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.
West Coast Custom Cougars [S4 Ep.13-2]
Today on GEARZ, Stacey rolls the V8 Interceptor/ Cougar back into the shop
and begins upgrading the rear end and rear suspension to handle all the
massive power that has been stuffed under the hood. The parts are flyin' as
in goes a custom 3-link torque arm suspension, a 9" Ford rear end, and a
tubular sub-frame to prevent the car from flexing. If you have a classic Mustang or Cougar, you're
gonna want to see this! Then Stacey shows you where to get parts for your
Mustang or Cougar project
by paying a visit to a special salvage yard that specializes only in... you
guessed it... Classic Cougars! If you've ever wondered where to get those
special parts... now you know. After that we take a trip to Michigan Tech
to check out their amazing testing facilities and put some actual products
to the test. It's all here... and it's all GEARZ!
How To Replace 1967 Cougar Steeing Wheel Emblem & Trim
The 1967 Mercury Cougar has a unique steering wheel with a black "Cougar"
emblem in the center. Originals are often damaged from the elements over
the years, but luckily we now have nice reproduction emblems to replace
them. Same with the plastic chrome trim ring - they are often faded, but a
nice reproduction is available.
In this video, Don shows how to remove the old emblem and trim ring and
install new ones on your original 1967 steering wheel center / horn pad.
For more info about the parts we mentioned in this video, check out the
steering wheel section on our website here:
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'67 Cougar GT Contest Winner Picks Up The Car
Earlier this week, the winner of our GT Giveaway contest showed up with a
trailer to nab his prize. Bert Downing drove all the way from Texas, and
picked up a 390 on the way. This is just a quick interview with Bert. We
apologize for the crappy audio... technical problems!
To re-cap the contest, visit the Classic Cougar Community Forum:
Visit our online catalog here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com
And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Installing Opera Lights on any 67-68 Cougar
If you own a standard 1967 or 1968 Mercury Cougar, you may have noticed
(with some envy) that the upscale XR-7's of those years have extra interior
lighting on the C-pillars. These are referred to as rear courtesy lights,
or opera lights. We have just reproduced the chrome / clear lenses for
these, which add an extra touch of class and functionality to your
interior. They are especially useful because Cougars didn't come with an
interior dome light, so nighttime visibility is somewhat limited on the
interior of a standard Cougar.
The good news is - even if your car never came with these lights from the
factory, your car already has the wiring for them. All you have to do is
cut the tape holding the single wire to the harness and feed it through the
appropriate hole (see video). So all you will need is a pair of used
housings and a pair of our new lenses. Links to parts below.
New lenses: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/l4e9.html
OR we also have used original lenses, which are cheaper but not as nice..
Used lenses - Grade A: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/cpilllens.html
Used lenses - Grade B: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/cpillb.html
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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!
Disc Brake Distribution Block and Proportioning Valve Rebuild - How To
This week we crack open a disc brake proportioning valve and distribution
block from a 1969 Mercury Cougar to show you how to service and rebuild
yours. Applies to Ford vehicles from 1967-1969.
See our rebuild kit and step by step picture guide here:
Also see our new steel proportioning valve brake lines here:
"Chipper," "Cool Rock," "Down Home Rockin," "Malt Shop Bop," and "Matt's
Blues" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons
"Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Door Hinge Rebuild - 1969 Cougar
In this video, we show how to rebuild your classic's door hinges with new
pins and bushings, with useful tips and tricks throughout the process. In
this case, we decided to do it with the door and fender still on the car.
Normally, it's a better idea to remove the door, leave the hinges on the
car, and rebuild them in place... but Don's car has power windows, so
removing the door is much more difficult with the wiring. Check out our
door hinge parts at http://cougparts.com
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
E3 Bonus Footage: West Coast Classic Cougar
See some bonus footage on The V8 Interceptor. Find out a little bit of the
history behind our friends over at West Coast Classic Cougar. Brought to
you by our friends at E3!
2014 CCOA Western Regionals - Oakley, CA
This show was the biggest gathering of classic Cougars in recent memory,
with over 80 cars showing up. There were 4 GT-E's, 5 XR7-G's, and a whole
lot of other beautiful cats. The venue, provided by Rob Crowder, was
stunning. The weather was sunny. The cruise was fun. The event planning by
Gavin Schlessinger was top notch. With the collaborative efforts of the
Cougar Club Of America and the Mercury Stray Cats (of Northern CA) this
became arguably one of the best Cougar shows of all time. Andrew was on the
scene with cameras rolling to capture the stunning cars and great people
who were there.
Event photos can be seen here:
Cougar Club of America: http://www.cougarclub.org/
Mercury Stray Cats: http://www.classiccougar.com/
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!
'67 Cougar GT in Toulouse, France
Another Cougar in France?? Yep, this time a real 390 GT '67 that has been
in France since new. Anthony is the current owner, and hopes to return the
car to its original Burgundy color someday. For now, it's bright and yellow
and loud, and our photo / video guy Andrew had a blast on this visit. Many
thanks to Anthony and his family for their hospitality!