Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Yesterday, I scheduled an appointment at Patterson Tire and Service Center for 9:00 a.m. where I had two new tires installed last month (see previous post). With the odometer reading 52,882, I arrived at Patterson Tire and Service Center just before 9 a.m. and they got the Cougar in about 9:30 a.m. As I waited, they worked on the alignment and eventually took the car for a test drive when completed. Brian advised after the test drive that the car still pulled slightly to the left - likely due to a brake caliper sticking, but also advised that the numbers on the alignment looked very good. That made me happy since last weekend I had a done the necessary work myself.
I decided to drive the Cougar the rest of the day and eventually put nearly 100 miles "testing" it out. I drove out near Lambert Airport to Grand America Jukebox and see the proprietor, Jeff Statler, to check on the progress of the work on our 1962 AMi Continental II jukebox that we bought back in February. As an aside, that project is going well except for a problem with some amplifier issues. Hopefully it's done soon because we're ready to start rocking!
Then, I drove into the city to have lunch with my wife at Pappy's Smokehouse. Mmmmm! We spoke to the owner a couple of times and he was very nice! The staff was very friendly and I am already ready for a return visit! I wish this place was closer to where I worked so I could eat there more often. Thanks for a fun lunch sweetie!
After we got back to my wife's work we showed off the Cougar to a couple of her co-workers, Paul and Nathan. Paul advised that it would be cool if I could get the lids on the headlights to wink at girls. Funny... but, somehow I don't think I'll be working on that project anytime soon. I drove back home and finally, I drove to pick up my daughter at the babysitters' house and returned home.
The Cougar drove admirably without issue and I was very happy. I am starting to think that the Cougar is almost ready for a road trip.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Above: The new idler arm installed
To start the idler arm replacement I took off the passenger side front tire to get better access to the bolts that attach the idler arm to the sub-frame. My dad used the impact wrench while I held pressure with a box end wrench on the nuts on the inside of the frame. The nuts came off rather easily even though it seems as if the old idler arm had been on the car for quite some time. My dad pried the cotter key from the castle nut and we took off the castle nut and removed the old idler arm. We reversed this process to install the new idler arm and I greased the zerk fittings on the idler arm and the fittings on the ball joints. After we were done with this replacement, I advised that I thought this was one of the easiest projects I had ever performed on a car!
My dad was less sure of replacing the export brace as he was about the idler arm. My dad is a longtime Chevrolet enthusiast and these Ford, Lincoln, Mercury cars are a bit different than what he is used to seeing. I advised that the export brace is the other crucial piece to get on the car before I get an alignment because it keeps the shock towers from moving and will keep the front end tight and the car will have a truer alignment.
If I was just replacing the existing two piece braces this project would be a snap. Four bolts on each one - two bolts at the firewall and two bolts on the shock towers - on and off and you're done. However, the one piece export brace requires that the bolts for the shocks be removed and the shock caps be removed so you can get the export brace over the bolts and then replace the shock caps and tighten all the nuts back down. As these older Fords age the shock towers can sag inward toward the middle of the car.
I called and spoke to Shawn Harville at Mustang Corral again. He has been very nice about giving advice on working on this project when I was researching what I needed and prices. They also work on vehicles at Mustang Corral and he doesn't have to be as forthcoming about giving out free advice and information on projects, but I'm glad that he is this helpful. Shawn reminded me about getting the car up in the air and then putting jack stand under the control arms to help spread the shock towers apart to get the export brace on the nuts. He also said that loosening the fender bolts would help get the brace on if I was having trouble getting it over the bolts.
Above: The shock cap on top of the new export brace
I recounted this conversation with Shawn to my dad and he asked me what I wanted to do next. I advised that if we got into the replacement and something was not going right then we could put it back the way it was before. He agreed and we went to work. Again this installation was no problem. The jack stands did their job by spreading the shock towers. We had to use some screwdrivers and a pry bar to get the brace into place, but after some pushing and pulling it was no big issue. We put all the nuts and bolts back on and the export brace project was finished too!
After we were done, my dad and I put all of the tools away. We spent a little while bench racing about some of the things I want to do to the car and he tested a spot with wax on the rear fender. Finally, I was ready to head back home with Elsie so we could have a late lunch with Mary.
Now the Cougar is ready to get an alignment!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:
I am the current owner of a 1967 Mercury Cougar that was originally purchased and titled in the State of Georgia. I have copies of registration paperwork from 1968 to 1994, but some years are missing. I am wondering if it is possible to obtain copies of other years of this paperwork as I have noted that the forms from 1993 and 1994 have the mileage listed on the registration. I am also wondering if I could obtain any information from when the vehicle was retitled after being sold from one owner to the other.
Please let me know if any of this information would be available and what information you would need from me to do a search. On the registration copies I have the VIN number, GA title numbers, license plate numbers, etc.
