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1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator - A Survivor - All Original

Make: Mercury
Model: Cougar
Type: Coupe
Trim: Eliminator
Year: 1969
Mileage: 112,000
VIN: 9F91Sxxxxxx
Color: Yellow
Engine: 390
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, United States

1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Additional Info:

This Eliminator is an All Original Paint – Unrestored Body – All Original Black Interior – carpeting, dash, door panel, seats all very good (sail panels a little rough). It still has the original, Cougar floor mats. It was obtained on June 4, 1994 andprior owners are unknown. From the original invoice (I got from Lois Eminger in June 1994) this car was originally sold by Ralphy Collins Ford in Albertville, AL. When I purchased this car it had 95,128 miles on. Now it has about 112,000 miles.

In 1969, there were 2411 Eliminators made out of 100,069 total Cougars. There existed in 1994 only 30 known Eliminators with the 390 GT CID engine. Of these there were only 6 Yellow 390 Eliminators known in the USA.I showed this car atthe Cougar Nationals (East) held in 1995 at Grand Island, NY (Niagara Falls) and entered in the Unrestored Class - scored 220 ½ out of 250 points. Placed second. In 2008 Ishowed it at Ford Carlisle and placed second in the Eliminator class.

This car has the original (VIN-stamped) C6 Automatic transmission with a B&M 2400 Stall Converter and a supplemental Transmission Cooler. I still have the original torque converter. The 390 engine is original (VIN # stamped on rear of drivers side head) and was rebuilt in 1995. It was bored 0.030 over and I had hardened exhaust seats installed in the heads. I bought a Comp Cams Magnum 270 cam for it. (I still have the original, factory cam) It runs really good. When the engine was out, I had the tranny torn down and inspected. All it needed were a couple of new seals – nothing amiss. I also rebuilt the Holley carb and put in a Trick kit – I used slightly different springs in the vacuum secondaries and cam for the accelerator pump. Since it has been over 20 years since the engine rebuild I would like to replace the intake and valve cover gaskets as they are starting to leak. Also, I want to clean out the radiator just because it would be a good idea to do this. The car does not overheat nor does it knock. I run 93 octane pump gas in it with no problems. Starts well every time. A very dependable driver.

It is equipped with a 3.50:1 Limited Slip Posi Rear with 31 Spline axles in a 9” Nodular-Case. When I got the car it had a 3.00:1 open rear with 31 spline axels in the Nodular rear housing. I still have this open rear gear. When I bought the car it already had the 428PI Aluminum Intake and 428CJ Ford-factory Holley Carb. I do NOT have the original intake nor carb. I installed a pair of 428CJ Exhaust Manifolds, 428CJ H-Pipe, 2 ¼” Aluminized Exhaust and Flow Master Mufflers. I still have the original 390GT exhaust manifolds, heat riser and a NOS 390 H-Pipe to convert back to original (if desired). I installed all new springs, front and back to pick it back up to correct ride height.

It came with manual steering but I upgraded this with a Total Control Manual Rack & Pinion Steering system. I have the entire, original steering box and linkages to put back to original (if desired). It originally came with manual drum brakes all around but I upgraded this to power disk brakes. I have the entire original front manual brake setup and the manual master cylinder and proportioning valve. Now it stops confidently and does not drift either right or left. I also changed out the original steel brake lines to stainless steel brakes lines all around. The distributor has been upgraded with a Petronix Ignition Module in a period correct distributor housing. When I bought the car it was equipped with an aftermarket Mallory distributor.

I have 4 stock 14x6 Elim. Rims and 215/70-14 Firestone Firehawk tires but fitted the rear with Custom 15x8 Elim. Rear Rims with 275/60-15 Firestone tires. No modifications were made fitting these rear tires on. I also have the original spare tire (Goodyear) on an original stock rim.

Electrically, the only item non-functional is the clock in the dash. I just haven’t had the need to repair or replace the movement. Everything else functions as expected. I upgraded the headlights with halogen bulbs. I also just recently replaced the fuel tank sending unit with a new one from WCC (since they just came out with a good repro). I still have the original (it was still working but after this many years I wanted to change it). The rear lights were also upgraded to Plasma LEDs with a new LED sequencer box and LED flasher. They work great and are incredibly bright.

As this is an original paint car, there are several minor body issues. There are some ‘dings’ and thin paint around the car. There are beginning rust perforations at the lower outer corners of the doors. There are areas needing repair at both rear quarter bottoms. Both doors have a scuzzy rust coating on underneath bottoms (no perforations). The front fender extensions should be repainted as the driver’s side has little blisters and the passenger’s side had a non-matching yellow paint sprayed on it. These are all conditions that existed when I first bought the car. The underside is remarkably good. No rust issues at all. Torque boxes are clean and solid. So are the frame extensions front and rear. The shock towers are clean and intact – nobody cut holes to grease the upper arms. No problems with floor pans. The front hood trim could use straightening. I do have an NOS hood trim piece for this. The only ID tag missing is the one located under the coil – the engine ID tag. I have searched for the build sheet and have not found one, yet. I have not taken much apart on this car so it could still be stashed in it some where.

The deposit is non-refundable. Full payment is required as a bank check, cash or wire transfer. The car will not move and the title will NOT be transferred until the funds are secured. Ask questions before bidding. And, thank you for looking. As this car is advertised locally, I reserve the right to end this auction without notice.