How To Replace 1967 Cougar Steeing Wheel Emblem & Trim
The 1967 Mercury Cougar has a unique steering wheel with a black "Cougar" emblem in the center. Originals are often damaged from the elements over the years, but luckily we now have nice reproduction emblems to replace them. Same with the plastic chrome trim ring - they are often faded, but a nice reproduction is available.
In this video, Don shows how to remove the old emblem and trim ring and install new ones on your original 1967 steering wheel center / horn pad.
For more info about the parts we mentioned in this video, check out the steering wheel section on our website here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/stwhpa.html
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Vinyl Woodgrain Installation - 1968 Cougar XR7 Steering Wheel Center
WCCC is now producing vinyl woodgrain overlay kits for classic Mercury
Cougars! We've sourced a high quality material that closely matches the
texture, color and pattern of the original burled walnut woodgrain, found
primarily on 1969-1970 Cougar XR7's. Today we show you how to install our
overlay onto a 1968 XR7 steering wheel center piece. This also applies to
other Ford / Mercury / Lincoln vehicles for 1968. Although the woodgrain
we're using is different from the original pattern used in 67-68, we think
it looks pretty good. We will also be producing kits for the entire dash
face, door pull strap end pieces, overhead console light bars, floor
console inserts, and anything else on a classic Cougar that had woodgrain
on it. More how-to videos coming soon!
Decal kit found here:
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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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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
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Passenger Side Mirror Installation: 67-68 Mercury Cougar
In this video, we show how to install a passenger side door mirror on a
first-generation Mercury Cougar. These cars never came with a right-hand
mirror, but now there is a high-quality, original-looking chrome mirror and
base available that looks just like the left side.
Drilling the holes in the door is pretty straightforward, but there are
some different ways to attach the mirror base to the body. The best method
for permanent installation, in our opinion, is to use the OEM-style
aluminum riv-nuts. In the video, we show 2 different ways to install these.
Parts used / mentioned in this video:
RH Mirror Assy. (Standard Lens):
RH Mirror Assy. (Convex Lens):
New Rubber Gasket (better than what comes with the mirror):
Original (used) Plastic Gasket:
Metal Riv-Nut Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/oumimokit1.html
Riv-Nut Installation Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/oumimokit.html
Rubber Riv-Nut Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/oumimokit.html
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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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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!
Muscle Cars, Pianos, and One Rare Cougar
You might not expect to find a collection of gleaming muscle cars in the
back warehouse of a piano shop, but that's just what you'll find at AZ
Piano, owned by Jason Sipe of Phoenix. He is currently restoring an
ultra-rare 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 Cobra Jet, 4-speed, drag pak car with a
power sunroof. Naturally, we had to meet up with Jason while we were in
the area and check out his cars.
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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
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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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:
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.
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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Steering Wheel Restoration Tips Episode 119 Autorestomod
We review the new rim blow steering wheel that we got from our friends over
at West Coast Classic Cougar. We also show restoration techniques for
steering wheels using 3M 08115 panel bonding adhesive. Jeff covers when to
and not to restore a steering wheel—sometimes it is really better to say,
"we can't rebuild it, we can't make it better than it was."
Thanks for watching!
Steering Wheel - Rimblow -- Repro PN: 122616
Rim Blow Horn Switch -- Repro PN: 2000134
Three Spoke Steering Wheel Pad -- Repro PN: 2000302
Steering Wheel Cover PN: C9AZ-3D752
Horn Cover Emblem PN: C9AZ-3627
1967 Wiring Harness, Turn Indicator 13A357-1A
How to Apply a Hood Stripe Decal
Applying decals is something that is technically possible for the average
person, but often not attempted for fear of "messing it up." In this
video, we watch an experienced professional install a tricky hood stripe on
a 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 CJ. He shows some of his methods, and emphasizes
that even for him, it can be a process of trial-and-error to get it right.
We have this and many other stripe kits on our website:
"Hustle," "Niles Blues," and "Porch Blues" by Kevin MacLeod
(incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
(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.