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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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:
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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.
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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
Most of the parts used in this video can be found here:
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.
Is It Numbers Matching? - 428 CJ 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
Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/