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:
If we forgot to list anything, you should be able to find it on our
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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
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Classic Car Carpet Installation
In this video, we show you step-by-step how to install a carpet in your
classic car. We used high quality mass-backed carpeting from Auto Custom
Carpets. We're no experts on the subject, but this video should give you
enough courage to tackle this job yourself.
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"Breakdown," "faster Does It,"
"Slow Burn," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin MacLeod
(incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
Rusty Roof Replacement - 1968 Cougar
If you have an old car that came with a vinyl top, chances are that you
have some rust issues in the roof. This was the case with Andrew's car - a
1968 Mercury Cougar that his grandparents bought brand new in '68. In this
video, Andrew takes matters into his own hands to replace his rusted roof
skin with a solid donor roof from another car. He is by no means a
restoration expert, just an amateur trying to save some money and save his
Need a roof or other body panels for your classic Cougar? West Coast
Classic Cougar has it all. Check us out at
http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com or give us a call at (503) 463-1130 .
(c) 2011 West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Music in the video is from royalty-free sources, except for the Toccata and
Fugue in D (used during the brief B&W horror sequence). Performed by Peter
Hurford. An advertisement appears on this video in order to pay royalties
to the copyright holder, not for our own gain.
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!
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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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You weren't supposed to watch this...
Présentation de la cougar '67 du paternel. Au moment ou la vidéo à été
tournée, elle n'était pas encore à lui donc anciennes plaques etc...
Mercury Cougar 289ci Jamaican Yellow
2x 4-1 Ford Racing Headers
Ford racing Air Cleaner
4 barrels Edelbrock Carb
Full inox Exhaust
What's in the video:
Sequential taillights (looks damn good)
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/
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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WCCC Open House / Cruise / BBQ / Great Oregon Steam-Up 2011
Every year in August we have an open house at West Coast Classic Cougar.
We are based just outside of Salem, Oregon, and have a wrecking yard full
of 67-73 Cougars, and a warehouse full of new and used Cougar parts.
It's a two-day event that usually takes place on a Friday and Saturday. On
Friday, we have our open house and a small car show. Then in the evening,
we cruise over to Silverton for a barbecue at our friend Brian's place in
the middle of open farmland. Finally, on Saturday, we attend the Great
Oregon Steam-Up at Antique Powerland, located close by our shop in Brooks.
This year we had a reserved space for Cougars. There is an endless amount
of cool antique machinery to see at this show.
If this event sounds like fun to you, hop in your Cougar and we'll see you
Visit us online at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com
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"Corncob" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
All other music from royalty-free sources
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)