Figured I’m on here enough so I might as well track the progress here as well. I fully expect this project to be at least a few year project based on time, money, and experience but I’m ready to tackle it. I’ll never see a return for the money I’ll put into it but that’s okay because I will pass it on to my son. Now for the long back story to start things off: This car has been in my family from almost the beginning of its life. For 48 years of its life. My grandpa which I was never able to meet originally bought this car in Seattle WA. Once he passed my dad flew out there with one of his brother in laws and drove the car back. On the way they ran out of gas and there’s a whole story behind that for another day. Almost completely original besides a few things throughout the years. The original color was a canary yellow. Wrong oil dipstick. And a few other odds and ends. It was professionally appraised 27 years ago and got nit picked for these small things (I have that report) and only appraised for $6000. Luckily it only appraised for that for my dads sake because it was always supposed to be his car (per his dad) but with three sisters they didn’t like that option and he was not alive to tell them this. The sisters said they would split the car and each have it for three months. My dad was not having that. He said “hell no so when I get it back the transmissions dropped out of it, not going to happen” so the fight began. He said forget it and paid each sister $1500 to take their portions. Now from 1991-1999 he drove the car (weekend driver etc as it still only has 26,000 original miles). The car is so heavy on the front end that he smoked multiple sets of tires on it (I remember the car as a kid) and also lost a job from doing a burnout in the parking lot because other employees were saying it was weak and didn’t have any balls. As the smoke rolled into his workplace and the tire marks left in the parking lot that was the end of that. Over time the shifter became loose (dangerously) and he parked it. Never got around to messing with it. It’s been in a garage under a tarp and on rollers. At that point I was old enough that we talked about one day it’ll be my car. He regularly cleaned it off with a duster and waxed the car on occasion throughout these years. It always took precedence over whatever vehicle he has had. Between owning a home with a one car garage with a brand new mustang that had to park outside because the Cougar took the garage spot. Been in a heated garage tucked away for the last 11 years. Now one drunken night a few weeks ago I started talking to him about let’s fix it up and I would throw the money at it because it’s time to see it go down the road again. He started talking about how he gave his sisters money (first time hearing the story) and how he needs some money for it because he needs a new roof in a few years and was thinking about selling it. It was always supposed to be mine (maybe not this early) but that wasn’t going to happen. I said if you’re selling it than I’m your guy because there is no way it’s going anywhere else. Well we meant yesterday to discuss the car. He told me the history and things and had me meet him at my grandpas grave. Gave me the title and said take it. I could never charge you for it and it was always supposed to be yours. Told me have fun with the argument with your sister (said he’s still here to fend for me unlike his dad). TL;DR: I got a 1968 Mercury Cougar GT s code yesterday. Now the fun begins. I ordered a Marti Report on the car last night that I should get here soon. Tells me all the original specs and how many of that color, model, etc were made and the exact day it was built etc. Starting list: -Transmission slips and leaks -Shifter super loose -Horn is stuck on (unplugged) -Exuast leak at header -Wrong dipstick -Interior light broke (my sisters head was the cause of this when we were younger when my dad took off a little to fast) -Engine runs super rich -Minimal rust inside trunk Good news -Body is in excellent shape -Engine runs - I’m still young and energetic First thing next weekend is starting her up. -Change oil and filter -Take our spark plugs drip some Marvel Mystery oil in. Replace spark plugs with new. -New gas -Lube everything up -Hand crank it - HOPE FOR THE BEST TL;DR: I’m fixing a car.