In 1969 Pat Pacarenuk must have felt like he was standing on top of the world. He purchased a brand new 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 428 CJ. It’s painted white and loaded with every option you can imagine.
At the time, he was working as the head mechanic at a Mercury Dealership in his native Canada. After performing service on a few of these, he knew the right options to check in order to build the ultimate musclecar.
Pacarenuk knew he wanted power and after going through all the engines options the Eliminator had, he knew that none of those options would suffice. He wanted the top of the line engine option, because he wanted to tear up the road. He ordered the famous 428 Cobra Jet engine with the Drag Pack option.
The Eliminator was a package that turned the luxury oriented Cougar into a true musclecar. Adding to the musclecar appearance, the rear deck spoiler and the hood scoop lends a bit to the looks and lets you know this is more than a luxury car.
The 428 Cobra Jet produces 335 horsepower and a hefty 440 lb-ft of torque. Pacarenuk’s 428 CJ is bolted to Fords Toploader 4-speed manual transmission which transfers the power to the 3.91 posi-trac rearend that is a part of the Drag Pack option.
At the at the Sloan Museum’s 43rd Annual Auto Fair, Pacarenuk had a tough time getting her started for Lou Costabile of My Car Story, but after several tries it finally fired to life. It’s a beautiful car that he has taken excellent care of over the last 46 years. Hopefully his Grandkids and future generations will be able to enjoy as much as he has.