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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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)
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"
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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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:
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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For Sale: 1967 Cougar XR-7
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Rim Blow Horn Switch Installation How-To (1970-74 Ford / Mercury)
For those with an old Ford / Mercury rim blow steering wheel, chances are
your original horn switch is shot. In this video, Don walks through the
steps of removing the original switch and installing a new reproduction
switch. We recommend the US-made Daniel Carpenter switch, as seen on our
site here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/d1az-13875-c-us.html
This is a time-consuming, delicate operation, so take your time and be
careful. We're hoping this video will give you the confidence and know-how
to tackle this essential job.
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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