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  • From: Tennessee
AMT '67 Mercury Cougar "Puma GT"
Posted by BUCKY on Friday, November 6, 2020 7:45 PM

I had the following two boxes of stuff hangin' 'round the hobby room......

In the Cougar box was a couple old glue bombs......

And this was in the Mustang box......

So, I got the idea to attempt to build one of these......

In my opinion, this was a missed opportunity by the Ford Motor Company.

This is a project I started a while back, and since the "other" forum shut down, I thought I'd post it here, starting from the beginning of the project. This is nowhere near completed, so I'll bring it up to date as I get a few minutes here and there to upload the pics.  Any tips and tricks will be surely welcomed! I hope you all enjoy as I bludgeon this bunch o' plastic! LOL

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 6, 2020 7:50 PM

That's cool!  Following. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, November 6, 2020 9:41 PM

Oooooo , i like that....  A fastback kitty.  I want a 1:1 of those.

Is that a custom built 1:1, or a model, or a prototype?

I followed a car with a Washington vanity plate one morning....for 3 miles I tried to figure out "SPTNKTN".  He finally hit the turn signal, blink, blink, blink.......blink, blink, blink.   Almost ran into the ditch laughing....a Cougar.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 6, 2020 11:39 PM

Lookin' forward to this!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:37 AM

Oh yeah I want to see this.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by BUCKY on Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:47 AM

I used my regular tools of destruction to carve out the roof section of the Mustang......

Likewise with the Cougar......

The first test-fit showed promise......

After some tweakin', it nestled down in there pretty good......

It's really close to what I want it to be.

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:00 AM

Now this is cool. A fastback Cougar. Super cool idea and it's clear you know what you're doing. I'll be watching with interest.

BK

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:16 AM

That's looking real good.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by treehuggerdave on Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:40 AM

I love the whole idea and your getting off to a good start.

Like everyone else here, I'll be following along.

Can't wait until the next update.

Phil. 4:6-7   Jer. 29:11-14  John 3:13

On the bench - Hand made '50 Lincoln "Tail dragger"  1956 DeSoto 'vert., Resin '60 Chrysler 300 , Modelhaus resin '58 Pontiac hardtop kit.

Been a "Plastholic" all my life. Love this stuff.

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Posted by BUCKY on Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:28 PM

I got this GT-E hood from TMResins......

This is actually a stock hood for a 1968 Cougar GT-E.

The gold paint proved to be stubborn......

Most of it came off, but I had some left......

So, I resorted to using some brush cleaner with a cotton swab......

It took a while, but all the paint came off, and the plastic was not harmed......

Here is the cleaned Cougar body, with the Mustang fastback roof and window unit in place......

So far, this has been a fairly smooth project.

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:52 PM

Looking at this from certain angles makes it have a bit of a baby Torino vibe. Pretty cool, I like it.

BK

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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:12 PM

Super cool Wink

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Posted by BUCKY on Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:32 PM

Thanks for following along, fellas!

I decided to remove  the quarter vents from the Mustang roof......

Good ol' DREMEL tool made short work of it......

A little careful clean-up, and I have openings......

Turning to the blend area at the back, I noticed a difference in the lines between the Cougar and Mustang deck lids......

After a good bit of filling and filing, I shot some DupliColor Primer on it......

The primer showed me that I had some filling and filing to do! 

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:58 PM

Yes

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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  • From: Tennessee
Posted by BUCKY on Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:56 PM

I got the body work like I want it......

I still have time to do some tweakin', if'n it needs some!! HAHAHA

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

fox
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Posted by fox on Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:57 PM

Coming along nicely. Big Smile

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by BUCKY on Sunday, November 8, 2020 11:38 AM

Well...after leaving this project dormant for about a year, I dumped it back out on the workbench......

On the way to modifying the Cougar dashboard to fit the Mustang interior tub, I seem to remember a mis-guided razor saw and a Band-Aid coming into play......

In the search for parts and pieces for this project, I pulled this kit down from the shelf......

I found these valve covers in the '69 kit......

Some of these parts will be incorporated into the Puma GT project, as well......

The '69 XR-7 kit has a badly warped body in it, so I'll most likely use some of those kit parts on this build.

Looking at hte grille, I thought it might need a little something extra......

So, I added just a couple simple pieces of .040" half-round trim......

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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Posted by BUCKY on Monday, November 9, 2020 1:49 PM

Here's the Mustang engine, with the induction set-up from the Cougar kit, and a wired distributor Kris Morgan......

It seems to fit in the engine bay fairly well......

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 9, 2020 2:19 PM

Now Mustangs and Cougars, like their Chevy II counterparts, had small engine bays and little room to change plugs and whatnot. SO, you'll have to throw the whole thing out. I'm just kidding. This is pretty neat. I love the curved velocity stacks. Nice touch.

BK

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Posted by BUCKY on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:04 PM
I like those, too. They allow for using the stock hood, instead of having a giant hole in it! LOL

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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Posted by BUCKY on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:12 PM

Headers and glass packs! Why not?......

This engine bay has a 390 V-8 in it......

As you can see, the radiator hose attaches to the passenger side of said radiator.

The radiator I got in the Cougar box, which might not be the original kit radiator, has the spout on the wrong side, as marked in red......

An easy fix. I added some styrene tube to the right side. After the glue set, I worked it down to size......

While I had the styrene stuff out, I filled in the hinge openings in the firewall......

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:39 PM

That is one of the tightest, if not the tightest engine bay combos ever. I so much hate working on those. Glad this is a kit and not the real deal. Love the glass packs, you are definately talking my language now.

BK

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On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by BUCKY on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:50 PM
Yep! Very snug!! HAHA

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:56 PM
My son in law had a 68 Mustang GT with a 390. The old reference of don't drop the wrench it'll never hit the ground

 

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Posted by BUCKY on Monday, November 9, 2020 9:23 PM

These seats are from the Mustang kit......

Molded as one piece. I added the white shim so it would match up with the Cougar dashboard.

I cut the console away from the seats. The part in the back is the storage box that mount to the back of the console......

Box-on-console pic......

I added some sheet styrene to tie it all together......

Next, I added strips around the edges for trim......

Some fine-tuning will be necessary to make this all look a little better.

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Tennessee
Posted by BUCKY on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:27 PM

I added a seat track to the bucket seats......

These may be tweaked before final assembly.

DupliColor Primer was applied to several of the parts I've worked on, so far......

Those ejector pin marks will be dealt with before it's done.

I went ahead a primed the chassis, too......

 

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 2:11 PM

Excellent and creative project, and nicely done!

I had a '68 Cougar way back then.  Fun car to drive and still one of my favorites.  

(Unfortunately, we never got the carburator working quite right, until a few weeks before I traded it in!)

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:28 PM

Yes

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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    June 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:32 PM
nice build so far and it's good to see you taking the opportunity to add more detail
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Posted by BUCKY on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 8:39 AM

Many thanks, guys!

 

The stock rear pan that goes under the bumper is sort of flimsy in the Cougar kit, so I chose to use the custom piece......

I glued it in place......

Then removed the orange part......

After some clean-up, the stock bumper and taillights fit pretty well......

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

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