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:
Is It Numbers Matching? - 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/
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
our latest videos.
West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Specializing in 1967-1973 Mercury Cougar Parts
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)
You weren't supposed to watch this...
Présentation de la cougar '67 du paternel. Au moment ou la vidéo à été
tournée, elle n'était pas encore à lui donc anciennes plaques etc...
Mercury Cougar 289ci Jamaican Yellow
2x 4-1 Ford Racing Headers
Ford racing Air Cleaner
4 barrels Edelbrock Carb
Full inox Exhaust
What's in the video:
Sequential taillights (looks damn good)
Rusty Roof Replacement - 1968 Cougar
If you have an old car that came with a vinyl top, chances are that you
have some rust issues in the roof. This was the case with Andrew's car - a
1968 Mercury Cougar that his grandparents bought brand new in '68. In this
video, Andrew takes matters into his own hands to replace his rusted roof
skin with a solid donor roof from another car. He is by no means a
restoration expert, just an amateur trying to save some money and save his
Need a roof or other body panels for your classic Cougar? West Coast
Classic Cougar has it all. Check us out at
http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com or give us a call at (503) 463-1130 .
(c) 2011 West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Music in the video is from royalty-free sources, except for the Toccata and
Fugue in D (used during the brief B&W horror sequence). Performed by Peter
Hurford. An advertisement appears on this video in order to pay royalties
to the copyright holder, not for our own gain.
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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Classic Cougar Pickin' with Scott Taylor (Part II)
We shot so much footage at Scott's place, we felt that there was too much
good stuff that didn't make it to the first video. As a result, here's
Part II! If you haven't seen Part I, watch that first here:
You can get in touch with Scott by email at: email@example.com OR you
can send him a PM at http://www.mercurycougar.net, also under 428cougarguy.
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Also visit our website at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com
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:
"Breakdown," "faster Does It,"
"Slow Burn," and "Whiskey on the Mississippi" by Kevin MacLeod
(incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
Restoration of 1967 Mercury Cougar
700hrs of restoration compressed into 3.5 minutes... turn up the volume and
enjoy the ride! Thanks for your comments... it's always nice to hear from
fellow muscle car era afficiandos. Cheers.
1970 Eliminator Giveaway - West Coast Classic Cougar (Contest Ended)
CONTEST HAS ENDED! See the entries and voting results here:
Old description from the contest, from December 2011:
If this was an ordinary 1970 Cougar, chances are we would part it out and
send the remains to car heaven. It's in rough shape. But seeing as it's a
real 1970 Eliminator, in Competition Green, with manual transmission, we
couldn't bring ourselves to scrap it. So we're giving it away! That's
right, a free 1970 Cougar Eliminator.
To win the car, you'll need to write an essay (or make a video) persuading
us as to why you are the right person to bring this car back to life. It
won't be easy. As an added bonus, we have a local body man who is willing
to work on the car for $30/hr, of which we will pay half for up to 400
hours. So you can get professional bodywork done on this car for only $15
an hour! That makes it a little more appealing, doesn't it? There's also
a big Coca-Cola related prize thrown into the mix as well. Follow our
thread on http://www.mercurycougar.net to find out what it is (see direct
To submit your essay or video link, log on to http://www.mercurycougar.net
and put it in our contest thread in General Discussion. If you don't have
an account, it's free to join and it's the great central hub of the classic
Cougar community. Direct link to the thread, with more pictures and info :
The top ten entries will be chosen by us, and the Cougar community at
mercurycougar.net will decide the winner. Contest is not open to WCCC
employees, family members, or suppliers. One entry per household. Blah
blah blah. The rules are in the video and in our thread. Good luck! We
can't wait to see your submissions!
(c) 2011 West Coast Classic Cougar, Inc.
Two Blue Cougars
1969 Cougar XR7 390 IP 4-speed convertible and 1968 Cougar XR7 302-4v (J
code) owned by Jon Morris of Arizona. Two sweet cars that we got a chance
to see and talk about with Jon.
West Coast Classic Cougar
Specializing in 1967-73 Mercury Cougar parts, new & used
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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Visit our site at http://www.cougarpartscatalog.com