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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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.
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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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
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"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
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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:
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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)
Electric Hideaway Headlight Actuator Conversion: 1967-1968 Mercury Cougar
In this video, we show how to replace your early Cougar's vacuum-operated
hideaway headlight system with a simpler, more reliable electric conversion
kit. This kit includes two remanufactured Ford Probe headlight motors, a
custom wiring harness, and custom bracketry and hardware for this specific
application, making installation simple.
To view the kit, click here:
Some reasons to go this route instead of keeping your vacuum system:
- Easier to keep your grille straight. The vacuum system puts constant
pressure on the grille.
- Cheaper as a whole. To replace your entire vacuum system is significantly
- faster and more even opening &
closing. No more slow opening / closing one at a time.
- Can operate without the engine running.
- Perfect solution for those with high performance engines with low vacuum.
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1969 Cougar Eliminator -Barrett Jackson-OC Fair Grounds Part 1
Barrett Jackson 2010 Oragne County Fantasy Bid Car 1969 Mercury Cougar
Fully restored Part 1.
1969 Mercury XR7 updated with Eliminator package. The car was delivered new
in Southern California with the following options, XR7 package, 351W, high
back bucket seats, console, power steering, power disc brakes, air
conditioning, tinted glass, FMX automatic transmission and 9" rear end. The
car has just undergone an extensive 2 restoration. The car retains all of
its original sheet metal and has been refinished with a base coat clear
coat Ford black with custom red Eliminator stripes. To complete the
cosmetic Eliminator look, the car has front and rear spoilers, blacked out
front and rear grill, an original Eliminator hood scoop and correct style
hood pins. All chrome, trim and weatherstripping redone. The entire
original drivetrain was pulled during the exterior restoration. The 351W
now sports some mild modifications, the FMX has a shift kit and the 9"
differential is now a 3.50 trac lok. Fully detailed engine bay. The
following were all removed for complete rebuild, refurbishment or
replacement. Complete air conditioning, heat, cooling, braking system,
electrical and vacuum system, gas tank, all soft and hard lines. All chrome
and moldings, front windshield were all redone. Interior removed during
paint, new headliner, carpet and seat covers. All parts repainted or
re-dyed or replaced as needed. Full Alpine sound system installed to look
as factory as possible. The suspension was completely rebuilt. The car sits
in a lowered stance that makes the car handle and ride very well. Custom
fitted Raceline 17" wheels. To retain a factory style look, the center caps
were custom machined to fit magnum 500 Cougar center caps in red to match
the red Eliminator stripes.
1968 Mercury Cougar
•351 Cleveland bored to 400 professionally rebuilt within the last 2,000
miles. Only the best high performance parts throughout the motor. Strong,
reliable, smooth power. Hooked up to a Ford C4.
•Car has new U joints, completely rebuilt rear end including gears, new
disc brakes all around with all new brake system components, new axle seals
and bearing w/new Exhaust system.
•All new suspension components with professionally installed frame
connectors (class brand and installation) new heavy duty sway bars in front
and rear to modernize cornering.
•Beautiful gun metal gray exterior with black stripes that continue up
the rear window and into the interior color scheme.
• Modernized AC system and a New High Performance radiator and overflow
•Every part is completely redone custom interior!
•New wheels Excellent quality Tires!
•Custom, Functional Hood Scoop!
•This is one of the nicest COUGARS on the planet!!
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