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
1967 Mercury Cougar - Dan Gurney Special - SOLD
This '67 Cougar DGS is a very nice example of a solid, un-messed-with,
standard first-gen Cougar. Low mileage, no rust, and sporting its original
interior. Cars like this are getting harder and harder to find!
Car has been sold! eBay auction:
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)
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
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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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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1967 Cougar Headlight Vacuum Solenoid Tips, Tricks, Do's and Don'ts
We snuck into Brian's garage while he was away and filmed this
informational video on the unique 1967 headlight vacuum solenoid. It's a
complicated and temperamental little device that you can ruin easily if
you don't know what you're doing. Our goal with this video is to help you
understand how this solenoid works, and some of the "do's and don'ts" of
testing and installing them.
Our rebuilt units are listed on our website here:
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
Like us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar
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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(SOLD) 1967 Cougar XR-7
This car has been sold! See auction on eBay:
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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Mail Call 1969 Mustang Restoration Part 54 HEATER CORE Repair 69 Mustang
Mail Call at 5.33 The Shade Tree Fix it Man George's channel here
Heater Core replacement 1969 Mustang Restoration Part 54 Mail Call
too! See what replacing a Heater Core on a 1969 Mustang is no easy task. This is main
reason many of these cars have their heater core bypased. This will give
you an idea what it takes to rebuild and fix and re install the heater
core. Thanks for watching.
Follow along on as this 1969 Ford Mustang M code ( 351 4 barrel) car
goes though a cosmetic and mechanical restoration. This California, DSO 71
( Los Angeles) black plate 1969 Coupe is loaded with options as verified by
the Marti Report Originally sold at Fred Hauter Ford in Montrose CA( now
closed) this car has remained in Southern California it's whole life. It
was built in June of 1969 as is only 1 of 7 M code, Deluxe interior coupes.
It came with the following options: 351 Windsor 4 barrel, FMX auto trans,
Electric Clock, Wide Oval belted tires, Power front disc brakes, Power
Steering, Air conditioning, AM\FM stereo, Interior Decor Group( think Mach
1 and Grande but with a bench seat),Tinted Glass, Argent Styled steel
wheels( same as the GT and Mach for 69). The car is an unusual coupe and
worthy of some attention.
The plan is to return the car to it's original Royal Maroon Paint-3059-A.
Follow along for an in-dept series on the preservation and restoration of
this cool 69.