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:
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 (
-- Contest ended May 1, 2011 --
Also note that West Coast Classic Cougar no longer has parts for 1974-79
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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)
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!
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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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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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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
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
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Specializing in 1967-1973 Mercury Cougar Parts
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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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:
68-70 Headlight switch (new):
(We also have the 67 headlight switch here:
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
Posters of the drive-in photo can be purchased here:
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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.
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Facebook (West Coast Classic Cougar), and for any of your Cougar parts
needs, visit our website:
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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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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:
Also see our new steel proportioning valve brake lines here:
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