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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 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/


 


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67-68 Cougar Buying Guide: What To Look For
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 To look up the parts mentioned in this video, visit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Subscribe to our channel to keep up with our latest uploads! And while you're at it, like us on Facebook to keep up with miscellaneous cool Cougar stuff. https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/13676-Electric-Headlight-Door-Co nversion-Kit-with-Motors-New-1967-1968-Mercury-Cougar.html 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 more expensive. - 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. - Etc. Thanks for watching / reading! Subscribe to our channel to keep up with our new videos, and like us on facebook while you're at it: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





'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. Looking for Cougar parts? We have everything 1967-1973. Visit http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com Also, like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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





Rusty Roof Replacement - 1968 Cougar
If you have an old car that came with a vinyl top, chances are that you have some rust issues in the roof. This was the case with Andrew's car - a 1968 Mercury Cougar that his grandparents bought brand new in '68. In this video, Andrew takes matters into his own hands to replace his rusted roof skin with a solid donor roof from another car. He is by no means a restoration expert, just an amateur trying to save some money and save his car. Need a roof or other body panels for your classic Cougar? West Coast Classic Cougar has it all. Check us out at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com or give us a call at (503) 463-1130 . (c) 2011 West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc. Music in the video is from royalty-free sources, except for the Toccata and Fugue in D (used during the brief B&W horror sequence). Performed by Peter Hurford. An advertisement appears on this video in order to pay royalties to the copyright holder, not for our own gain.





1970 Torino Cobra 429CJ 4-Speed For Sale! (SOLD)
This car has been sold! Video will be left up for posterity, and because it's awesome. 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 503-463-1130





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. turbo Exhaust 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.





Front Suspension & Chassis Upgrades - '68 Cougar / Mustang
In this video, we show some of the ways you can easily stiffen your car's chassis and upgrade your front suspension. Using Andrew's '68 Cougar as a guinea pig, we bolt on, and weld on, some simple parts that will make a big difference in reducing the torsional flex that these front ends are prone to, as well as improving the integrity of the shock towers. Most of the parts mentioned in this video can be found here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/frsu.html Springs we used: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c7zz-5310-p.html Rubber Insulators: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c4dz-5415-a.html Rear seat divider panel (67-68 Cougar): http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/13463-Divider-Rear-Seat-to-Trunk -Coupe-METAL-New-1967-1968-Mercury-Cougar.html See also: 69-70 Cougar panel: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/13464-Divider-Rear-Seat-to-Trunk -Coupe-METAL-New-1969-1970-Mercury-Cougar.html If we forgot to list anything, you should be able to find it on our website! While you're here, subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with our latest videos! Also, like us on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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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 prizes. 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 While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel and like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/bumpers.html If you like our videos, subscribe to our channel to be notified when we make new ones! And if you feel like it, go "Like" us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





Classic Cougar Pickin' with Scott Taylor (Part II)
We shot so much footage at Scott's place, we felt that there was too much good stuff that didn't make it to the first video. As a result, here's Part II! If you haven't seen Part I, watch that first here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R_cr-Hst3k You can get in touch with Scott by email at: 428cougarguy@cox.net OR you can send him a PM at http://www.mercurycougar.net, also under 428cougarguy. Subscribe to our channel to keep up with our videos! Also visit our website at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com





1969 Cougar XR7 Sold at Barrett Jackson 2010
This is a video excerpt from Barrett Jackson 2010 TiVo-ed by a customer and given to us.





Ford Torino 429
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