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Old 03-13-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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I'm not a Ford guy, but I was around in '69 and do not think this is correct.......

The neighbor drags home this '69 Cougar with "t tops"....claims it's a factory origional option. He says it was available only in the Eliminator package, with or without rear wing. I told him I'd never seen t tops on a Cougar that age, had to be a aftermarket install(and a poor one at that...these things stick up about 1" above the roof).
Top it off...he claims the car is worth 25 grand just because of the t tops option! This puppy is rough, no interior, won't run, one of the t tops is missing.....
So tell me your Found On Road Dead diehards........is he full of it or am I just too old to recall?
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I would not think that was original to the car, since I thought only Corvettes of that vintage had a t-top option. The Mustang had them in later iterations, but on an Eliminator? That just does not seem right, but then I wasn't around to buy a car in 1969, but knew two people who had Cougars, neither with t-tops.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I don't think T tops were available until the mid 70's, maybe earlier on Vettes.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: MI-->TN
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It may have been a prototype or something one dealer did as a special or such. I don't think any came from the factory like that though.. If it is an Eliminator, those are still fairly rare I think, especially in some configurations. I sure hope he didn't pay 25K for that though..haha
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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Confirming what I suspected.........has to be a aftermarket, could have been done years afterwards. I do think t tops were available on Cougars, maybe after 74-75 or so.....seems I recall 'em.
The only "neat" thing about the car in question is the old crusty imitation Cragar SS mags and the "Hijackers" airshock decal still on the window. Neighbor also claims it would be worth....get this.......ready........$150,000 at Barrett Jackson if completely restored.
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Factory T-top cars got the same frame reinforcements as a convertible - the cutouts for the T-tops seriously compromise what little stiffness the roof added to the car. If the frame is not "boxed" under the middle of the body, that would lead me to doubt that these are original. Somewhere there has to be a Cougar forum where the guys who would know hang out.

I have never heard of T-tops before sometime in the mid '70s. And I was around then too.

T-top cars are/were notorious for the T-tops popping out during hard cornering.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I found the following link which gives a good overview of the Eliminator. No mention made of T-tops.

The Eliminator Registry

And, the patent for the T-top was issued in 1951, but the first vehicle to ue it was the 1968 Corvette Stingray. That would make it even more doubtful in my view that the Elminiator in question has original T-tops. It sounds like one of those too good to be true deals.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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T-tops were not available on the cougar in 1970.I had a 1970 cougar xr7 in the late 80,s & it had a 351/4 barrel & it just sucked up the gas.I always liked the cougars from 67-70.The hidden headlights & sequential turn signals were really cool.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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Sunroof, yes..T-top no way.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I have never seen or heard tell of factory t-tops on any Cougar... especially a 69'.
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