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 http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Crushing Cars at West Coast Classic Cougar
CONTEST HAS ENDED
We ran a contest to see who could guess how much the pile of 40 cars, the
junk-filled truck, and the old forklift shown in this video total in either
tonnage or dollar value (at $260/ton). The closest guess, without going
over the actual amount, won a $100 gift certificate in our online store (
-- Contest ended May 1, 2011 --
Also note that West Coast Classic Cougar no longer has parts for 1974-79
West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
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
You weren't supposed to watch this...
Présentation de la cougar '67 du paternel. Au moment ou la vidéo à été
tournée, elle n'était pas encore à lui donc anciennes plaques etc...
Mercury Cougar 289ci Jamaican Yellow
2x 4-1 Ford Racing Headers
Ford racing Air Cleaner
4 barrels Edelbrock Carb
Full inox Exhaust
What's in the video:
Sequential taillights (looks damn good)
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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Marti Auto Works Service Center Museum - Guided Tour by Kevin Marti
In January 2013, Kevin Marti held a grand opening at his Service Center
Museum in El Mirage, Arizona. This facility is devoted to preserving and
showcasing vintage Ford tools, parts, equipment, and other products from
the late 1960's through 1970. The building, meant to resemble a dealership
service department, features a parts counter, a waiting area, a new car
area, and a service area. Marti's collection spills over to include
everything from Philco electronics to Revell model cars and cereal box
In this video, Kevin himself gives us a guided tour of the museum and does
a great job explaining various pieces of the collection. Come with us as we
walk back into the automotive world of Ford in 1970.
Visit Marti Auto Works at http://www.martiauto.com
And visit West Coast Classic Cougar at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com
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Plastic Chrome Restoration for Classic Cougars
Using Cougar dash bezels as an example, Don discusses different methods of
"re-plating" the simulated chrome on plastic parts. With costly and
fragile vacuum plating and electroplating being the only viable options in
the past, we are proud to introduce a revolutionary new paint process that
is much more durable, costs less than older methods, and looks fantastic.
We are offering restoration services for these dash pieces, as discussed in
this video, and soon hope to offer the same service for other plastic
"chrome" parts, such as door panel trim and more.
Please visit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com for more info!
RH Sport Mirror Repair: 69-73 Ford / Mercury / Lincoln
In this quick informative video Don shows how to easily repair your right
hand painted sport mirror. The manual adjust mirror in question was used
on many Ford Lincoln Mercury products 1969-1973 in everything from the
Torino to the Maverick. Over the years the ball and socket joint on the
lens assembly wears down which results in it losing adjustment every time
you close the door or hit a bump.
WCCC sells a complete new assembly (see link below) but where's the
challenge in that? We suggest keeping original FoMoCo parts whenever
Mirror lens assembly w/back plate and socket:
Mirror lens only:
Complete RH Sport Mirror Kit (w/ lens, base, head, gasket & hardware)
For other door mirror related parts, browse through this category:
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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
COUGAR TEST DRIVE
badassness. this is my 67 cougar xr7. it has a rebuilt 289 .30 over. pretty
hot mild cam. 500cfm edelbrock carb. aluminum ford racing intake. rebuilt
c4 automatic transmission. turboExhaust made by summit. hedman headers. its
running a little rich in this video my step dad says. this is my first car
and so far all i learned from cars is from building this beast so i have no
clue what running rich sounds like haha. but i know this things kicks
pretty hard. havent got a chance to really open her up yet because i still
need to break in the motor. theres less than 50 miles on the rebuilt motor
and transmission. all the front suspension is done and steering parts are
on their way and will be done. found a crack in the shock tower i will need
to get welded before alignment but thats not too big of a problem. more
videos to come.
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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Bumper Video - Rechroming Service, Core Matching, and Blem Discounts
We often get asked about our restored, triple plated, show quality chrome
bumpers, what counts as an acceptable core to exchange, what kind of
quality to expect, and if we have any blemished rechromed bumpers at a
discount. This video is an attempt to answer all these questions.
To check out the Cougar bumpers on our website, click here:
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How to Spray Paint a Car at Home Yourself (Aerosol)
See the Materials Used Here
Refinish Network consists of various professional and enthusiast painters
whom work collectively to help eachother out using the websites discussion
forum. You will also find various helpful 'how to' articles from painting
to body repairs.
This video illustrates how to paint a car using only aerosol spray cans. It
is best to use a spray gun where possible, however it is possible to paint
a car yourself with an Aerosol Spray Can.
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.
Classic Cougar Grille Tips - Part 1
This is a guide to installing our rebuilt vacuum actuators in a 68 Cougar.
Also includes valuable tips on headlight door alignment, replacing
associated hardware, and more.
The parts used in this video can be found in our Grill section here:
Or, by specific part:
Re-Manufactured Headlight Vacuum Actuators (Cougar, Lincoln, Thunderbird)
Mounting pin for vacuum actuators
Headlight cover rubber bumpers
Elongated bolts for adjusting headlight covers
Tension Springs for headlight covers
(see also) Grille repair clips for spring mounts
1968 Cougar vacuum hose kit
1967 Cougar vacuum hose kit
Vacuum check valve (67-70)
Used vacuum reservoir / tank (67-68)