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:
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
View Part II here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Bl5MiO7FA
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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)
Hood Stripe Decal Installation - '69 Cougar
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"
Cougar Buying Guide Ep.2 - 1967 XR-7 289
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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Sloppy Steering Syndrome - Problems & Solutions
If your steering feels loose and vague on your classic Cougar (or Mustang, or other old Ford / Lincoln
/ Mercury), you need to watch this video. During our annual open house
event, we invited several Cougar owners to put their car on the lift and
let us wiggle things around to diagnose loose steering. Some unrestored
cars needed attention in several areas, whereas others were suffering from
one or two factors that were overlooked during restoration.
Armed with the knowledge you'll gain from this video, there's no reason
your steering can't be made tighter and more precise. All the applicable
parts mentioned in this video can be found on our website in these two
Steering parts: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/steering.html
Suspension parts: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/suspension.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!
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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West Coast Custom Cougars [S4 Ep.13-2]
Today on GEARZ, Stacey rolls the V8 Interceptor/ Cougar back into the shop
and begins upgrading the rear end and rear suspension to handle all the
massive power that has been stuffed under the hood. The parts are flyin' as
in goes a custom 3-link torque arm suspension, a 9" Ford rear end, and a
tubular sub-frame to prevent the car from flexing. If you have a classic Mustang or Cougar, you're
gonna want to see this! Then Stacey shows you where to get parts for your
Mustang or Cougar project
by paying a visit to a special salvage yard that specializes only in... you
guessed it... Classic Cougars! If you've ever wondered where to get those
special parts... now you know. After that we take a trip to Michigan Tech
to check out their amazing testing facilities and put some actual products
to the test. It's all here... and it's all GEARZ!
'67 Mercury Cougar Disassembly [S4 Ep.6-2]
So you've got a new project and you are dying to dig into it huh?... Well,
before you touch it, there are some tips and trick you ought to know before
you blow it all apart and end up getting lost in a project you can't ever
finish. Today on GEARZ, Stacey shows you those tips and tricks as he rolls
in a Classic '67 Mercury Cougar and starts methodically taking it apart to
prepare it for some wild modifications down the road. If you are
considering a project, or are already deep into one, you have got to see
this show. Then we take an in depth look at the world of die cast models,
as we put the spotlight on GMP and check out their incredible models. So
whether you are into toy cars, miniature cars, or the real thing, this
episode of GEARZ has something for everybody!
Is It Numbers Matching? - 428 CJ 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
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
LED Taillights on a '68 Mercury Cougar
This video is to show how much easier the sequential taillights work on a
'68 Mercury Cougar, when LED lights are installed. As you can see, the
left side works faster, is
'crisper', even when the taillights are on. The one's on the right are the
plain, incandescent bulbs. Notice how much slower, and longer it takes,
especially when the taillights are on. I had the battery on a charger
while I was taking this. The LED lights I used are relatively inexpensive.
I purchased them from: www.superbrightleds.com, and they are the 1157-R24
(the wide beam), and they are $7.49 each. They last 10,000 hours, and use
a LOT less energy than incandescent bulbs. They do make brighter, more
expensive LED's, but these are pretty close, if not brighter than regular
Dash Removal & Restoration - '68 Cougar XR-7
In this video, we show (in great detail) how to remove and disassemble the
entire dash and gauge cluster in a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7. This also
applies very closely to the 1967 XR-7, and much of the info is relevant to
standard Cougars as well.
Once everything is removed from the car, we strip the plastic dash panels
down to their bare bones so they can be sent in to be "rechromed" - stand
by for updates on our restoration service, coming soon!
Then we show some of the simple, inexpensive things you can do to improve
the appearance of your dash, like replacing the blue light filters,
installing new gauge overlay decals, polishing the lenses, covering faded
woodgrain with our vinyl kit, etc.
Finally, you'll see it all back in the car, and what a transformation it
Most of the parts used in this video can be found here:
Or, use the part numbers provided in the video to search our site (see
upper right corner "Type part number search here...")
Also, if anyone out there knows of a vinyl woodgrain pattern that more
closely matches the original XR-7 dash pieces, we want to hear about it!
Our current pattern looks great but of course isn't "correct" for 67-68.