69 Cougar XR7
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mercury
- Model: Cougar
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1969
- Mileage: 1
- VIN: 9F9314565988
- Color: Gray
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Interior color: Dark Ivy Gold
- Vehicle Title: Clean Want to buy? Contact seller!
1969 Mercury Cougar
Time for thisLady to find a new Den. Purchased 69 in Yuma AZ in 1983, has remained inthe SW desert since.
The 69 is an XR7,351W w/4B (factory), FMX. It was born with 3.00 open Differential, I upgradedto a 3.50 Trac-Loc from FPP. I rebuilt the motor in 1986, stock internals, noover bore. Headers added. Transmission was rebuilt at the same time, shift kitadded. I later added an Edelerbrock Performer, Edelerbrock Carb (Carter AFBType), Mallory Unilite Distributor, Flowmaster American Thunder, and X-Pipe andturn-downs. The exhaust is bolted on (clamps), should be welded. I added aPeriod Correct HiPo Air Cleaner, One Piece Export Brace, a Monte Carlo Bar andBlack Finned Valve Covers.
Mechanical s:The Radiator was replaced with a 3 core,Trans cooler added. The Heater Core & Heater Control Valve also replaced.The Power Steering Pump, Power Ram Cylinder & Power Control Valve &Steering Box have been rebuilt, all the hoses have been replaced. Inner/OuterTie Rods Replaced. The Master Cylinder, Brake Booster & Proportioning Valvehave all been rebuilt or replaced. The rear Brakes, replaced Brake Cylinders,all Hardware and added a SS Braided Brake Line, Axle Bearing/Seals replaced.Front Brakes, Rotors replaced, Calipers rebuilt, Bearings/Races/Seals replaced,added SS Braided Brake Lines. The AC Compressor, Evaporator, Dryer have beenreplaced. The Alternator was rebuilt to a 100 amp, the Battery was relocated tothe Trunk. U-Joints, Trans Mount replaced. I replaced the Fuel Tank,Carburetor, Fuel Pump, Sending Unit and Fuel Line 7 years ago (the New sendingunit is not the Low Sensor type (3 Prong), it was not in stock at that time,but I kept the old one that is, it can be rebuilt). New Windshield WasherReservoir, with tubing/fittings. I rebuilt, replaced or had reconditioned allthese mechanical so I could jump in at any time and take it out.
.Suspension:The Rear Springs have been replaced, PolyBushings used, 1” Lowering Blocks & KYB Shocks added. A 7/8” Rear Sway Bar& 1 1/8” Front Sway Bar w/ Poly Bushings added. A Negative Wedge Kitinstalled (drops front by1”), New 620 Springs cut 1” by Perogie Enterprises(yes, the car sits two inches lower in the front), Spring Perch’s, Insulators,KYB’s, Bump Steer Corrector Kit, Eccentric Eliminator Kit, Upper control ArmBushings, New Lower Control Arms w/Bushings & Ball Joints. Poly StrutBushings Added. On the suspension, it is period correct, meaning it'susing the same type parts Shelby used back in the day. It has improved thesteering dramatically (tighter cornering, less lean) and the S.S. brakelines add for a firm brake pedal with no fade.
Interior:The Glass has been tinted, Headlinerreplaced (in 1985 with a homemade cloth, still looks good). I replaced thegauge cluster (tach didn’t work). New Carpet was installed, Shoulder Harnessremoved, new Wood Grain in Center Console & Radio bezel. Clock works (oldstyle point type), Hi-Beam switch replaced, Grant Wood-Grain Steering Wheelinstalled, aftermarket Stereo w/tape installed with speakers (Radio Bezel notcut-up). All the Weather Stripping has been replaced (inner/outer Window Felt,Door Seals, Front Glass Rubber, both Pillar & Door Jam Seals), Shelby Shifthandle (Snake), new Door Light switches, Cougar Floor Mats. The remainder of theinterior is in good condition, especially given its 51 years. The Door PullStraps need to be replaced (currently not installed). The Dash has a crackright in front of the steering wheel.
