In this video, Don does a detailed inspection on a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 to show some of the things you should look for when buying one of these classic cars. Some of the insight here can potentially save you hundreds, even thousands, when you go to negotiate with a seller. Also, it will help those of you trying to sell, to more accurately advertise the strengths and weaknesses of your car.
We've also done a similar video with a 1970 Cougar convertible, so you may want to check that out too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizb2vo68vA
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Is It Numbers Matching? - Cougar by the Numbers
In this video we delve into the complex topic of decoding tags, date codes,
and other numbers to check if your classic Ford / Mercury is "numbers
matching," using Don's newly acquired '69 Mercury Cougar XR7 428 Cobra Jet
convertible as an example. While we haven't covered the subject 100% in
this video (to keep it concise) we think this covers most of the major
components and gives you the knowledge you need to figure out what your
numbers mean. As mentioned in the video, we highly recommend Marti Auto
Works, especially his Tagbook, which made this video possible. Visit him
at http://www.martiauto.com , and for everything Cougar, visit us at
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
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These Are The Worst Fords In History. Sorry Henry -- AFTER/DRIVE
Everyone's been celebrating Henry Ford's 150th birthday by talking about
the successes of the company he founded. What about the, well not so much.
With Leo Parente, whose stories of working for Ford during the 1970s are
worth the price of admission.
Electric Hideaway Headlight Actuator Conversion: 1967-1968 Mercury Cougar
In this video, we show how to replace your early Cougar's vacuum-operated
hideaway headlight system with a simpler, more reliable electric conversion
kit. This kit includes two remanufactured Ford Probe headlight motors, a
custom wiring harness, and custom bracketry and hardware for this specific
application, making installation simple.
To view the kit, click here:
Some reasons to go this route instead of keeping your vacuum system:
- Easier to keep your grille straight. The vacuum system puts constant
pressure on the grille.
- Cheaper as a whole. To replace your entire vacuum system is significantly
- faster and more even opening &
closing. No more slow opening / closing one at a time.
- Can operate without the engine running.
- Perfect solution for those with high performance engines with low vacuum.
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Headliner Installation (Bow Type) - 1968 Mercury Cougar
In this video, we watch a professional install a headliner on Andrew's '68
Cougar. The process is the same for Mustangs and many other old Fords
with bow-type headliners. It's the type of job that you can do yourself,
with some patience and finesse.
To view Cougar headliners and the related parts we mentioned in the video,
please visit our website here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/roof.html
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Cougars at Barrett-Jackson 2013: Featuring KTL's 1970 SCJ Eliminator
We went back to Scottsdale this January to witness the sale of Joe
Valenti's 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, with a 428 Super Cobra Jet
drivetrain and the Drag Pak option. This rare car was meticulously concours
restored over the course of 5 years by the renowned Cougar restoration shop
KTL Restorations ( http://www.ktlrestorations.com ) in VA.
A factor that made this auction even more interesting was the presence of
another 1970 Eliminator, in the same Competition Blue color, and also with
a 428 Cobra Jet engine (not Super) and also restored by a reputable hot rod
shop. This car was not restored to the same "concours" level that Joe's car
was, but it was still beautifully restored, and we expected to see it bring
close to six figures.
What we saw unfold that weekend in January was an interesting and sobering
experience. These two cars, which would seem nearly identical to the
untrained bystander, sold for vastly different prices. There is a lot to be
said for the day and time that a car gets sold, as well as the quality of
the restoration. But we were still very surprised by the results. This
video puts you in the middle of the action to experience Barrett-Jackson
with us. Enjoy!
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1968 Cougar 427 GT-E at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale 2011
This is the story of Brian Aust and his 1968 Mercury Cougar 427 GT-E. Over
the course of about 5 years, he undertook a painstaking restoration to
bring the car to the highest level he could, with a little help from his
friends (and lots of advice from folks on http://www.mercurycougar.net ).
On January 22, 2011, he drove it onto the auction block at Barrett-Jackson,
stepped out, and watched it sell for... well, you'll just have to watch to
WCCC TV was there to chronicle the experience for your enjoyment, so relax
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Specializing in 1967-1973 Mercury Cougar Parts
'70 Cougar Convertible Buying Guide - What To Look For
Having recently bought a 1970 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible with a 428
Cobra Jet, Don started going over the car with a fine-toothed comb and
discovered a few things he didn't notice when he first inspected the car
with the seller. This was the inspiration for this video, in which we spend
some time looking at some of the details, like a forensics team, to find
out some important details about this car (both good and bad).
