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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1973 Dodge Dart Swinger
Alright, now before a bunch of people start flipping out at me for abusing
this dart, realize its NOT your car. I won this car on ebay in 2005 for
230 bucks. And We had some fun with it, put a small dent in the door, the
ball joint went, then i sold it for 230 bucks to some dude who's gonna put
a ball joint in it, fix the rust, and possibly throw a 440 in the beast.
This dart is a stock 318 with a 904 behind it. Its nothing special, and
really rusted out. Especially the floor pans. I'm really not that big of
a fan of the body style, especially compared to the 63-66 body styles. I
really like the 64 and 65 darts. I sold my 64 dart in 2010, and still have
my 65 dart gt convertible 225 manual on the column. I got lucky and won
this car on ebay, and pretty much just bought it to use in the most fun
ways possible. We are NOT the kind of people who buy cars to restore, to
have these immaculate, shiny show pieces, that we hardly ever drive, that
we only take out so people will look at them and think, wow, that dude has
a nice car. We don't buy things so that other people think cool things
about us. we liked the car, and used it the way we like. And it did not
destroy the car. A few burn outs, locking up the brakes, a little water,
and some wobbly driving can't hurt a car. Thats one of the points of this
whole video, and something i think alot of people really need to learn.
This was a tough puppy. :)
2013 Gathering of the Classic Cougar Faithful at Bill Basore's House in AZ - "Live" Footage
Saturday, 1/19/13 - For those who couldn't be here, this is a quick,
sloppy, informal video to give you a taste of what it's like to party at
Bill Basore's house, and to put some faces to the names you may be familiar
with from the Classic Cougar Community Forums (
http://www.classiccougarcommunity.com ) and elsewhere in Cougar legend.
Just walking around with the camera talking to people and looking at cars
briefly. Nothing fancy!
Rim Blow Horn Switch Installation How-To (1970-74 Ford / Mercury)
For those with an old Ford / Mercury rim blow steering wheel, chances are
your original horn switch is shot. In this video, Don walks through the
steps of removing the original switch and installing a new reproduction
switch. We recommend the US-made Daniel Carpenter switch, as seen on our
site here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/d1az-13875-c-us.html
This is a time-consuming, delicate operation, so take your time and be
careful. We're hoping this video will give you the confidence and know-how
to tackle this essential job.
Zoe - West Coast Classic Cougar Request
My daughter Zoe is trying to receive a 1967 Mercury Cougar GT 4 Speed Car
from West Coast Classi Cougars in Oregon. This is her Video submission.
Please West Coast Classic Cougar help my dauger with her dream of owning a
Myself I still own my 67 Mercury Cougar that I built in high school (zoe
is going to the same school). My wife still has her 1968 Mercury Cougar
xr7 Gt which was her first car. We are all Members of the Mercury
StrayCat's Cougar Club. My wife and myself were a couple of the founding
members. I think Zoe would be a good fit to restore the 1967 Mercury
Cougar Gt and keep it for years to come. One thing I am not seeing often
is younger people restoring the old cars. If young kids do not keep up the
hobby who will?? Lord Lucas and his Leadfoot Ladies will. Please let West
Coast Classic Cougars know that you also want to see a young girl (who by
the way does already drive a manual transmission) restore and keep another
Mercury Cougar Alive !!!
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
A Day In The Life At WCCC
This is an informal video we shot to give you an idea of what it's like at
West Coast Classic Cougar on a daily basis. Meet the employees, walk around
the facility and get to know us. We're a random assortment of colorful
human beings who exist only to provide you with Cougar parts and knowledge.
1967 Cougar XR7 #10
I went to the land of Cougar's to buy some parts for my 67. Close to my
home is a place that has all Cougar parts new and used. Don and his staff
at West Coast Classic Cougar were very friendly and helpful. I had a
wonderful Spring afternoon walking amongst the donor Cougars. Music- Out In
The Fields by the Lew Jones Band- West Coast Classic Cougar
Classic Cougar Grille Tips - Part 2
This video describes how to use our grille straightening kit for 67-68
Cougars. Since grille alignment is such a problem on these cars, we've
developed the necessary parts, tools and methodology to correct this issue.
The parts used in this video can be found on our website here:
67-68 Grille straightening kit:
68-70 Headlight switch (new):
(We also have the 67 headlight switch here:
1970 Eliminator Giveaway - West Coast Classic Cougar (Contest Ended)
CONTEST HAS ENDED! See the entries and voting results here:
Old description from the contest, from December 2011:
If this was an ordinary 1970 Cougar, chances are we would part it out and
send the remains to car heaven. It's in rough shape. But seeing as it's a
real 1970 Eliminator, in Competition Green, with manual transmission, we
couldn't bring ourselves to scrap it. So we're giving it away! That's
right, a free 1970 Cougar Eliminator.
To win the car, you'll need to write an essay (or make a video) persuading
us as to why you are the right person to bring this car back to life. It
won't be easy. As an added bonus, we have a local body man who is willing
to work on the car for $30/hr, of which we will pay half for up to 400
hours. So you can get professional bodywork done on this car for only $15
an hour! That makes it a little more appealing, doesn't it? There's also
a big Coca-Cola related prize thrown into the mix as well. Follow our
thread on http://www.mercurycougar.net to find out what it is (see direct
To submit your essay or video link, log on to http://www.mercurycougar.net
and put it in our contest thread in General Discussion. If you don't have
an account, it's free to join and it's the great central hub of the classic
Cougar community. Direct link to the thread, with more pictures and info :
The top ten entries will be chosen by us, and the Cougar community at
mercurycougar.net will decide the winner. Contest is not open to WCCC
employees, family members, or suppliers. One entry per household. Blah
blah blah. The rules are in the video and in our thread. Good luck! We
can't wait to see your submissions!
(c) 2011 West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
FIRST CAR EVER MADE STILL RUNS!!
This amazing footage of the first car ever made in Germany still runs and
drives. http://www.AllAccessReview.com was on location in Europe to
witness the event. Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles,
buses, coaches, and trucks. The company was founded in 1886. The company is
currently a division of the parent company, Daimler AG. Since its
inception, Mercedes-Benz had a reputation for its quality and durability.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced many technological and safety innovations that
have become common in other vehicles.
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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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 the 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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