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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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
LED vs Incandescent Taillight Bulb Comparison
These red LED tower bulbs are a direct replacement for the standard 1157
light bulbs found in your Cougar's taillights. They offer a lot of
benefits, including a much faster
response time, less current draw, longer life, etc. But are they actually
brighter than regular incandescent 1157's? Watch to find out!
Standard 1157 bulb:
1967-68 Tailllight Lens (reproduction):
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
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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A Day In The Life At WCCC
This is an informal video we shot to give you an idea of what it's like at
West Coast Classic Cougar on a daily basis. Meet the employees, walk around
the facility and get to know us. We're a random assortment of colorful
human beings who exist only to provide you with Cougar parts and knowledge.
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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Operation Mustang & More (Episode 15)
Classic Ford Mustang
Restoration Web Show - Operation Mustang (Episode 15) Road test the 67
G.T.A fastback produced by Classic Recollections for the Daily Herald news
paper. For more of their great feature videos go to
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!
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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How to Restore a Cracked Steering Wheel
Tool Dude Tony shows you step-by-step how to restore a cracked steering
using POR15 epoxy putty, sand paper and Rust-Oleum paint.
This is another episode in the '57 Studebaker Silver Hawk Restoration
Project. Here is a link to the playlist of all my videos in this series:
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against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of
this information. ToolDudeTony assumes no liability for property damage or
injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this
video. ToolDudeTony recommends safe practices when working with power
tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment,
blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment
seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of
ToolDudeTony, no information contained in this video shall create any
express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any
injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools,
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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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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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68 Mercury Cougar Shock Tower Brace Modification To Fit
10th part of the Mercury Cougar restoration. Here the finished suspension
is looked at and the after market shock tower brace is modified to fit the
car. The painted engine bay and installed engine can also be seen. As
always, thanks for watching and comments are welcome. There was some
feedback on this video about the shock towers sagging inwards on these
cars. The original braces fit ok and dropped into place. These are old
cars and anything can happen, but original fits are something to be
Super Bright "Plasma" LED 1157 Taillight Bulbs - Comparison Video
You can get a full set of six "Plasma" bulbs here:
Or a 2-pack here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/plasma2.html
We just got these new "Plasma" LED light bulbs, and wow, we are impressed.
They are the brightest 1157 replacement bulbs we've seen by far, and
installation is as simple as it would be with regular bulbs.
In this video, we line up three 1967-68 Mercury Cougars to compare the new
"Plasma" LED bulbs to the older tower-style LED's, and of course the
original-equipment 1157 incandescent bulbs. The results are pretty obvious.