Enjoied reading webpage ! Please continue to include photo's as you restore.
When I was just finishing up closing on a house sale a 69 standard w axle Cougar (just like my AB 69 R code Non Mach w axle car) came up forsale on Ebay. Bad timing, bad seller! I knew I was a week away from being able to buy anything - he listed with a $25K opening bid, got no bids and I was sure I would be ok ...but a bid came in on the last day. (I had asked him to stop the auction and offered "what I thought was a good amount over the opening bid" , he didn't and now couldn't stop. Car sold for opening bid. I visited the next week HOPING it didn't go through -but it did (I then found out he had to sell for a divorce) All he had was the trophy's from the car. (It was an under 10K miles car)
P.S. For the longest time I wanted the car as a "match" to the mustang. Kind of don't care now, older, other cars and college tuition is the current passion.