Thank you in advance for your time,
S. C. A.
Here is the reply I received on 8/21/09:
Georgia has 5 year retention on vehicle records, so those documents are unavailable.
Vicki / Help Desk Admin Unit / Motor Vehicle Division
Friday, August 21, 2009
Then, I went back to the owners manual and Georgia registration paperwork that I received. The Cougar was originally bought by L. B. Humphries of Dunwoody, GA on April 7, 1967. According to the paperwork it was later titled on September 9, 1974 and registered to Mrs. Bessie M. Humphries, likely the widow of the original owner since the address was the same. There is a receipt from August 6, 1974 for an oil change and suspension work done to the Cougar with the mileage listed as 33,548.
On April 27, 1978, the vehicle was sold by Mrs. Bessie M. Humphries to Lawson E. Brown of Atlanta, GA. There is registration paperwork dating from each year from 1979-1986 and then 1992-1994. A couple of years in the early 1980's the birth date of the owner is listed on the registration paperwork and Mr. Brown was born April 26, 1914. He would have been 64 years old when he bought the Cougar in 1978. Then I found a really great piece of information. In 1993 and 1994 the mileage was listed on the registration! In 1993, the Cougar's mileage was listed as 50,563.8 and in 1994 the mileage was listed as 50,590.4. Mr. Brown only drove the vehicle 27 miles in one year! What a find!
On December 4, 1994, James R. Greene, Jr. bought the vehicle from Mr. Brown. I found this purchase date on a copy of the Illinois title when Mr. Greene sold the car to the Dustin Coleman, the gentleman I purchased the vehicle from this year. Mr. Greene must have pulled the original engine for the later model 302 in 2003 because I have the receipts for the engine rebuild from that year. Mr. Greene must have moved from Georgia to Illinois sometime between 2003 and 2008 because the invoice is from a machine shop in Georgia and lists a discount for employees of Delta Airlines, Hartsfield Airport, Atlanta, GA.
When I bought the vehicle from Mr. Coleman in April 2009, the mileage was 52,053! He told me that he only owned the vehicle for 15 months and admitted that it was in storage much of that time due to building a new house. So, now I am starting to believe that this is the original mileage on the vehicle and the odometer has not turned over and hit 100,000 miles. I really need to talk to Mr. James Green to have him fill in some of the missing history that I need.
List of owners of this 1967 Mercury Cougar:
- L. B. Humphries & Mrs. Bessie M. Humphries - April 7, 1967- April 27, 1978
- Lawson E. Brown - April 27, 1978- December 4, 1994
- James R. Greene, Jr. - December 4, 1994 - January, 14, 2008
- Dustin Coleman - January 14, 2008- April 18, 2009
- myself - April 18, 2009-present
I am sending an e-mail to the Georgia Department of Driver Services to see if they have any registration history that could be helpful. I think that I will also try to do some genealogy on the first two owners of the car.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Mary came home sick from work yesterday and stayed home from work today too. Elsie had a fever last night and sort of had a rough night, but seems better today besides a runny nose. However, I'm sure that not many people are reading this wondering about the health of my family so back to my point.
This weekend I plan to take the Cougar to my dad's house and put her on the lift to install the parts. Then I can get an alignment done so I can get her out of the garage again. I plan to take document the process with pictures and words here when I am done.
Four (4) items checked off the parts list - many more to go.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hot Rod Power Tour
Dates - TBA
Route - TBA
Stops - TBA
For those of you that don't know, the Hot Rod Power Tour is an organized event where car enthusiasts from the hobby drive a pre-planned route or "tour" through parts of the United States. The Power Tour began in 1994 when Hot Rod Magazine staff members decided to take some of their project cars on a cross-country drive from Los Angeles, CA to Norwalk, OH. Thousands of people participated along the route, but only seven participants (other than staff members) made the entire journey and were inducted into the original "Long Hauler Gang". Since its inception, the event has continued to gain in popularity and is now one of the most anticipated automotive events each year. The Power Tour is usually scheduled for six to eight consecutive days and is typically held during late May or early June. During the last few years, the Power Tour has evolved to become a Dylanesque "never ending tour" around the United States. Organizers have started the event in or near the location where the tour ended the previous year. Each stop along the Power Tour route is organized around other events or activities that vary as much as the participants themselves. See the Hot Rod Power Tour page for the magazine's 2009 coverage of the event or the main Power Tour page for coverage from previous years. The estimated starting date for 2010 should be approximately June 5, 2010 at Bristo
l Motor Speedway.
Carlisle All-Ford Nationals 16th Annual Event
June 4-6, 2010
The Carlisle All-Ford Nationals is a three day event featuring the largest gathering of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles in the United States. Everything from rare to common vehicles are featured as well as a marketplace full of parts and accessories. See this link for a recap of the 2007 event.
