CatVert Photos, ctd.

Convertible Conversion & Restoration

April 15, 2005

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This is a view of the customized Shelby-style console for CatVert. The burled wood grain seen here will be used on the dash and steering wheel trim for a fully matched look. The gauge pods will hold a vacuum pressure gauge and a clock (this is an XR-7, after all <grin>).

The convenience panel lights from the overhead console have been relocated to this console below the gauges.

All of the gauges will have chrome bezels.

April 23, 2005

Above - The custom convertible top is test-fitted.  Once Willy (in picture with car)  was satisfied with the fit, the top was removed and stored for final installation, which will not occur until all paint and body work is complete.

 In Memoriam

Willy passed away in June at the age of 78, before getting to see the finished project. He told us that this was the first custom top he'd done in over 10 years and he was very pleased with the way it turned out.  Willy will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Another view of the custom top. Note that the top is raked to provide a more natural flow into the Cougar rear quarters.  Subsequent photos will show how the quarters are reworked to meet the top.

June 15, 2005

 At the body shop, the reworking of the rear quarters is almost complete.  The section of each quarter that flows into the coupe roofline has been removed and replaced with the same section from a 1969 Cougar convertible parts car. The section runs from the convertible drip rail lip about 12-18" back along the top of the quarter. From there, the original quarter body line was reworked to blend in with the sectioned piece.
Here is a close-up view of the re-sectioned  rear quarter top.  Note that the Cougar body lines have been retained as much as possible.  Also note that the panel between the drip rail and the trunk opening remains fairly narrow due to the additional rake of the convertible top frame.

July 13, 2005

Here is a picture of the Mustang convertible rear seat, now upholstered in a Cougar ComfortWeave pattern provided by John's Classic Cougars.

July 13, 2005

CatVerts engine is coming together nicely after a few glitches here and there.  The polished aluminum valve covers are available from John's Classic Cougars.  John also handled painting the background for the running cat to match the engine block.