Ok, so no pictures of me on the track yet (that comes next month), but the Cougar is all set up for it and ready. Just need a new IMRC and I should be good to go for that. Over the last year or two, it was looking like a very sad car. Previous primer-job was half-assed to begin with, and several years old. It ran great, but was horrid to look at.
This weekend was the Relay for Life here in Williams, so I got the idea to paint the wheels pink as a challenge for fundraising. I didn't reach my goal, but I really liked the idea of at least my track wheels being pink supporting those fighting breast cancer, such as my mom. So I grabbed a couple cans of pink paint, primered them white, and shot them. They aren't perfect, but unless you look really close, you can't tell there's a couple of small blemishes.
On the exterior, I decided that for now, I am just going to reprimer it again properly to hold me over until next spring, when I'm hoping to get it shot properly using tax refund money. It should hopefully hold up for at least that long and look alright. While we were painting it, a friend had a great idea for something to incorporate in. I was painting the wheels pink for my mom, why not put a pink ribbon on the hood and hatch in the paint? So we sprayed the area with white primer, then sprayed it pink, then put a small ribbon magnet on and sprayed the black over it. Unfortunately we painted in the heat of the day and it ended up cracking, but made a pretty cool effect. We're going to redo it at some point because the hood just doesn't look good right now, but it was a big hit at the Relay for Life last night.
Interior wise, I was getting tired of it looking like a car that just had the interior stripped, and wanted it to be more of a "race car" like interior. I kicked around ideas for a few different colors, and ended up using some Rustoleum Brilliant Blue, which is very close to Ford Blue, and did the entire interior using that. I stripped all of the sound deadening with dry ice, cleaned it with some good cleaner, and resprayed the entire interior. I ran out of paint so there's a couple small places I need to touch up, but for the most part, I think it looks phenomenal.
Also, for NASA legality, I had to remove the Stangkiller harness bar, Schroth harnesses, and Netami seats. I loved the belts and harnesses when driving hard, but they were very harsh, uncomfortable for long trips, and not legal for NASA HPDE use. I grabbed some OEM seats that I had still at my grandparents house in Phoenix that I pulled out several years ago, gave them a hell of a wash, and threw them in along with some OEM seat belts I picked up from someone on here. In time I would like to add and actual cage with proper racing seats and harnesses, but until then, these will work just fine.
So anyway, without further ado, here is the "next generation" of my Cougar. Hope you enjoy!!
A couple things to note. There's a little bit of overspray on the windshield, which I really don't care about because it has a huge crack in it and it's getting replaced Thursday. There's also a little it inside around the footwells, which I had a hard time getting taped off properly. I think I'm going to try getting some paint stripper or something and rubbing that with a cloth to clean it up a little bit. Either way, it's really coming together. I don't know how long I am going to leave the 17's pink, but they will be that way at least for my track event next month in Phoenix. I'm thinking of getting a windshield banner made that says something to the effect of "Son of a Breast Cancer Survivor" or something like that so that the average person walking by understands the pink ribbon and wheels. I actually am thinking of doing the wheels in the same blue as the interior, because I really like the color. No matter what color I decide to go with permanently, I'm going to do it properly and have the tires dismounted, wheels stripped and powdercoated, and tires reinstalled.