Convertible Top Installation: 1969 - 1970 Cougar / Mustang
In this episode, we tackle the daunting task of installing a convertible top on a 1969 Mercury Cougar. Instead of stumbling through it ourselves, we watch a professional do the installation and take note of some of the details and tricks involved in the process. Javier was there to help and translate, and the end result was a great looking black convertible top.
Parts we used in the video can be found in the convertible top section of our website here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/convertible1.html
Or, here are some of the individual parts we used / mentioned:
The convertible top itself: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/07041420.html
Rear tack strips: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/69convtackstrip.html
Tension cables: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c9zz-7652806-a.html
Bow Pads: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/c9zz-7652875-bk.html
Conv. Top Latches
Header seal retainer: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/69vertretain.html
Weatherstrip Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/d534.html
There are a lot more convertible top related parts we didn't even mention, so browse around and find what you need!
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67-68 Cougar Buying Guide: What To Look For
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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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
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Fugue in D (used during the brief B&W horror sequence). Performed by Peter
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Mustang Convertible Top Hydraulic Repair 1965-1973
There's nothing worse than a faulty power top on your Mustang convertible and getting
caught in the rain. The hydraulic system consists of the switch, motor,
lines, and the convertible top cylinders. For repair on our 1971 Mustang, Bill installs a new
hydraulic cylinder and a Scott Drake convertible top hose kit.
To install the new cylinders, you'll begin by removing the back seat
cushions and quarter trim panels. Follow Bill's instructions to disconnect
the old cylinder and remove it from your Mustang. Disconnect the lines next
and remove them, and then install the new Scott Drake hose kit.
Installing the cylinder to the lines is simple, screwing on the longer hose
to the bottom of the cylinder and the shorter hose to the top. You'll then
need to fill and bleed the system, as demonstrated in the video. Once the
system is filled and bled, make sure everything is dry and bolt the motor
back and install the new cylinders. Put the trim panels back and the seat
and you're finished. Total installation takes up to three hours.
Scott Drake Convertible Top Hose Kit 1965-1973:
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Vinyl Top Installation - '68 Cougar
In this video, we watch as a professional installs a vinyl top on a 1968
Mercury Cougar. After observing the process, we think this is a job that
the average do-it-yourself-er can handle. It does require a certain amount
of finesse, but not as much as a headliner installation requires (see our
other video on that subject).
This premium quality vinyl top can be found on our website here:
Economy vinyl tops also available:
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1969 Glue-In Glass: The Comprehensive Repair Guide
1969 and the first part of 1970 was an epic fail for Ford on all its
intermediate line. Gluing the glass in instead of bolting it in was one of
many cost cutting measures, and it just did not go well. In this
comprehensive video Don shows us how to service just about every piece
front and rear on a 1969 Cougar. Don also shows the many differences 1969
vs early 1970 and late 1970. Keep in mind all the tips shown here directly
apply to a 69-70 Mustang
Coupe or convertible; many will also apply to the 69-70 Fastback. Even if
you choose not to do the repairs shown here yourself the information is
invaluable and you should insist on having your tech review this video
before proceeding on your car.
The parts we used in this video can be found in the glass section of our
website here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/Cougar_Window_Glass.html
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Door Panel Backer Boards - How To Replace (1967-1970 Cougar)
Since door panels aren't reproduced for Cougars, good used originals are
valuable. Sometimes, the front vinyl side is usable, but the backer boards
are toast. Luckily, there's a solution. We now carry brand new,
better-than-stock backer boards made from a more durable pressboard
material. We have a version for 1967-1968 Cougars, as well as another
version for 1969-1970 Cougars. See links below.
In this video, we show you how to separate a vinyl door panel from its old
backer board, repair the metal hanger piece, and reattach it and the vinyl
to the new backer board. We also cover removal & replacement of the inner
beltline strip (the felt-lined trim that touches the door glass).
Relevant parts for this video:
1967-68 Backer Boards
1969-70 Backer Boards
Door Vapor Barriers / Water shields:
1969-70 coupe: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/67drvprbarrier-69.html
1971-73 coupe: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/67drvprbarrier-71.html
Door Panel Clips
1967-68 Complete Kit: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/f-3761.html
Padded, each: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/388052-s.html
Standard, each: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/380552-s.html
Standard, set of 30: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/drclips.html
Door lock knobs, grommets, rods:
Long story short, you can find everything related to the door panels in
this section: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/doorrearpanel.html
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Headliner Installation (Bow Type) - 1968 Mercury Cougar
In this video, we watch a professional install a headliner on Andrew's '68
Cougar. The process is the same for Mustangs and many other old Fords
with bow-type headliners. It's the type of job that you can do yourself,
with some patience and finesse.
To view Cougar headliners and the related parts we mentioned in the video,
please visit our website here: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/roof.html
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Heater Core Replacement - '69 Cougar
In this episode, we tackle one of the most dreaded jobs for classic car
owners: replacing the heater core. On a classic Cougar or Mustang with air conditioning, it's a
very involved process. In this case, we use a 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 CJ
convertible as a guinea pig.
Don walks through how to remove the dash pad and lower dash panel, and how
to remove and service the heater box plenum and blower motor assembly.
Along the way, he offers several tips on other jobs you should consider
tackling while you're in the process.
This is a job that we actually recommend you attempt yourself, rather than
taking your car to a shop. Not only will you save money, but you will
probably be a lot more careful than the average mechanic, and will avoid
breaking expensive / irreplaceable parts. The fiberglass heater box itself
is very fragile and valuable, and most of the plastic clips for the wiring
harness are not reproduced.
Most of the parts mentioned in this video can be found in the A/C and Heat
sections on our website: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/airco.html
Convertible Top Motor Repair
How to repair a convertible top motor. This method will fix most
convertible top motors when your top is having a hard time going back up.
This repair was on a 2000 Mustang. This video is how I repaired
my convertible top motor and I hold no responsibilities for you using my
method of repair.