good. Let me know when you start working on the engine and I may come to watch.
Ok John, I will keep you posted. I really would like to build the engine now, but will have to wait a while to afford the upgrades that I want to do.
Congratulations Frankie, you've done an excellent job in your Cougar. I'm from Chile and I have a Cougar XR7 70, I am currently restoring the engine 351C, aesthetically have not done anything yet, whether your site has been of much help. Thanks for sharing your experience, I hope you upload more pictures and videos of your work. Regards
Hey this is fantastic. I've been working on rebuilding my old 69 Cougar recently and your documentation and pictures really are helpful. Would you mind if I talked to you about some hot topics in particular sometime? I'm trying to figure out some issues with the fuel tank and filler right now (not aligning correctly.)
Thanks an keep up the good work.
What kind of alignment issue are you having? It might be easier to do this on messenger or text msg, so we could send pics. Thanks for the kind words, I'm going thru sorting out problems on mine right now, just got to keep on going on. Frankie
Sorry Richard, I didn't see your comment last year. LOL How is your Cougar coming along? You could find me on Facebook @ Frankie Fisher