Cougar Buying Guide Ep.3 - 1968 XR-7 390 "Barn Find"
In this video, Don goes over a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 in brutal detail, looking at originality, searching for rust, inspecting the interior and engine bay, and more. This car exhibits a lot of pros and cons that you might run across when looking at buying a classic Cougar yourself. We felt that the "pros" pretty much speak for themselves; it's a very attractive car, great color combination, good options, good condition, and a big block 390 that runs great. With that in mind, we spent most of the video picking on all the little negatives that you might not have noticed otherwise. This car is currently for sale on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171762974980&ssPageName= STRK:MESE:IT Need parts for your 67-73 Cougar? We have it all: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/
Cougar Buying Guide Ep.1 - 1970 XR-7 Convertible 428 CJ
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. Looking for Cougar parts? We have everything 1967-1973. Visit http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com Also, like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar
Dash Removal & Restoration - '68 Cougar XR-7
In this video, we show (in great detail) how to remove and disassemble the entire dash and gauge cluster in a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7. This also applies very closely to the 1967 XR-7, and much of the info is relevant to standard Cougars as well. Once everything is removed from the car, we strip the plastic dash panels down to their bare bones so they can be sent in to be "rechromed" - stand by for updates on our restoration service, coming soon! Then we show some of the simple, inexpensive things you can do to improve the appearance of your dash, like replacing the blue light filters, installing new gauge overlay decals, polishing the lenses, covering faded woodgrain with our vinyl kit, etc. Finally, you'll see it all back in the car, and what a transformation it is! Most of the parts used in this video can be found here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/dashparts.html Or, use the part numbers provided in the video to search our site (see upper right corner "Type part number search here...") Also, if anyone out there knows of a vinyl woodgrain pattern that more closely matches the original XR-7 dash pieces, we want to hear about it! Our current pattern looks great but of course isn't "correct" for 67-68.
The Story Of Cougar 1: The First Mercury Cougar
A while back, we sat down with Jim Pinkerton, the owner of the very first production Mercury Cougar (1967 model year), a.k.a. Cougar 1. We hit the "record" button on our cameras and he let loose with an epic tale of how the car was first sold in Canada, its subsequent life there, and how it eventually got into his hands - an intriguing story! He also goes over some of the unique features of the car, and some of the restoration techniques used. It's a truly beautiful factory show car with more attention to detail than the 'average' Cougar. Special thanks to Jim Pinkerton for his time, and for providing most of the images you see in this video from his own collection of Cougar memorabilia. Check out our YouTube channel for more Cougar videos, and subscribe to stay up to date! Need parts for your classic Cougar? Visit our parts catalog at: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com Like us on Facebook for even more Cougar goodness! https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar