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Pictures from Carlisle all Fords show June 3,4,5 2005.
Before you start reading, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone in the community whom I am involved with. You truely make it all worth while. Thank you for your friendships, your willingness to be a teacher, and the happiness you have all given me over the last few years.
Some backround information on the car.
What the factory produced
Source: www.coolcats.net (thanks Eric)
The year 1988 was to be the last for the cougar on the fox platform. Ford gave the �88 cougar some differences from it�s �87 sister car.
The 1988 XR-7 received the first series of monochromatic (one color) paint schemes which became a huge hit with consumers. The XR-7 was available in Medium scarlet red, black and oxford white with smoke, scarlet, or shadow blue interiors. They were also given the 16 spoke Mustang GT wheels (also referred to as �Turbines�) available in body color or, as an option, in argent. Pin striping, on the exterior of the car, was color matched with the installed interior.
The heart of the XR-7 was a standard output five liter roller motor (302 cubic inch displacement). Different from the 1987 model year, all V-8 cougars in 1988 received duel exhaust, pushing the horsepower rating from 150 in �87, to 155 in �88 (peak HP at 3,400 RPM). The XR-7 also came with the 4 speed overdrive automatic transmission (A.O.D.), an 8.8 rear axle with 3.08 gears, and 10� discs up front and 10� drums at the rear.
Ford produced 113,801 cougars for the 1988 model year, almost 13 percent of them being XR-7�s (14,488 XR-7�s produced).
Cat Jam 2004 pics
April 6th 2005 photos with my firehouse in the backround.
What it has become today
I purchased this car on July 3rd, 2001 for the sum of $700.00 with 115,406 on the odometer. I became the second owner of, what turned out to be, a very reliable car. In 2003 the performance bug hit me. Having several friends that were into modifying their car, and being a member of an online community, the performance people were all around me. I began saving my nickels as best a college student can, and put money aside for the future.
In the summer of 2003, I was fortunate enough to have an engine block given to me by my good friend Bill. Since this was all new to me, my two friends Bill and Nick frequently came over and helped me with the rip down and build process. Many long nights were spent in my garage. The block donated is a ford V-8 bored 0.060� over making it a 310 cubic inch displacement instead of the stock 302C.I.D.. My friend Nick donated a set of E7 heads which were sent to the shop and got about $500 worth of work done to them. The heads were milled, exhaust matched ported, received a 3 angle valve job, brass guides, Crane Conical Springs, and a lot of love.
Before the motor could be built and put in the car, there was some other work to be done. Sub-frame connectors were welded in place to prevent the new motor from twisting the frame of the car. New exhaust system was put in place. Instead of the stock setup (exhaust manifolds - into - �Y� pipe - into - Catalytic converter - into - �Y� pipe -into - 2 mufflers) a �true duel� setup was installed. This setup included MAC 1 5/8� shortie un-equal length headers, 2.5� MAC Pro-chamber �H� pipe, (2) 40 series Flowmaster mufflers, and custom hung 2.5� Mandrel bent exhaust pipe. Now the car was ready to receive the new motor.
To list a few more specs of the motor:
Lunati wg-1087 camshaft
Pro-M 80mm mass air meter calibrated for 24# injectors
65mm BBK throttle body
Cobra intake manifold
Ford Motor Sports 1:6 roller rockers
Ford Motor Sports hardened pushrods
Ford Motor Sports 24 pound/hour injectors
Ford Motor Sports Timing chain
Mass air conversion harness
1989 Mustang A9L mass air computer
Melling oil pump with hardened shaft.
Ford Motor Sport 9mm spark plug wires
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