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
Front Suspension & Chassis Upgrades - '68 Cougar / Mustang
In this video, we show some of the ways you can easily stiffen your car's
chassis and upgrade your front suspension. Using Andrew's '68 Cougar as a
guinea pig, we bolt on, and weld on, some simple parts that will make a big
difference in reducing the torsional flex that these front ends are prone
to, as well as improving the integrity of the shock towers.
Most of the parts mentioned in this video can be found here:
Springs we used:
Rear seat divider panel (67-68 Cougar):
See also: 69-70 Cougar panel:
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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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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
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.
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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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
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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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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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
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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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American Muscle Car - The Mercury Cougar
THE AMERICAN MUSCLECAR series brings you the third season, profiling some
of the most influential cars in automotive history:
(SOLD) 1970 Mercury Cougar 428 CJ Eliminator
Car has been sold! See on eBay:
This Competition Green, 428 Cobra Jet, Ram-Air, rust-free beauty is offered
for sale on eBay with no reserve, and a starting price of $1. In this
video, Don gives a comprehensive and honest overview of the entire car,
inside and out. And of course there's a little bit of fun driving footage
in there as well...
Auction ends Oct. 12, 2014 at 11pm Pacific time. View & bid on eBay:
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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(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 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)