Portland Swap Meet - April Fools 2011
Since the famous Portland Swap meet fell around April 1st this year, we had
to take advantage of the opportunity. Don (owner of West Coast Classic
Cougar) disguised himself and got some undercover, candid feedback from
customers and friends from all over the swap meet. Not only was it a good
source of survey data, but the swap meet itself was a lot of fun, and we
found lots of Cougar parts!
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1968 Mercury Cougar LED Taillight Comparison.wmv
This is the final chapter in my quest to find the ultimate LED lights for
my 1968 Mercury Cougar. The ones that I'm happy with are part number:
1157-R18-T. They are $18.00 ea., but well worth it, as you can see from
the video. Even outside, these bulbs really are bright! I almost
considered getting their 45 LED light tower bulb (for $25.00 ea), but now,
I'm glad I didn't! The company to get these from, is:
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
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Dash Removal & Restoration - '68 Cougar XR-7
In this video, we show (in great detail) how to remove and disassemble the
entire dash and gauge cluster in a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7. This also
applies very closely to the 1967 XR-7, and much of the info is relevant to
standard Cougars as well.
Once everything is removed from the car, we strip the plastic dash panels
down to their bare bones so they can be sent in to be "rechromed" - stand
by for updates on our restoration service, coming soon!
Then we show some of the simple, inexpensive things you can do to improve
the appearance of your dash, like replacing the blue light filters,
installing new gauge overlay decals, polishing the lenses, covering faded
woodgrain with our vinyl kit, etc.
Finally, you'll see it all back in the car, and what a transformation it
Most of the parts used in this video can be found here:
Or, use the part numbers provided in the video to search our site (see
upper right corner "Type part number search here...")
Also, if anyone out there knows of a vinyl woodgrain pattern that more
closely matches the original XR-7 dash pieces, we want to hear about it!
Our current pattern looks great but of course isn't "correct" for 67-68.
Two Blue Cougars
1969 Cougar XR7 390 IP 4-speed convertible and 1968 Cougar XR7 302-4v (J
code) owned by Jon Morris of Arizona. Two sweet cars that we got a chance
to see and talk about with Jon.
West Coast Classic Cougar
Specializing in 1967-73 Mercury Cougar parts, new & used
Sloppy Steering Syndrome - Problems & Solutions
If your steering feels loose and vague on your classic Cougar (or Mustang, or other old Ford / Lincoln
/ Mercury), you need to watch this video. During our annual open house
event, we invited several Cougar owners to put their car on the lift and
let us wiggle things around to diagnose loose steering. Some unrestored
cars needed attention in several areas, whereas others were suffering from
one or two factors that were overlooked during restoration.
Armed with the knowledge you'll gain from this video, there's no reason
your steering can't be made tighter and more precise. All the applicable
parts mentioned in this video can be found on our website in these two
Steering parts: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/steering.html
Suspension parts: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/suspension.html
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 !!!
(SOLD) 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 4-speed
This car has been sold!
Link to eBay auction:
A Cougar that's survived 45+ years this well is unheard of, especially for
a 4-speed car. A recent repaint makes it really shine, but the original
interior and untouched engine bay, trunk and underside lend credence to the
amazing condition of this car.
Slide into the soft original leather driver's seat, lock the tilt-away
steering wheel in place, palm the 4-speed shifter and depress the clutch...
and know you're driving the best.
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:
You can get in touch with Scott by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR you
can send him a PM at http://www.mercurycougar.net, also under 428cougarguy.
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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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2001 Mercury Cougar V6 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2001 Mercury Cougar V6. I
take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car
while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling
cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it,
start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
'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:
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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:
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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