1968 Mercury Cougars

Jim VanZandt’s 1968 Mercury Cougar – “Holy Mercury I”

Jim VanZandt’s 1968 Mercury Cougar – “Holy Mercury II”

   In the Spring of 2011, Pastor Jim VanZandt was looking for a new project &  found a 1968 Mercury Cougar in Maryland.   YSCI Staff quickly nicknamed it “Holy Mercury”.   YSCI upgraded the springs, suspension & brakes, rebuilt the motor & transmission.  Installed new A/C & outfitted new wheels & tires for Jim during the year.  In November 2011 the restoration was complete.  The car looked & performed better than in 1968, due to upgrades in equipment & technology.

    Unfortunately . . . .  on Black Friday, while out for a ride, “Holy Mercury I” was rear-ended by a tractor trailer!   Fortunately no one was injured severely.    The car was totaled by the insurance company.

    Undaunted Jim searched, found & bought another ’68 Mecury Cougar.   Jim bought back  “Holy Mercury I” from the insurance company & started stripping off everything needed to restore “Holy Mercury II”.   YSCI is in process of switching parts to the new Cougar.   Jim is anxious to finish restoring  “Holy Mercury II” & cruise in it soon!

    When Jim brought the first 1968 Mercury Cougar to us to see after purchasing, one of our sub-contractor’s, John,  saw it while in the area.   John stopped & after looking over good, confirmed it was the same car he had years ago.