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I thought I would make a thread for my other car since I don't have much to say about my two dead Cougars right now. I promise not to prattle on about it, just some tidbits from time to time. I still love and miss my Cougars, they are a very different vehicle.

I'll start with an engine bay photo. I just installed the battery cover this weekend. It uses those little snap on fasteners right on top of the battery hold down studs so its super simple. I would try to fabricate something similar in Foundracer if the battery were still in the engine bay.
The FSTB is just dipped, not permanent although the dip has been holding up just fine for several months now. I'm toying around with using green highlights on this car to compliment Foundracer but we shall see how far I actually go with it. I've also replaced the factory accordion tube with a silicon tube, and deleted a "sound tube" that piped intake noise to the passenger compartment. That tube was super ugly and dumb. Next priority for the engine bay I think will be the washer fluid reservoir. I'll either get a second tank and paint it, or fabricate a cover for this one. I don't want to do any permanent modifications to this car.

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The biggest investment I've made outside of already buying two sets of tires is a hidden hitch. When the adapter is removed, this hitch is totally invisible, hidden behind the bumper. The adapter slides in vertically. Its pretty slick and the concept would be easily reproducible on a Cougar.
Here's a stock photo that shows the design:
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Here's mine installed with a 4" lift / 1 1/4"->2" adapter and a cargo rack installed. This is super handy.
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The wheels in that photo are from an older generation, I bought them to use as my winter beaters but I could see using them full time potentially. TBD

That's all for now. Hoping for some Cougar news soon.
 
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A couple weeks ago I did an oil change myself the first time on this car. I've been using K&N HP oil filters for as long as I can remember so I reflexively bought a K&N for this car.
Welp; This car has an aluminum belly pan that needs to be removed to change the oil. The good news is that except for removing the belly pan, the filter is super easy to reach and change so there's no real need for the K&N...I'll just use M1 in the future. The bad news is that when I went to put the pan back on again, the nut on the end of the oil filter was touching the belly pan. After weighing the pros and cons of the situation, I elected to live with it and I tightened the bolts down and went on my way with a god-awful rattle. Living in a hotel most of the time, I had to live with it for about two weeks.
This weekend, I visited home for a few days so I was able to address it. I elected to install some longer bolts and spacers on the belly pan in order to get a gap rather than doing an early oil change. I'll just restore it to normal next oil change.

The cool part of this story, is that I used it as an excuse to buy some Rhino Ramps. After a single use, I can already see that this is going to be one of the best investments ever. I sort of held them up to the Cougar nose and it looks like they should work for that too! I used to have some metal ramps that were kinda sketchy, and also didn't fit under the nose of the Cougar but these are much nicer.
 
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