Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Restoration Album

The following photos document the restoration of my 1967 Mercury Cougar Standard. Restoration began in 2007 when the vehicle was exactly 40 years old. I tackled all major projects myself with the exception of body and paint work. I have completed several upgrades to bring this vehicle up to the twenty-first century including electronic fuel injection, front disc brakes, speed control, and an electronic overdrive transmission.  Please enjoy the photos and let me know if you have any questions.

Purchased October 2007 (Tucson, AZ).


 Front Suspension and Brake Overhaul.

Steering Components Overhaul (Rodes Restoration).

Rear Suspension and Brake Overhaul.

3.55 Limited Slip Differential

Engine Bay Detailed.

Engine Installed.

Paint and Bodywork (Street Rod Performance).

New Tires.

Rear Assembly.

Front-End Progress.

Headliner Installed.

Heat and Sound Deadening Shield.

Glass and Trim Installed.

Interior Nearing Completion.

Trunk Trim Complete.

Home Suspension/Steering Alignment.

Undercarriage Details.

Completed Exterior.

Completed Interior.


4R70W Electronic Overdrive Transmission (From 2002 Mustang).

4R70W (Top), C4 (Bottom).

J-Mod Valve-Body Modification.

Throttle Position Sensor:

Transmission Fluid Cooler.

Fabricated Bracket.

Crane Fireball Ignition

Wideband 02 Sensor Data Logging System with LCD

Edelbrock Electronic Fuel Injection (Wireless Tablet Control).

Mustang Overhead Console

Custom Switch Panel for Overhead Console.

Overdrive Off Button, Electric Fan Indicator, Sport Mode Button.
"Sport" Activates 4R70W Secondary Shift Table.

Vacuum to Electric Headlight Door Conversion.

Halogen Headlight Upgrade (Halogens on Bottom).

Homelink Garage Door Transmitter

BMW 7-Series Electrochromic (Auto-Dim) Mirror.

The stock Mercury mirror was a break-away design which developed an annoying vibration. Also, being blinded by vehicles from behind with modern headlights became a frequent occasion. I selected this BMW mirror because it somewhat resembles the appearance of the stock mirror, it glues to the windshield, has hidden wiring, no buttons, and is electrochromic.

Power Antenna

Motorola 8-track AM/FM Radio and Kick-Panel Speakers.

Aftermarket Passenger Side Mirror.

Remote Trunk Release from Thunderbird.

R134 HVAC Conversion.

Aftermarket Center Console Modification (Height Reduction).

Modern Ford 3G Alternator.

Aftermarket "Correct" Looking Tachometer in Stock Clock Location.

Hood Lock.

Speed Control.

2009 Desert Prowl.

2010 Desert Prowl.

2011 Desert Prowl.

ASU SkySong

Barrett Jackson Road Rally with Police Escort.

2013 Desert Prowl.

2013 AZCC Cruise

2014 Desert Prowl.


1967 Mercury Brochures.