V8 Interceptor

Introduced in 1967 as a contender to compete in the pony car market.

The V8 Interceptor is a project that had been kicking around in my head for a long time. I have always loved the first generation Mercury Cougar and hated that they always seemed to be overlooked in the muscle car world. The Cougar is a sinister looking machine with it’s hidden headlamps and matching sequential taillights, and it’s high-performance racing history is well documented, so it was the perfect candidate to build a serious street machine out of. On top of that, the four-legged Cougar runs down it’s dinner on a daily basis making it one of nature’s ultimate natural interceptors, so building a V8 Interceptor out of a Mercury Cougar is a perfect match.

Of course to call something a “V8 Interceptor” is pretty ballsy. It means that the vehicle has to be able to run down pretty much anything on the street or strip, so the heart of the project had to be STRONG. A Jon Kaase Racing Boss Nine engine with an over-the-top Hilborne fuel injection sticking out of the hood not only gives the look and power that I needed for this project, but it also let me give a subtle nod to the blown Interceptor that Mel Gibson drove in Mad Max, without building a clone or copy.

The biggest reason for a project like the V8 Interceptor though, is to get people to think outside the box on their project, and realize that just because a car may have been built in the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s, it doesn’t have to stay there…..technology wise. And while it may be true that Chevy will never build a ‘70 Chevelle with modern running gear, and Mopar will never build a modern ’69 Roadrunner, that doesn’t mean that YOU can’t...because THAT is what gearheads DO and the world is a better place because of it!

original manufacturer
specifications

150,893

1st Year Production -
27,221 being XR-7's

$2,851

Factory Price

3,005lbs

Weight

111"

Wheelbase

190"

Overall Length

Paint Code

A Message from Doug LaRue at Hot Rod Institute:
We used PPGs 9700 single stage urethane black, then lightly sanded it with 800 wet and then Clear coated with PPGs DCU 2021. I really like using 4 coats single stage urethane then going through many stages of color sanding and buff them out. Awesome shine and the urethane single stage is the same product as the clear just has black pigment in it. It turns out nice and flat with no orange peel and super high gloss. Start with 800 grit, then 1000, 1500, 2000, and finish up with the 3m trizact 3000 grit. Polish with 3m perfect it and a foam polishing pad.

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Chassis

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Borgeson

Stainless Steel Steering Shaft & U-Joints

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Currie Enterprises

FAB 9 Custom 9″ Ford Rearend,
9″ Ford Center Chunk w/ 3:50 Gears & Tru-Track Posi, Heavy Duty 31 Spline Axles

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TCI Automotive

Polished Front Sway Bar

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Total Cost Involved

Independent Front Suspension Conversion, 3-Link Rear Suspension w/ Torque Arm

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Billet Specialties

Accessories & Pulley System

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Doug's Headers

Electric Exhaust Cutouts

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Ford Performance

Boss Nine Long Tube, Tri-Y Headers

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Fuel Air Spark Technology

ECM for Injection

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Howell

Fuel Injection System

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Jon Kaase Racing Engines

520ci Boss Nine – 830hp – 750ft/lbs
8-Stack EFI System

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Stainless Steel Dipstick & Throttle Cable

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Meziere Enterprises

TruStart adjustable offset Ford starter

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Moroso

429-460 Oil Pan for Fox Bodied Mustang

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Four Core Aluminum Radiator & Dual Electric Fans

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Stainless Steel Gas Tank

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American Powertrain

Tremec Magnum 6spd, Heavy Duty Dual-Disc Clutch, Pressure Plate, Flywheel, Bellhousing, Shifter, Custom Crossmember

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Quiet Ride Solutions

Bellhousing for the Magnum 6spd Transmission

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Goodyear

F1 Supercar Tires

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Schott Wheels

Front: 18×8″ Modsport K/O Wheels
Rear: 19×10″ Modsport K/O Wheels

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Wilwood Brakes

Disc Brakes w/ Drilled & Slotted Rotors & 6-Piston Calipers

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Custom “Smooth” Door Handles

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Eddie Motorsports Billet Hood Hinges

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Primer, Paint & Clear

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Watson's StreetWorks

Trunk Popper Cable & Handle

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West Coast Classic Cougar

Floor pans, Bumpers , Valance panels, Headlight assemblies, Electric Headlight Conversion, Taillight assemblies, Window trim, GTE side mirrors, Windshields and door glass, Weather stripping

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Polished Stainless Steel Tilt Steering Column

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Custom Front & Rear Floormats

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Custom Wood Grain Inserts for Dash & Steering Wheel

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Lecarra Steering Wheel

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Painless Performance

Wiring Harness

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Speed Dawg

GearZ Shift Knob

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TMI Interiors

Custom Leather Seat Upholstery for Original Seats, Custom Upholstery for Door Panels, Custom Console

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Vintage Air

In-Dash A/C System & Vents

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West Coast Classic Cougar

Carpet, Dash pad, XR7 Gauge cluster, Am/Fm stereo/CD player, Black headliner, Door Panels

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