Body:I had the car painted & Inner RF Panel(Battery area) replaced, it was an OK job, they did not align the fenders/doorsvery well. I had the Bumpers re-Chromed, as well as the Hood/Trunk Trim, plussome of the Emblems. The Rear Bumper is shiny, but bit wavy on the driver’sside (70 Rear Bumper in excellent condition). I added the Eliminator Hood Scoopand Rear Spoiler, had the Hood cut out to accommodate the Air Cleaner. The HeadLight Doors Stay closed and open when lights come on. The Rear SequentialLights Work, but not perfectly (they Sequence in order, but not at the correctspeed) (I replaced the under dash flasher unit, but the trunk mounted unit mayneed to be replaced). I replaced the Vinyl Top 27 years ago, still in greatshape. One of the XR7 Pillar Ornaments has a screw hole in it. The Windshieldwas replaced and is still in excellent condition. I installed new Trunk Mattingon top of the Fuel Tank along with New Floor Covering, Side Boards and LightProtector Boards, Spare Tire Cover & Battery Box. There is RUST (see pic)in the Trunk above the frame rails behind the tail lights (drain holes), aboutthe size of a quarter (I caused this, poor storage on my part, but it’s theonly rust it has). I replaced the Trunk seal, Fuel Seal Gasket & Fuel Hose.
What does itneed:The Tires are 31 years old, and hard as arock! The hold Air, but are not usable. Those are Outlaw Rims with Locks.The Brakes need to be bled, no leaks, just didn’t do it well enough someyears ago by myself. The Trans leaks, this happened after my last move in 2013,guess it’s from sitting for so long. I replaced the Fuel Tank, Lines, Pump andCarb, started it, loaded it on a trailer, filled the tank up and it has satsince, so the fuel systems needs to be flushed, Carb cleaned. Those are theitems that keep it off the road, well maybe not the trans leak, it may stop ifit’s driven, but it is still drive-able.
The Inner FenderPanels have elongated holes where the Hood Hinges attach. The Hood opens/closesjust fine, but it was on my list to replace. When I upgraded to the 3.50Trac-Loc, I never changed the Transmission Speedo Gear, so it readsincorrectly.
AdditionalParts:Manypast years of the Cougar Club of America Newsletters, Steering Box, BrakeBooster, Brake Differential Valve, Master Cylinder, Power Steering Pump, PowerSteering Ram Cylinder, Power Steering Control Valve, Drive Shaft pinion,Spindles, Calipers, Exhaust Manifolds, Street Master Manifold, Holley's1850, Carter AFB's, Alternator, 351W Timing Chain/Water Pump Cover,Fiberglass Front Spoiler, HVAC Plenum (controls, birdcage & motor,ducts), Shifter Bezel, 2 shifters, Brake, E-Brake & Gas Pedal Assy, RearWindows w/regulators, Front Window Regulators, Factory XR7 Steering Wheel, TiltSteering Column with Switches, 4 XR7 Hubcaps, Wheel Well Moldings, Window F/RMolding, Rear Light Assy (both), Grill/Light Assy (both),Parking Lights, FrontBumper Push Bars.
There are about10 Boxes (some very heavy) and two 55 gallon sealed drums with parts in them.Parts written above are included in sale if Buy it Now price is met or negotiatedwith.
** some partsseen in pics, I.E. (Monte Carlo Bar, Gauge Cluster, Clock/bracket and appliqué,window door weather stripping and centerconsoleare not included with this car/sale.
Mileage - hard tosay. Original Speedometer reads just over 27K, could be 127K but it wasn't thatworn 37 years ago. I put several K on her with the otherSpeedometer/Tach.
I have plenty ofother pics, let me know what you want to see, I'll send them, or come onover.
Have Clean Title inhand.