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Rebuilding a 1978 Mercury cougar


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Rspata
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Aug 18, 2011, 11:13 PM

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Rebuilding a 1978 Mercury cougar Sign In

Can you switch carburated engine to a fuel injected engine. Also looking for cougar parts and a 302 for sale

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Hammer Time
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Aug 19, 2011, 3:11 AM

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That requires a computer to operate it and all the integrated wiring. They sell aftermarket kits to do that but I don't believe I would recommend them.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 19, 2011, 4:21 AM

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Ditto with HT: Keep it OE. Owned a 1979 w 302 2v carb. Decent car but a gutless wonder,

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Aug 19, 2011, 4:39 AM

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Your best bet would be to get a fox body style mustang with 5.0L HO 88~94 and some 95's have them.. It's alot of work as mentioned above. you'll need a whole doner car.


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 19, 2011, 6:01 AM

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Just a note: Chassis of this car is much like the LTDII (70s), Torino of some years, a fairly rare Ford call Elite and perhaps some more.

First 302s were founded on famous 289 some with insane HP. This Cougar is a chassis car near exactly like the T-Bird of same year.

Notes: Carbs work fine if adjusted well and can produce all the HP you want.

Hard to even Google but check out Camaro, 1967, Z-27 w 302 (GM) 500 made and rated at 1,600 HP! Yikes! Others, Ford made an "R" code 427, chrome air cleaner said 390 HP - wrong - was really 540 put in light Mustangs and Cougars in the 60s. Yikes! You could feel your hemorrhoids flying into the trunk! Smile. Not mine but drove that Cougar - absolutely amazing w trick factory C-6 trans could blow anything away. Only saw the Camaro at car shows,

Tom



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Aug 19, 2011, 10:54 AM

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You have to admit EFI does have advantages when it comes to drive-ability when it is working properly. I agree that a 5.0L EFI setup out of a Mustang/Lincoln/T bird would be nice. It's work and cost money, but would be a nice addition. HO has roller lifters and you don't have to worry about today's oil, that has less zinc, rounding off a cam lobe. The ethanol doesn't help in carbs either. Just an opinion.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 19, 2011, 4:35 PM

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Ethanol: So true - carbs don't do well with it. Has ruined yard equipment and want to choke whoever made that some rule!



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