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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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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





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





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: http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com/stripekits.html Music Credits: "Hustle," "Niles Blues," and "Porch Blues" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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 To look up the parts mentioned in this video, visit http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Subscribe to our channel to keep up with our latest uploads! And while you're at it, like us on Facebook to keep up with miscellaneous cool Cougar stuff. https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastClassicCougar





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 categories: 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. 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





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 http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com Credit for intro music: "Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/





1967 Cougar: Twin-Blown Torq Storm Project
Wes Adkins of Wild Wes Paintworks is building a '67 Cougar with twin Torq Storm Superchargers. We take a close-up look of this project in progress at the Goodguys nationals in Columbus, OH.





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 incandescents.





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.





1967 Thunderbird - Vacuum headlight doors.
Just installed some rebuilt vacuum actuators/motors and vacuum switch from West Coast Classic Cougar, and they are nice!





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 is! Most of the parts used in this video can be found here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/dashparts.html 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.





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