This time, we don't spend any time looking at matching numbers and date
codes and engine "correctness" (sharp-eyed viewers will notice the
incorrect oil pan... the engine block in this car turned out to be a 390
that was bored out and had the Cobra Jet heads and manifolds bolted on).
Our main focus here is to evaluate structural integrity and bodywork. When
it comes to expensive and involved repairs, it doesn't get much worse than
bodywork, so you want to make sure the car you're looking at is as straight
and rust-free as possible.
We hope this video proves helpful! Keep these hints in mind the next time
you go to look at a classic car, Cougar convertible or otherwise. Some of
the info here is specific to Cougars, but much of it applies to other
classic cars as well.
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1968 Mercury Cougar
•351 Cleveland bored to 400 professionally rebuilt within the last 2,000
miles. Only the best high performance parts throughout the motor. Strong,
reliable, smooth power. Hooked up to a Ford C4.
•Car has new U joints, completely rebuilt rear end including gears, new
disc brakes all around with all new brake system components, new axle seals
and bearing w/new Exhaust system.
•All new suspension components with professionally installed frame
connectors (class brand and installation) new heavy duty sway bars in front
and rear to modernize cornering.
•Beautiful gun metal gray exterior with black stripes that continue up
the rear window and into the interior color scheme.
• Modernized AC system and a New High Performance radiator and overflow
•Every part is completely redone custom interior!
•New wheels Excellent quality Tires!
•Custom, Functional Hood Scoop!
•This is one of the nicest COUGARS on the planet!!
PS-SHES FOR SALE!
Hot Rod City Las Vegas
Contact Info: Steve Levesque-702-331-6400,
5115 Dean Martin Dr. #905, Las Vegas,
The 5 Affordable Muscle Cars You Must Buy Right Now -- AFTER/DRIVE
Muscle cars aren't just for billionaire grandpas rocking Hemi 'Cudas. Mike
Musto, host of /DRIVE's BIG MUSCLE lets us in on a few secrets to enjoying
tire-smoking Americana on the cheap.
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1970 Torino Cobra 429CJ 4-Speed For Sale! (SOLD)
This car has been sold! Video will be left up for posterity, and because
eBay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/181246173812
This listing is for my beloved 1970 429 CJ, Ford Torino Cobra with a
factory 4-speed transmission. This car is unusual in that it came with
manual drum brakes and manual steering. A friend of mine sold me this car
just before he passed away several years ago. Max bought the car in the
early 80's from the original owner (see documentation) so that makes me the
third registered owner. The 429 CJ motor and transmission were completely
rebuilt by Alderidge Motor Sports in Portland, OR. As the video attests to
and the documentation shows, a top notch job was ordered and it runs out
VERY strong. The drive-train has about 30,000 miles on it since the
extensive rebuild and would need very little to be rated a 10. It does not
have its numbers-matching block anymore, and the carburetor is an
aftermarket Holley, incorrect numbered distributor and other minor details
need attention or are not correct (see video). It has a VERY solid Western
body and some very nice interior parts. Please watch the video for
specifics as I go into much further detail there. Feel free to call me at
503-463-1130 if you need further information. I feel this car is worth
about $25,000.00, but my reserve is much less than that. We can help with
shipping worldwide as I have done it many times over the last 25 years. I
will consider trades for 67-73 parts or parts cars. Thank you! Don Rush
Turn Signal Cancelling Cam Replacement
If your turn signals don't turn off after you go around a corner and
straighten the steering wheel, this cancelling cam is your culprit. Instead
of replacing the whole turn signal switch, you can save yourself some money
by just replacing the cam.
This video hows how to replace the turn signal cancelling cam on a 1969
Mercury Cougar with a tilt / tilt-away steering column. However, this
information applies to a wide range of vehicles from the late 1960's
through the mid-1980's, including Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge
The switch we used in this video, plus other related parts we mentioned,
can be found here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/tusisw.html
133120 / 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Boss 302
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/9fpv8je
Ready for a different kind of pony car? Take a close look at this pristine
1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator. Fresh out of a comprehensive restoration,
this cat has and aggressive demeanor and plenty of power to back it up.
Restored to factory specifications, the body panels are straight in true in
every way. A coat of Ford's code N Pastel Blue covers the body, accented by
the black body-length stripes courtesy of the Eliminator package. While the
color may look white, there is a subtle blue tint that is guaranteed to
make this Mercury stand out in the crowd. Panel fitment is also far
superior to anything that left Ford's Dearborn plant in 1970.
