Tom Rounds
February 15, 2007

The Details
'70 Mercury Cougar XR-7
Owner: Kevin Cornwell, Williamsport, MD

Engine
351 Cleveland
4V cylinder heads
11.5:1 compression
Lunati cam w/.562 valve lift
Boss 351 intake manifold
Holley 650-cfm carb
MSD distributor and ignition system

An Auto Meter tachometer supercedes the factory unit for accuracy and reliability.

Transmission
Modified C4 automatic
2,500-rpm stall torque converter

Rearend
9-inch
3.73 gears

Suspension
Front: Rebuilt stock, KYB Gas-a-Just shocks
Rear: Rebuilt stock, KYB Gas-a-Just shocks

Brakes
Front: Stock disc
Rear: Stock drum

Wheels
Front: American Racing chrome-finishTorq Thrust D, 16x7
Rear: American Racing chrome-finish Torq Thrust D, 16x7


Compared to the competition, the Eliminator letter markings are subtle and good-looking. The Eliminator package was a popular performance option for the Cougar and included a host of extras such as front and rear spoilers as well as the hoodscoop.

Tires
Front: Kumho Ecsta 711, P225/50R16
Rear: Kumho Ecsta 711, P245/50R16

Interior
Original upholstery, XR-7 trim, factory center console with T-handle shifter, Auto Meter instrumentation including column-mounted tachometer and console-mounted water and oil gauges

Body
Code 2156 Bright Gold poly paint Eliminator hoodscoop and graphics
Eliminator front and rear spoilers