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View Poll Results: Is your Thunderbird or Cougar your beater?
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post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old 07-04-2014, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is your Thunderbird or Cougar your beater?

I notice as time passes by..With more, and more new members joining TCCoA..

It seems there is quite a few members that daily drive their Thunderbird or Cougar with no intentions of taking care of it aesthetically..

Just as a means of transportation..No interest in the car otherwise as far as modding it, or even preserving it in some capacity..

In other words..Using it as a beater..


So..Without further ado..

What is your Thunderbird or Cougar to you?





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If I could answer all of the above, I would.

89 Cougar is the beater, I would drive it when working on other cars, if it wasn't down for head gaskets
97 Cougar is the basket case, wrecked and bought back, gathering parts and need to take a trip to someone with a frame machine
97 Mark VIII, pretty rough when picked up, worked on then hit, but still my daily driver

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Even if I had a beater, I couldn't treat it like a beater. The Cougar was as close to a beater as I would ever have gotten, but even then - it was still a DD that I would maintain and care for just like any other car. The only part I neglected because it was already too fargone was the paint.

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The majority of MN12s/FN10s are beaters. I'm not talking about online forums. I'm talking about all the ones on the road. 3/4s of them need camber adjustment that should have been taken care of 10 years ago, and airbags that should have been fixed long ago.
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The majority of MN12s/FN10s are beaters. I'm not talking about online forums. I'm talking about all the ones on the road. 3/4s of them need camber adjustment that should have been taken care of 10 years ago, and airbags that should have been fixed long ago.
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Is your Thunderbird or Cougar your beater?
I notice as time passes by..With more, and more new members joining TCCoA..
That is your Thunderbird or Cougar to you?
From July 1999 until June 2014, mine was my daily driver.
15 soild, reliable years.
Now, she's retired & awaiting some TLC.
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Lazarus has a beater body, but it's new underneath. It's the daily driver, now undergoing another transmission update.

I like the beater look for it; keeps people from wanting to pull out in front of me, lol.

The other cars are in great shape, and drive like new.

The Red Cougar will need a paintjob soon, it has the standard clearcoat rot.

I have Koni Shocks going on the 1999 Coutour; it should drive really nice after that.

It already has a nice tranny cooler upgrade, and I'm looking into tuning it.

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Daily driver non beater and I plan to keep it that way. Never been a fan of running cars into the ground, even if I hate them(I wouldn't buy a car I'd hate in the first place - a nice luxury of mechanical competence) and I'm also not a fan of relegating the car I REALLY like to a 10 day a year garage queen either. What's the point?

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Also none of my cars are garage queens and even my most trashy looking and feeling one that I just picked up I wouldn't call a beater. No rust at all on either birds, no structural rust on either trucks.

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Mine is my daily driver...and the casual observer may think it is a beater, but my '95 is well-loved.
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My car is more or less a daily driver and when I got it I even ordered plates to make it known. Still I keep it in clean and in a well maintained condition and any performance mods are mainly accidental.


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While mine is a slightly warmed-up Daily Driver and has some rust now, I don't consider it a "beater" because I do maintain it and keep it going...and because it is my DD I depend on it 100% This car owes me absolutely nothing, but I'd like to keep it going because I love this car.

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Mine is a cornfield special right now.

Hopefully not for much longer, just need to do some firewall repairs and clean the carpet, put the dash back in, etc. etc.


I drive an endangered species...they are being crushed at an alarming rate. Please do your part to preserve the Cougar species, and ensure they live on into the future.

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Been telling him that, that Coug is ****ed

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Been telling him that, that Coug is ****ed
I just got back from down there, they are fine.
I keep the area around it trimmed pretty good. Hopefully she won't be there much longer!

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So..Without further ado..

What is your Thunderbird or Cougar to you?
A ****box that has sat in the driveway not running for 10 years now. Moved on to better/faster things. It only has around 40k miles on it, want to buy it?

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A ****box that has sat in the driveway not running for 10 years now. Moved on to better/faster things. It only has around 40k miles on it, want to buy it?
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