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Wheels: January '17

Jan 17, 2017 03:49PM ● By Tracy McCoy

Most families pass down clothes when they are outgrown and family heirlooms are passed through generations but the Hurndon's give hand-me-downs a new spin. In October 1970 Lloyd Hurndon helped his daughter Phyllis purchased her first car, a 1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 2-door hardtop, from Willet Lincoln-Mercury on East Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Decatur, Georgia. The total sale on this ride was $4,829.51.

The Cougar was built in Dearborn, Michigan in June of '70 and soon after delivered to the dealer. It had a 3.00 conventional rear axle, a 351-2V V-8 engine and an FMX select shift automatic transmission . It came in pastel yellow with tobacco leather interior and high back bucket seats. The car came with power front disc brakes, power steering, belted white sidewall tires, air conditioning, AM radio and an 8-track player. The Cougar was driven by Phyllis for about 10 years at which time she pulled it under a pecan tree in Lloyd's front yard and bought her second car. The car remained there for a dozen years or more.

Lloyd decided to give the car to his brother Joe in the mid 80s. Joe enjoyed tinkering with the car and driving it on the weekends. In 2008 Joe had the Cougar painted dark green, although he never really liked the color. Joe had some serious health issues and in October 2014 he talked with his son Jeff about re-painting the Cougar. He asked Jeff to pick the color of the car because he would hand it off to Jeff when he passed away. Jeff picked four colors and combined them to create the rich dark red/brown paint that is on the car today. Joe left this world behind in early 2015 leaving the Cougar to his son.

Jeff has done a lot of work to the 1970 Cougar and has it looking really good. He enjoys taking it to shows and driving it on Sundays with his wife Judy McCoy Hurndon. Jeff has worked for 25 years for Delta Airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is also a professional photographer best known for sports and wedding photography. One will most certainly find a folder in his portfolio titled 70' Cougar. The couple have family in Rabun and visit as often as they can. Don't be surprised to see the hand-me-down Mercury Cougar cruising through the mountains some day.

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