V8 Interceptor

The Story

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!


Total Cost Involved

Independent Front Suspension Conversion,
Polished Upper & Lower Control Arms, Polished Spindles,
Dual Adjustable Coilover Shocks,
Polished Power Rack & Pinion Steering,
Custom 3-Link Suspension w/ Torque Arm,
Heavy Duty Subframe Connectors

Currie Enterprises

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

TCI Automotive

Polished Front Sway Bar


Stainless Steel Steering Shaft & U-Joints

  • Total Cost Involved
  • Currie Enterprises
  • TCI Automotive
  • Borgeson


Jon Kaase Racing Engines

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

Ford Performance

Boss Nine Long Tube, Tri-Y Headers

Billet Specialties

Accessories & Pulley System


429-460 Oil Pan for Fox Bodied Mustang

Lokar Products

Stainless Steel Dipstick & Throttle Cable

F.A.S.T. Electronics

ECM for Injection

Mustangs Unlimited

Four Core Aluminum Radiator & Dual Electric Fans

Dougs Headers

Electric Exhaust Cutouts

Howell Engine Developments

Fuel Injection System

  • Jon Kaase Racing Engines
  • Ford Performance
  • Billet Specialties
  • Moroso
  • Lokar
  • Fuel Air Spark
  • Mustangs Unlimited
  • Doug's Headers
  • Howell EFI


American Powertrain

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

Quiet Ride Solutions

Bellhousing for the Magnum 6spd Transmission

  • American Powertrain
  • Quiet Ride Solutions



Polished Stainless Steel Tilt Steering Column

West Coast Classic Cougar

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

Vintage Air

In-Dash A/C System & Vents

Advanced Plating

Chrome Plating of Trim, Bumpers & Window Molding

TMI Interiors

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

Mustangs Unlimited

Lecarra Steering Wheel

Clayton Machine Works

Window Cranks & Door Handles

Classic Instruments

Bomber Gauges

McClanahan Custom Woodworks

Custom Wood Grain Inserts for Dash & Steering Wheel

Painless Performance

Wiring Harness

Speed Dawg

GearZ Shift Knob

  • iDidit
  • West Coast Classic Cougar
  • Vintage Air
  • Advanced Plating
  • TMI Products
  • Mustangs Unlimited
  • Clayton Machine Works
  • Classic Instruments
  • McClanahan Custom Woodworks
  • Painless Performance
  • Speed Dawg


Wilwood Brakes

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

Schott Wheels

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


F1 Supercar Tires

  • Wilwood Brakes
  • Schott Wheels
  • Goodyear Tires


West Coast Classic Cougar

Floor pans, sheet metal, Front and rear Bumpers , Front and rear valance panels
Restored headlight assemblies, Electric Headlight Conversion, Restored taillight assemblies, Restored window trim
GTE side mirrors, Front and rear windshields and door glass
All window and door weather stripping

Ricks Hot Rod Shop

Stainless Steel Gas Tank

Kindigit Design

Custom “Smooth” Door Handles

Watsons Street Works

Trunk Popper Cable & Handle

HotRod Institute

Paint & Bodywork
Custom Metalwork

PPG Industries

Primer, Paint & Clear

Mustangs Unlimited

Eddie Motorsports Billet Hood Hinges

  • West Coast Classic Cougar
  • Ricks Tanks
  • Kindigit Design
  • Watsons StreetWorks
  • Hotrod Institute
  • PPG Industries
  • Mustangs Unlimited

Original Manufacturer Specifications

  • Introduced in 1967 as a contender to compete in the pony car market.
  • First Year Production: 150,893, with 27,221 being XR-7’s.
  • Factory Price: $2,851
  • Weight: 3,005lbs
  • Wheelbase: 111″
  • Overall Length: 190″

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V8 Interceptor

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