Cougar Wrecks 1969 part 1

^ I found this car at a local wrecking yard ,a '69 XR-7 Cougar with factory 428C.J and ram-air with a/c, it had sat there for at least 5 yrs. rotting. They initially wouldn't sell it , because of no title . After months of negotiating I made a deal to purchase it. Most everything of value had been removed complete drive train, etc.,The wrecking yard however was the worst contributor to the car's condition, especially moving it in and out of there yard. tsk , tsk, if only they knew this car in it's former glory !! -Mike Johns


^ This is a cougar rag top 351 auto sitting in a junk yard in ny the previous owner kept saying someday i will fix it, well that day will never come now, when it was picked up buy the flatbed they had to run chains from the front lower control arms to the rear end to stop it from breaking in half as it was pulled out of the mud where it had sat for the last 16 years - SCOTT


^ This is the first Cougar Eliminator:
1969 Cougar GT 351C with a sunroof and leather interior. Sat outside for years. The original owner had passed away and his brother never got around to working on it. Finally decided to sell it and it was rescued by a collector in the Dakotas. The funny thing was the car transporter driver offered much more money on the spot, but the seller was honest enough to tell him the deal was already done. -Cecomp 1

An acquaintance mentioned to me that his cousin owns a '69 Cougar Eliminator in Oakland Park, Florida. The car has been sitting outside behind a warehouse for over 12 years! The Elim is also all apart. The owner started to work on it but ran into a tough time and couldn't continue with the work. I had got in touch with him and inquired about the car, he was reluctant about selling it and mentioned that he'd already turned down several offers. While I looked at the car, I took down the vin # and ordered a vin report from Marti Auto Works in Arizona (great info for Ford owners). The report verified that it was a true Eliminator among other options listed. After some more research, I found that the car was originally ordered in a fleet of 101 by Hertz Rent-A-Car all with the same options and color scheme. The car consisted of: 351w 4v, FMX, Sunroof, Console, A/C, White Decor Interior, Competition Orange Paint, Handling Suspension, P/S and P/B. After negotiating---including a transmission for his truck, we finally worked out a deal. I purchased the car and after a few months I was able to rent a storage bay to keep the car inside and dry. I sent the vin number to Phil Parcells who runs the Cougar Database Project and he said, that is the earliest Eliminator we have in the database. I then got back in touch with Marti Auto Works and asked how many Cougars before mine came with the "Eliminator portion"? His response was none--- mine has the lowest vin number, making it the first Eliminator! I guess I am the lucky one to find this bucket--ha ha ha. My plans for the car are to bring it back to stock in a concourse state--- then maybe I'll have to go with the oversized glass display box. - Mark Piechowski


^ This Cougar has been discovered in an English scrap yard, though it's Boss302 has long gone it appears to be restorable and mostly complete. Gareth