Wisconsin-based mostly sizzling rod builders Ring Brothers are recognized for their resto mods. Mike and Jim Ring specialize in taking previous autos and revitalizing them with present day parts. Their most current task is a 1968 Mercury Cougar.

The badge might say “Cougar,” but there is a Coyote underneath the hood, as in Ford’s five.-liter V-eight. It generates 460 hp, and drives the rear wheels by means of a ten-velocity automated transmission from a Ford F-150 Raptor.

The auto acquired a frame-off restoration, with new floor pans and a new transmission tunnel, as effectively as a new front bumper, grille, and badging. A efficiency suspension by DSE was set up, as had been present day brakes. The Cougar rides on HRE Series C1 C103 forged 3-piece alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

 

Ring Brothers 1968 Mercury Cougar

Ring Brothers 1968 Mercury Cougar

Although some of Ring Brother’s previous builds have had flashy paintwork and heavily modified sheetmetal, the Cougar seems to be largely stock. The principal giveaways are the aforementioned forged wheels on the outdoors, the F-150 shifter on the within.

Launched in 1967 as a companion to the Ford Mustang, the Cougar never ever escaped the Ford’s shadow. The Cougar sooner or later shifted to a platform shared with the Ford Thunderbird, turning into bigger and far more luxurious in the procedure, and was then reimagined once more as a compact front-wheel-drive coupe. That last generation ended manufacturing in 2002, and the Mercury brand followed it into oblivion a handful of many years later on.

“We had never ever accomplished a Cougar ahead of, so this was a enjoyable create,” Mike Ring stated in a statement. “I really like functioning with new shapes and coming up with new suggestions. Ring Brothers would usually unveil a newly finished auto at the yearly SEMA aftermarket demonstrate in Las Vegas, but that was not feasible due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Mike Ring stated he hopes the auto can be proven to the public quickly.