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Ryan's 1988 Cougar XR7

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Owner *: Ryan
Model *: Cougar XR7
Engine *: 5.0L V8 (302cid)
Transmission *: AOD 4-speed Automatic OD
Year Purchased: 2019
State/Province: MI
Country: United States
Purchased in 2021 as a non-running abandoned vehicle in Climax Springs, MO. Replaced the battery, rebuilt the fuel pump, drained the tank, replaced the fuel filter, and sprayed carb cleaner in the fuel rail, and drove it 90 miles to a hotel and a Walmart to get new tires. Then began the 850-mile journey home. The TB cable bushing gave up somewhere along the trip and the transmission gave up in Hobart, IN just a few miles from my cousin's house. We limped it there, replaced the cooling system (it was also running just a touch hot in traffic), and trailered it to a transmission shop. Freshly rebuilt near Kalamazoo, MI, it finished the journey a week later. I replaced the undersized and hastily rebuilt fuel pump, resolved a rotted catalytic converter, and buffed the paint.

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Future Plans:
TurboCoupe hood (maybe), HO Conversion, and drive it until I can drive her no more. I owned an 88 XR-7 in High School that my wife and I went to prom in. We're beyond ecstatic to rejoin the community.