Other pieces of the Eliminator package include a front chin spoiler,
blacked-out grilled, hood scoop, an air foil wing and discrete "Eliminator"
decals. The glass appears to be original as does the stainless trim around
it but both are in excellent condition overall. With its race-friendly
look, this is very clearly no common Cougar.
Under the hood, a familiar 290hp Boss 302 V8 provides more than enough
motivation to push this cat around town. From the properly decaled single
snorkel air cleaner to the date-code correct block, everything about the
powerplant looks as it did when it left the factory. The engine fires
immediately, idles well and has a menacing snarl to warn other drivers
exactly what is beside.
Beneath the car, a nicely detailed undercarriage consists of a factory
chassis with factory-correct overspray gracing the rock solid floor fans.
In the center, a Hurst-equipped Toploader 4-speed takes care of gear
selection while a nodular Ford nine-inch differential with 3.91 gears puts
the power the road. Steering is manual but braking is power assisted with
discs in the front and drums out back. The chassis meets the road through
Goodyear Polyglas tires wrapped around steel wheels topped with dog-dish
hubcaps and chrome beauty rings.
Between the doors, a Medium Blue interior is simple, comfortable and
functional. The hi-back bucket seats are wrapped in Comfortweave vinyl and
face a factory dashboard that houses the original instrumentation plus
climate controls and an AM/FM stereo. With the exception of the aluminum
Hurst shift handle, there are no frills to be found here. Behind the rear
seat, the trunk features a correct mat, jack and spare tire.
Documentation for this Cougar is strong with an original build sheet,
dealer invoice and several records that spell out the car's full history.
There is also a Marti Report that covers everything down to production
In this form, it's easy to imagine the Cougar as less of a sibling and more
of a rival to the Mustang.
With the Boss 302 and slick shifting Toploader, this cat offers all the fun
in a unique shell. Call, click or visit http://rkmotorscharlotte.com for
more information on this amazing Mercury.
1968 Cougar XR-7 Test Drive
Here is a Sweet 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Just restored and ready to go!
340HP Mustang 5.0 302,
Balanced, blueprinted, decked and align honed for .060 forged pistons
(311ci) Comp Cams roller .512 lift, matching roller lifters and roller
rockers. Aluminum Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads, 2.02"/1.60" valves. 61CC.
Edelbrock Torquer intake, Holley 650CFM Carb. HEI electronic distributor.
Rebuilt automatic transmission with Trans-go shift kit and 2000rpm torque
convertor. New 3.0 Trac-Loc posi with all new bearings and seals. New
Flowtech, ceramic coated long tube headers. New Summit Racing 2 1/2" welded
Exhaust. New interior w/ racing bucket
soundproofing under carpet. 2010 Mustang 18" alloys with new Falken
ZE-612 225/40/18 front and 245/40/18" rear tires. New solid state
sequential tailights. New brakes with all new calipers, Booster, lines, drums, cylinders, shoes, hard
and soft lines on axle. New big block 4 leaf springs, air shocks,and 3/4"
sway bar. New 620# front springs. 2 1/2" drop w/ Shelby drop modification.
1 piece chrome export brace and Monte Carlo Bar. New Grab a track 1 1/8"
front sway bar and front shocks. New Radiator, Battery, Belts, Hoses and
Any questions? Call Mark at 425-876-5553
Door Panel Backer Boards - How To Replace (1967-1970 Cougar)
Since door panels aren't reproduced for Cougars, good used originals are
valuable. Sometimes, the front vinyl side is usable, but the backer boards
are toast. Luckily, there's a solution. We now carry brand new,
better-than-stock backer boards made from a more durable pressboard
material. We have a version for 1967-1968 Cougars, as well as another
version for 1969-1970 Cougars. See links below.
In this video, we show you how to separate a vinyl door panel from its old
backer board, repair the metal hanger piece, and reattach it and the vinyl
to the new backer board. We also cover removal & replacement of the inner
beltline strip (the felt-lined trim that touches the door glass).
Relevant parts for this video:
1967-68 Backer Boards
1969-70 Backer Boards
Door Vapor Barriers / Water shields:
1969-70 coupe: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/67drvprbarrier-69.html
1971-73 coupe: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/67drvprbarrier-71.html
Door Panel Clips
1967-68 Complete Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/f-3761.html
Padded, each: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/388052-s.html
Standard, each: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/380552-s.html
Standard, set of 30: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/drclips.html
Door lock knobs, grommets, rods:
Long story short, you can find everything related to the door panels in
this section: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/doorrearpanel.html
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