Mark Kovalcik’s 1990 Cougar XR7 1989 and 1990 Cougar XR7 owners will get refuge with all the Super Coupe Club of America SCCoA. That’s where FordMuscle discovered this sinister 1990 XR7 owned by Mark Kovalcik. The SCCoA site had been our very first end soon after we made a decision to expose these XR7’s to your performance Ford audience base. We had Mark solution a few pre-determined questions to obtain in the head of the hobbyist that is ready to accept a project that is rare this 1.
Q: What made you look for the 1990 Cougar XR7?
A: I becamen’t especially hunting for a Cougar. I became in search of a day-to-day motorist with a small performance and simply took place to encounter the advertising in an automobile Swapper Magazine back 1997. just exactly exactly What attracted me personally to the advertisement ended up being the vehicle had been detailed as being a Thunderbird Super Coupe. I did not even understand Thunderbird’s arrived factory aided by the supercharger at that moment. I’d to phone. once I contacted the gentleman attempting to sell the vehicle, he stated it had been really a Cougar XR7, but listed it since the Super Coupe to obtain more phone calls. He knew a lot of people did not understand the XR7 existed. My dad and I also went along to consider the vehicle and I also straight away ended up being impressed because of the design and appears regarding the vehicle. You might say it reminded me personally of the Buick Grand nationwide with all the all body that is black grille, and moldings. We had constantly desired a GN but of course they are too costly.
Even as we took a road test and it also lit up the tires from the stop that is dead I happened to be hooked and needed to have the Cougar. He had been asking $4500 during the time, we picked it for $3800 with around 87000 kilometers from the odometer. We drove the Cougar as a driver that is daily a couple of years. It had great performance in excellent torque to its stock trim and extremely smooth at high rates. It astonished numerous Mustangs on the road.
I stumbled upon the SCCoA soon me the bug to start modifying it little by little after I got the car and that gave. All of it began with aftermarket exhaust then We shifted to an inferior blower pulley, K&N filter, an such like. If it had beenn’t when it comes to SCCoA plus the great individuals and buddies We have actually made on the internet site, I probably will have never ever gone to your level We have actually now in the vehicle. The automobile only strikes the roads sporadically regarding the weekends. In addition just simply simply take Cougar for some regional and regional activities.
Q: At exactly just what degree had been you active in the restoration and modification of your XR7?
A: I generally do most of the ongoing focus on the vehicle myself. We have reconstructed the motor twice from the motor automobile with my dad, Ray Kovalcik. We owe all my passion and interest in performance cars to him. The very first rebuild ended up being with stock internals, performance cam, and a collection of ported minds with chamber work. The stock pistons and rods don’t like plenty of boost and timing and I also were left with an opening in a single piston at the track due to tire slip after I over-revved it.
The 2nd time around, I made the decision to go all away and make use of strong interior elements such as for example CAT 351W H Beam Super Race Rods, and Diamond Forged Pistons. The automobile currently had a forged stock crank. All device work with the motor had been carried out by A&A Machine Shop in Davison, MI. In addition delivered my already ported heads to Stiegemeier Porting in Missouri together with them weld up and reshape the exhaust ports along with some focus on the ports that are intake chambers for better movement.
The present Supercharger in the vehicle is just a 89-93 Eaton M90 situation which has been ported and reworked by Magnum Powers with their Magnum Powers III specifications. It features a matching Magnum Powers III inlet plenum. We popped in a collection of coated Eaton M90 supercharger rotors from the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. The 89-93 Supercoupe/XR7 Eaton M90 rotors were uncoated. 94-95 Supercoupe superchargers used rotors that are coated the more recent Pontiac Grand Prix GTP rotors have a far better finish on it. Utilizing coated rotors helps you to seal the supercharger case up better and makes to get more boost and energy.
Q: It really is good to see a distinct segment system of manufacturers and solution developing to serve those changing the Ford 3.8L Supercharged V6, like your self. What are the other businesses which have contributed to your performance of your XR7?
Randy Baker Performance Tech Stage II intake manifold plenum with a much bigger inlet and 3″ round tube that connects into the intercooler tubing for better flow. Hardcore Motorsports of Flint, MI fabbed within the custom 3″ intercooler mounting and tubing of this intercooler as well as heat exchanger. All paint and human anatomy act as well as mounting of this Thunderbird Super Coupe back bumper, Thunderbird Supercoupe ground impacts, and Xenon air that is front ended up being done by high quality Collision in Davison, MI. we was among the first to install the Super Coupe backside ground and bumper impacts for a XR7. In my opinion Mercury must have placed these in the vehicle through the factory because they are a bolt that is direct and enhance the appearance of this vehicle.
David Dalke of Super Coupes Unlimited is a resource that is great knowing the tuning with this automobile. The car has performed well on the dyno as well as at the track with his tuning expertise.
Q: How exactly does the general raya the app public answer your car or truck? Think about your Ford that is fellow and performance enthusiasts?
A: The automobile actually turns plenty of minds and I also do not believe it is simply due to the exhaust note or whine through the supercharger. This has a choppy idle and appears really aggressive. Many believe that it is a V8, but they are astonished if the bonnet is popped to reveal the Supercharged that is 3.8L V6. It really is significantly of the sleeper before you open it up. The 17″ Mustang Bullitt wheels really set the automobile down using its low stance and ground results. We have numerous compliments in the road and much interest at activities therefore the dragstrip. Many Ford enthusiasts aren’t mindful that the automobiles had been produced. Some are alert to the Super Coupes, but not the Cougar XR7. Minimal manufacturing figures will be the many reason that is likely. Ideally, this FordMuscle article shall increase understanding.