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
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 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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Is It Numbers Matching? - Cougar by the Numbers
In this video we delve into the complex topic of decoding tags, date codes,
and other numbers to check if your classic Ford / Mercury is "numbers
matching," using Don's newly acquired '69 Mercury Cougar XR7 428 Cobra Jet
convertible as an example. While we haven't covered the subject 100% in
this video (to keep it concise) we think this covers most of the major
components and gives you the knowledge you need to figure out what your
numbers mean. As mentioned in the video, we highly recommend Marti Auto
Works, especially his Tagbook, which made this video possible. Visit him
at http://www.martiauto.com , and for everything Cougar, visit us at
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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
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
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
Rear View Mirror Lens Replacement - Classic Cougar, Mustang, etc
After 40+ years, the rear view mirror on your classic Cougar or Mustang is probably looking pretty
tired. The silver gets tarnished, and the only way to bring it back to
life is to either buy a new repro mirror, or to remove your original mirror
lens, have it re-silvered, and install it back into the original holder.
Luckily, we're offering an exchange-based mirror restoration service at
West Coast Classic Cougar. You can send us your old lens, and get a
restored one back for around $50. Keep in mind that any imperfections on
the glass surface will remain, because the silver is applied to the back
side of the lens.
If you'd rather not go through the process of removing and re-installing
your lens, or if yours is missing, broken, or in bad shape, we also sell a
Grade "A" original mirror assembly with a re-silvered lens already
installed. We have all styles of mirrors from 1967-1973 for the Mercury
Cougar, most of which are interchangeable with other Ford, Lincoln and
Check out the interior mirror section on our website for more info:
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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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1971 FORD TORINO GT HEATER CORE REPLACEMENT
Here we have a short video of a Removed Heater Canister with heater core
for a 71 Ford Torino GT. Remember to take pictures of connections and mark
lines where needed with a sharpie and scotch tape for reassembly. Total
time to remove the Canister was around 3 hrs but since this was our first
ford Torino, there is a learning curve. I am sure if we had to do again, we
could do in less than 2 hours. Also. We only removed the steel dash bolts
where needed and loosend others to make the dash so lose we could manuever
the Heater Canister underneath the dash without totally removing it.
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)
West Coast Classic Cougar - Open House / Show / Cruise - 2012
Every year, usually the first weekend of August, we invite our customers to
come check out our business and bring their classic Cougar along for a car
show and cruise through the Oregon countryside. It's usually a 2-day
event, but this video just covers the first day. If you haven't seen last
year's video, check that out too!
Visit our website at http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com
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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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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/
1967 Mercury Cougar XR7
My 67 cougar project car. It has a 5.0, C4, and soon to have an 8.8 rear.
Engine bay needs to be tidied but I need to hook up heater core first.
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!