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79 bobcat project ideas
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:47:21 AM »
so i just got my 79 bobcat 2 dr sedan ( trunk ) and now am starting to think of some ideas.  i want to change the bumpers for early ones and do away with the big bulky ones( more so the rear ) . Has anyone done this and what is involved.   
 2nd my bobcat has a 2.3L  4 speed and i was thinking of dropping in a 289 since i have a mustang II most parts are going to be easy but with the extra weight of the V8 would i need to swap springs and struts.   
3rd thinking of a 5 lug conversion and i know for the mustang II granada rotors are a direct bolt on will these bolt directly on to my 79 bobcat. 
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2015, 12:14:20 PM »
I'm all about the custom stuff! However, if your bobcat is as rare as suspected, I wouldn't do anything to crazy. If it is rare, I'd go with just a resto and mild engine mods, maybe some wheels. Get a more common model to hack up. Just my thoughts.
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2015, 12:48:30 PM »
I emailed Ford Canada to find out how many were produced . if it is rare i'll just drive it and swap rims.

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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 06:00:37 PM »
I emailed Ford Canada to find out how many were produced . if it is rare i'll just drive it and swap rims.

I agree that's the best thing to do. Since there's not even anything anywhere on a Bobcat sedan I'd say that car is extremely rare. First one I've ever heard of.
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2015, 06:30:34 AM »
I have seen many Pintos but never a Bobcat sedan.

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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 09:47:28 AM »
here is one.

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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2015, 03:41:56 PM »
I saw your picture before, what I meant is I never personally seen one, and I have seen many Pinto sedans. Yours must be kind of rare! I have my '80 Bobcat hatchback.

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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2015, 07:03:48 PM »
What I know about the Bobcat I had was they had softer springs to make them ride nicely and had quite a few extra pounds of insulation and sound deadening padding, the seats were a little better, but the car was what I called the Lincon version of the pinto ,
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2015, 11:56:08 PM »
What I know about the Bobcat I had was they had softer springs to make them ride nicely and had quite a few extra pounds of insulation and sound deadening padding, the seats were a little better, but the car was what I called the Lincon version of the pinto ,

You pretty much just described the difference between all Mercury products and their Ford counterparts.  I sold cars in a Lincoln-Mercury dealership from the mid-seventies until 1980; they were always just a little more upscale.  Contrary to a lot of people's beliefs, most Mercury cars also boasted a longer list of standard features for a modest price increase over a comparable Ford.  Therefore, if you purchased the optional equipment to bring the Ford up to the Mercury standard, in many cases the Mercury would prove out to be the better bargain.  While most people would tell you that a Marquis was a more expensive car than an LTD, or a Monarch was higher priced than a Granada, it most certainly was not always the case. 

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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2015, 08:05:40 AM »
I always looked at Mercury as a glorified Ford..
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2015, 08:07:14 AM »
My 93 topaz seemed to have more in the way of options than a 93 tempo


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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2015, 10:08:57 AM »
brought a new Monarch back in 76 for the wife  , never did care for a huge car but the Monarch was in the middle and was very nice and best of all very reliable for its size , the only problem I had with it was the Ex got it and still had to pay for it,  :-\
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Re: 79 bobcat project ideas
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2015, 11:56:49 PM »
the only problem I had with it was the Ex got it and still had to pay for it,  :-\

I can understand that!  I bought a car once with the exact same problem!!!

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