Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FOR SALE - 1968 Mercury Cougar - $2750


FOR SALE - 1968 Mercury Cougar – Dan Gurney Special - click link for Craigslist ad.

I purchased this vehicle with the intent to restore, but have since bought another Cougar and it’s time for this one to find a new home. The vehicle runs and drives, but will need work to be a reliable driver and a restoration to be a show car.

This car is nearly original, but unfortunately worn out in many areas. I ordered the deluxe Marti report for this vehicle and the report will accompany the vehicle in the sale. This vehicle was one of 11,899 Dan Gurney Specials and one of 1,416 produced with these paint and trim codes. This Cougar has a 302 cubic inch, 2 bbl engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes (front), air conditioning, console, deluxe interior, black vinyl top, and remote mirror. The vehicle is Diamond Blue (very light blue) with a Light blue interior. Everything is still there but needs to be repaired or replaced.

The Good:
The vehicle runs and drives, but would need to be trailered any farther than the local area. The radiator was replaced before I purchased the vehicle. A basic tune-up has been performed: changed the oil, oil filter, air filter, PCV valve, spark plugs, & spark plug wires. The C-4 Transmission was rebuilt in 2008. The Master Cylinder has been replaced. The doors are in good shape and just have some minor door dings. Both of the door jambs are in good shape. The cowl area is in good shape. The back seat and the interior door panels are in good shape. The sequential taillights work perfectly. The headlights go up with the switch, but do not go down. The original AM radio still works. The glass is good. The car has been garaged in a heated & cooled garage for the two years I have owned the vehicle.

The bad:
The vehicle has been a St. Louis car all of it’s life – it was originally purchased at Stivers Lincoln-Mercury in St. Louis – and therefore has some typical rust issues. However, this vehicle is a good restoration project and not a parts car. The lower quarter panels in front and behind both doors need to be replaced and the rear quarter panels behind the rear wheels need to be replaced. The area behind the rear window is rusty and will need work. The floors are solid, but the trunk floor could use some attention. The front bumper has a twist in it and the front valance could probably be replaced. The front seats need to be recovered, the headliner needs to be replaced, and the dash pad is cracked. The vinyl top is gone. The power steering works, but the rack & pinion leaks and will need to be fixed to keep fluid in the reservoir.

I have MANY more pictures of the car that I can e-mail if you're interested. Here is another listing with more pictures:

I have some extra parts that could help with the restoration of the car for a little extra money. I have an extra bumper, a couple of extra hoods, a trunk lid, and tank for the vacuum system.

Please contact Scott via e-mail with any questions. Thanks!

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