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My 72 is by no means a new build. It's been a race car since about 1978 or 79. The previous owner never even put the title in his name. I bought the car in 2006. It had a 73 grill in it which I did not like so I switched it back to a 71/72 grill. I'm cleaning up a bunch of original poor build stuff along the way to hopefully some new paint. I will try and post some videos of the car. The new shop has been real nice, actually having some room to work is a luxury.

 

The heads on the cougar are 289 hi po k code heads. They came factory with round exhaust ports. And the blown engine is a early 392 Hemi. It came off my grandpa's pulling tractor. Last time it ran was 1975 or so. I plan on putting it I'm a front motor dragster at some point.

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started getting some fiberglass work done, I was surprised at all the thin spots im fixing in the new front end.

 

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Motor back in the car, I will be adding a funny car cage in the next couple weeks.

 

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So I have not made much progress on the car this summer. I now have the motor and trans out of the car and installed in a fox body mustang that way I have a car to race while I paint the 72. It now is up on the lift for storage till a get the time to work on the paint.

 

this is from the only race I made with the 72 this year

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new car

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I really like dark gray metallic, I was wanting to do a black stripe till I saw Tim baily's new car. I think its going to have orange Mach one stripes and lettering. what do you guys think?

 

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I did not make drag week, wish I had the time do so. I watched some of it on the live feed. I first saw pictures of his car from the pri show this year and it caught my eye with the gray paint and the orange stripes look really good on the gray.

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All three bbf's I have running right now have stack timing chain covers. The only problem with the stock covers is the water passage can coroner out. The only aftermarket cover I'm familer with is the Danny bee belt drive set up and it's pretty pricy or I would be running it.

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so I finally getting off high center on this project. After not touching it all last summer I am making a little progress. Cut all the old really hacked up stuff out and ready for the new.

 

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Where's the whole car :huh: ?!? You cut all out!!!

 

Respect - you take no prisoners! Looks good ::thumb::

 

Looking forward to the end-result ;)

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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it makes it a lot easier to do all the frame and bar work with no floor pans and get to get rid of a little weight.

 

Where's the whole car :huh: ?!? You cut all out!!!

 

Respect - you take no prisoners! Looks good ::thumb::

Looking forward to the end-result ;)

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Wow you've been busy. Love the cage work.

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I need to get some lessons from you on back halfing.  I will be tackling a 68 Cyclone soon for a Pro-Street car not full on race. I plan to go big tire DOT. I need to see if I can save the back seat in it.  Still collecting parts to restore the exterior.  It not easy to find parts for this very low production model.

 

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Thinking of this rear 4 link.

 

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68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)

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I need to get some lessons from you on back halfing.  I will be tackling a 68 Cyclone soon for a Pro-Street car not full on race. I plan to go big tire DOT. I need to see if I can save the back seat in it.  Still collecting parts to restore the exterior.  It not easy to find parts for this very low production model.

 

 

 

 

Thinking of this rear 4 link.

 

 

 

yes you can keep a lot of the original sheet metal. how big of a tire are you going to run? You could just do a mini tub and keep a smaller tire and leave the frame rails alone. That kit looks like it attaches to the original frame rails. If you want to do a true back half it will be much easier to cut the trunk out but you can leave everything in front of that. my car had original sheet metal from right behind the shock mounting point forward till I tore it apart and it was just much easier to cut the whole floor out and start over.

 

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this is before I tore it apart, those tubs barley fit a 14x33 tire, so keeping the rear seat with a tall tire is going to be hard but not impossable

 

 

 

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here you can see how much stock sheet metal there still was left, the notches in the floor were to clear the ladder bars

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