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
Convertible Top Installation: 1969 - 1970 Cougar / Mustang
In this episode, we tackle the daunting task of installing a convertible
top on a 1969 Mercury Cougar. Instead of stumbling through it ourselves,
we watch a professional do the installation and take note of some of the
details and tricks involved in the process. Javier was there to help and
translate, and the end result was a great looking black convertible top.
Parts we used in the video can be found in the convertible top section of
our website here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/convertible1.html
Or, here are some of the individual parts we used / mentioned:
The convertible top itself:
Rear tack strips: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/69convtackstrip.html
Tension cables: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c9zz-7652806-a.html
Bow Pads: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c9zz-7652875-bk.html
Conv. Top Latches
Header seal retainer: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/69vertretain.html
Weatherstrip Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/d534.html
There are a lot more convertible top related parts we didn't even mention,
so browse around and find what you need!
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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.
1970 Mercury Cougar For Sale
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on "How to Avoid the 7 Deadliest Mistakes of Buying a Classic Car Online"!
To see over 100 pictures of this car visit
The most recent owner of this beautiful Cougar had several Cougars over the
years. When we met him he owned this one and a Cougar Eliminator that he
drag races. He bought this one at a local car show about 12 years ago. The
car was restored just before he bought it.
351ci Cleveland Engine
FMX Automatic Transmission
Ford 9" Open Rear End with 3.0:1 Gear Ratio
Edelbrock 4 Barrel Carb
2 V Heads
Power Front Disc Brakes
Chrome Edelbrock Air Cleaner
Stock Type Distributor, Upgraded to Petronix
New Exhaust System
Mufflers are in Great Shape
New Lower Control Arms
New Front Shocks
New Front Ball Joints
Front Sway Bar
Beautiful Red Paint
All Original Metal
Stainless Trim is in Great Shape
Emblems are Beautiful
Doors Fit and Operate Properly
Door Lips and Jambs are Clean and Solid
Solid Straight Quarters
Trunk Floor is Solid and Clean
Trunk Mat and Spare Tire
Floorboards Look to be Original
Torque Boxes are in Great Shape
Frame is in Great Shape
Rockers have Nice Pinch Welds
BF Goodrich Radial T/A's -- 235/60/15 Front and Rear
Magnum 500 Wheels with Cougar Center Caps
Nice Black Interior
AM Radio Inoperable
Wood Grain Details on Dash, Console and Door Panels
Door Panels are in Great Shape
Seatbelts Front and Back
Interior Lights Work
Nice Black Carpet
Cougar Floor Mats
Headliner is in Good Shape
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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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Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini
Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car
attracts the most attention.
Roadkill appears every fourth Friday on the new Motor Trend channel.
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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.
The Story Of Cougar 1: The First Mercury Cougar
A while back, we sat down with Jim Pinkerton, the owner of the very first
production Mercury Cougar (1967 model year), a.k.a. Cougar 1. We hit the
"record" button on our cameras and he let loose with an epic tale of how
the car was first sold in Canada, its subsequent life there, and how it
eventually got into his hands - an intriguing story! He also goes over some
of the unique features of the car, and some of the restoration techniques
used. It's a truly beautiful factory show car with more attention to detail
than the 'average' Cougar.
Special thanks to Jim Pinkerton for his time, and for providing most of the
images you see in this video from his own collection of Cougar memorabilia.
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For Sale: 1967 Cougar XR-7
This car has been sold! See auction on eBay:
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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Classic Cougar Grille Tips - Part 1
This is a guide to installing our rebuilt vacuum actuators in a 68 Cougar.
Also includes valuable tips on headlight door alignment, replacing
associated hardware, and more.
The parts used in this video can be found in our Grill section here:
Or, by specific part:
Re-Manufactured Headlight Vacuum Actuators (Cougar, Lincoln, Thunderbird)
Mounting pin for vacuum actuators
Headlight cover rubber bumpers
Elongated bolts for adjusting headlight covers
Tension Springs for headlight covers
(see also) Grille repair clips for spring mounts
1968 Cougar vacuum hose kit
1967 Cougar vacuum hose kit
Vacuum check valve (67-70)
Used vacuum reservoir / tank (67-68)
'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!
Lincoln Heater Core Replacement
This video is not meant to be a professional instruction on how to do this
work!!! I wish I could do one!!! Overall, I am just showing you what's
involved to hopefully eliminate some fear on a DIY job. Dealer time to do
this repair is hefty because the dash has to be pulled back. This edit
note above was written August 2012--8 months after the work and all's well.
The best part is that I no longer inhale subtle antifreeze odor.
Removing 1989 Lincoln Towncar Heater Core. Time spent was considerably
more than the book time of 6+ hours. Core cost $28. Add $2 for
antifreeze. I needed no additional tools than what I had. If your
windshield fogs and you smell antifreeze, chance is good that your heater
core is leaking. The Lincoln core is located inside a plenum box and
chance of seeing leakage is nil. The result was decent. I have plenty of
hot fresh air (seemingly with more volume). On the downside, I believe the
main plenum door does not close fully which allows air movement on the dash
vents level--but all positions still work well. Not mentioned--you must
push back into the engine compartment-- a grommet with 3 vacuum lines (one
is green) and be sure to reposition that before you reinstall the plenum.
Also a dash brace located on the drivers side of the radio must be
released--one bolt. There is a vacuum line block connector that must be
disconnected near the glovebox. Look for this before pulling out the
plenum. I do not mention that. Follow slender black vac lines to access
it. The plenum must be pulled back --moved right and rotated down--pipes
onto carpet to remove. It will be upside down when you get it to the
floor. Be sure to plug the core pipes. About 2 cups of fluid will come
out of the removed core. It is a pain to raise this core up under the dash
to permit installation. You must be able to control the loose dash as
well. Be sure not to abuse the dash on lowering it and or moving it. Be
prepared to support it when the bolts are removed. There are 2 lower bolts
on the front side near the door frames in addition to the windshield
screws. Disclaimer--Sorry for poor video; audio and/or descriptions.
Note---this job requires (IMO)---space; time and a comfortable environment.
I wouldn't do this outdoors in the winter nor if the job had to be done
the same day.1989 Lincoln Towncar Heater Core removal. This movie shows
most of the steps to enable you to remove a heater core. Labor books show
this as a plus 6 hour job in a shop, but my time was considerably more.
Cost of the heater core was $28. The most important tool is a mini ratchet
screwdriver capable of reaching the 6 dash screws close to the windshield.
There is a dash bracing arm which must be released (not in video)--a bolt
on the drivers side area of the radio. It is an obvious item.
DISCLAIMER--Sorry for poor video; audeo and/or wrong descriptions. Notes
were added to clarify or point out missed items.
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/
1967 Mercury cougar XR7 $21,900.00
Documented Frame-Up Restoration, beautiful factory Inverness green
metallic, green vinyl interior 302 ci engine, Holley 750 cfm 4bbl, polished
Edelbrock aluminum intake, Crane roller cam & rockers, polished aluminum
water pump, ceramic headers, aluminum breather & valve covers, Mallory
Unilite distributor, power steering, power brakes, C4 automatic
transmission with 2200 stall & B&M shift kit, bucket seats with console,
factory tach & gauges, am radio, Flowmaster dual Exhaust with H pipe & stainless tips, factory
rear end, new fuel tank, 245/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial TA rear tires,
215/65R15 fronts, 15" Cragar wheels, Documented 2 Owner car with original
owner's manuals & service records, One Bad Cougar!