Car Craft Summer Nationals
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1880 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN
The Car Craft Summer Nationals is a three day event featuring over 4,000 cars of all makes and models and attracts over 45,000 people. Ten years ago this event was only drawing 1,200 cars so they're certainly doing something right to triple or quadruple the particpants. Those in attendance can stuff themselves with a basket cheese curds while gawking at the shiny cars and watching the activities along the way. The Summer Nationals features a Miss Car Craft Contest displaying the best bodies, a dyno contest (a meausrement to see which car makes the most horsepower) and a burnout contest featuring smoking tires and the smell of burning rubber. There is a car corral, family fun zone, and performance marketplace to look at all things car related. See the Car Craft site for coverage of the 2009 event by clicking here.
Another option would be to attend one of the various Good Guys events that are held throughout the year. There are a few that are held in the Midwest that are only a few hours from home.
Monday, August 17, 2009
AUG 22 SAT ~ Benefit Car & Motorcycle Show GENE'S AUTO BODY - register 10am until Noon ~ $15 Show, $5 Display ~ Dash Plaques 1st 50 Participants ~ CASH PRIZES! ~ Food ~ Music ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Benefit for Richie Dooley ~ held at Gene’s Auto Body, 4055 Pontoon Rd ~ PONTOON BEACH, IL
AUG 23 SUN ~ 18th Anniversary Edwardsville Police Benefit D.A.R.E. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show ~ register 8:30am until 1pm (gates close) ~ Fee $15 Show, $10 Display Dash Plaques ~ Free Professional Photo of your vehicle taken by Photographer, Lt. Scott Evers ~ Food & Refreshments ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Vendor Booths ~ Silent Auction ~ T-Shirts to match your Dash Plaque & Award Plaques ~ Car Clubs win $100 for Club with most member paid entries ~ held at the Edwardsville High School Sports Complex, 6161 Center Grove Rd ~ EDWARDSVILLE, IL
SEPTEMBER 5th, SATURDAY~ DR. JAZZ SODA FOUNTAIN & GRILLE presents the LEBANON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CAR CRUISE hosted by The LAKER'S CAR CLUB ~ 6pm till 9pm ~Dash Plaques 1st 100 participants ~Invite your Friends and Family ~ 50's 60's D.J. Music ~50/50 Drawing ~Attendance Prizes ~ info: (618) 537-6101 ~ Downtown City "old-time brick roads" blocked off ~Lebanon Exit off I-64 onto Route 4 ~~No Alcohol/No Vehicle burnouts ~LEBANON, IL
SEP 6 SUN ~ Collinsville VFW Post 5691 Car Show ~ register 8:30am till Noon ~ Dash Plaques 1st 125 Entries ~ Judging begins Noon ~ Attendance Prizes all day long ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Music by D.J. ~ info: (618) 344-7195 or EMAIL ~ located 1234 Vandalia St. ~ COLLINSVILLE, IL
SEP 12 SAT ~ Fat Daddy's Car Cruise ~ hosted by Party Tyme Kruzers ~ 3pm till 9pm ~ Dash Plaque 1st 50 Drivers ~ Washer Tournament ~ $20 entry, 2 man team, Cash Prizes ~ Music ~ Full Menu including Fish, Fried Chicken, Tacos, Burgers, Pizza, BBQ and more! ~ held inside Smithton American Legion, located at 104 N. Main Street ~ SMITHTON, IL
SEP 13 SUN ~ Belleville Gear Jammers Car Show & Cruise Main Street ~ Start 9am and Cruise at 4pm ~ Dash Plaques~ Strictly Fun, No Judging ~ Driver Prizes ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Valve Cover Races ~ Raffles Cake Walk AND Pig Races! ~ info: (618) 779-4406 or (618) 779-4407 ~ held at Crehan's Irish Pub, 5500 N. Belt West ~ BELLEVILLE, IL
SEPTEMBER 19th ~ SATURDAY ~ CULVER'S BUTTERBURGERS & FROZEN CUSTARD RESTAURANT CAR CRUISE ~ 6pm till 9pm, on the 3rd SATURDAY of each month, MAY thru OCTOBER ~ hosted by The LAKER'S CAR CLUB ~ Dash Plaques 1st 100 participants ~ Invite your Friends and Family ~ 50's 60's D.J Music ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Attendance Prizes ~ info: (618) 344-8780 ~ Exit #11 from I-55/70 and then North on Hwy 157 (North Bluff Rd) to 100 United Drive, 3 blocks on left ~ Our next Cruise will be our Halloween Party Cruise! ~ COLLINSVILLE, IL
