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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Muscle Car Of The Week Video #59: 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427
http://www.musclecaroftheweek.com/store - This week, we're bringing you an
often overlooked muscle car, the 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E. These were
sporty but comfortable, and the GT-E bought you a 7-liter V8 to make things
interesting. Most were the smooth 428 V8, but some were ordered with the
far less subtle 427 side oiler... like the one in this video. The 427 was
rated at 390 HP and has a great rumble, but the car is refined enough to
drive and enjoy every day. The Brothers Collection is home to several
rare Mercury cats, this is one of the favorites!
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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Portland Swap Meet - April Fools 2011
Since the famous Portland Swap meet fell around April 1st this year, we had
to take advantage of the opportunity. Don (owner of West Coast Classic
Cougar) disguised himself and got some undercover, candid feedback from
customers and friends from all over the swap meet. Not only was it a good
source of survey data, but the swap meet itself was a lot of fun, and we
found lots of Cougar parts!
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"Feelin Good," "Surf Inspector," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin
MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
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
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Music during "Cruise To Silverton" portion:
"Corncob" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
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Cougars at Barrett-Jackson 2013: Featuring KTL's 1970 SCJ Eliminator
We went back to Scottsdale this January to witness the sale of Joe
Valenti's 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, with a 428 Super Cobra Jet
drivetrain and the Drag Pak option. This rare car was meticulously concours
restored over the course of 5 years by the renowned Cougar restoration shop
KTL Restorations ( http://www.ktlrestorations.com ) in VA.
A factor that made this auction even more interesting was the presence of
another 1970 Eliminator, in the same Competition Blue color, and also with
a 428 Cobra Jet engine (not Super) and also restored by a reputable hot rod
shop. This car was not restored to the same "concours" level that Joe's car
was, but it was still beautifully restored, and we expected to see it bring
close to six figures.
What we saw unfold that weekend in January was an interesting and sobering
experience. These two cars, which would seem nearly identical to the
untrained bystander, sold for vastly different prices. There is a lot to be
said for the day and time that a car gets sold, as well as the quality of
the restoration. But we were still very surprised by the results. This
video puts you in the middle of the action to experience Barrett-Jackson
with us. Enjoy!
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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:
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.
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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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.
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
West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Plastic Chrome Restoration for Classic Cougars
Using Cougar dash bezels as an example, Don discusses different methods of
"re-plating" the simulated chrome on plastic parts. With costly and
fragile vacuum plating and electroplating being the only viable options in
the past, we are proud to introduce a revolutionary new paint process that
is much more durable, costs less than older methods, and looks fantastic.
We are offering restoration services for these dash pieces, as discussed in
this video, and soon hope to offer the same service for other plastic
"chrome" parts, such as door panel trim and more.
Please visit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com for more info!