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1989 Mercury Cougar XR7

Since I didn't have any classes this week, I was able to get a little bit of work done on the Cougar. Monday night I swapped out Intercoolers hoping to fix my vacuum leak. It didn't help, but now having an IC that doesnít have a big dent in the side and 1 row of fins crushed isnít a bad thing.

On Tuesday, I got the car out on the road and drove up to Seward to have the title/car inspected and get plates on it. It developed a bit of a suspension issue causing the front of the car to bounce very badly over bumps. When I got home that night, I did some looking into it and found the valve for the ARC was seized on the LH front shock. I soaked it in PB Blaster and got it to loosen up. I went ahead and lubed the rest of them, and by the next day the issue was gone.

On Wednesday evening, I bleed the brakes again as I could tell there was some air in the system. They are much better now, but still need some more adjusting. I attempted to find my vacuum leak again, but had no success. The IAC gasket looked pretty bad though, so I went ahead and replaced it.

Thursday after work, I went over to Brook's shop to clean up the exterior a bit. After a quick wash down the street and some Taco Johns, Brook started in on the exterior with his super secret polish. The stuff really worked well on the oxidized paint that hadn't been cleaned or waxed in close to 3 years. While he was working on that, I swapped out the rear reflector panel to get rid of the gold trim, cleaned up the wheels, and Rain-X'd the windows. I'm really happy how the exterior turned out. It looks so much better then it did before. If you go back and look at the pictures I took this summer, you can see where parts of the car were actually gray. Big thanks to Brook for doing all the hard work and making the car look 100x better!

I've included a couple of photos of the interior. The interior is much better than it was, but the carpet still has some stains, and the seats need to be touched up. The pictures are kind of dark, but it should give you a bit of an idea of how it looks now.

I've now put 300 miles on the car since buying it in December of 2006. My next goal with the car is to get that vacuum leak fixed and take it to the dyno to get some baseline stock numbers on the car. Then the real fun can begin. Here are a few pictures I took tonight after work:

March 17-20, 2008

It's been almost a month since my last post, so I figure its about time for an update. I haven't really done much with the car since my last post. I did take a little trip down to northeast Kansas, but other than that, haven't drove it much. I am supposed to be getting the car tuned in a couple of weeks, so I need to get started on a few projects. I did pull the blower and a few other items off last Sunday, but it wasn't really post worthy. This is what I managed to get done this weekend.

I've got just a few basic bolts on modifications planned:


April 26, 2008

I started off the day by removing the old exhaust. It came off pretty easily, considering it was likely one of the first times it had ever been removed. Once that was removed, I figured it would be a good time to drop the fuel tank and install the new fuel pump. This is where things took a turn for the worse. There was a bit more fuel in the tank than I realized, and bad things happened when I opened it up. I managed to dump at least 5 gallons of gas out in about 10 seconds. Yeah, I'm an idiot. My shirt and pants were soaked in BP Ultimate. I got the tank jacked back up, and grabbed the hose and started washing the floor down. Cleaning up that mess slowed me down for the rest of the afternoon. I decided to move onto some of the engine stuff while the floor dried out.

I did manage to get the injectors installed, reinstall the accessory bracket, mount the IC fan to the IC, and change 1 of my tensioner springs before calling it a night. Overall, not a whole was accomplished.


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ZR Intake
75mm MAF
BBK Throttle Body
Home Ported Inlet Plenum
Magnuson S-Port Blower
5% Aluminum SC Pulley

0% Aluminum JS Pulley
36# Injectors
255lph Fuel Pump
Intercooler Fan
MP Tensioner Springs
Flowmaster Exhaust