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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! Visit our website: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Don't forget to subscribe to our channel so you won't miss out on our latest videos! Music Credits: "Feelin Good," "Surf Inspector," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





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: www.superbrightleds.com.





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





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 is! Most of the parts used in this video can be found here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/dashparts.html 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 http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com (503) 463-1130





557,000 Miles and Counting (She's 90; Her Car's 45; Both Are Still On The Road)
At 90 years old, this Depression-era great-grandmother from Orlando, Fla., has a lesson for all of us about surviving in a tough economy. Shes still driving her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. Price back then: $3,289. Thats less than the $4,500 the government gives to trash a car today in the cash for clunkers program. She jokes her car has been oh-so-faithful. She's better than three husbands," Veitch said. Shes never lied to me, shes never cheated on me, and I can always depend on her. But with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, the real story is in those lifetime warranties. She paid Midas $42.23 for a lifetime muffler. Such a deal! Midas has replaced her muffler seven times. Ditto with JCPenney and her battery: Shes had 17 batteries replaced. Even though JCPenney no longer has an automotive department, they still make arrangements to honor her contract. Then theres Sears and the shock absorbers. Sears has replaced her shocks three times. Three cheers for Rachel, who has collected for all Americans who bought extended warranties but for some loophole reason, never collected. As I sat with Rachel in her living room, teapot on a doily, I felt I could be with anyones grandmother in America. But when we hopped behind the wheel of her baby, the car she nicknamed Chariot so long ago, her bright eyes and tight grip confirmed Rachel, like her car, is an American original. She picked up her 1970s-era CB radio, flipped over to channel 19 and asked, Is anyone out there? Static. No answer. Without missing a beat, she joked, I guess theyre all dead. If there was ever a person who loves to kid around, loves cars, and is as quick as a rabbit start in a Mercury with a 260 V8, its Rachel. Shes pushed her car up to 120 miles per hour. The speedometer quits at 120, so I could have been going faster, she said. Rachel, a retired nurse, enjoys showing off her car to auto enthusiasts. Her goal (yes, folks in their 90s still have goals) is to one day go toe-to-toe with another funny, car-loving American: Jay Leno. As they used to say in the old radio days: Stay tuned. This video: © Copyright 2009 NBC Universal, Inc. All Rights Reserved No COPYRIGHT infringement is intended





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 categories: 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 Cougar. 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: http://www.ebay.com/itm/171503105137?ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT&_trksid=p3984 .m1557.l2649 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: 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





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. Used housings: 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 Thanks for watching / reading! Subscribe for more Cougar videos. Also check us out on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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: http://classiccougarcommunity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2312 Visit our online catalog here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!





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: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/propvlvkit.html Also see our new steel proportioning valve brake lines here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/68vlvkit.html Music Credits: "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/





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 http://www.westcoastclassiccougarinc.com/





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