Really missing my car right now. We had great weather yesterday and I would have loved to give it a spring detail and cruise. Unfortunately both of my Cougars are inaccessible to me until I can travel again, and neither is currently functional.
Mine has a slow leak in the left rear tire. We're trying to rotate which car we drive for errands when we do need to go out, but every time it's the Cougar's turn it's like, "Ah, crap. Tire." I have one of those plug kits, and the tires should be replaced soon anyway, so I should try to plug it.
I put my battery back in after a 24 hour charge, and it started right up!
30 seconds later the battery light was back on. To be fair it barely hit 12v immediately after connecting it and the charger's amp meter never got as low as I would have liked...
Can't complain after 4 years of use considering it had been in use when bought. Good excuse to buy a lithium!
First autocross event is this coming Saturday, so I have been working the cobwebs out.
The front coilover springs have always been too short, so I ended up finding some 1-inch longer ones (that are also 30% stiffer: up to 650# now, from a 500# spring last season) and put those in earlier in the year. Turns out they are STILL too short. I can get them adjusted just fine, but when I jack up the car, it doesn't keep the tension and the spring falls out - so I have to be really careful lowering it back down to make sure everything seats.
ANYWAY I adjusted the ride height on these as low as I could get them, which doesn't do me any favors re: springs falling out when jacking. The ride height is just about right, but I REALLY wish I could use a longer spring to keep the tension all the time. However I can't move the perch any lower because it's now sitting on the mounting ring for the sway bar link.
So now I'm shopping for some shorter sway bar links. Since I can move the mounting ring as much as I like, I have a lot of flexibility with this; it's just a matter of finding something that is as long as possible but not TOO long. Hoping to find something about 2 inches shorter than the ones I have now, and getting a spring that is about 2 inches taller, then dropping the perch to match.
Hopefully the stiffer front end allows both rear wheels to stay on the ground a bit more than before; it tweaks like a GTI in corners. Failing that, I might go back to the original Cougar front sway bar if it's still rotating well.
Pretty productive weekend on the yellow car. I started off thinking I was going to replace the alt cable and be good.
That escalated to replacing the alternator, then when I started the car I had a wicked vacuum leak at the EGR valve.
Trying to fix that, I discovered I had somehow managed to strip out the bolt holes for the EGR valve so I had to drill and tap larger holes. My available tools at my kids house where the car is were not really adequate so I had to fight with improper tools through the whole ordeal. (Dont buy the autozone tap handles)
Good news: the car seems to run great now.
Bad news: The battery is toast. It wont take a charge at all anymore.
Worse news: I had to leave it at my kids house again because the logistics of bringing it home with me just weren't in place. I overlooked that little detail when planning this trip.
I'm new to the forum and to Cougars in general, but I'm happy to be here. I just picked up a 2001 Cougar 2.5 with a manual with the specific purpose of building an amateur Rallycross car. It's my first time doing anything like this but it's a long time dream.
All I've done so far is...
I finally found myself a rust free car to build the way I always wanted to. :wiggle:
The goal will be to build it into a great GT car for road trips to the "destination roads" around the country. This car should be comfortable enough to sit in for a week at a time, but still fun enough to flog...
So what do I do in the middle of a pandemic? I look for a project car! Go figure. Anyway, I'd scanned Craigslist for weeks for something interesting. I'd found a non-running '78 MG Midget for $1300 but was weary as I had a '78 MGB in high school (class of '84). Between it, the '66 Mustang, and...
Welp, I've had enough of sulking in my corner, wishing upon a star. so y'all get to watch me squirm under financial considerations until this gets done.
Current situation : Daily driving a '99 Toyota Corolla, 5-speed, 329,000 kms, terminal rust everywhere. new slave and hard lines on the way...
I'm parting out a 2000 manual v6, just wondering what parts people may possibly need and I can begin pulling those pieces first, or setting them aside first. It's a 2000 manual v6 car. let me know what you're looking for and I'll start putting that stuff together first.
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