1997 Mercury Cougar
1988 Chevrolet Beretta base/GT
Head to Head
About “Mountain Cat”
I am from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I work at one of the local Casino's here. I moved to Las Vegas after Hurricane Katrina for work. After living there for a few weeks, I had to get a car because I was depending on other ppl to get me to work. I bought this car in Oct. of '05 and it had barely over 60k miles and I got it for $6k out the door. Pretty good deal I think. No body damage and the inside was pretty clean. After moving back to MS in June of '06, the Mountain Cat came with me and made the 2k mile trip with no problem. In January of '08 I hit some debris on the road coming home one night from work and totaled my car! I bought her back from the insurance Co. and repaired the damage, but the fuel lines were destroyed and, with my luck, they were discontinued from the factory. So began my 2yr search for fuel lines! After finally finding some in good shape, the Cat is purring again. Another yr passes before I get the work on the front end completed, Upper and Lower Control Arms, tires, etc........, and get the road inspection so I can get my tag. Now I have my "Rebuilt Title" and the car isn't worth much to anyone but me. Now, I begin my quest to really make this Cat purr! This is all real new to me, so I'm not real sure where to begin, but I do need new rims for her because I believe mine are warped from the accident and I would love to have her painted. The body is in excellent condition. No dings or rust. Just oxidation, scratches and what looks like the clear coat wearing off. Any input would be greatly excepted!
Well i got it 8/29/08. One day at work i was working out in the yard at an old job and my boss called me "chris get your ass in the office now" so i get in there "heres your bonus" threw me two keys title and some other paper clipped together "you know that red beretta on the northside of the lot? its yours take it, i have no clue how long its been there it was there when i started here 2 years ago so i know nothing about it" so i ran out to check it out. On my lunch break i went bought a battery, stuck it in and it woared to life, then the alternator gave. And it only had the manifolds to the cat. pissed one dude off cuz he didnt have a car and been looking for one but oh well. the odometer is stuck on 173870.
Specs for “Mountain Cat”
1997 Cougar XR7 Modular 4.6L 215hp/290tq
4 Speed Trans. 4R70W
Specs for “chances”
Just swapped a '93 Olds Cutlass Supreme 3.1 on 4-12-2010
Accel 8mm wires.
cross braces from olds cutlass supreme.
'96 Grand am GT 16s (got a sweet deal and they had nice tires on them, why not?)
Factory Options for “Mountain Cat”
30th Anniversary Edition, so it has all the Factory ops!
Factory Options for “chances”
gt sway bars,
pretty much it.
silver stripe down the sides.
i run the vin and it pops up as a gt. so idk.
Med. Garnet red Met. paint job with a garnet red interior.
Mods for “Mountain Cat”
K&N drop in filter
Walbro GSS340 255LPH Fuel Pump
Kooks 3/4 Headers
True dual exhaust, no cats w/MagnaFlows
Mods for “chances”
14inch aluminum mags (were on there when i got it)
Z51 rear sway bar.
energy sway bar links up front.
top end rebuilt
upper intake plenum,valve covers, painted black, and polished a little
high volume oil pump
Z26 solid grille
93 cav strut tower brace
93 cav Z24 steering wheel
olds intrigue shifter handle.
96 grand am GT 16s.
8mm accel plug wires
94 front brake upgrade
z26 front seats.
matching fold down back seat.
xenon plazma blue headlight bulbs.
clear corner lights.
factory tinted filler panels from 96 base beretta
A/c deleted. (quit working anyways so why not)
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