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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-16-2014, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at a 30 th anniversary cougar today at an estate sale. The cougar is like brand new 14K miles interior mint. The old guy added a vinyl top its not a factory one he also added a luggage rack on the trunk. The estate sale is sealed bidding.

If i get the car what am to expect with removing the rag top. With the trunk I will just find anouther one and paint it.

He also had a mark 8 with 6K miles on it car was mint condition. The cars have been in storage and haven't been driven in 5 years. What other problems might come up from not running so long.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-16-2014, 04:44 PM
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Run far far away.

Seriously, you'll need to do bodywork and repaint the car if you take that stupid top off, the companies that installed them used punches and self tapping screws right into the bodies and the finish underneath is likely to have corrosion, not to mention being miscolored due to the exposed paint fading. Shame such a low mile car was ruined

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Agreed, unless you are a professional body man, run far away, but if you were a body man, you would probably already know that. Basically take what you would have bid on the cougar, plus the $4000 it will cost you to have it fixed, and bid that amount on the markViii instead.

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What about the Mark VIII? It can't hurt to put in a bid you think is fair.

I would think the amount of work to bring that car back would be much less than ditching the vinyl top (ex: fuel, filters inc fuel filter, oil change, new tires). Worst case scenario would be you might have clogged fuel lines and/or filters (both of which can be checked with a fuel pressure gauge before starting the car and then addressed as needed).

After the oil change and fuel related fixes, I would probably turn the engine over a few times by hand, disable the fuel @ the trunk switch, and then crank it a fuel times to build up oil pressure before allowing it to fully fire.



I'm not aware of any MarkVIII "points of rot" but unless or water got into the car for 5 yrs, that might be a better option.
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For the cougar I put a bid in for 2,500 and 2,300 for the mark viii. I didn't want to bid much more considering I couldn't hear or drive the cars. The mark vii was definitely in the best one. I really prefer the cougar body over mark viii and thunderbird.
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Leave the 1/2 vinyl top on as well as the luggage rack.Put on 24's
and be a pimp.

Also with that low mileage and probally garage kept, there's no rust under the top

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It's a full vinyle top the whole roof I am gonna check anouther one Saturday. It's owned by an old lady
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Leave the vinyl top - build it into one bad sleeper

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I didn't get the one with the rag top. I found anouther one old lady owned. Pearl white 30 th anniversary. I am picking it up tomarow Pics after I get it home
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Much better choice

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I have been wanting a pearl white cougar since I saw yours Matt 5 years ago. I like 94 95 body better with so few of these in good condition left I can't be too picky.
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