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New "Big" project started 1970 Mercury "El Gato"

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New "Big" project started 1970 Mercury "El Gato"
Posted by crzyhorse on Saturday, April 03, 2004 7:52 PM
Ok y'all I'm starting a new concept car. I've only ever tried once to do a replica of a real concept. Though I've done more than one of my "original" concepts. THis time I'm doing the 1970 Mercury "El Gato" , a Cougar based concept (this is inspired by the Dodge Diamante thread) here's a pic to get you aquainted with the car
http://www.xpphotoalbum.com/showgallery.php?cat=9335&ppuser=3876&password=&page=
There will be a fair amount of scratchbuilding here, but I think I can kitbash a lot of it


Oh and by the way, if you know where I can get interior, engine bay pics PLEASE let me know!!!
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Posted by roadhawg on Saturday, April 03, 2004 8:22 PM
now thats going to be a cool project! i usually dont get into concept cars too much, but theres something about that one i really like. its...well...just right, if you know what i mean.

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by Tiburon on Saturday, April 03, 2004 8:37 PM
Sort of looks like the Cougar II with a Mustang roof. Can't wait to see your build. Keep us informed, please.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 03, 2004 9:10 PM
i,ve been looking or pics of the El gato, no luck on the interoir, but the engine is a 289 c.i.
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Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 04, 2004 12:23 AM
I've been a Ford fanatic all my life, but that's the first I've ever seen that car. I looks super cool. That's going to be great project. Be sure to post some pics.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 04, 2004 6:31 AM
Cool Car. Looks more to me like a Custom Torino tho than a Cougar, maybe that would be a good starting place, the Revell 70 Torino kit?
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 04, 2004 8:14 AM
yeah, that going to be a great build, keep us posted as to the progress, I just found out what El Gato means "The Cat"
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Sunday, April 04, 2004 10:55 AM
Hi ya crzyhorse ...

Cool project ... good luck with your "Cat" ... keep us posted if you can ... thanks ... Smile,Wink, & Grin

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Posted by MojoDoctor on Sunday, April 04, 2004 12:13 PM
The El Gato would make a good project!
Here are some more photos, especially of the front and back. I can't find any interior photos. Dang!
http://www.desoto58.com/dreamcar/dreammer70.html

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Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 04, 2004 1:58 PM
Wow. That thing looks cool. The entire roof and quarter panel is 69/70 Mustang, and the rest is modified 69/70 Cougar. It's going to take a lot of work, but it's going to be cool. I bet it would look sharp with the 69 Mustang quarter panel scoops left in.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by crzyhorse on Sunday, April 04, 2004 5:58 PM
I'm going to do a replica of it just the way it was in '70. I'm starting with an AMT '69 Cougar Eliminator kit. I've jot a junked Mono. '70 'Stang kit for the roof and to correct the underhood & chassis areas.Here's a link to all the pics i've got on this one. http://www.xpphotoalbum.com/showgallery.php?cat=9335&ppuser=3876&password=&page=

just remember I'm STILL looking for reference info!
bstone thanks for the Info I'll use the 289 from the Mono '65 Stang
OK i've got a convertible '70'Stang & '70 Cougar. Next step is to attach the 'stang roof to the Cougar. I'm hoping that by the time I get the bodywork done I'll have some interior reference!
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Posted by crzyhorse on Sunday, April 11, 2004 10:43 PM
OK the El Gato replica has turned into an El Gato inspired custom! The complete lack of good reference has me stymied. Soooooo.... I painted the body cayman green, then used the mirage color shifting paint over that, now I've got 2 clear coats (shooting for 4). I bought my very 1st aftermarket wheels Hoppin Hydros slim 20's Triton's. I'm adding Momo style seats& using the kit's BOSS 302 engine. Check the new pics at http://www.xpphotoalbum.com/showgallery.php?cat=9335&ppuser=3876&password=&page=
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 11, 2004 10:47 PM
nice job so far. your pritty creative
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 11, 2004 11:07 PM
i may be mistaken but the engine was a small block with the injector tubes that criss crossed over each other..the countdown series of the 69 cougar has the intake..i may be wrong..but i am a cougar fanatic and i believe is aw the car with hod open as a kid inna mag
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Sunday, April 11, 2004 11:27 PM
looks great to me crzyhorse, the color looks cool as heck.Thumbs UpThumbs Up

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Posted by KRIS MORGAN on Monday, April 12, 2004 12:26 AM
Wow thats cool. Very sleck looking.

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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, April 12, 2004 9:09 PM
hmmm....anybody ever tell you that you`re good????i like it!

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by crzyhorse on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 4:09 AM
Thanks y'all just a lil sumthin i tossed together! Actually this was easier than some of my projects (the mid-engined camaro sticks out in my mind as a real tough nut) The main reason I went for the custom, was the interior. In the pics I saw a button tufted uhpolstery, I have no idea where inside that is, or really how to do it. so I'll live with a cool lookin custom!

Hey roadhawg I hope ya get to see it in person at the Scenic City Classic next month.
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Posted by Night_Stone on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 5:01 AM
That GATO is looking good
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