SEP 19 SAT ~ 22nd Show-Me Mustang Club: Mustang & All Ford Show ~ register 8am until 4pm ~ Dash Plaques 1st 150 participants ~ $20 entry fee ~ info: (636) 561-8976 or (636) 916-3696 ~ held at new location... Crestwood Court, 109 Crestwood Plaza ~ ST. LOUIS, MO
SEP 25 FRI ~ 5th Annual Southern Illinois Rt. 66 Road Tour ~ Registration 8am till 9:30am ~ Leaving at 10:00am ~ Dash Plaques to the 1st 150 cars ~ Starting at the Chain of Rocks ~ GRANITE CITY, IL
SEP 25-27 FRI-SUN ~ International Route 66 Mother Road Festival ~ All years, makes, models accepted ~ 40 car classes w/ judging ~ Register at http://www.route66fest.com/ before September 21st for $35 + $3 fee ~ Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11 am-2pm ~ Music, Cruise (Friday), Poker Run (Saturday), Family Fun Zone, Swap Meet (Saturday), Admission is Free for spectators ~ SPRINGFIELD, IL
SEP 26 SAT ~ ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CRUISE NITE hosted by the PISTON PUSHER'S CLASSIC CAR CLUB ~ 6pm till 9pm ~ Dash Plaques 1st 75 participants ~ Manager Choice Award Attendance Prizes Drawings from 50/50 Tickets ~ 50's and 60's Music provided ~ info: EMAIL or (618) 931-0035 ~ held at Bellemore Village Shopping Center, 3216 Nameoki Rd. ~ GRANITE CITY, IL
SEP 27 SUN ~ "Gateway Chapter of the Falcon Club of America's 16th Annual All Ford*Mercury*Lincoln Fall Car Show & Swap" ~ (rain date October 4, 2009) ~ register 9am until Noon, $17 registration ~ Voting 12:30 – 1:30 ~ Awards 4 p.m. ~ 3 Trophies per class, 25 Classes, Best of Show ~ Free Swap Space ~ Dash Plaques for the 1st 100 participants ~ Attendance Prizes ~ 50/50 Drawings ~ Music DJ ~ Food & Drink ~ info: (636) 677-4670 or ~ EMAIL~ or visit http://www.gatewayfalcons.org/ ~ Location: 1st Capital 4WD, 3725 Harry S. Truman Blvd (I-70 to the Cave Springs exit 225) at the corner of Harry S. Truman & Franks Dr.(30min NW of Downtown St. Louis) ~ ST. CHARLES, MO
OCT 3 SAT ~ 'CELEBRATING THE MOTHER ROAD! ~ Route 66 Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge ~ register 9am until 11am ~ $15 includes a Dash Plaque & Goody bag ~ Pre-register and save $5 ~ visit http://www.confluencegreenway.org/ for pre-registration form ~ All vehicles must enter on the Illinois side of the bridge (270 East, to Route 3 South, To Chain of Rocks Bridge ~ GRANITE CITY, IL
OCTOBER 10th, SATURDAY~HEMANN GUTHRIE CHEVROLET of NEW BADEN, IL (618) 588-3448 presents the LEBANON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CAR CRUISE ~6pm till 9pm, ~Dash Plaques 1st 100 participants~Invite your Friends and Family ~ Last Car Cruise of the Season at Lebanon, IL ~ 50's 60's D.J. Music~50/50 Drawing~Attendance Prizes ~ Cruises are hosted by The LAKER'S CAR CLUB~ Downtown City "old-time brick roads" blocked off. ~Lebanon Exit off I-64 onto Route 4 ~ No Alcohol or vehicle burn outs ~LEBANON, IL
OCTOBER 17th, SATURDAY~CULVER'S BUTTERBURGERS & FROZEN CUSTARD RESTAURANT~6pm till 9pm ~HALLOWEEN CAR CRUISE, hosted by The LAKER'S CAR CLUB~200+ VEHICLES! ~WIN! WIN! WIN! Costume Contest & Vehicle Decorating Contest ~Dash Plaques 1st 100 participants ~Invite your Friends and Family ~ 50's 60's D.J. Music ~50/50 Drawing~Attendance Prizes ~Last Car Cruise of the Season at Collinsville, IL ~ info: (618) 344-8780 ~Exit #11 from I-55/70 and then North on Hwy. 157 (North Bluff Rd) to 100 United Drive, 3 blocks on left ~COLLINSVILLE, IL
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
My dad attended a few years ago with his boss at the time and they cruised in a 1969 Dodge Charger. For my dad's sake not a General Lee clone, but just a brother to the Duke boys classic ride.
For those of you that can't be there check out this article from the New York Times for an eyewitness view of the crusing and sights and sounds from the driver's seat of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible. I just hope he wasn't texting his copy back to New York! There is also plenty of coverage at The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press.