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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: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67hdvacsol.html


 


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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 ( http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com ). -- Contest ended May 1, 2011 -- Also note that West Coast Classic Cougar no longer has parts for 1974-79 Cougars. West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc. (503)463-1130 http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com





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: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/grill.html Or, by specific part: Re-Manufactured Headlight Vacuum Actuators (Cougar, Lincoln, Thunderbird) http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67remanact.html Mounting pin for vacuum actuators http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/actuatorboltrepro.html Headlight cover rubber bumpers http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67hlbumps.html Elongated bolts for adjusting headlight covers http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/hdlghtcvradblt.html Tension Springs for headlight covers http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67eyelidspring.html (see also) Grille repair clips for spring mounts http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67grilleclips.html 1968 Cougar vacuum hose kit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/68kit.html 1967 Cougar vacuum hose kit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67kit.html Vacuum check valve (67-70) http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/chev.html Used vacuum reservoir / tank (67-68) http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/68vactank.html





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!





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! Visit our website: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Don't forget to subscribe to our channel so you won't miss out on our latest videos! Music Credits: "Feelin Good," "Surf Inspector," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





Classic Cougar Pickin' with Scott Taylor (Part I)
On our trip to AZ, we paid a visit to Scott Taylor to have a look at his collection of Cougars. Scott is a well-known Cougar enthusiast, is the registrar for 428 Cougars, and has a sizable collection of classic Mercury Cougars. Many of his project cars are for sale (most of the cars shown in this video). If you have questions about these cars, or have any information on a newly discovered 428 Cougar, email Scott at 428cougarguy@cox.net View Part II here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Bl5MiO7FA Subscribe to our channel for more! Visit our site at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com





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. Used housings: 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 Thanks for watching / reading! Subscribe for more Cougar videos. Also check us out on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





1968 Cougar 427 GT-E at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale 2011
This is the story of Brian Aust and his 1968 Mercury Cougar 427 GT-E. Over the course of about 5 years, he undertook a painstaking restoration to bring the car to the highest level he could, with a little help from his friends (and lots of advice from folks on http://www.mercurycougar.net ). On January 22, 2011, he drove it onto the auction block at Barrett-Jackson, stepped out, and watched it sell for... well, you'll just have to watch to find out! WCCC TV was there to chronicle the experience for your enjoyment, so relax and enjoy! Don't forget to subscribe to our channel to keep up to date with our latest videos. West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc. Specializing in 1967-1973 Mercury Cougar Parts http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com





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: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/13676-Electric-Headlight-Door-Co nversion-Kit-with-Motors-New-1967-1968-Mercury-Cougar.html 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 more expensive. - 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. - Etc. Thanks for watching / reading! Subscribe to our channel to keep up with our new videos, and like us on facebook while you're at it: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





Classic Cougar Grille Tips - Part 2
This video describes how to use our grille straightening kit for 67-68 Cougars. Since grille alignment is such a problem on these cars, we've developed the necessary parts, tools and methodology to correct this issue. The parts used in this video can be found on our website here: 67-68 Grille straightening kit: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/jk10f1.html 68-70 Headlight switch (new): http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/hlswtch.html (We also have the 67 headlight switch here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/67hlswitch.html )





2013 WCCC Open House / Show / Cruise
Here is the video from our 2013 Open House weekend! It was a lot of fun, and we had around 30+ Cougars in attendance for various portions of the event. This video is basically an overview of the show and cruise for those who couldn't be there, or for those who were there and want to re-live the glory. There's nothing like the majestic sight of a pack of Cougars on the road! Posters of the drive-in photo can be purchased here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/store/p/13842-Poster-Cougar-Drive-In-New .html Subscribe to our channel for more Cougar videos! Like us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





Classic Car Carpet Installation
In this video, we show you step-by-step how to install a carpet in your classic car. We used high quality mass-backed carpeting from Auto Custom Carpets. We're no experts on the subject, but this video should give you enough courage to tackle this job yourself. Check out our other videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel, find us on Facebook (West Coast Classic Cougar), and for any of your Cougar parts needs, visit our website: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Music Credits: "Breakdown," "faster Does It," "Slow Burn," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





Spud's 1968 Cougar restoration: patch panel part 2
Spud has continued his work replacing a rear quarter panel patch. He has it welded in and is getting the body lines right.





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. Check out our YouTube channel for more Cougar videos, and subscribe to stay up to date! Need parts for your classic Cougar? Visit our parts catalog at: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com Like us on Facebook for even more Cougar goodness! https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





Disc Brake Distribution Block and Proportioning Valve Rebuild - How To
This week we crack open a disc brake proportioning valve and distribution block from a 1969 Mercury Cougar to show you how to service and rebuild yours. Applies to Ford vehicles from 1967-1969. See our rebuild kit and step by step picture guide here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/propvlvkit.html Also see our new steel proportioning valve brake lines here: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/68vlvkit.html Music Credits: "Chipper," "Cool Rock," "Down Home Rockin," "Malt Shop Bop," and "Matt's Blues" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





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