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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 02-12-2005 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
I just scored a really nice 68 XR7 6.5 Litre. I did a web search and was amazed how many subtle variants there were in the early Cougars. But I can't find out why it would be called a "6.5 Litre".
Could it have been aimed at the European market? Two reasons for thinking that - 1) US autos didn't start using liters until ... when??? and 2) they spelled litre the European way.
Am I right? I thought it was a joke until I removed the emblem and saw the FoMoCo part number!
Simon

KULTULZ
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From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 02-12-2005 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
If you will remember, I think FORD started this with the 65/68 (?) 7 LITRE (SP?) GALAXY. The 7 being the 428.

Congratulations on your find...

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I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 59/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

Also older FORD Special Service Tools

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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 02-12-2005 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
The earlier Cougars with 390`s had the "6.5liter" badges on the F fenders. Even earlier, the 65 Pontiac GTO`s also had "6.5 liter" in small print, on their fender badges.The Cougar was kind of touted as being "European-ish" in the early advertisments, maby the mention of Liters added some "continental flair"

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427Fastback
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From: N.Vancouver.B.C
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 02-12-2005 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback        Reply w/Quote
You probably have an X-code 390.390 2V high compression,basicly a GT390 with a 2V.All the 6.5s i have seen have been 390-2Vs.

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68 Fastback 427MR 4 spd.Owned since 77.Deluxe interior,8000 tach,140 speedo,am/fm,tilt.

Fastback68
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posted 02-13-2005 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
This is an S code 4V. It's got some interesting options that I'll itemise when I've given the car a thorough going over, including some "Erson" valve covers the guy swears were on the car from new.

427Fastback
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posted 02-13-2005 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback        Reply w/Quote
Well you have me there,I have never seen an S-code with the 6.5 badges.

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68 Fastback 427MR 4 spd.Owned since 77.Deluxe interior,8000 tach,140 speedo,am/fm,tilt.

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 02-13-2005 02:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
I'm far from up to speed on Cougars, so maybe there was some jiggery pokery with emblems and stuff. I'll post again when I have all the evidence. All I know for sure is it is S code, 4V. Oh yeah, it has a fat rear end - no tapers towards the outsides. My fingers are crossed it's one of those rare 31-spline rears I've heard about!

68 S-code GT
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From: Sayreville, NJ, US
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posted 02-13-2005 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I don't think the rear came out untill 69 so it would have been an add on.

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC Bla-Bla-Bla
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

427Fastback
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posted 02-13-2005 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback        Reply w/Quote
390 cars didnt get 31 spline.Only the 427/428 cars and Shelbys.

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68 Fastback 427MR 4 spd.Owned since 77.Deluxe interior,8000 tach,140 speedo,am/fm,tilt.

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 05-04-2005 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
Oh ... the Erson valve covers ... a quick web search solved that one. They were just a popular add-on back then. The reason I listened to the guy was 'cos I found a website that said 6.5-litre Cougars came with chrome valve covers and air cleaner tops.

nitcat
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From: Annandale, VA, USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 07-21-2005 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nitcat        Reply w/Quote
good info here on the 6.5 litre

http://www.cougarclub.org/Cougars101/gt.shtml

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