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
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"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
2013 WCCC Open House / Show / Cruise
Here is the video from our 2013 Open House weekend! It was a lot of fun,
and we had around 30+ Cougars in attendance for various portions of the
event. This video is basically an overview of the show and cruise for those
who couldn't be there, or for those who were there and want to re-live the
glory. There's nothing like the majestic sight of a pack of Cougars on the
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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.
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
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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
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
and enjoy! Don't forget to subscribe to our channel to keep up to date with
our latest videos.
West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Specializing in 1967-1973 Mercury Cougar Parts
Heater Core Replacement - '69 Cougar
In this episode, we tackle one of the most dreaded jobs for classic car
owners: replacing the heater core. On a classic Cougar or Mustang with air conditioning, it's a
very involved process. In this case, we use a 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 CJ
convertible as a guinea pig.
Don walks through how to remove the dash pad and lower dash panel, and how
to remove and service the heater box plenum and blower motor assembly.
Along the way, he offers several tips on other jobs you should consider
tackling while you're in the process.
This is a job that we actually recommend you attempt yourself, rather than
taking your car to a shop. Not only will you save money, but you will
probably be a lot more careful than the average mechanic, and will avoid
breaking expensive / irreplaceable parts. The fiberglass heater box itself
is very fragile and valuable, and most of the plastic clips for the wiring
harness are not reproduced.
Most of the parts mentioned in this video can be found in the A/C and Heat
sections on our website: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/airco.html
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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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!
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,
1969 Mercury Couger XR7 351 Windsor
Can't remember this fella's name...It isn't mine. Even though the owner
admitted the car isn't in show stopper condition...yet, he was the ONLY
Cougar on the lot at the show. And that's why I like the car. At 42 yrs
old, there are some occasional electrical gremlins (not affiliated with
AMC) that bedevil the owner. But, we all must persevere through the
aggrevation. My Comet certainly has its issues. It's a 351 Windsor, C-6
w/9inch rear. Taken at Abingdon, MD Lowes in September 2011.
Wheel Lip Mouldings On A Budget - 1967-1968 Mercury Cougar
For Cougars, trim pieces can be very expensive. The wheel lip mouldings are
not reproduced for 67-68 Cougars, so your only options are to have your
originals restored, which is very costly (over $400 for a set of 4) or find
NOS trim, which is also very expensive and they are almost impossible to
The good news is, there is another option! We've found that the
reproduction 1971-73 Mustang wheel lip mouldings can be
easily modified to fit a 67-68 Cougar. While the fit isn't perfect and the
profile is a little different, these mouldings only cost about $120 for 4
and look great once installed. Or, if you send us your original core trim,
we'll give you these for free.
Using two right rears and two left rears, the only modifications you need
to do are 1) drill new holes in your wheel arch and 2) trim the rear
mouldings to fit. Watch the video and you'll see it's really quite easy,
and the result looks great considering the low cost.
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2006 Mustang GT Re-bodied to 1970 Mach 1 Must see 05
We are doing a video, documenting this entire project which entails
grafting the body of a 1970 Mach1 onto a complete platform of a 2006 Mustang GT 4.6 5-speed. Our
goal is to build redesign, and fabricate etc. a 1970 Mach1 body onto a full
2006 platform which includes ALL Mechanical,electrical,safety,suspension
drive train, and all technical attributes of a 2006.
The end result will be you walk up to this vehicle which appears to be a
beautifully restored Mach 1 in every respect. You then open the door than,
-Voila-! you've transcended into 2006. You open the Hood or look under the
car it's all 2006. Finally, you get behind the wheel and drive away and
Please view all of our videos and watch for our upcoming segments
Mercury Cougar - American Muscle Car
An excellent TV show featuring the classic Mercury Cougar. They cover all
the classic years, and talk about all the different engines and option
packages you could get. Only a couple minor mistakes (they say the that
XR-7 package included a 4-speed stick, then show an automatic shifter in
one... derrr) but overall a very nice overview of these cars.